|Born||July 14, 1952|
South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Joel Silver (born July 14, 1952) is an American film producer.
Silver was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey, the son of a writer and a public relations executive. His family is Jewish. He attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. During his time there, Silver, Buzzy Hellring and Jonny Hines created the rules for what he called "Ultimate Frisbee". He was later inducted into the USA Ultimate Hall of Fame as a result of this. 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, as well as the first two films of the Predator series and 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. This was a prank Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis pulled on then-Disney CEO, Michael Eisner, as Eisner and Silver despised each other since their days at Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s, especially with the issues they faced making 48 Hrs.. Silver trimmed his beard off, paid his own expenses, and asked to not have his name in initial cast lists. Reportedly, when production wrapped, due to the fact that Silver was unrecognizable, Eisner questioned who played Raoul and was told it was Silver, at which point, Eisner shrugged and praised his performance.
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.
Silver is also known for his eccentric temper, inspiring characters based on him in movies such as Grand Canyon, True Romance and I'll Do Anything. The character of Les Grossman (played by Tom Cruise) in the movie Tropic Thunder, is a parody of Silver.
He also voiced "the police chief" in the 2001 film Osmosis Jones as an uncredited role.
On June 24, 2019, Silver Pictures CEO Hal Sadoff announced that Silver had resigned from the company. Two days later, The Hollywood Reporter cited unnamed sources claiming that Joel Silver's overspending, dearth of recent box-office hits, and an animosity between Silver and financier Daryl Katz led to Silver's departure. No official reason has yet been given by the Katz Group, Silver Pictures, or Joel Silver himself.
Silver is well known as an aficionado of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1984, he bought the Wright-designed Storer House in Hollywood and made considerable investments to restore it to its original condition. The Storer House's squarish relief ornament then became the company logo of Silver Pictures. Silver sold it in 2002 for $2.9 million. In 1986, he purchased the long-neglected C. Leigh Stevens Auldbrass Plantation in Yemassee, South Carolina, and has been restoring it since then. Both restorations have been managed and supervised by the architect Eric Lloyd Wright (grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright).
Silver has also owned and restored two Lincoln Continental automobiles previously owned by Wright, one a 1940 convertible and the other a 1941 coupe. After the 1940 car was damaged, Wright had a body shop rebuild the car based on his own custom redesign. For a time both cars were displayed in the Storer House.
On August 19, 2015, Silver's 28-year-old assistant Carmel Musgrove drowned in a lagoon while attending a celebration with Silver in Bora Bora, on the occasion of the marriage between Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux. Later, in August 2017, Musgrove's family sued Silver and his assistant Martin Herold, arguing the latter had provided her with cocaine, which, along with alcohol consumption and exhaustion from work, they alleged had contributed to her death. Silver was exonerated in February 2021 by a Los Angeles judge.
|1978||The End||Assistant to producer|
|Hooper||Assistant to executive producer|
|1979||The Warriors||Associate producer|
|1981||The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper||Creative consultant|
|Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again||Executive Producer|
|Streets of Fire||Executive Producer|
|1986||Jumpin' Jack Flash||Producer|
|Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Actor "Raoul J. Raoul"|
|Lethal Weapon 2||Producer|
|1990||Die Hard 2||Producer|
|The Adventures of Ford Fairlane||Producer|
|The Last Boy Scout||Producer|
|1992||Lethal Weapon 3||Producer|
|Demon Knight||Executive Producer|
|Bordello of Blood||Executive Producer|
|1998||Lethal Weapon 4||Producer|
|House on Haunted Hill||Producer|
|2000||Romeo Must Die||Producer|
|Dungeons & Dragons||Executive Producer|
|Osmosis Jones||Voice actor "Police Chief"|
|2003||Cradle 2 the Grave||Producer|
|The Matrix Reloaded||Producer|
|The Matrix Revolutions||Producer|
|The Animatrix (Direct-to-video)||Executive Producer|
|2005||House of Wax||Producer|
|Kiss Kiss Bang Bang||Producer|
|V for Vendetta||Producer|
|The Brave One||Producer|
|Return to House on Haunted Hill (Direct-to-video)||Executive Producer|
|The Hills Run Red (Direct-to-video)||Executive Producer|
|2010||The Book of Eli||Producer|
|Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows||Producer|
|Project X||Executive Producer|
|The Philly Kid||Executive Producer|
|El Gringo||Executive Producer|
|Bullet to the Head||Executive Producer|
|Enemies Closer||Executive Producer|
|Veronica Mars||Executive Producer|
|2016||The Nice Guys||Producer|
|1958||Kraft Television Theatre||Actor "Insp. Davis"|
|1976||The Bette Midler Show||Assistant to the producer||Television special|
|1983||The Renegades||Production executive|
|1990||Parker Kane||Executive producer||Television film|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Actor "Crypt Keeper's Chainsaw Victim"
|1992||Two-Fisted Tales||Executive producer||Television film|
|1993–94||Tales from the Cryptkeeper||Executive producer|
|1995||The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies||Documentary|
|W.E.I.R.D. World||Executive producer||Television film|
|1989–96||Tales from the Crypt||Executive producer|
|1992||Tales from the Crypt||Director|
|1996–97||Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House||Executive producer|
|1997||Perversions of Science||Executive producer|
|1999||Tales from the Cryptkeeper||Special thanks|
|1999–2000||The Strip||Executive producer|
|2001||Jane Doe||Executive producer||Television film|
|2003||Newton||Executive producer||Television film|
|Future Tense||Executive producer||Television film|
|2004||Next Action Star||Executive producer|
|Bet Your Life||Executive producer||Television film|
|Prodigy||Executive producer||Television film|
|2005||The Studio||Executive producer|
|2004–07||Veronica Mars||Executive producer|
|2010||The Odds||Executive producer||Television film|
|2011||Hail Mary||Executive producer||Television film|
|2014||My Friends Call Me Johnny||Executive producer|