Silver grew up in South Orange, New Jersey. He attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey and Northfield Mount Hermon School, where he is credited with inventing the sport of Ultimate Frisbee (now known as just "Ultimate"). In 1970, he entered Lafayette College, where he formed the first collegiate Ultimate team. He finished his undergraduate studies at the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
He appears on-screen at the beginning of Who Framed Roger Rabbit as Raoul J. Raoul, the director of the animated short Something's Cookin'.
Frank Lloyd Wright housesEdit
Joel Silver is well known as an aficionado of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1984 he bought the Wright-designed Storer House in West Hollywood and made considerable investments to restore it to the original condition. The Storer House's squarish relief ornament then became the company logo of Silver Pictures. In 1986 he purchased the long-neglected C. Leigh Stevens Auldbrass Plantation, in Yemassee, South Carolina, which "catapulted him into joyous rounds of restoration and building". However he once said: “I buy art - I don't make it.
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