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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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