Joel Silver Poster


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Overview (1)

Born in South Orange, New Jersey, USA

Mini Bio (1)

As flamboyant as any character in his movies, Joel Silver can be credited along with Jerry Bruckheimer as practically reinventing the action film genre in the 1980s. Born in New Jersey, he attended the New York University Film School. After college, he worked at Lawrence Gordon Pictures, earning his first onscreen credit as associate producer of The Warriors (1979). He eventually became president of the motion picture division of Gordon Pictures. Together with Gordon, Silver produced 48 Hrs. (1982) and Streets of Fire (1984). In 1983 he formed Silver Pictures and initially set up shop at Universal Pictures to produce Brewster's Millions (1985) before going to Fox and continued producing hit action films such as Commando (1985), the "Lethal Weapon" franchise, the first two films of the "Die Hard" franchise and the three films of "Matrix" franchise of action films. He had then subsequently joined Warner Bros. in 1987 after leaving Fox. Despite these successes, he has hit some rough spots and has been banned from working on several studio lots. He was unable to produce the "48 Hrs" sequel Another 48 Hrs. (1990), the third "Die Hard" film, Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) and the fourth "Matrix" installment The Matrix Resurrections (2021) because of past run-ins with studio executives. Because of his habit of wearing sport shirts and talking loudly and quickly, he has been parodied in several films, even spoofing himself in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) by playing the frustrated cartoon director in the film's opening sequence. In order to perform in that role, he had to use an alias to get onto the Walt Disney lot, and his onscreen credit was not revealed to Disney executives until the very last minute. He had worked in television, setting up his own television branch with his first project Parker Kane (1990), a project that would eventually never made to series, and then worked at HBO for many years, until he found a home at Warner Bros. Television in 1998, where he had developed two UPN shows The Strip (1999) and Freedom (2000) before finding commercial success with the hit Veronica Mars (2004). In 1999, Silver Pictures had teamed up with film director/producer Robert Zemeckis to set up Dark Castle Entertainment to produce genre and horror films with the first film under Dark Castle being House on Haunted Hill (1999). Joel Silver pioneered the practice of shooting action movies in Australia with the "Matrix" films, and has been credited with either inventing or reinventing the careers of Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steven Seagal. He was mentioned in Halle Berry's Academy Award acceptance speech. Other credits include non-action pictures, ranging from Xanadu (1980), Weird Science (1985) and Fred Claus (2007) to HBO's long-running TV series, Tales from the Crypt (1989). He had resigned from his founding production company in 2019.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: subcity

Family (1)

Spouse Karyn Fields (10 July 1999 - present)  (1 child)

Trivia (15)

Caricatured in Grand Canyon (1991), True Romance (1993) and I'll Do Anything (1994).
Collects houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
He is credited with creating the sport of Ultimate Frisbee.
Attended the New York University Film School.
Considered the primary founder of Ultimate Frisbee at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey (1968).
Attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania where he formed the first collegiate Ultimate Frisbee team (1970).
Produced three hit action movies that take place at Christmas time: Lethal Weapon (1987), Die Hard (1988) and Die Hard 2 (1990).
Manages two production companies - Silver Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment. Co-owned by Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 7, 1993.
Designated Lawrence of Arabia (1962) as his favorite all-time movie for an AFI poll.
He grew up in South Orange, New Jersey.
Has a home, Auldbrass Plantation, South Carolina.
Currently resides in Los Angeles and Malibu, California.
Set up Silver Pictures in 1984 with a original three-year first look agreement at 20th Century-Fox when Lawrence Gordon was running the studio, then moved to Warner Bros. in 1987 and remained there for 25 years until 2012, when the company was moved to Universal Pictures.
He has produced two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Die Hard (1988) and The Matrix (1999). He has also appeared in one film that is in the registry: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).

Personal Quotes (14)

I want an explosion the size of Cleveland.
[After seeing the poor box office of Streets of Fire (1984).] "Tonight is what it means to be dead."
When California provides the same value as other locations, I'd gladly shoot all my pictures here.
...My advice to young Producers... The only way to succeed is to get behind a screen-play you really believe in.
I'm not in the business to make art; I'm in it to make money to buy art.
[on his contract with Warner Studios]: Maybe I will continue with Warner and maybe I won't. I hope I do.
On his recent film: It's a little movie, but a big little movie.
There aren't a lot of guys like me left. But I'm a war horse. I've been through it all. And you know something about war horses? Through the sleet, through the snow,they just keep going.
The core of the movie business remains intact and it's not descending in scope. Studios want movies that are bigger than ever.
[on movies]: That's how fascinated I was with movies. I was fascinated with the lifestyle of these guys--how they lived, how they ran the show. They guys lived like Saudi princes.
(On Lethal Weapon film) We blasted a toilet out of that window. Over there, we drove a car straight into the living room.
(On the film "Brewster's Millions) Fantasies about spending are irresistible, the best! Who wouldn't want to indulge the luxury of squandering millions and millions of dollars?
(On money) I hunted with a credit card.
[on Total Recall (1990)] Fantastic, fantastic. It's going to blow everyone away.

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