Barry Sonnenfeld Net Worth

Barry Sonnenfeld Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Barry Sonnenfeld net worth is
$60 Million

Barry Sonnenfeld Wiki Biography

Barry Sonnenfeld was born on 1 April 1953, in New York City USA, into a Jewish family, and is the man behind such productions as “When Harry Met Sally”, “The Addams Family”, and the “Men in Black” trilogy. Sonnenfeld started his career in the film industry as a cinematographer in the late 1970s, however, he later changed his career path and started directing movies.

One may wonder how rich is Barry Sonnenfeld and how did he become so wealthy? A successful career allowed Barry Sonnenfeld to build a net worth estimated by sources at over $60 million. Sonnenfeld accumulated such net worth through acting as well as directing and producing films. Therefore, Sonnenfeld is not only talented and successful but also extremely rich.

Barry Sonnenfeld Net Worth $60 Million

Barry Sonnenfeld spent his childhood and teenage years in New York City. Barry studied at Hampshire College, and then New York University, and after graduation started working in the film industry, initially as a cinematographer – Barry’s first job was to shoot the material for the documentary “In Our Water”. Barry’s talent was highly appreciated, and the documentary was nominated for an Oscar. This impressive start led Barry to another successful project, when Joel and Ethan Coen invited Sonnenfeld to shoot their first movie “Blood Simple”. Later Barry did cinematography work for the movies “Compromising Positions”, “Three O’clock High”, and “Throw Momma from the Train”. In 1987 Sonnenfeld reunited with the Coen Brothers and shot their 1987 film “Raising Arizona”, featuring Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter. Following this Barry shot four successful movies, namely “Big” starring Tom Hanks, “Misery”, with James Caan and Kathy Bates, “When Harry Met Sally”, featuring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, and a gangster film “Miller’s Crossing?, directed by the Coen brothers. These films made Barry Sonnenfeld considerably rich.

However, as a talented cinematographer Sonnenfeld wanted to try his luck in film directing. The first films Barry directed were “The Addams Family” and its sequel “Addams Family Values”, both of which proved successful. As a result, Barry Sonnenfeld’s net worth continued to grow, and he become more acclaimed as well, and so decided to continue directing films., including “For Love or Money”, “Get Shorty”, and “The Wild Wild West”. Sonnenfeld was also the director of the films “Men in Black” trilogy, another series of commercial successes – the third was the most commercially successful – with the director further increasing his net worth.

Sonnenfeld has also directed advertisements featuring The Puttermans family, as well as producing films. For instance, he was the executive producer of the movies “Out of Sight”, and “The Tick”, as well as the television series “Pushing Daisies”, and “Suburban Shootout”.

Moreover, Barry Sonnenfeld played small parts in several of the aforementioned films, including “The Addams Family”, “Get Shorty”, “Men in Black II”, and “RV”. So the multi-talented Barry Sonnenfeld has accumulated his impressive net worth being a cinematographer, film director, producer and actor, apparently relatively effortlessly. Moreover, Barry  has been nominated for many awards and even won a Primetime Emmy for the television series Pushing Daisies.

In 1989 Barry Sonnenfeld married Susan Ringo. They have a daughter Chloe Sonnenfeld, who has also become an actress.

Full NameBarry Sonnenfeld
Net Worth$60 Million
Date Of BirthApril 1, 1953
Place Of BirthNew York City, New York, United States
ProfessionFilm director, Cinematographer, Film Producer, Actor, Television producer, Television Director
EducationNew York University, Hampshire College
SpouseSusan Ringo (m. 1989)
ChildrenChloe Sonnenfeld
ParentsKelly Sonnenfeld, Sonny Sonnenfeld
NicknamesBarrington Sonnenfeld III
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
NominationsHugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography, Saturn Award for Best Director
MoviesMen in Black, Men in Black 3, Nine Lives, The Addams Family, Men in Black II, Wild Wild West, Get Shorty, Addams Family Values, RV, Big Trouble, Blood Simple, For Love or Money, Enchanted, Raising Arizona, When Harry Met Sally..., Misery, Miller's Crossing, Throw Momma from the Train, The Ladykiller...
TV ShowsSecret Agent Man
1Known for his sense of physical comedy and slapstick scenes.
2Often casts Carel Struycken in his films.
3Often shoots from below eye-level for comic effect
4Frequently casts Siobhan Fallon Hogan
5Directs mainstream films that have an offbeat quality to them
1[on directing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones] Although Will would always be deferential and charming he's an eight-month-old Great Dane puppy, and he's got way too much energy, way too much joy, too much karmic perfection. And I think that may have affected Tommy. But from the entire first movie [they] loved each other. Will genuinely feels Tommy's one of the funniest people he's ever met because Tommy is George Burns and Will is Gracie Allen. You need both.
2[on what he took away from each "Men in Black" film] - The first one was unique because it was the first one in the series and we got to create this world. What we realized in the second movie is that we thought the first movie was a comedy, and we realized that it was funny, but not a comedy. And the second one was too, "funny" or "joke-y," and we were trying for comic-beats as apposed to telling a great story. And the third Men in Black, we went back to the roots and it's much more like the first Men in Black, which is that it's really about emotion, character, and relationships. And if it's funny, it's funny because of those things, but we're not cutting to singing dogs.
3A director sits on the set 11 and a half hours a day. And for 30 minutes they get to direct.
4About Men in Black (1997): "It's basically a remake of The French Connection (1971) with aliens as a comedy."
1East Hampton, Long Island, New York [April 2010]
2Stepfather of Amelia A. Erwitt (born in 1981).
3Was at one time attached to direct The Heartbreak Kid (2007).
4Was set to direct Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), but bowed out citing personal reasons.
5Has stated in many interviews that before making Men in Black (1997) he was considering doing a live-action film version of The Jetsons (1962). With Jim Carrey playing George Jetson and Nicole Kidman playing Jane Jetson.
6Father of Chloe Sonnenfeld.
7Nephew of Vaudeville and screen comedian Gus Schilling, whose voice likeness he inherited genetically.
8One of his most embarrassing moments occurred when he was a teenager attending his first rock concert. His mom had the PA announcer say, "Barry Sonnenfeld, call your mother.".
9Has a private bathroom designed to look like a public bathroom, complete with stalls and urinals in his house in New York.
10Was offered the job of directing Forrest Gump (1994), but declined. The job then went to Robert Zemeckis, who won an Academy Award for it.
11Loves to eat smoked whitefish.
12Lives in Long Island, NY.
13NYU Film School Assistant to Elliott Erwitt.
14Started his career as a cinematographer in porn films. He's quoted in the January 26, 1998 Newsweek magazine (page 60) saying that he was depressed when he heard that Boogie Nights (1997) was being made (a film about making pornos) because he had wanted to make a movie about the time he shot 9 feature length pornos in nine days.
15Was uninjured when a private jet he was travelling in collided with five empty 'planes after a rough landing in Van Nuys, California. [February 1999]


Disenchanted2018producer pre-production
A Series of Unfortunate Events2017TV Series executive producer - 1 episode filming
The Tick2016TV Series executive producer
Independent Lens2016TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode
An Honest Liar2014Documentary executive producer
Notes from the Underbelly2007-2010TV Series executive producer - 23 episodes
Pushing Daisies2007-2009TV Series executive producer - 22 episodes
Play or Be Played2008TV Movie executive producer
Space Chimps2008producer
A Series of Unfortunate Events2004executive producer
Karen Sisco2004TV Series producer - 1 episode
The Ladykillers2004producer
Big Trouble2002producer
The Tick2001-2002TV Series executive producer - 9 episodes
The Crew2000producer
Secret Agent Man2000TV Series executive producer - 12 episodes
Wild Wild West1999producer
Partners1999TV Movie executive producer
Fantasy Island1998-1999TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Maximum Bob1998TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Out of Sight1998executive producer
Get Shorty1995executive producer


A Series of Unfortunate Events2017TV Series 2 episodes filming
Nine Lives2016/I
Dead Boss2014TV Movie
Beverly Hills Cop2013TV Movie
Men in Black 32012
Funny in Farsi2010TV Series
The Bridget Show2009TV Movie
Play or Be Played2008TV Movie
Notes from the Underbelly2007-2008TV Series 6 episodes
Hackett2008TV Movie
Suburban Shootout2008TV Series
Pushing Daisies2007TV Series 2 episodes
Men in Black II2002
Big Trouble2002
The Tick2001TV Series 1 episode
Wild Wild West1999
Maximum Bob1998TV Series 1 episode
Men in Black1997
Get Shorty1995
Addams Family Values1993
For Love or Money1993
The Addams Family1991


Misery1990director of photography
Miller's Crossing1990director of photography
When Harry Met Sally...1989director of photography
Big1988director of photography
Throw Momma from the Train1987director of photography
Three O'Clock High1987
Raising Arizona1987
Classified Love1986TV Movie
Welcome Home, Bobby1986TV Movie
Doubletake1985TV Movie
Compromising Positions1985director of photography
ABC Afterschool Specials1984TV Series 1 episode
Blood Simple.1984director of photography
How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days1983TV Movie
In Our Water1982Documentary


Nine Lives2016/IAdditional Cat Voices (voice)
Men in Black 32012Husband Watching Launch
Men in Black II2002Neuralyzed Father
Big Trouble2002Confused Sports Radio Call In (voice)
Men in Black1997Alien on TV Monitor (uncredited)
Get Shorty1995Doorman
Addams Family Values1993Mr. Glicker
The Addams Family1991Passenger on Gomez's train (uncredited)
Barton Fink1991Page Calling for Barton Fink (uncredited)
Blood Simple.1984Marty's Vomiting (voice, uncredited)

Camera Department

Miller's Crossing1990camera operator
Three O'Clock High1987lighting consultant
Wisdom1986additional photographer
Home of the Brave: A Film by Laurie Anderson1986Documentary camera operator: second projection camera
Violated1984additional photographer


Secret Agent Man2000TV Series creator

Assistant Director

Misery1990second unit director


Shoot First and Pray You Live (Because Luck Has Nothing to Do with It)2008special thanks
Shooting 'Miller's Crossing': A Conversation with Barry Sonnenfeld2003Video documentary short special thanks
Men in Black Training Video: Australia2002Video short special thanks
Men in Black Training Video: Germany2002Video short special thanks
Men in Black Training Video: Japan2002Video short special thanks
Men in Black Training Video: UK2002Video short special thanks
Squish, Splat, Sploosh: The Stellar Sounds of 'Men in Black II'2002Video documentary short special thanks


After the Fair: The Legacy of the 1964-65 New York World's Fair2014DocumentaryHimself
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 32012TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2012TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Janela Indiscreta2012TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1997-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself / Himself- Guest
The Big Picture2012TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Reinventando Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Greatest Ever Romantic Movies2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Barry Sonnenfeld: The Kosher Cowboy2006Video documentary shortHimself
Robin Williams: A Family Affair2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Scoop on Poop2006Video documentary shortHimself
Greatest Ever Comedy Movies2006TV MovieHimself
RV Nation: The Culture of Road Warriors2006Video documentary shortHimself
Get Shorty: Going Again2005Video shortHimself
Get Shorty: Look at Me2005Video documentary shortHimself
Get Shorty: Wiseguys and Dolls2005Video documentary shortHimself
Get Shorty Party Reel2005Video shortHimself
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Shooting 'Miller's Crossing': A Conversation with Barry Sonnenfeld2003Video documentary shortHimself
Barry Sonnenfeld's Intergalactic Guide to Comedy2002Video documentary shortHimself
Cosmic Symphonies: Elfman in Space2002Video documentary shortHimself
Creature Featurettes2002Video documentaryHimself
Design in Motion: The Look of 'Men in Black II'2002Video documentary shortHimself
MIB ADR2002Video documentary shortHimself
HBO First Look1997-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
MIIB: Secret Files2002Video shortHimself
Misery Loves Company2002Video documentary shortHimself
Metamorphosis of 'Men in Black'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Mundo VIP1999TV SeriesHimself
The 1998 Annual ShoWest Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Charlie Rose1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Making of 'The Addams Family'1991TV Movie documentaryHimself

Won Awards

2008Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing for a Comedy SeriesPushing Daisies (2007)
2008DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy SeriesPushing Daisies (2007)
2008Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Episode of the YearPushing Daisies (2007)
2000Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst DirectorWild Wild West (1999)
1998Maverick Tribute AwardCinequest San Jose Film Festival
1998Readers' Choice AwardMainichi Film ConcoursBest Foreign Language FilmMen in Black (1997)
1985Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in CinematographyABC Afterschool Specials (1972)

Nominated Awards

1999Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Sense of Direction (Stop them before they direct again!)Wild Wild West (1999)
1998Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorMen in Black (1997)
1998HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationMen in Black (1997)
1996Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalGet Shorty (1995)
1994HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationAddams Family Values (1993)
1992HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationThe Addams Family (1991)
1986Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest CinematographyBlood Simple. (1984)

Known for movies

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