Silver, Joel 1952-

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Silver, Joel 1952-


Born July 14, 1952, in South Orange, NJ; father, a public relations executive; mother, a writer; married Karyn Fields (a producer and costumer), July 10, 1999. Education: Attended New York University, until 1974; some sources also cite attendance at Lafayette College. Avocational Interests: Collecting houses designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.


Office—Silver Pictures, 4000 Warner Blvd., Building 90, Burbank, CA 91522-0001. Agent—Endeavor, 9601 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Publicist—Joy Fehily, PMK/HBH Public Relations, 700 San Vicente Blvd., Suite G910, West Hollywood, CA 90069.


Producer and executive. Lawrence Gordon Productions, began as assistant to producer Lawrence Gordon, became president of motion picture division; Silver Pictures, Burbank, CA, founder, 1985, and chairman; also chairman of Dark Castle Entertainment and Zinc Entertainment.

Awards, Honors:

Named ShoWest producer of the year, National Association of Theatre Owners, 1990; received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1993; Life Career Award, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, 1995; Golden Satellite Award, best television series, International Press Academy, 1999, for Action.


Film Producer:

Max (short film), 1976.

48 Hrs., Paramount, 1982.

Streets of Fire, Universal-RKO Radio Pictures, 1984.

Brewster's Millions, Universal, 1985.

Commando, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.

Weird Science, Universal, 1985.

Jumpin' Jack Flash, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986.

Lethal Weapon, Warner Bros., 1987.

Predator, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987.

Action Jackson, Lorimar, 1988.

Die Hard (also known as Piege de cristal), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1988.

Road House, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1989.

Lethal Weapon 2, Warner Bros., 1989.

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (also known as Ford Fairlane, Las aventuras de Ford Fairlane, and Fuodo Fuearen no boken), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990.

Predator 2, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990.

Die Hard 2: Die Harder (also known as Die Hard 2), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990.

Hudson Hawk, TriStar, 1991.

The Last Boy Scout, 1991.

Ricochet, Warner Bros., 1991.

Lethal Weapon 3, 1992.

Demolition Man, Warner Bros., 1993.

Richie Rich, 1994.

Assassins (also known as Day of Reckoning), Warner Bros., 1995.

Fair Game, Warner Bros., 1995.

Executive Decision (also known as Critical Decision), Warner Bros., 1996.

Fathers' Day, Warner Bros., 1997.

Conspiracy Theory, Warner Bros., 1997.

Lethal Weapon 4 (also known as Lethal 4), Warner Bros., 1998.

The Matrix, Warner Bros., 1999.

House on Haunted Hill (also known as Haunted Hill), Warner Bros., 1999.

Romeo Must Die, Warner Bros., 2000.

Exit Wounds, Warner Bros., 2001.

Swordfish, Warner Bros., 2001.

Ghost Ship, Warner Bros./Columbia, 2002.

Cradle 2 the Grave, Warner Bros., 2003.

The Matrix Reloaded (also released as The Matrix Reloaded: The IMAX Experience), Warner Bros., 2003.

The Matrix Revolutions (also released as The Matrix Revolutions: The IMAX Experience), Warner Bros., 2003.

Gothika, Warner Bros., 2003.

House of Wax, Warner Bros., 2005.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Warner Bros., 2005.

V for Vendetta (also known as V for Vendetta: At the IMAX and V wie Vendetta), Warner Bros., 2005.

The Reaping, Warner Bros., 2007.

The Invasion, Warner Bros., 2007.

The Brave One, Warner Bros., 2007.

Return to House on Haunted Hill, Warner Bros., 2007.

Fred Claus, Warner Bros., 2007.

Film Executive Producer:

Jekyll and HydeTogether Again, Paramount, 1982.

Demon Knight (also known as Demon Keeper and Tales from the Crypt Presents: "Demon Knight"), Universal, 1995.

Bordello of Blood (also known as Tales from the Crypt Presents: "Bordello of Blood"), Universal, 1996.

Dungeons and Dragons (also known as Dungeons and Dragons: The Movie), New Line Cinema, 2000.

(Some sources cite function as producer) 13 Ghosts (also known as 13 fantomes), Warner Bros., 2001.

Ritual (also known as Tales from the Crypt Presents: Revelation and Tales from the Crypt Presents: Voodoo), Miramax/Dimension Films, 2001.

The Animatrix (animated), Warner Bros., 2003.

Final Flight of the Osiris (also known as The Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris), Warner Bros., 2003.

Film Work; Other:

Associate producer, The Warriors, Paramount, 1979.

Coproducer, Xanadu, Universal, 1980.

Film Appearances:

Raoul, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Buena Vista, 1988.

(Uncredited) Voice of police chief, Osmosis Jones, Warner Bros., 2001.

Television Executive Producer; Series:

Tales from the Crypt (series of specials; also known as HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"; also executive producer of most of the individual specials), HBO, 1989-96.

(And creator) Tales from the Cryptkeeper, 1993-96.

Secrets from the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House, CBS, 1996-97.

Perversions of Science, HBO, 1997.

Action, Fox, 1999.

The Strip, UPN, 1999.

Freedom, UPN, 2000.

Next Action Star, NBC, 2004.

The Studio, 2004.

Veronica Mars, UPN, 2004-2006, then CW Network, 2006—.

Television Executive Producer; Pilots:

Action, Fox, 1999.

Newton, UPN, 2003.

Future Tense, NBC, 2003.

Veronica Mars, UPN, 2004.

Television Executive Producer; Movies:

Parker Kane, NBC, 1990.

W.E.I.R.D. World, Fox, 1995.

Jane Doe (also known as Runaway Jane), USA Network, 2001.

Bet Your Life, NBC, 2004.

Television Producer; Movies:

Double Tap, HBO, 1997.

Made Men, HBO, 1999.

Proximity, Cinemax, 2001.

Television Work; Specials:

Segment producer, MTV's 10th Anniversary Special, MTV, 1991.

Executive producer, Two-Fisted Tales, Fox, 1991.

Director, "Split Personality," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1992.

Producer, The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies, HBO, 1995.

Executive producer, Cold War, Cable News Network, 1996.

Executive producer, Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants, HBO, 1996.

Television Work; Episodic:

Executive producer, "There's No Such Thing as Vampires," Moonlight, CBS, 2007.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Mel Gibson's Video Diary 2: Lethal Weapon 3, 1991.

The 23rd Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1991.

The Warner Bros. Story: No Guts, No Glory; 75 Years of Stars, TNT, 1998.

The Warner Bros. Story: No Guts, No Glory; 75 Years of Laughter, TNT, 1998.

The Warner Bros. Story: No Guts, No Glory; 75 Years of Blockbusters, TNT, 1998.

The Matrix: The Movie Special, MTV, 1999.

Making "The Matrix," HBO, 1999.

The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking, PBS, 2001.

Making the Game: Enter the Matrix, MTV, 2003.

Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television, AMC, 2004.

"V for Vendetta" Unmasked, Sci-Fi Channel, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

American Cinema, PBS, 1995.

"The Making of ‘The Matrix,’" HBO First Look, HBO, 1999.

"Romeo Must Die," HBO First Look, HBO, 2000.

"The Making of ‘Swordfish,’" HBO First Look, HBO, 2001.

The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, The WB, 2002.

The Charlie Rose Show, PBS, 2003.

"The Matrix Revolutions," HBO First Look, HBO, 2003.

Filmland, 2003.

Tinseltown TV, International Channel, 2003.

Punk'd, MTV, 2003.

Sunday Morning Shootout, AMC, 2005.

The Film Programme (also known as Film 2005), BBC, 2005.

"Anti-Heroes," Space Top 10 Countdown, Space Network, 2006.

Caiga quien caiga, 2007.


Video Appearances:

Pure Lethal! New Angles, New Scenes, and Explosive Outtakes, Warner Bros., 1998.

If It Bleeds We Can Kill It: The Making of "Predator," Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 2001.

Swordfish: The Effects in Focus—The Flying Bus, Warner Home Video, 2001.

The Matrix Revisited, Warner Home Video, 2001.

The Making of "Thir13en Ghosts," Columbia TriStar, 2002.

Scrolls to Screen: A Brief History of Anime, Warner Home Video, 2003.

Making "Enter the Matrix," Warner Home Video, 2003.

The Matrix Recalibrated (also known as Revolutions Recalibrated), Warner Home Video, 2004.

The Burly Man Chronicles, Warner Home Video, 2004.

Freedom! Forever! Making "V for Vendetta," Warner Home Video, 2006.

England Prevails: V for Vendetta and the New Wave in Comics, Warner Home Video, 2006.

Designing the Near Future, Warner Home Video, 2006.

(In archive footage) Behind the Ears: The True Story of Roger Rabbit, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2003.

Video Work:

Executive producer, The Matrix Revisited, Warner Home Video, 2001.

Producer, Enter the Matrix (video game), Atari/Infogrames Entertainment, 2003.


Television Episodes:

The Strip, UPN, 1999.



Empire, November, 2000, pp. 10-12, 15.

Entertainment Weekly, January 20, 1995, p. 26.

Premiere, December, 1990, pp. 112-123, 152.

Rolling Stone, June 15, 1989.