Barry Sonnenfeld

Barry Sonnenfeld

Highest Rated: 97% Big (1988)

Lowest Rated: 14% Nine Lives (2016)

Birthday: Apr 1, 1953

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

One of the most commercially successful director-producers of the 1990s, Barry Sonnenfeld experienced precipitous ups and downs in a lengthy career spanning both film and television. After cutting his teeth as a cinematographer for the likes of Joel and Ethan Coen on "Blood Simple" (1984) and "Raising Arizona" (1987), as well as Rob Reiner on "When Harry Met Sally" (1989) and "Misery" (1990), Sonnefeld made his directorial debut with the creepy comedy hit "The Addams Family" (1991). More box office success followed in the form of the crime-comedy "Get Shorty" (1995) and the blockbuster hit "Men in Black" (1997). Later efforts such as "Wild, Wild West" (1999) and "RV" (2006) proved disappointing, to say the least, although Sonnenfeld did have luck as a producer on films like Disney's "Enchanted" (2007) and the Emmy Award-winning fantasy series "Pushing Daisies" (ABC, 2007-09). After nearly six years away from the director's chair, he reteamed with Agents J and K (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones) once again for "Men in Black III" (2012), this time with its eye-popping special effects delivered in 3-D. Boasting a 30-year career populated with smashing triumphs and unmitigated disasters, few understood the Hollywood axiom of "You're only as good as your last picture," better than Sonnenfeld.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Disenchanted Producer - 2022
23% 66% Men in Black: International Executive Producer $80.0M 2019
14% 41% Nine Lives Director $19.6M 2016
68% 70% Men in Black 3 Director $179.0M 2012
33% 32% Space Chimps Producer $30.1M 2008
93% 80% Enchanted Producer $127.7M 2007
24% 45% RV Director $71.4M 2006
72% 63% Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Executive Producer $118.6M 2004
54% 43% The Ladykillers Producer $39.7M 2004
39% 45% Men in Black II Director,
Producer
$192.4M 2002
48% 54% Big Trouble Director,
Producer
$7.3M 2002
20% 34% The Crew Producer $13.0M 2000
16% 28% Wild Wild West Director,
Producer
$113.8M 1999
94% 74% Out of Sight Executive Producer $37.5M 1998
92% 79% Men in Black Director $250.1M 1997
88% 70% Get Shorty Director,
Executive Producer
$68.8M 1995
37% 45% For Love or Money Director $10.4M 1993
76% 63% Addams Family Values Director $45.7M 1993
65% 66% The Addams Family Director $111.3M 1991
92% 90% Miller's Crossing Cinematographer $4.7M 1990
90% 90% Misery Cinematographer $54.7M 1990
91% 89% When Harry Met Sally... Cinematographer $90.4M 1989
97% 82% Big Cinematographer $113.5M 1988
64% 54% Throw Momma From the Train Cinematographer $54.4M 1987
90% 85% Raising Arizona Cinematographer $21.1M 1987
93% 88% Blood Simple Cinematographer $1.7M 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Our Water Cinematographer - 1982

TV

Credit
88% 82% Schmigadoon! Executive Producer,
Director
2021
95% 93% The Tick Executive Producer 2016-2019
96% 89% A Series of Unfortunate Events Ike Anwhistle (Guest Star),
Executive Producer,
Director
2017-2019
90% 100% Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge Guest 2014
96% 95% Pushing Daisies Executive Producer,
Director
2007-2009
39% No Score Yet Notes From the Underbelly Director 2007-2008
88% 88% The Tick Executive Producer 2001-2002 2007
0% No Score Yet Secret Agent Man Executive Producer 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Executive Producer 1998-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maximum Bob Unknown (Guest Star),
Executive Producer,
Director
1998