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Also Known As: Roderick Jaynes Died:
Born: November 29, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St Louis Park, Minnesota, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, editor

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Hail Caesar (2016)
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  True Grit (2010)
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  Ladykillers, The (2004) Director
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  Intolerable Cruelty (2003) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Spies Like Us (1985) Drive-In Security
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 Intimate Portrait: Holly Hunter (2000) Interviewee
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Grew up in St Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis, MN
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Transferred to a private school in Massachusetts, Simon's Rock of Bard College
1980:
Feature debut, assistant editor on "Fear No Evil"
1980:
Served as assistant editor on "The Evil Dead" (released 1983)
1984:
First film as co-screenwriter (with brother Ethan and Sam Raimi), Raimi's "Crimewave (released 1985)
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)
1985:
First film appearance, played a security guard in John Landis' "Spies Like Us"
1994:
Signed a five-commercial deal with brother Ethan for Budweiser Ice Draft Beer
1996:
Breakthrough feature "Fargo"
1997:
Helmed "The Big Lebowski"
2000:
Shared a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination with brother Ethan for "O Brother Where Art Thou?"
2001:
Helmed "The Man Who Wasn't There"; premiered at Cannes
2003:
Co-directed with brother Ethan "Intolerable Cruelty," which starred George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones
2004:
Helmed "The Ladykillers," with Tom Hanks and Marlon Wayans
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
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 earned Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture
2010:
With brother Ethan, co-directed (also co-wrote and co-produced) the American Western film, "True Grit"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing
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Education

Simon's Rock Early College: Great Barrington , Massachusetts -
New York University: New York , New York -
University of Texas, Austin: Austin , Texas -

Notes

See Ethan Coen biography for a film by film evaluation

"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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wife:
Frances McDormand. Actor. Directed by Coen in "Blood Simple" (1984); together from 1987; married 1994; second wife.

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father:
Edward Coen. Professor. Taught economics at the University of Minnesota.
mother:
Rena Coen. Art historian.
sister:
Debbie Coen. Older.
brother:
Ethan Coen. Producer, screenwriter.
son:
Pedro McDormand Coen. Adopted; born c. November 1994; South American.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Blood Simple: An Original Screenplay" St. Martin's Press
"Raising Arizona: An Original Screenplay" St. Martin's Press
"Barton Fink; Miller's Crossing" Faber and Faber
"Joel & Ethan Coen" Titan
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