Happy Birthday: Joel Silver

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joelsilverHappy Birthday producer Joel Silver

Born: July 14, 1952 in South Orange, New Jersey, USA

Married to:
Karyn Fields (10 July 1999 – present) (1 child)

As flamboyant as any character in his movies, Joel Silver can be credited along with Jerry Bruckheimer as practically reinventing the action film genre in the 1980s. Born in New Jersey, he attended the New York University Film School.

Joel Silver pioneered the practice of shooting action movies in Australia with the “Matrix” films, and has been credited with either inventing or reinventing the careers of Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steven Seagal. He was mentioned in Halle Berry’s Academy Award acceptance speech. Other credits include non-action pictures, ranging from Xanadu (1980) and Weird Science (1985) to HBO’s long-running TV series, Tales from the Crypt (1989).

Caricatured in Grand Canyon (1991), True Romance (1993), and I’ll Do Anything (1994)

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