Joel Coen

Director, Screenwriter, Editor
With producer, co-writer and brother Ethan, writer-director Joel Coen was part of the most celebrated brother act in recent entertainment memory. He helmed a series of stylish, irreverent and cinema-savvy movies that ... Read more »
Born: 11/28/1954 in St Louis Park, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Writer (25)

Hail, Caesar! 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Untitled (DreamWorks/Cold War Project) 2016 (Movie)

(current draft) (Screenplay)

Gambit 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Unbroken 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop 2010 (Movie)

(from original screenplay: "Blood Simple") (Source Material)

True Grit 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Serious Man 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Tuileries") (Screenplay)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Writer

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fargo 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Barton Fink 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Miller's Crossing 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Raising Arizona 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Crimewave 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blood Simple 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Yiddish Policemen's Union (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (20)

Hail, Caesar! 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

True Grit 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

A Serious Man 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("World Cinema") (Director)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Tuileries") (Director)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Fargo 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Barton Fink 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Miller's Crossing 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Raising Arizona 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Blood Simple 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

The Yiddish Policemen's Union (Movie)

(Director)
Editor (15)

Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 (Movie)

(Editor)

True Grit 2010 (Movie)

(Editor)

A Serious Man 2009 (Movie)

(Editor)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

(Editor)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

(Editor)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

(Editor)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

(Editor)

Fargo 1996 (Movie)

(Editor)

Barton Fink 1991 (Movie)

(Editor)

Blood Simple 1985 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Evil Dead 1983 (Movie)

editor assistant (Assistant Editor)

Fear No Evil 1981 (Movie)

(Assistant Editor)
Producer (13)

Hail, Caesar! 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fargo 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

True Grit 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Serious Man 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bad Santa 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Down From the Mountain 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Yiddish Policemen's Union (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (6)

The 13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Down From the Mountain 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Inside the Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

Drive-in Security (Actor)

Biography

With producer, co-writer and brother Ethan, writer-director Joel Coen was part of the most celebrated brother act in recent entertainment memory. He helmed a series of stylish, irreverent and cinema-savvy movies that never failed to charm critics while thrilling an initially small, but loyal band of viewers. Though they evinced a powerful fascination with film genres - particularly screwball comedy and film noir - the Coen Brothers earned a great deal of respect by the Hollywood community, despite their penchant to work outside the system. These self-conscious movies-within-movies possessed humorous camera movements, richly textured landscapes, and powerhouse performers spouting beautifully artificial dialogue. While some complained that the brothers were nothing more than slick stylists, the Coens nonetheless achieved a rare feat in entertainment: making the movies they wanted to make with little-to-no outside interference.

Relationships

Edward Coen

Father
Taught at the University of Minnesota

Rena Coen

Mother
Taught at St. Cloud State University

Pedro Coen

Son
Born November 1994 adopted from Paraguay mother is Frances McDormand

Ethan Coen

Brother
Writing and directing partner

Debbie Coen

Sister
Older

Frances McDormand Actor

Wife
Began dating 1984 Married April 1, 1984 Worked together in films including "Raising Arizona" (1987), "Fargo" (1996) and "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001)

EDUCATION

University of Texas, Austin

Austin , Texas
Briefly did post-graduate work in film

New York University

New York , New York
Attended the Institute of Film and TV

Simon's Rock Early College

Great Barrington , Massachusetts
School is now Bard College at Simon's Rock

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing

2010

With brother Ethan, co-directed (also co-wrote and co-produced) the American Western film, "True Grit"

2009

With brother Ethan, co-directed (also co-wrote and co-produced) the drama film, "A Serious Man," which loosely retells the Jewish biblical story of Job in the modern American era; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Director; also earne

2007

With brother Ethan, co-directed (also co-wrote and co-produced) the award winning film, "No Country for Old Men" starring Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director

2004

Helmed "The Ladykillers," with Tom Hanks and Marlon Wayans

2003

Co-directed with brother Ethan "Intolerable Cruelty," which starred George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones

2001

Helmed "The Man Who Wasn't There"; premiered at Cannes

2000

Shared a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination with brother Ethan for "O Brother Where Art Thou?"

1997

Helmed "The Big Lebowski"

1996

Breakthrough feature "Fargo"

1994

Signed a five-commercial deal with brother Ethan for Budweiser Ice Draft Beer

1985

First film appearance, played a security guard in John Landis' "Spies Like Us"

1984

First film as director and screenwriter, "Blood Simple"

1984

Began co-writing (with brother Ethan and Sam Raimi) the screenplay for "The Hudsucker Proxy" (released 1994)

1984

First film as co-screenwriter (with brother Ethan and Sam Raimi), Raimi's "Crimewave (released 1985)

1980

Feature debut, assistant editor on "Fear No Evil"

1980

Served as assistant editor on "The Evil Dead" (released 1983)

Transferred to a private school in Massachusetts, Simon's Rock of Bard College

Grew up in St Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis, MN

Bonus Trivia

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Together, the Coens edit their own films under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes.

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"Maybe the Coens are just the most un-self-conscious self-conscious artists in history. Their evasive and jokey approach to interviews, reveals as much as it conceals. For the Coens's disdain of abstract thinking goes far beyond the traditional artist's distrust of ideas. It goes, finally, as deep as style itself, which in many ways is what the Coens are all about. Theirs is a style that's exuberantly attentative to surfaces, to the look of things, to style itself." - John H. Richardson, "The Joel & Ethan Story," in Premiere, October 1990

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"They find the absurdity of who we are in every situation. That's what they're fantastic at. Even in a movie as tense as this, they give you the ability to kind of chuckle and inhale and take a breath," said Brolin. "You never know what's going to happen around the next Coen brothers corner, whether it be fate or absurdity or a lack of humor where you're positive they're going to inject a joke." - Josh Brolin on working with the Coen brothers, to CNN.com, Nov. 14, 2007

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"Can we read one another's minds? Our working relationship is professional, kind of an unthinking reflex. I mean, we don't live together." - Joel Coen on his relationship with his brother to Empire magazine, January 2008

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