Joe Carnahan

Active - 1974 - 2021  |   Born - May 9, 1969 in Algonac, Michigan, United States  |   Genres - Crime, Action

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Biography by Tracie Cooper

Brother of screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan, Joe Carnahan has contributed to the film world primarily as a director. After getting his start in the mid-'90s working in the promotional department of a California television station, Carnahan produced several short films and generated a certain amount of excitement within the independent film community for his series of feature-length action flicks: Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane, Narc, and Smokin' Aces. He was one of the many people in talks to direct one of Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible sequels, but landed his biggest box office hit to that point with 2010's big-screen adaptation of The A-Team. He reteamed with that film's star Liam Neeson two years later for the survival adventure drama The Grey.

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  • Began his career as a producer at a Sacramento TV station.
  • His 2002 crime drama Narc played at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize; the film also earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Director.
  • Was set to direct Mission: Impossible III but quit before filming began due to creative differences.