Grew up in NYC's Washington Heights
After graduating from Hampshire College, worked in photo lab in New York
Claims to have served as cinematographer on at least nine pornographic films shot over a 22-day period
Shot corporate films and documentaries
Worked as cinematographer for the documentary "In Our Water," about water pollution in New Jersey (shown on PBS' "Frontline")
First feature as director of photography, Joel Coen's "Blood Simple"; first of a series of collaborations with the Coen brothers; also shot the trailer that enabled the Coens to raise money for the project
First TV credit as director of photography, the "ABC Afterschool Special" titled "Out of Step"
Shot first TV miniseries "Doubletake" (CBS)
Provided "additional projection camera" for Laurie Anderson's experimental concert film "Home of the Brave"
First TV-movie as cinematographer, "Welcome Home, Bobby" (CBS)
Reteamed with the Coens as cinematographer of "Raising Arizona"
First film with director Rob Reiner, "When Harry Met Sally..."
Last project to date with the Coens, "Miller's Crossing"
Second time as director of photography for Reiner, "Misery"
Directorial debut, "The Addams Family"
Feature producing debut (as co-producer), "For Love or Money"; also directed
Helmed sequel "Addams Family Values"
Signed two-year deal with Walt Disney Company; formed own eponymous production company
Directed the comedy "Get Shorty"; script by Scott Frank and based on a novel by Elmore Leonard; also played small role as Doorman
Helmed the summer blockbuster "Men in Black," starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones
Executive produced Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight; scripted by Frank and based on a novel by Elmore Leonard
Executive produced (also directed pilot) "Maximum Bob" (ABC), based on a novel by Leonard
Executive produced the ABC series remake "Fantasy Island"
Directed the feature version of the 1960s TV series "Wild Wild West," starring Will Smith; made came as an alien
Walked away uninjured when the Gulfstream II jet on which he was the lone passenger crash-landed at Van Nuys, CA airport
Co-executive produced "Secret Agent Man" (UPN)
In July, terminated film producing partnership with Barry Josephson; TV deal unaffected
Served as executive producer and occasional director of the Fox midseason replacement series "The Tick"
Helmed "Men in Black II," the sequel to the 1997 hit; again made cameo in film
Directed Robin Williams in the comedy "RV"
Produced (also directed) the ABC series "Pushing Daisies"
Returned to directing features with "Men in Black III"; re-teamed with stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones; also made cameo in film