Joel Silver

Joel Silver (born July 14, 1952) is an American film producer.

Joel Silver
Joel Silver in New York City 2008.jpg
Silver at the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2008
Born (1952-07-14) July 14, 1952 (age 68)
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1976–present
Karyn Fields
(m. after 1999)

Life and careerEdit

Silver was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey, the son of a writer and a public relations executive.[1] His family is Jewish.[2] 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.[3] 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[by whom?] 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"[dubious ] Osmosis Jones as an uncredited role.[citation needed]

On June 24, 2019, Silver Pictures CEO Hal Sadoff announced that Silver had resigned from the company.[4] 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.[5] No official reason has yet been given by the Katz Group, Silver Pictures, or Joel Silver himself.[6][5]

Frank Lloyd Wright housesEdit

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 also owns the 1941 Lincoln Continental that had been customized to Frank Lloyd Wright's design.[7]

Carmel Musgrove incidentEdit

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.[8][9]


All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.


As an actor
Year Film Role Notes
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Raoul J. Raoul
2001 Osmosis Jones Police Chief Voice role
Miscellaneous crew
Year Film Notes
1978 The End Assistant to producer
Hooper Assistant to executive producer
1981 The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper Creative consultant


Year Title Credit Notes
1990 Parker Kane Executive producer Television film
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
1996−97 Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House Executive producer
1997 Perversions of Science Executive producer
1999−2000 The Strip Executive producer
Action Executive producer
2000 Freedom 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
2007−08 Moonlight Executive producer
2010 The Odds Executive producer Television film
2011 Hail Mary Executive producer Television film
2014 My Friends Call Me Johnny Executive producer
TBA Twist Executive producer
As an actor
Year Title Role Notes
1958 Kraft Television Theatre Insp. Davis
1991 Tales from the Crypt Crypt Keeper's Chainsaw Victim
2007 Entourage Himself
Miscellaneous crew
Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Bette Midler Show Assistant to the producer Television special
1983 The Renegades Production executive
As director
Year Title
1992 Tales from the Crypt
Year Title Notes
1999 Tales from the Cryptkeeper Special thanks


  1. ^ "Joel Silver Biography (1952-)".
  2. ^ James, Clive (2009). The Blaze of Obscurity. Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
  3. ^ ""Founders (Class of 2005)"". USA Ultimate. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b ""He Felt Strangled": Joel Silver's Lavish Spending, Lack of Hits Angered Producing Partners Ahead of Exit". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  6. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (June 25, 2019). "Joel Silver Exits Silver Pictures, Hal Sadoff to Run Company". TheWrap. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Lee, Matt; Lee, Ted (November 30, 2003), "Auldbrass Wasn't Rebuilt in a Day", New York Times
  8. ^ "Producer Joel Silver sued over death of assistant".
  9. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (August 18, 2017). drowned-2015 "Joel Silver Sued for Wrongful Death by Family of Assistant Who Drowned in 2015" Check |url= value (help). TheWrap. Retrieved August 18, 2017.

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