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Barry Sonnenfeld

  • Highest Rated: 93% Enchanted (2007)
  • Lowest Rated: 14% Nine Lives (2016)
  • Birthday: Apr 1, 1953
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Known for both his multifaceted career and his habit of channeling drama into comedy, Barry Sonnenfeld has been working steadily since the mid-'80s as a director, cinematographer, producer, and, from time to time, as an actor. At his best he has given audiences such sharp, witty, and deftly directed films as Get Shorty (1995) and The Addams Family (1991); at his worst, he has been responsible for unequivocal stinkbombs like For Love or Money (1993) and Wild Wild West (1999).A native of New York, where he was born April 1, 1953, Sonnenfeld spent many of his high school days going to the movies instead of class. His principle interest was in photography, which he learned the basics of as a darkroom lab technician at New York University. While at N.Y.U., he made the acquaintance of two fellow students, Joel and Ethan Coen. Sonnenfeld, who had been earning extra cash as a cameraman on low-budget films, including pornographic ones, began collaborating with the Coen brothers on their first film, Blood Simple (1984), as a cinematographer. He continued to work with them in this capacity on two of their subsequent films, Raising Arizona (1987) and Miller's Crossing (1990).Sonnenfeld also lent his cinematographic talents to such films as Throw Momma From the Train (1987), Big (1988), When Harry Met Sally (1989), and Misery (1990), before making his directorial debut with The Addams Family in 1990. An amiably twisted family comedy starring Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia, the film was a big hit, and Sonnenfeld duly turned out a sequel, Addams Family Values, three years later. It was for Get Shorty (1995), however, that he received his greatest praise to date; a cool, neatly packaged adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel, it was hailed as one of the best films of the year, and played no small part in resurrecting the once-flagging career of John Travolta, who starred as Chili Palmer, a loan collector for the mob mixed up in bad business in Hollywood. Men in Black (1997), Sonnenfeld's next directorial outing, proved to be a critical mixed bag, although the box-office receipts for the comedy about two government agents (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones) doing battle with aliens were lucrative enough to mitigate the slings and arrows of disgruntled critics. The following year, Sonnenfeld once again earned a share of critical approval as the executive producer of Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight, another stylishly satisfying Elmore Leonard adaptation starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. Unfortunately, Sonnenfeld's next stint as a director was Wild Wild West, a Western starring Will Smith and Kevin Kline that headed into the deep, deep South at the box office and the realm of critical opinion. After taking a breather for a couple of years, Sonnenfeld returned to theaters in 2002 with two more comedies, Big Trouble and Men in Black 2. The former, a Get Shorty-like ensemble comedy involving a botched terrorist plot, was delayed for six months after the September 11th tragedies and failed to make an impression at the box office upon release. As a producer he helped bring a number of visually inventive television shows to the small-screen including The Tick. Karen Sisco, and Pushing Daises, even while his directorial career continued with the Robin Williams vehicle RV and a third Men in Black film in 2012.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

23% Men in Black International Executive Producer 2019
No Score Yet Enchanted 2 Producer 2017
14% Nine Lives Additional Voices $19.7M 2016
No Score Yet Lore Executive Producer 2015
68% Men in Black III Director Husband Watching Launch $179.1M 2012
No Score Yet How-To Guide for Saving the World Producer Director 2010
33% Space Chimps Producer $30M 2008
93% Enchanted Producer $127.8M 2007
23% RV Irv Director $71.5M 2006
72% Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Executive Producer $118.5M 2004
54% The Ladykillers Producer 2004
39% Men in Black II Neuralyzed Father Director $190.5M 2002
48% Big Trouble Producer Director 2002
20% The Crew Producer $12.5M 2000
17% Wild Wild West Director Producer 1999
No Score Yet Aliens in the Wild, Wild West Director 1999
93% Out of Sight Executive Producer 1998
92% Men in Black Director 1997
87% Get Shorty Executive Producer Doorman Director 1995
76% Addams Family Values Mr. Glicker Director 1993
37% For Love or Money Director Producer 1993
63% The Addams Family Director 1991
90% Barton Fink Page Calling for Barton Fink 1991

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

96% A Series of Unfortunate Events
2017
Executive Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
95% The Tick
2016
Executive Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Executive Producer
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge
2014
Judge
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2012
96% Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
Director Executive Producer Producer
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
88% The Tick
2001-2002
Director Executive Producer
  • 2001
0% Secret Agent Man
2000
Executive Producer
  • 2000
95% Karen Sisco
2003
Executive Producer Producer

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