List of frequent Coen Brothers collaborators

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The Coen brothers, a sibling duo of filmmakers, are known for their frequent collaborations with various actors and film crew members. Though they write and direct as a team, for many of their films they split the credits, with Joel Coen as director and Ethan Coen as producer, and the two credited jointly as writers. Additionally, they both edit their films under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes.

The Coens' most frequent collaborators are listed here.

  • J. Todd Anderson has storyboarded every Coen movie from Raising Arizona to No Country for Old Men. He also appears in Fargo as "Victim in field."
  • Carter Burwell has provided music for all the Coens' feature films (credited only for additional music for O Brother, Where Art Thou?) His debut as a film-score composer was the Coens' first feature, Blood Simple. He has also composed the scores for Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Man Who Wasn't There, Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, and A Serious Man.
  • Steve Buscemi has appeared in the films Miller's Crossing, The Hudsucker Proxy, Barton Fink, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and Paris, je t'aime
  • John Cameron is an associate producer, production manager and assistant director. He has worked on The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Man Who Wasn't There, Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers. He also worked on Crimewave (written by the Coens) and Bad Santa (executive produced by the Coens).
  • Tricia Cooke was an assistant editor (and later co-editor) on Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Man Who Wasn't There. She is married to Ethan Coen.
  • Roger Deakins first collaborated with the Coens' on Barton Fink. He served as cinematographer on The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Man Who Wasn't There, Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man and True Grit.
  • David Diliberto Assistant Editor, Associate Editor, Post-Production Supervisor and Associate Producer over the course of nine movies.
  • Dennis Gassner has served as production designer for Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn't There and The Ladykillers.
  • John Goodman appears in Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy (as a newsreel announcer, credited as Karl Mundt), The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Inside Llewyn Davis and the Coen Bros. radio play Sawbones.
  • Nancy Haigh worked as set decorator on Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man and True Grit.
  • Peter Kurland has worked in the production sound department of all the Coen's feature films. He has worked as the boom operator on Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, and The Big Lebowski. He has been the production sound mixer on O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn't There, Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers,No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man, and True Grit.
  • Skip Lievsay has served as sound editor on all the Coen Brothers' feature films. He has worked on Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn't There, Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, No Country for Old Men and Burn After Reading.
  • Frances McDormand appears in Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Fargo, The Man Who Wasn't There and Burn After Reading. She also appears in the Coen-written Crimewave. She is married to Joel Coen.
  • Jon Polito appears in Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Big Lebowski and The Man Who Wasn't There.
  • Sam Raimi appears in Miller's Crossing and The Hudsucker Proxy, the latter of which he also co-wrote. He directed Crimewave, written by the Coens, and made a cameo appearance with Joel Coen in the John Landis film Spies Like Us. Joel Coen served as editor on Raimi's The Evil Dead.
  • Barry Sonnenfeld was the cinematographer on the Coens' early feature films, Blood Simple, Raising Arizona and Miller's Crossing. He was executive producer on The Ladykillers and had an uncredited role in Barton Fink as "page calling for Barton Fink".
  • John Turturro appears in Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou? The Coens served as executive producers of Romance & Cigarettes which Turturro directed.
  • Working Title Films is a United Kingdom-based film production company headed by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. They have served as executive producers on The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Man Who Wasn't There, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Burn After Reading and A Serious Man.
  • Mary Zophres has been the Coens' costume designer since the mid '90s. She has worked on Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn't There, Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man and True Grit.

Recurring cast members[edit]

Joel and Ethan often cast certain actors more than once in their films. The Coens have most frequently worked with Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Jon Polito, and John Turturro.

Actor Blood Simple (1984) Raising Arizona (1987) Miller's Crossing (1990) Barton Fink (1991) The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Fargo (1996) The Big Lebowski (1998) O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) Intolerable Cruelty (2003) The Ladykillers (2004) Paris, je t'aime (2006) No Country For Old Men (2007) Burn After Reading (2008) A Serious Man (2009) True Grit (2010) Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Frances McDormand NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Steve Buscemi NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
John Goodman NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Jon Polito NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
John Turturro NoN NoN NoN NoN
Bruce Campbell NoN NoN NoN NoN
Warren Keith NoN NoN NoN NoN
Holly Hunter NoN NoN NoN
Michael Badalucco NoN NoN NoN
George Clooney NoN NoN NoN
Stephen Root NoN NoN NoN
Richard Jenkins NoN NoN NoN
J. K. Simmons NoN NoN NoN
M. Emmet Walsh NoN NoN
John Mahoney NoN NoN
Tony Shalhoub NoN NoN
Charles Durning NoN NoN
Peter Stormare NoN NoN
Billy Bob Thornton NoN NoN
Michael Lerner NoN NoN
Olek Krupa NoN NoN
Steve Park NoN NoN
Jeff Bridges NoN NoN
Josh Brolin NoN NoN

Recurring crew members[edit]

Person Blood Simple (1984) Raising Arizona (1987) Miller's Crossing (1990) Barton Fink (1991) The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Fargo (1996) The Big Lebowski (1998) O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) Intolerable Cruelty (2003) The Ladykillers (2004) No Country For Old Men (2007) Burn After Reading (2008) A Serious Man (2009) True Grit (2010) Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Skip Lievsay NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Peter Kurland NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Tom Johnston NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Roger Deakins NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Mary Zophres NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Betsy Magruder NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN

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