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Name: Joel Daniel Coen and Ethan Coen                                             
November 29, 1954 (age 53) (Joel Coen)                                             
September 21, 1957 (age 50) (Ethan Coen)                                           
Origin: Minneapolis, Minnesota                                                     
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, known collectively as the Coen brothers, are four-time   
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.