THE COEN BROTHERS Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Name Joel Daniel Coen                                                               
Born: November 29, 1954                                                             
Name: Ethan Coen                                                                   
Born: September 21, 1957                                                           
Joel and Ethan Coen, known collectively as The Coen Brothers, are Academy Award     
winning American filmmakers. For more than 20 years, the pair have written and     
directed numerous successful films, ranging from screwball comedies (O Brother,     
Where Art Thou?, Raising Arizona, The Hudsucker Proxy) to film noir (Miller's       
Crossing, Blood Simple, The Man Who Wasn't There, No Country For Old Men), to       
movies where those two genres blur together (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Barton       
Fink). The brothers write, direct and produce their films jointly, although         
until recently Joel received sole credit for directing and Ethan for producing.     
They often alternate top billing for their screenplays while sharing film           
credits for editor under the alias "Roderick Jaynes". They are known in the film   
business as "the two-headed director", as they share such a similar vision of       
what their films are to be that actors say that they can approach either brother   
with a question and get the same answer.