Ethan Coen

Producer, Screenwriter, Editor
With director, co-writer and brother Joel, writer-producer Ethan Coen was part of the most celebrated brother act in recent entertainment memory. He helmed a series of stylish, irreverent and cinema-savvy movies that ... Read more »
Born: 09/20/1957 in St Louis Park, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Writer (26)

Hail, Caesar! 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bridge of Spies 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gambit 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Unbroken 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop 2010 (Movie)

(from original screenplay: "Blood Simple") (Source Material)

True Grit 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Serious Man 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Tuileries") (Screenplay)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Writer

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Naked Man 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fargo 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Barton Fink 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Miller's Crossing 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Raising Arizona 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Crimewave 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blood Simple 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Yiddish Policemen's Union (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (23)

Hail, Caesar! 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fargo 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

True Grit 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Serious Man 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bad Santa 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Down From the Mountain 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fargo 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Barton Fink 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Miller's Crossing 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Raising Arizona 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blood Simple 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Yiddish Policemen's Union (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (13)

Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 (Movie)

(Editor)

True Grit 2010 (Movie)

(Editor)

A Serious Man 2009 (Movie)

(Editor)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

(Editor)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

(Editor)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

(Editor)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

(Editor)

Fargo 1996 (Movie)

(Editor)

Barton Fink 1991 (Movie)

(Editor)

Blood Simple 1985 (Movie)

(Editor)
Director (10)

Hail, Caesar! 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

True Grit 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

A Serious Man 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("World Cinema") (Director)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Tuileries") (Director)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The Yiddish Policemen's Union (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (5)

The 13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Down From the Mountain 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Inside the Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

With director, co-writer and brother Joel, writer-producer Ethan Coen was part of the most celebrated brother act in recent entertainment memory. He helmed a series of stylish, irreverent and cinema-savvy movies that charmed critics while thrilling an initially small, but loyal band of viewers. Though they evinced a powerful fascination with film genres - particularly screwball comedy and film noir - the Coen Brothers earned a great deal of respect from the Hollywood community despite their penchant to work outside the system. These self-conscious movies-within-movies possessed humorous camera movements, richly textured landscapes, and powerhouse performers spouting beautifully artificial dialogue. While some complained that the brothers were nothing more than slick stylists, the Coens, nonetheless, achieved a rare feat in entertainment: making the movies they wanted with little-to-no outside interference.

Relationships

Hilary Coen

Wife
Married December 1985 divorced

Edward Coen

Father
Taught at the University of Minnesota

Rena Coen

Mother
Taught at St. Cloud State University

Joel Coen

Brother
Writing and directing partner

Debbie Coen

Sister
Older

Tricia Cooke

Wife
Second wife married c. 1993 credits include, "Miller's Crossing" (1990), "Barton Fink" (1991) and "The Hudsucker Proxy" (1994)

Frances McDormand Actor

Sister-In-Law
Worked together in films including "Raising Arizona" (1987), "Fargo" (1996) and "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001)

EDUCATION

Simon's Rock Early College

Great Barrington , Massachusetts
School is now Bard College at Simon's Rock

Princeton University

Princeton , New Jersey 1979
Senior thesis was a 41-page essay, "Two Views of Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy"

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing

2010

With brother Joel, co-directed (also co-wrote and co-produced) the American Western film, "True Grit"

2009

With brother Joel, co-directed (also co-wrote and co-produced) the drama film, "A Serious Man," which loosely retells the Jewish biblical story of Job in the modern American era; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Director; also earned

2007

With brother Joel, co-directed (also co-wrote and co-produced) the award winning film, "No Country for Old Men" starring Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director

2004

Helmed "The Ladykillers," with Tom Hanks and Marlon Wayans

2003

Co-directed with brother Joel "Intolerable Cruelty," which starred George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones

2001

Helmed "The Man Who Wasn't There"; premiered at Cannes

2000

Shared a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination with brother Joel for "O Brother Where Art Thou?"

1997

Helmed "The Big Lebowski"

1996

Breakthrough feature, "Fargo," co-directed with brother Joel

1994

Signed a five-commercial deal with brother Joel for Budweiser Ice Draft Beer

1984

First film as co-screenwriter (with brother Joel and Sam Raimi), Raimi's "Crimewave (released 1985)

1984

First film as producer and co-screenwriter, "Blood Simple"

1984

Began co-writing (with brother Joel and Sam Raimi) the screenplay for "The Hudsucker Proxy" (released 1994)

1980

Left college to join brother Joel in NYC

1980

Did temp work as a statistical typist at Macy's department store in NYC

Left high school early

Transferred to a private school in Massachusetts, Simon's Rock of Bard College

Grew up in St Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attended Princeton University as a philosophy major

Bonus Trivia

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Together, the Coens edit their own films under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes.

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"The enigmatic brothers have created a tiny body of crazily proficient movies, full of comic-book humor, lizard-like alertness, deadpan wit and cosmic images. Their movies, dark and foreboding as they are, are full of glee. There are 'in' jokes, comments on moviemaking itself, products of the kind of cool, bratty intelligence the Coens are known for." - From Jami Bernard's "Barton Fink" review in the New York Post, Aug. 21, 1991

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"They find the absurdity of who we are in every situation. That's what they're fantastic at. Even in a movie as tense as this, they give you the ability to kind of chuckle and inhale and take a breath," said Brolin. "You never know what's going to happen around the next Coen brothers corner, whether it be fate or absurdity or a lack of humor where you're positive they're going to inject a joke." - Josh Brolin on working with the Coen brothers, to CNN.com, Nov. 14, 2007

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