Ethan Coen Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 26 Nov, 2019
Facts of Ethan Coen
Date of Birth: 1957 , September-21
Age: 62 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inch
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Four-time Academy Award winner Ethan Coen is an Amerian producer, writer, and director. He won three Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture of the year, Best Achievement in Directing and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay for his movie No Country for Old Men. He teams up with his brother Joel Coen in every film and is known as the Coen Brothers.

Born In Minnesota

Ethan Jesse Coen was born on 21st September in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, United States. He belongs to white ethnicity and holds American citizenship.

He is the elder son of Edward Coen (father), who worked as an economist at the University of Minnesota, and Rena Neumann (mother), a historian at St. Cloud State University. He grew along with his sibling-brother Joel Coen in St. Louis Park. He also has a sister Deborah who is a psychiatrist.

His brother bought a Vivitar Super 8 camera by collecting money from cutting the lawn. He and his brother remade movies that they have seen on television along with his neighbor Mark Zimring.

Ethan went to St. Louis Park High School and completed his study in 1976. He completed his Bachelor's Degree at Brad College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. After graduation, he moved to New Jersey and joined Princeton University and earned his undergraduate degree.

Net Worth In Millions

The 5 feet 8 inches tall director has worked as a director, producer, writer, and editor in Hollywood films. He has collected $60 million net worth from his career. As for his brother, Joel Coen has a net worth of around $60 million. They together share $120 worth.

He has produced, written, and directed many movies that did well at the box office. Here are some of his films with its box office collection:

Movie Released Year Worked-As Star-Cast Budget Box-Office
Blood Simple 1984 Producer, Editor, and Writer John Getz, Dan Hedaya, and M.Emmet Walsh $1.5 million $3.8 million
Fargo 1996 Producer and Writer William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, and Harve Presnell $7 million $60.6 million
The Big Lebowski 1998 Producer, Editor, and Writer Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore $15 million $46.7 million
O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 Producer, Editor, and Writer George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson $26 million $72 million
Intolerable Cruelty 2003 Producer, Editor, and Screenplay George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Billy Bob Thornton $60 million $60 million
The Ladykillers 2004 Director, Producer, Editor, and Screenplay Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, and Marlon Wayans $35 million $76.7 million
No Country for Old Men 2007 Director, Producer, Screenplay, and Editor Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin $25 million $171.6 million
Burn After Reading 2008 Director, Producer, Writer, and Editor George Clooney, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, and Brad Pitt $37 million $163.7 million
A Serious Man 2009 Director, Producer, Writer, and Editor Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, and Fred Melamed $7 million $31.4 million
True Grit 2010 Director, Producer, Editor, and Screenplay Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Barry Pepper $38 million $252.3 million
Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 Director, Producer, Writer, and Editor Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and John Goodman $11 million $32.9 million
Unbroken 2014 Screenplay Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, and Miyavi $65 million $163.4 million
Bridge of Spies 2015 Writer Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, and Amy Ryan $40 million $165.5 million
Hail, Caesar! 2016 Director, Producer, Writer and Editor Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, and Channing Tatum $22 million $63.6 million

Ethan owned a house with 1,800 square foot house in 30 East 10th Street, Greenwich Village, which was kept on sale in 2013 for $2.34 million. Cohen and his wife bought the house for $1.45 million in 2004.

The Coen brother also owns a production company Mike Zoss Production, in New York for which the duo has paid some thousands of dollars to own it.

Won Three Academy Award in 2008

Ethan Coen worked as a producer, writer, and editor in his brother directorial debut movie Blood Simple in 1984. He has worked as a producer and as a co-writer in mostly movie directed by his brother. Cohen brothers shared their first Academy Award for Best Writing Screenplay for 1996 film Fargo.

Ethan directorial debut came in 2004 movie The Lady Killers co-directing along with his elder brother. Then the duo started to direct movies together along with producing, writing, and editing the film.

Their another benchmark movie No Country for Old Men was released in 2007 for which they won three Oscar Awards out of four, including Best Motion Picture, Best Directing, and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, and Golden Globe for Best Screenplay. 

Coen Brothers with Director Martin Scorcese at 80th Academy Award SOURCE: Getty Image

In 2014, Ethan produced television series Fargo based on their feature film Fargo for which he was nominated two times in Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Limited Series. The duo directed The Ballard of Buster Scruggs in 2018.

Is A Happily Married Man

Ethan Coen is a married man and has two kids from his marriage. He married editor and producer Tricia Cooke on 2nd October 1990. The couple has worked together in various movies, including The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

Ethan Coen with his wife Tricia Cooke at the movie premiere SOURCE: Getty Image

The couple is blessed with two children; Buster Jacob Coen and Dusty Coen. His elder son also worked on his movies, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man, and True Grit

Before marrying Tricia, Coen was married to Hillary in 1985. The couple lived together for some years and got divorced.

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