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Princeton University graduate Ethan Coen has now produced and co-written eight films with his brother Joel.

His first producing credit was Blood Simple, the brothers' stylish crime thriller which appeared on several prestigious ten-best lists for 1985. His next production was Raising Arizona, a blend of screwball comedy and action melodrama which introduced the brothers' unique filmmaking style to a wider audience. This was followed by Miller's Crossing, a 1930s-style gangster film which opened the 1990 New York Film Festival and Barton Fink which won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor awards at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival as well as two New York Film Critics Awards, three Oscar nominations and one Golden Globe nomination. Ethan's other producing and co-writing credits include The Hudsucker Proxy, which played at the Cannes Film Festival, Fargo, one of the most honored films of 1996, garnering Academy Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actress, and The Big Lebowski, a Raymond Chandleresque detective story with comic overtones set in present day Los Angeles.

Bio courtesy Touchstone (01-Jan-2000)


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