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Biography #2 (for The Matrix Revolutions)

One of the most prolific and successful producers in the history of motion pictures, Joel Silver has produced a catalog of over 40 films, which have earned a combined gross of close to $5 billion worldwide, averaging over $100 million per picture.

Silver's groundbreaking 1999 production The Matrix grossed over $456 million globally, earning more than any other Warner Bros. Pictures film in the Studio's history at the time of its release. Universally acclaimed for its powerfully innovative storytelling and visuals, The Matrix won four Academy Awards, including the award for Best Visual Effects. The first DVD release to sell one million units, The Matrix DVD was instrumental in powering the initial sale of consumer DVD machines.

To date, the second installment of the epic Matrix trilogy, The Matrix Reloaded, has earned over $735 million in worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing film of 2003 and the highest-grossing R-rated film in history, both domestically and internationally. Reloaded also scored the record for the largest single week ever with $158.2 million and reached $150 million in a record-breaking six days domestically; internationally, it is the 10th highest grossing film of all-time, and is the first film in history to gross more than $100 million in a single weekend.

In addition to producing The Matrix Reloaded and the final explosive chapter in the Wachowski Brothers' saga, The Matrix Revolutions, Silver produced the trilogy's integral video game, Enter the Matrix, which features one hour of additional film footage written and directed by the Wachowskis and starring Jada Pinkett Smith and Anthony Wong, who reprise their roles from the films. Silver also executive produced The Animatrix, a groundbreaking collection of nine short films inspired by the visionary action and innovative storytelling that power The Matrix.

Silver is currently producing the supernatural thriller Gothika, starring Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr. and Penelope Cruz, through his Dark Castle Entertainment division. Formed by Silver and Robert Zemeckis in the spirit of the late horror impresario William Castle, Dark Castle has produced a string of hit films beginning with the record-breaking release of House on Haunted Hill, which opened at number one on Halloween of 1999, followed by Thirteen Ghosts in 2001 and Ghost Ship in 2002.

Most recently, Silver produced the hit films Cradle 2 the Grave, starring DMX and Jet Li; Swordfish, starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry; Exit Wounds, starring Steven Seagal and DMX; and Romeo Must Die, featuring Jet Li and Aaliyah.

While at Lawrence Gordon Productions, where he began his career and ultimately ascended to president of motion pictures, Silver associate produced The Warriors and, with Gordon, produced 48 HRS., Streets of Fire and Brewster's Millions.

In 1985, Silver launched his Silver Pictures production banner with the breakout hit Commando, followed by Jumpin' Jack Flash and Predator. Silver went on to produce the four-part Lethal Weapon series, as well as Die Hard, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, The Last Boy Scout, Demolition Man, Richie Rich and Conspiracy Theory. He executive produced, with Richard Donner, David Giler, Walter Hill and Robert Zemeckis, eight seasons of the award-winning HBO series Tales From the Crypt, as well as two Tales From the Crypt films.

While a student at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey in 1967, Silver and a group of his friends invented a game called Ultimate Frisbee. The fast-moving team sport has since become a global phenomenon supported by tournaments in 42 countries. One of the fastest growing sports in the world, Ultimate Frisbee was played as a medal sport in the 2001 World Games held in Akita, Japan. In 2003, players representing 46 countries competed in the World Flying Disc Federation's World Disc Games in Santa Cruz, California.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "The Matrix Revolutions" (24-Oct-2003)


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