|NET WORTH:||$55 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Director, Producer, Writer|
|Born:||November 29, 1954|
|Birth Name:||Joel Daniel Coen|
Joel Coen is an American director, producer, and writer. He has written, produced, and co-directed several films with his brother, Ethan Coen and is referred to as the Coen Brothers.
Joel Coen was born November 29, 1954 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota to parents, Rena and Edward Coen. His mother was an art historian at St. Cloud University, and his father was an economist at the University of Minnesota.
Joel and his brother, Ethan, started to have interest in cinema through television when they were young. In 1960s, he saved money to buy a Vivitar Super 8 camera from mowing lawns. In 1973, he graduated from St. Louis Park High School, and from Bard College at Simon's Rock in college.
Joel spent four years in the undergraduate film program at New York University, and made a 30-minute long thesis film, Soundings.
After he graduated from New York University, he has worked as a production assistant on a variety of industrial films and music videos, where he developed a talent for film editing and met Sam Raimi.
Joel and his brother, Ethan, wrote and directed their very first commercial film "Blood Simple" in 1984. The film starred actress Frances McDormand, and upon its release the film received positive feedbacks and won both the "Sundance" and "Independent Spirit" awards for Joel's direction.
In 1990s, Joel and Ethan wrote and directed several films such as Miller's Crossing in 1990; Barton Fink; The Hudsucker Proxy in 1994; the crime thriller Fargo in 1996 where the film was considered as a critical and commercial success, and winning several awards.
In 2000, the Coen brothers film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" was also considered as a commercial success. In 2003, they directed the film "Intolerable Cruelty", which is a throwback to the romantic comedies of the 1940s. In 2004, the produced The Ladykillers, and in November 2007, the film No Country for Old Men was released which they wrote and directed. The comedy-drama film, A Serious Man, which the Coen brothers directed was released on October 2, 2009, and was nominated for the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
The Coen brothers owns the film production, Mike Zoss Productions based in New York City.
Joel and Ethan also received several awards and nominations including the four Academy Award nominations for the film, No Country for Old Men.
In 1984, Joel married actress Frances McDormand. McDormand has acted in several films of Coen brothers including in Blood Simple, Fargo, Raising Arizona, and more. In 1995, the couple adopted a son, and named him Pedro McDormand Coen, from Paraguay when he was still a six month old.
With all the commercially successful films Joel and his brother has wrote, produced, and directed, he earned an estimated net worth of $55 million, as of today 2020.