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Joel Silver



A movie buff practically since infancy, American producer Joel Silver attended the film school at New York University. After graduation Silver quickly worked his way up to an assistant producer post under Universal's Lawrence Gordon; after considerable success with a series of popular pictures, including a handful of Burt Reynolds vehicles, Silver was appointed president of Lawrence Gordon Productions. As head of his own Silver Pictures in 1980, Silver began inauspiciously with the mishmosh Olivia Newton-John vehicle Xanadu before finding his niche with the stylized violent action of 1984's Streets of Fire. Intense and demanding, Silver drove his staff, cast and crews mercilessly, but such prize properties as the Lethal Weapon and Die Hard series made the effort worthwhile. Silver was able to maintain his industry standing on the basis of these successes, permitting him to ride out his many failures, including Jumpin' Jack Flash (1985), Ford Fairlane (1990), and the potentially career-busting Hudson Hawk (1991). Silver more or less played himself (loud clothes and all) in the on-camera role of an explosive cartoon director in 1988's Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988).



Silver's trademark franchises would continue to pad his resume as the years went by, as he produced sequels to movies like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and Predator. He would also produce new, but less successful action movies of a similar style, like 1993's Demolition Man and 1995's Fair Game. He would also executive produce countless episodes of the HBO series Tales from the Crypt between 1989 and 1996. Then, in 1999, Silver struck gold -- once again -- when he produced the monumentally successful sci-fi thriller The Matrix. The movie was a huge hit, even if its sequels, released in 2003 and 2004, were dramatically less so. Silver wouldn't be able to duplicate the Matrix's success with productions like 2001's Swordfish and 2002's Ghost Ship, but he gained some niche popularity with 2006's V for Vendetta, and as an executive producer for the series Veronica Mars.



Middling projects like the 2009 horror flick Orphan and Arctic thriller Whiteout kept Silver hard at work, and he would find serious box office success again with the Robert Downy, Jr. hit Sherlock Holmes in 2009, and 2010's apocalyptic Denzel Washington picture, The Book of Eli.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% The Nice Guys
  • Producer
2016
17% The Gunman
  • Producer
2015
79% Veronica Mars
  • Executive Producer
2014
60% Non-Stop
  • Producer
2014
No Score Yet Motor City
  • Producer
2014
No Score Yet Line of Sight
  • Producer
2014
2% Getaway
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2013
47% Bullet to the Head
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet Forbidden Planet
  • Producer
2013
3% The Apparition
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet The Philly Kid
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet Dragon Eyes
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet Stash House
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet El Gringo
  • Executive Producer
2012
28% Project X
  • Executive Producer
2012
60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • Producer
2011
56% Unknown
  • Producer
2011
No Score Yet The Factory
  • Producer
2011
74% Splice
  • Executive Producer
2010
49% The Losers
  • Producer
2010
48% The Book of Eli
  • Producer
2010
70% Sherlock Holmes
  • Producer
2009
26% Ninja Assassin
  • Producer
2009
7% Whiteout
  • Producer
2009
55% Orphan
  • Producer
2009
57% The Hills Run Red
  • Executive Producer
2009
No Score Yet Empire
  • Producer
2009
59% RocknRolla
  • Producer
2008
39% Speed Racer
  • Producer
2008
21% Fred Claus
  • Producer
2007
43% The Brave One
  • Producer
2007
19% The Invasion
  • Producer
2007
8% The Reaping
  • Producer
2007
33% Return to House on Haunted Hill
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2007
73% V for Vendetta
  • Producer
2006
No Score Yet Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television
  • Actor
2005
85% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
  • Producer
2005
25% House of Wax
  • Producer
2005
21% AVP - Alien Vs. Predator
  • Producer
2004
No Score Yet Bet Your Life
  • Executive Producer
2004
14% Gothika
  • Producer
2003
36% The Matrix Revolutions
  • Producer
2003
73% The Matrix Reloaded
  • Producer
2003
26% Cradle 2 the Grave
  • Producer
2003
14% Ghost Ship
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2002
No Score Yet Jane Doe
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2001
71% The Matrix Revisited
  • Executive Producer
2001
14% Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts)
  • Producer
2001
55% Osmosis Jones
  • The Chief
2001
26% Swordfish
  • Producer
2001
No Score Yet Proximity
  • Producer
2001
32% Exit Wounds
  • Producer
2001
10% Dungeons & Dragons
  • Executive Producer
2000
33% Romeo Must Die
  • Producer
2000
28% House on Haunted Hill
  • Producer
1999
No Score Yet Made Men
  • Producer
1999
87% The Matrix
  • Producer
1999
52% Lethal Weapon 4
  • Producer
1998
No Score Yet Double Tap
  • Producer
1997
52% Conspiracy Theory
  • Producer
1997
25% Fathers' Day
  • Producer
1997
12% Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood
  • Executive Producer
1996
13% Fair Game
  • Producer
1995
15% Assassins
  • Producer
1995
63% Executive Decision
  • Producer
1995
35% Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight
  • Executive Producer
1995
24% Richie Rich
  • Producer
1994
64% Demolition Man
  • Producer
1993
56% Lethal Weapon 3
  • Producer
1992
44% The Last Boy Scout
  • Producer
1991
73% Ricochet
  • Producer
1991
26% Hudson Hawk
  • Producer
1991
25% Predator 2
  • Producer
1990
29% The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
  • Producer
1990
69% Die Hard 2
  • Producer
1990
83% Lethal Weapon 2
  • Producer
1989
38% Road House
  • Producer
1989
92% Die Hard
  • Producer
1988
97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Raoul Raoul, Director
1988
10% Action Jackson
  • Producer
1988
78% Predator
  • Producer
1987
84% Lethal Weapon
  • Producer
1987
28% Jumpin' Jack Flash
  • Producer
1986
69% Commando
  • Producer
1985
56% Weird Science
  • Producer
1985
36% Brewster's Millions
  • Producer
1985
62% Streets of Fire
  • Producer
1984
92% 48 HRS
  • Producer
1982
No Score Yet Jekyll and Hyde...Together Again
  • Executive Producer
1982
38% Xanadu
  • Producer
1980
89% The Warriors
  • Executive Producer
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Himself
No Score Yet The Animatrix
2003
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
97% Veronica Mars
2004-2007
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Actor

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