Joel Silver

Producer, Director
The guiding hand behind such Hollywood hits as "Commando" (1985), "Lethal Weapon" (1987) and "Die Hard" (1988), Joel Silver helped redefine the American action film near the turn of the century, while shifting the label ... Read more »
Born: 07/13/1952 in South Orange, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Producer (187)

The Nice Guys 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Autobahn 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Home Invasion 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

My Friends Call Me Johnny 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Gunman 2015 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Non-Stop 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Veronica Mars 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bullet To The Head 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Getaway 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

El Gringo 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Project X 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Apparition 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Factory 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Philly Kid 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Transit 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Unknown 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Splice 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Book of Eli 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Losers 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ninja Assassin 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Orphan 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sherlock Holmes 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Whiteout 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Moonlight 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

RocknRolla 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Speed Racer 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fred Claus 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Brave One 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Invasion 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Reaping 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Veronica Mars 2004 - 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

V for Vendetta 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

House of Wax 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Next Action Star 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cradle 2 the Grave 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gothika 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Matrix Reloaded 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Matrix Revolutions 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Animatrix 2002 (Movie)

("Final Flight of the Osiris") (Producer)

Ghost Ship 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jane Doe 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Exit Wounds 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Freedom 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Swordfish 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Thirteen Ghosts 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Action 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dungeons and Dragons: the Movie 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Romeo Must Die 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Strip 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The House on Haunted Hill 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Matrix 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lethal Weapon 4 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Perversions of Science 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Conspiracy Theory 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fathers' Day 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Fatal Caper 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Slight Case of Murder 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

About Face 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bordello of Blood 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cold War 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ear Today... Gone Tomorrow 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Escape 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Executive Decision 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Horror in the Night 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Last Respects 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Report from the Grave 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Smoke Wrings 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tales From the Cryptkeeper 1993 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Kidnapper 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Third Pig 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

W.E.I.R.D. World 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

99 and 44/100% Pure Horror! 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Assassins 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Comes the Dawn 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Doctor of Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Fair Game 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

In the Groove 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Staired in Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Assassin 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

You, Murderer 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Came the Dawn 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Creep Course 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Death of Some Salesmen 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Forever Ambergris 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Half Way Horrible 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

House of Horror 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

People Who Live in Brass Hearses 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Richie Rich 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Till Death Do We Part 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Two For the Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Well-Cooked Hams 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Curiosity Killed 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Strung Along 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Werewolf Concerto 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Beauty Rest 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lethal Weapon 3 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

MTV's 10th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Maniac at Large 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

On a Dead Man's Chest 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Seance 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Showdown 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The New Arrival 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

This'll Kill Ya 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Two-Fisted Tales 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Abra Cadaver 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Carrion Death 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dead Wait 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Deadline 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Easel Kill 'Ya 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Loved to Death 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mournin' Mess 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

None But the Lonely Heart 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ricochet 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Split Second 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Last Boy Scout 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Reluctant Vampire 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Trap 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Top Billing 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Undertaking Palor 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Yellow 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

'Til Death 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cutting Cards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dead Right 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Die Hard 2: Die Harder 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fitting Punishment 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

For Cryin' Out Loud 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Four-Sided Triangle 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Judy, You're Not Yourself Today 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Korman's Kalamity 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lower Berth 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mute Witness to Murder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

My Brother's Keeper 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Predator 2 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Television Terror 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Sacrifice 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Secret 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Switch 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Thing From the Grave 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Ventriloquist's Dummy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Three's a Crowd 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

And All Through the House 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Collection Completed 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone! 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lethal Weapon 2 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lover Come Hack to Me 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Only Sin Deep 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Road House 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Man Who Was Death 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Action Jackson 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Die Hard 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lethal Weapon 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Predator 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jumpin' Jack Flash 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Brewster's Millions 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Commando 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Weird Science 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Streets of Fire 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

48 HRS. 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Warriors 1979 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Xanadu 1979 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

As Ye Sow (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bet Your Life (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Confession (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Double Tap (TV Show)

Producer

Food For Thought (TV Show)

Executive Producer

King of the Road (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Line of Sight (Movie)

(Producer)

Lobo (Movie)

(Producer)

Made Men (TV Show)

Producer

Motor City (Movie)

(Producer)

Oil's Well That Ends Well (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Parker Kane (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Proximity (TV Show)

Producer

Spoiled (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Gamekeeper (Movie)

(Producer)

What's Cookin'? (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (16)

High Finance 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Entourage 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

V for Vendetta: Unmasked 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV's Movie Life: House of Wax 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of Ted Demme 2004 (Movie)

himself (Actor)

Making the Game: Enter the Matrix 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Movie House 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Aaliyah: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Osmosis Jones 2001 (Movie)

of Police Chief (Voice)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 (Movie)

Raoul--the director (Actor)
Director (1)

Split Personality 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

Biography

The guiding hand behind such Hollywood hits as "Commando" (1985), "Lethal Weapon" (1987) and "Die Hard" (1988), Joel Silver helped redefine the American action film near the turn of the century, while shifting the label of auteur away from the film director to the producer. Having paid his dues as an assistant to producer Lawrence Gordon following his graduation from film school, Silver swiftly worked his way up the industry ladder, earning a producer's credit with Walter Hill's "48 Hrs." (1982). With the formation of his own company, Silver stamped a fresh template for the Hollywood action film, dialing up the violence quotient from previous decades while leavening the mixture with ample doses of humor. Silver also altered the genre recipe by making movie stars out of nontraditional performers from the worlds of professional sports and stand-up comedy. His outsized ego branded him persona non grata at several major studios, but Silver's track record for success was inarguable - especially after the box office juggernaut that was "The Matrix" (1999) and its sequels, which pushed his profit margin into the multi-billions. Often demonized by critics for emphasizing style - and explosions - over substance, Silver nonetheless came to represent the state of the art of big box office Hollywood filmmaking, earning by sheer force of will and a savvy sense of the next big thing the mantle of mega-producer.

Relationships

Karyn Fields Co-Producer

Wife
Announced engagement in April 1998 Married July 10, 1999 in Venice, Italy

Lisa Matthews

Companion
Born c. 1969 Named Playboy Playmate of the Year in 1991

Allison Silver

Sister

EDUCATION

Columbia High School

Maplewood , New Jersey
attended high school in Maplewood, New Jersey

New York University's Tisch School of the Arts

1974
produced short film, "Ten Pin Alley"

Milestones

2012

Announced he was ending production deal with Warner Bros. after 25-year partnership

2012

Executive produced the teen comedy "Project X"

2011

Returned as producer for the sequel "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"

2009

Produced Guy Ritchie's feature adaptation of "Sherlock Holmes" with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law

2008

Reteamed with writers and directors the Wachowski Brothers for live action adaptation of "Speed Racer"

2006

Produced "V For Vendetta," once again collaborating with Larry and Andy Wachowski who adapted Alan Moore and David Lloyd's graphic novel

2005

Produced the remake of "House of Wax"

2004

Executive produced crime drama series "Veronica Mars" (UPN, The CW)

2003

Produced the highly-anticipated sequel "The Matrix Reloaded"

2003

Produced third film in the trilogy "The Matrix Revolutions"

2002

Served as producer of the action film "Cradle to the Grave," starring Jet Li and DMX

2001

Produced the USA Network original movie "Jane Doe"

2001

Produced "13 Ghosts"

2001

Served as producer on the action thriller "Swordfish," starring John Travolta and Halle Berry

2000

Executive produced the UPN fall drama "Freedom"

1999

Served as executive producer of the short-lived UPN series "The Strip

1999

Was executive producer of the controversial but low-rated Fox sitcom "Action" centered on a Hollywood studio executive

1999

Had box office smash with "The Matrix," a special effects-driven live-action comic book written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers

1997

Reteamed with Donner and Gibson for "Conspiracy Theory"

1995

Produced Donner's "Assassins," scripted by Larry and Andy Wachowski

1993

Received the 1,993rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 7

1992

Continued the franchise with "Leathal Weapon 3"

1992

Made directorial debut with "Split Personality," an episode from "Tales From the Crypt"

1989

Executive produced, along with Richard Donner, David Giler, Walter Hill and Robert Zemeckis, the HBO series "Tales From the Crypt"

1989

Produced "Leathal Weapon 2," also directed by Donner

1988

Feature acting debut, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"

1988

Produced the action hit "Die Hard," starring Bruce Willis

1987

Initial screen collaboration with director Richard Donner, "Lethal Weapon" with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover

1985

First film under the Silver Pictures banner, "Commando"

1985

Formed production company Silver Pictures

1982

First film as executive producer, "Jekyll and Hyde...Together Again"

1980

Served as a co-producer of the movie musical "Xanadu"

1979

Debut as associate producer, "The Warriors"

Moved to Los Angeles, worked as assistant to producer Lawrence Gordon

Raised in South Orange, NJ

Promoted to President, Motion Picture division at Lawrence Gordon Productions

Bonus Trivia

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"My primary audience is the young male genre. I understand them." – Silver quoted in Daily Variety, June 22, 1993

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"It's part of the politically correct world of the media that you need to have a reason for everything. Just to be entertaining isn't enough. It's considered bad to make movies which are just meant to be commercial and entertaining. Look at 'Jurassic Park.' It's an entertaining adventure movie for everybody. How HORRIBLE! What a horrible concept, to make an ENTERTAINING movie! And Steven Spielberg has to follow it up with 'Schindler's List,' because even someone as talented as him feels pangs of guilt for making a movie that's so commercial!" – Silver to The Los Angeles Times, Aug. 1, 1993

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