On this Day in Movie History, November 29, 1954: Joel Coen Born

On this day, November 29, 1954, Joel Coen, the older of the filmmaking team known as the Coen Brothers, was born. The Coen Brothers have made such films as Blood Simple, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men, and True Grit. 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.

1895 – Busby Berkeley (William Berkeley Enos) (choreographer, director: Forty Second Street, Gold Diggers of 1935, Footlight Parade, Hollywood Hotel, Stage Struck, Gold Diggers in Paris, Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band, Girl Crazy, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Babes on Broadway, For Me and My Gal; died Mar 14, 1976)

1932 – Diane Ladd (Rose Diane Ladnier) (actress: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Rambling Rose, The Cemetery Club, Chinatown, Father Hood, Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, The Grace Kelly Story, Desperate Lives, I Married a Centerfold, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Alice)

1952 – Jeff Fahey (actor: Unspeakable, Fallen Angels, Darkhunters, Split Second, Only the Brave, Planet Terror, Machete, Guns, Girls and Gambling, Marriage Retreat, Eldorado, Easy Rider: The Ride Back)

1954 – Joel Coen (Writer, Producer, Director: Inside Llewyn Davis (screenplay) (post-production) , Gambit (screenplay) True Grit (screenplay) A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (1984 screenplay Blood Simple) A Serious Man (written by) Burn After Reading (written by) No Country for Old Men (screenplay) Paris, je t’aime (segment “Tuileries”) The Ladykillers (screenplay) Intolerable Cruelty (screenplay) The Man Who Wasn’t There (written by) O Brother, Where Art Thou? (written by) The Big Lebowski (written by) Fargo (written by) The Hudsucker Proxy (written by) Barton Fink (written by) Miller’s Crossing (written by) Raising Arizona (written by) )

1960 – Cathy Moriarty (actress: Casper, The Mambo Kings, Soapdish, Me and the Kid, Kindergarten Cop, Matinee, Raging Bull; restaurant owner: Beverly Hills Pizzaria)

1961 – Tom Sizemore (Actor | Producer | Writer: Commute, The Grind, The Flyboys, Protecting the King, Paparazzi, Dreamcatcher, Swindle, Big Trouble, Welcome to America, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Red Planet, Get Carter, Play It to the Bone, Bringing Out the Dead, The Match, The Florentine, Enemy of the State, Saving Private Ryan, The Relic, Heat, Devil in a Blue Dress, Natural Born Killers, Wyatt Earp, Love Is Like That, Where Sleeping Dogs Lie, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Point Break, Guilty by Suspicion, Flight of the Intruder, A Matter of Degrees, Born on the Fourth of July, Rude Awakening, Lock Up, Blue Steel)

1962 – Andrew McCarthy (actor: The Courtyard, Weekend at Bernie’s series, Mannequin, St. Elmo’s Fire)

1964 – Don Cheadle (actor: Picket Fences, Devil in a Blue Dress, Boogie Nights, Bulworth, A Lesson Before Dying, Mission to Mars, Rush Hour 2, Ocean’s Eleven)


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