Joel Silver

Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, USABuy from iTunes


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Joel Silverᅡᅠ(born July 14, 1952) is an Americanᅡᅠfilm producer, known forᅡᅠaction filmsᅡᅠlikeᅡᅠLethal WeaponᅡᅠandᅡᅠDie Hard. He is owner ofᅡᅠSilver Picturesᅡᅠand co-founder ofᅡᅠDark Castle Entertainment.

Silver grew up inᅡᅠSouth Orange, New Jersey, the son of a writer and a public relations executive.ᅡᅠHe attendedᅡᅠColumbia High SchoolᅡᅠinᅡᅠMaplewood, New Jersey, where he is credited with inventing the sport ofᅡᅠUltimateᅡᅠ(then known as "Ultimate Frisbee").ᅡᅠIn 1970, he enteredᅡᅠLafayette College, where he formed the first collegiate Ultimate team. He finished his undergraduate studies at theᅡᅠNew York University'sᅡᅠTisch School of the Arts. Silver began his career atᅡᅠLawrence Gordon Productions, where he eventually became president of motion pictures for the company. He earned his first screen credit as the associate producer onᅡᅠThe Warriorsᅡᅠand, with Gordon, producedᅡᅠ48 Hrs.,Streets of FireᅡᅠandᅡᅠBrewster's Millions. In 1985, he formedᅡᅠSilver Picturesᅡᅠand produced successful action films such asᅡᅠCommandoᅡᅠ(1985), theᅡᅠLethal Weaponᅡᅠfranchise, the first two films of theᅡᅠDie Hardᅡᅠseries and theᅡᅠThe Matrixᅡᅠfranchise of action films. Silver appears on-screen at the beginning ofᅡᅠWho Framed Roger Rabbitᅡᅠas Raoul J. Raoul, the director of the animated shortᅡᅠSomething's Cookin. Silver directed "Split Personality", (1992), an episode of theᅡᅠHBOᅡᅠhorror anthology,ᅡᅠTales from the Crypt. He currently runs two production companies,ᅡᅠSilver PicturesᅡᅠandᅡᅠDark Castle Entertainmentᅡᅠco-owned byᅡᅠRobert Zemeckis. Along with Jared Kass, Silver was co-creator of the sport ofᅡᅠUltimate. On July 10, 1999, Silver married his production assistant Karyn Fields.

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