Joel Silver

14 Jul 1952

Producer, Actor

Joel Silver (born July 14, 1952) is an American film producer, known for action films like Lethal Weapon and Die Hard. He is owner of Silver Pictures and co-founder of Dark Castle Entertainment.

Silver grew up in South Orange, New Jersey, the son of a writer and a public relations executive. He attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, where he is credited with inventing the sport of Ultimate (then known as "Ultimate Frisbee"). In 1970, he entered Lafayette College, where he formed the first collegiate Ultimate team. He finished his undergraduate studies at the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Silver began his career at Lawrence Gordon Productions, where he eventually became president of motion pictures for the company. He earned his first screen credit as the associate producer on The Warriors and, with Gordon, produced 48 Hrs.,Streets of Fire and Brewster's Millions. In 1985, he formed Silver Pictures and produced successful action films such as Commando (1985), the Lethal Weapon franchise, the first two films of the Die Hard series and the The Matrix franchise of action films. Silver appears on-screen at the beginning of Who Framed Roger Rabbit as Raoul J. Raoul, the director of the animated short Something's Cookin. Silver directed "Split Personality", (1992), an episode of the HBO horror anthology, Tales from the Crypt. He currently runs two production companies, Silver Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment co-owned by Robert Zemeckis. Along with Jared Kass, Silver was co-creator of the sport of Ultimate. On July 10, 1999, Silver married his production assistant Karyn Fields.

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Filmography (71 titles)

(movie, 2018)
···The Predator
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Thriller, Adventure
Role: Producer
(movie, 2018)
···SuperFly
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller, Drama
Role: Producer
(movie, 2017)
···Suburbicon
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Producer
(movie, 2016)
···Collide
Genre: Thriller, Action
Role: Producer
(movie, 2016)
···The Nice Guys
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Role: Producer
(movie, 2015)
···The Gunman
Genre: Action, Drama, Crime
Role: Producer
(movie, 2014)
7.5Non-Stop
Genre: Action, Thriller, Mystery
Role: Producer
(movie, 2012)
···Bullet to the Head
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 2012)
···The Factory
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 2012)
···The Philly Kid
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Producer
(movie, 2012)
···El Gringo
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 2012)
···Project X
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Producer
Genre: Adventure, Action, Crime, Mystery
Role: Producer
(movie, 2011)
6.8Unknown
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 2010)
7.2The Book of Eli
Genre: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Role: Producer
(movie, 2009)
7.0Sherlock Holmes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery
Role: Producer
(movie, 2009)
···Ninja Assassin
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 2009)
···Whiteout
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 2009)
···Orphan
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Role: Producer
(movie, 2008)
···RockNRolla
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 2008)
···Speed Racer
Genre: Family, Action, Science Fiction
Role: Producer
(movie, 2007)
···Fred Claus
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Role: Producer
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 2007)
···The Brave One
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 2007)
···The Invasion
Genre: Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 2007)
7.3The Reaping
Genre: Horror
Role: Producer
(movie, 2006)
7.0V for Vendetta
Genre: Action, Thriller, Fantasy
Role: Producer
(movie, 2005)
···Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Role: Producer
(movie, 2005)
···House of Wax
Genre: Horror
Role: Producer
(movie, 2003)
···Gothika
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 2003)
8.0The Matrix Revolutions
Genre: Adventure, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Role: Producer
(movie, 2003)
8.3The Matrix Reloaded
Genre: Adventure, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Role: Producer
(movie, 2003)
···Cradle 2 the Grave
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Role: Producer
(movie, 2002)
···Ghost Ship
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 2001)
5.5Thir13en Ghosts
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 2001)
···Swordfish
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 2001)
···Exit Wounds
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 2000)
···Dungeons & Dragons
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Role: Producer
(movie, 1999)
···House on Haunted Hill
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1999)
9.6The Matrix
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Role: Producer
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Himself)
(movie, 1998)
7.8Lethal Weapon 4
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1997)
···Conspiracy Theory
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1997)
···Fathers' Day
Genre: Comedy, Family
Role: Producer
(movie, 1996)
···Executive Decision
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1995)
···Fair Game
Genre: Action, Thriller, Romance
Role: Producer
(movie, 1995)
···Assassins
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Role: Producer
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1994)
···Ri¢hie Ri¢h
Genre: Comedy, Family
Role: Producer
(movie, 1993)
···Demolition Man
Genre: Crime, Action, Science Fiction
Role: Producer
(movie, 1992)
···Lethal Weapon 3
Genre: Adventure, Action, Comedy, Thriller, Crime
Role: Producer
(movie, 1991)
···The Last Boy Scout
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1991)
···Ricochet
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1991)
···Hudson Hawk
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Role: Producer
(movie, 1990)
···Predator 2
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Thriller
Role: Producer
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1990)
···Die Hard 2
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1989)
6.5Lethal Weapon 2
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1989)
···Road House
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1988)
8.1Die Hard
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1988)
···Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Genre: Fantasy, Animation, Comedy, Crime, Family
Role: Actor (as Raoul)
(movie, 1988)
···Action Jackson
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Role: Producer
(movie, 1987)
8.0Predator
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Adventure, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1987)
···Lethal Weapon
Genre: Adventure, Action, Comedy, Thriller, Crime
Role: Producer
(movie, 1986)
···Jumpin' Jack Flash
Genre: Comedy, Thriller, Romance
Role: Producer
(movie, 1985)
···Commando
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1985)
···Weird Science
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Role: Producer
(movie, 1985)
···Brewster's Millions
Genre: Comedy
Role: Producer
(movie, 1984)
···Streets of Fire
Genre: Action, Music, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1982)
···48 Hrs.
Genre: Thriller, Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Role: Producer