Grew up in St Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Transferred to a private school in Massachusetts, Simon's Rock of Bard College
Attended Princeton University as a philosophy major
Left college to join brother Joel in NYC
Did temp work as a statistical typist at Macy's department store in NYC
First film as co-screenwriter (with brother Joel and Sam Raimi), Raimi's "Crimewave (released 1985)
First film as producer and co-screenwriter, "Blood Simple"
Began co-writing (with brother Joel and Sam Raimi) the screenplay for "The Hudsucker Proxy" (released 1994)
Signed a five-commercial deal with brother Joel for Budweiser Ice Draft Beer
Breakthrough feature, "Fargo," co-directed with brother Joel
Helmed "The Big Lebowski"
Shared a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination with brother Joel for "O Brother Where Art Thou?"
Helmed "The Man Who Wasn't There"; premiered at Cannes
Co-directed with brother Joel "Intolerable Cruelty," which starred George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Helmed "The Ladykillers," with Tom Hanks and Marlon Wayans
With brother Joel, 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
With brother Joel, 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
With brother Joel, co-directed (also co-wrote and co-produced) the American Western film, "True Grit"
Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing