Joel Daniel Coen was born on November 29, 1954(age 66years) in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, United States. He is best known for being the other half of the Coen Brothers(his brother is Ethan Jesse Coen).
Both Joel and His brother are American film directors, producers, screenwriters, and editors. Their films span across genres and styles, which they frequently subvert or parody. Their most acclaimed works include: Raising Arizona (1987), Miller’s Crossing (1990), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), No Country for Old Men (2007), Burn After Reading (2008), A Serious Man (2009), True Grit (2010), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018).
The brothers write, direct and produce their films jointly and often alternate top billing for their screenplays while sharing editing credits under the alias Roderick Jaynes.
They have been nominated for 13 Academy Awards together. Individually each one of them has won an award, winning Best Original Screenplay for Fargo and Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for No Country for Old Men.
The duo also won the Palme d’Or for Barton Fink (1991).
Joel has been married to actress Frances McDormand since 1984. In 1995, they adopted a son, Pedro McDormand Coen, from Paraguay when he was six months old.
The couple met when Frances auditioned for Blood Simple, the directorial debut of the Coen Brothers. When the directors asked her to come to a callback audition, she said no because she had promised to watch her boyfriend’s two-line debut in a soap opera!
McDormand has acted in several Coen Brothers films: Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, Fargo, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Burn After Reading, and Hail, Caesar!
For her performance in Fargo, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.