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Overview (3)

Born in Sacramento, California, USA
Birth NameJoseph Aaron Carnahan
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joe Carnahan is an American film director and screenwriter. He was born in Michigan in 1969, and was raised in California. He attended Fairfield High School in Fairfield, California. He graduated in 1987, at the age of 18. He first attended the San Francisco State University, and later transferred to California State University, Sacramento. He gained a Bachelor of Arts in Filmography.

Following his graduation, Carnahan was hired by the television station KMAX-TV in Sacramento. He produced short films and television spots for the station. In 1997, Carnahan directed his first-feature length film "Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane". The film was screened at 1998 Sundance Film Festival, and won some acclaim.

In 2002, Carnahan directed the neo-noir crime film "Narc". It earned about 13 million dollars in the worldwide box office, a minor box office hit. He subsequently directed or wrote the screenplays for several crime films. His name was attached to several projects that ended in development hell,

In 2010, Carnahan directed the action thriller "The A-Team", a film adaptation of the hit television series "The A-Team" (1983-1987). It earned 177 million dollars at the worldwide box office, becoming Carnahan's highest-grossing film.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dimos I

Trade Mark (3)

Hi-speed "zoom in" shots
Frequently changes the speed of some scenes
Often uses chop (auto) shops as a key setting to build up the story

Trivia (12)

Graduated from Fairfield High School, Fairfield, California in 1987.
Worked in the promotions department at Channel 31 in Sacramento, California.
Named among Fade In Magazine's "100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know" in 2005.
Is the brother of Matthew Michael Carnahan.
Considered a legend in the theatre and film community in his Hometown of Fairfield, CA. Several Plaques are hung in the Film dept of Solano Community College where his journey to greatness began.
For a small time, was a student of George Maguire (Fight Club (1999), Leonard Part 6 (1987)).
Frequently uses rap stars as actors in his movies: Busta Rhymes was in Narc (2002) and Alicia Keys and Common were in Smokin' Aces (2006).
Usually uses Mauro Fiore as the director of cinematography for his recent films (Ticker (2002) and Smokin' Aces (2006)).
Was hired to direct Mission: Impossible III (2006) but left the project.
Is a fan of the legendary English soccer team Manchester United, aka 'The Red Devils'.
Used to move furniture for living. He did this for 8 years.
Born on exactly the same date as Hudson "Callisto" Leick (of "Xena: Warrior Princess" fame).

Personal Quotes (1)

(on current male film stars) Think about a guy like Bob Mitchum, with his kind of chest gut not defining itself one way or the other. Was there anybody tougher? Lee Marvin was a Marine sniper during the Second World War. They had this sense of themselves, and they had this product of being a man in a masculine way. I think that's why Liam Neeson is experiencing this renaissance at sixty years old, because we've run out of that ilk, man. We don't have 'em anymore. I can count 'em on one hand.

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