Joel Silver (born July 14, 1952 in South Orange, New Jersey, USA) is an American Hollywood film producer. He, along with Lawrence Gordon and his brother Charles, produced the first two Die Hard movies (Die Hard and Die Hard 2).
Silver produced many movies through his Silver Pictures production company including the Lethal Weapon film series, Commando, the first two Predator movies, The Last Boy Scout (with Bruce Willis), Demolition Man (with Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock and Sylvester Stallone), Executive Decision, Swordfish, The Matrix trilogy (with Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves), V for Vendetta, The Book of Eli (with Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman), Sherlock Holmes and it's sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
Screenwriter Doug Richardson has claimed that, while on the set of the first Die Hard, right after the helicopter destroyed the foyer of the 30th floor, Joel Silver noticed that a pristine $5,000 couch, untouched by the explosion, was in the middle of the shot. Silver realized that someone in the crew made sure the expensive couch wasn't destroyed because they wanted to take it home with them at the expense of the movie, and an angry Silver proceeded to douse the couch in lighter fluid and light it on fire, so nobody could take it.