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Barry Sonnenfeld (born 1 April 1953) is an Americanmarker filmmaker and television director. He worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black.


Sonnenfeld was born and raised in New York Citymarker, the son of Kelly, an art teacher, and Sonny Sonnenfeld. He graduated from New York Universitymarker of Film School in 1978. He started work as director of photography on the Oscar-nominated In Our Water (1982). Then Joel Coen and Ethan Coen hired him for Blood Simple (1985). This film began his collaboration with the Coen Bros., who used him for their next two pictures, Raising Arizona (1987) and Miller's Crossing (1990). He also worked with Danny DeVito on Throw Momma from the Train (1987) and Rob Reiner on When Harry Met Sally (1989) and Misery (1990).

Sonnenfeld gained his first work as a director from Orion Pictures on The Addams Family, a box-office success released in November 1991. Its sequel, Addams Family Values (1993), was not as successful at the box office, but he received critical acclaim for his fourth directorial outing, Get Shorty (1995). Produced by Jersey Films and based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, the film won a Golden Globe for John Travolta (Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical). In 1996 Steven Spielberg asked him to direct Men in Black (1997). Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, the movie was a critical and financial smash. Producer Jon Peters then asked Sonnenfeld to direct Wild Wild West (1999), an adaptation of an old TV series. He also directed the comedy Big Trouble (2002), after which he made his most successful film sequel, Men in Black II (2002). He is also a contributing editor for Esquire magazine. In 2008, Sonnenfeld earned an Emmy for directing "Pushing Daisies."


His works include:

He has also done advertising:

Future Projects

Things A Man Should Never Do Past 30: single-camera comedy from executive producer/director Sonnenfeld, the Tannenbaum Co. and Sony Pictures TV. The project mostly is based on the personal experiences of David Katz and Esquire editor at large A.J. Jacobs. The show is about a guy working at men's magazine who is reluctant to embrace adulthood and his friend who is an immersion journalist. Al Higgins ("Malcolm in the Middle"), is set to serve as showrunner/head writer if the project is picked up.

He has become attached to a movie adaption of The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz, about a family of private investigators.


  1. Barry Sonnenfeld Biography (1953-)

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