Barry Sonnenfeld’s net worth is $60 million dollars. Produced in The Big Apple, Ny, Barry Sonnenfeld graduated from Hampshire College, and then went to film school at New York University. He began his professional career as a cinematographer. His first manager of photography occupation was for the documentary, “In Our Water”, which went to earn an Oscar nomination. He was then hired to shoot the first movie from the Coen Brothers, “Blood Simple”.
Barry Sonnenfeld Net Worth $60 Million Dollars
The job would launch his profession, and Barry Sonnenfeld shot such endeavors as “Large”, “When Harry Met Sally”, and “Misery”. He shifted into directing work with all the successful 1991 movie, “The Addams Family”. Since then he’s directed and/or created such endeavors as “Addams Family Values”, “Get Shorty”, “Men in Black”, “Men in Black 2, “Enchanted”, “Pushing Daisies (TV)”, as well as the recently released, “Men in Black 3, which has made over $300 million since its launch in late May of 2012.
April 1, 1953
New York City, New York, United States
Film director, Cinematographer, Film Producer, Actor, Television producer, Television Director
New York University, Hampshire College
Susan Ringo (m. 1989)
Kelly Sonnenfeld, Sonny Sonnenfeld
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography, Saturn Award for Best Director
Men in Black 3, Men in Black, Nine Lives, The Addams Family, Men in Black II, Wild Wild West, Get Shorty, Addams Family Values, RV, Big Trouble, Blood Simple, For Love or Money, Raising Arizona, Enchanted, When Harry Met Sally..., Misery, Miller's Crossing, Throw Momma from the Train, The Crew, The Ladykillers, Space Chimps, Three O'Clock High, Compromising Positions, Big, 18 Again!, In Our Water, Classified Love, Hackett
Started his career as a cinematographer in porn films. He's quoted in the January 26, 1998 Newsweek magazine (page 60) saying that he was depressed when he heard that Boogie Nights (1997) was being made (a film about making pornos) because he had wanted to make a movie about the time he shot 9 feature length pornos in nine days.
Was uninjured when a private jet he was travelling in collided with five empty 'planes after a rough landing in Van Nuys, California. [February 1999]
Known for his sense of physical comedy and slapstick scenes.
Directs mainstream films that have an offbeat quality to them
[on directing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones] Although Will would always be deferential and charming he's an eight-month-old Great Dane puppy, and he's got way too much energy, way too much joy, too much karmic perfection. And I think that may have affected Tommy. But from the entire first movie [they] loved each other. Will genuinely feels Tommy's one of the funniest people he's ever met because Tommy is George Burns and Will is Gracie Allen. You need both.
[on what he took away from each "Men in Black" film] - The first one was unique because it was the first one in the series and we got to create this world. What we realized in the second movie is that we thought the first movie was a comedy, and we realized that it was funny, but not a comedy. And the second one was too, "funny" or "joke-y," and we were trying for comic-beats as apposed to telling a great story. And the third Men in Black, we went back to the roots and it's much more like the first Men in Black, which is that it's really about emotion, character, and relationships. And if it's funny, it's funny because of those things, but we're not cutting to singing dogs.
A director sits on the set 11 and a half hours a day. And for 30 minutes they get to direct.