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Barry Sonnenfeld (born 1 April 1953) is an American filmmaker, producer, and television director. He is best known for directing the Men in Black trilogy.

He starting work as director of photography on the Oscar-nominated documentary In Our Water. Then Joel Coen and Ethan Coen hired him for Blood Simple. This film began his collaboration with the Coen brothers, who used him for their next two pictures, Raising Arizona and Miller's Crossing. He also worked with Danny DeVito on Throw Momma from the Train and Rob Reiner on When Harry Met Sally... and Misery.

Barry would received critical acclaim for his fourth directorial outing, Get Shorty. Produced by Jersey Films and based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, the film won a Golden Globe for John Travolta (Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical). The film was also entered into the 46th Berlin International Film Festival.

His films would often use his trademark filmmaking techniques such as his unusual camera angles, offbeat dialogue and, in certain films, strange behavior and weird creatures.


Barry directed the 1991 movie and the 1993 sequel. He also had two cameo appearances in both films: in the first film he played the Passenger on Gomez's train, and for the sequel he played Mr. Glicker.