• Daniel Moder is a 51-year-old film industry professional with a net worth of over $10 million.
• He was born in Los Angeles, California and attended Saint Monica High School and University of Colorado, Boulder.
• His career began in the mid-1990s, and he has since worked on over 25 titles.
• He is married to actress Julia Roberts, with whom he has three children.
• Julia Roberts is an Academy Award-winning actress, with notable roles in films such as Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, and Wonder.

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SpouseJulia Roberts, Vera Steimberg Moder
FactGraduated from Saint Monica High School in 1987.

Who is Daniel Moder?

Daniel Richard Moder was born under the sign of Aquarius on 31 January 1969, in Los Angeles, California USA. He is a 51-year-old cinematographer, probably best recognized for working on such film titles as the 2001 adventure comedy “The Mexican”, the 2014 made-for-TV drama “The Normal Heart”, and the 2015 psychological thriller “Secret In Their Eyes”. He is also known for being the husband of famous Hollywood actress Julia Roberts.

How rich is he, as of now? Daniel Moder Net Worth

As of early 2020, Daniel Moder’s net worth is over $10 million, acquired through his successful involvement in the film industry as a cinematographer, who has worked on more than 25 TV and film titles since his career started in the mid-1990s.

On the other hand, his famous wife Julia Roberts has an impressive fortune of $250 million.

Early Life, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background

Daniel Moder spent his early years in his hometown of Los Angeles, where he was raised with his four siblings named John, Jyl, Jane, and Debbie, by their father, Mike Moder who was a producer, and mother Patricia Ann Watz. He is American by nationality, and belongs to the White Caucasian ethnic group. Daniel attended Saint Monica High School, and upon matriculation in 1987, enrolled into the University of Colorado, Boulder, from which he obtained his degree in Psychology in 1992.

The 1990s: Career Beginnings

In 1995, Daniel Moder started his film career as a production assistant on the submarine film “Crimson Tide”, which became a huge commercial and critical success.

He then joined the camera and electrical department for the 1996 sports psychological thriller “The Fan”, starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes, and the 1997 independent drama “The Brave”, directed by Johnny Depp.  Thereafter, Daniel worked as a second assistant camera for the 1998 action-thriller “Enemy Of The State”, and the 1999 made-for-TV film adaptation of Mitch Albom’s book entitled “Tuesdays With Morrie”, aired on ABC. During the same year, he also served as an additional assistant camera in the comedy “The Big Tease”, starring Craig Ferguson, and the following year he worked on such film titles as the independent film “Jerks” and the black comedy “Lucky Numbers”, after which he made his debut as a cinematographer, working on the short comedy film “Kid Quick”.

The 2000s: Rise to Fame

In 2001, Daniel worked as a camera assistant for the adventure comedy “The Mexican”, starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, after which he did the cinematography for the family film “Grand Champion” in 2002. During the same year, he assisted on the black comedy crime thriller “Sand” and the romantic comedy “Full Frontal”, and the following year as a director of photography for the drama “Mona Lisa Smile”, featuring Julia Roberts in the lead role. In 2004 Daniel was promoted to the position of the chief camera operator making his debut with the sci-fi psychological horror thriller “The Forgotten”, which was followed by his work on the action comedy “Mr. And Mrs Smith” (2005), featuring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the sci-fi action “Déjà Vu” (2006), directed by Tony Scott, and the Marvel Comics superhero film “Spider-Man 3” (2007), which is the third installment of the “Spider-Man” trilogy.

He then focused on his career as a cinematographer, and worked on the documentary film “Border”, directed by Christopher Burgard. Daniel’s most prominent work came in 2008, on Dennis Lee’s drama “Fireflies In The Garden”. By the end of the decade, he also been involvedin such short film titles as “Grace” (2009) and “In Dreams I Run Wild” (2010).

The 2010s: Continued Success

In 2011, Daniel did the cinematography for the comedy film “Jesus Henry Christ”, also directed by Dennis Lee, and in the same year on the made-for-TV documentary film “Extraordinary Moms”. His next projects came two years later, when he worked on the comedy-drama “Highland Park” and the erotic thriller “Plush”. Daniel was then director of photography on the 2014 made-for-TV drama film “The Normal Heart”, directed by Ryan Murphy and based on Larry Kramer’s play of the same title; it earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie, and OFTA Television Award nomination for Best Cinematography in a Non-Series.

Daniel Moder

In 2015, he served as the director of photography for the psychological thriller “Secret In Their Eyes”, which is a remake of the 2009 crime drama of the same title, and a camera operator for the action thriller “Point Break”. In 2016, he handled additional photography for the drama “Heaven’s Floor” as well as cinematography for the Amazon Studio’s drama series “The Last Tycoon”. He then worked on the 2018 romantic comedy “Ibiza”, and most recently, directed the photography for the 2019 dark comedy web series “Dead To Me”, aired on Netflix. He is currently working on Sean Penn’s upcoming drama “Flag Day”.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Daniel Moder has short light brown hair and light brown eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 11ins (1.80m) – information regarding his weight, vital statistics, and shoe size hasn’t been disclosed.

Personal Life

Daniel Moder married make-up artist Vera Steimberg in 1997,  butfive years later they divorced. He met his future second wife Julia Roberts while they were filming “The Mexican” in 2000. Following his divorce from Vera, Daniel and Julia exchanged their wedding vows at a ceremony held at her 82-acre ranch located in Taos, New Mexico on 4 July 2002. They have three children  as she gave birth to twins – son Phinnaeus Walter and daughter Hazel Patricia – on 28 November 2004, and they welcomed their third child, a son they named Henry Daniel, on 18 June 2007.

Who Is His Wife? Julia Roberts Short Wiki/Bio

Julia Fiona Roberts was born on 28 October 1967 under the sign of Scorpio, in Smyrna, Georgia USA, to Walter Grady Roberts and Betty Lou Bredemus.

She has an elder brother, Eric Roberts, and elder sister, Lisa Roberts Gillan, both of whom are actors. She also has a younger step-sister, Nancy Motes. Julia’s parents were playwrights and actors, and even ran an acting school for children as well as the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia. Julia went to Fitzhugh Lee Elementary School, Griffin Middle School, and Campbell High School. Upon matriculation, she enrolled in Georgia State University, but soon quit and moved to New York City to pursue her acting career.

Worldwide Recognition and “Pretty Woman”

Julia made her television debut guest-starring as Tracy in an episode of the NBC crime drama series “Crime Story” in 1987, while her film debut came with the role of Daryle in Joan Freeman’s comedy-drama “Satisfaction” in 1988.

Her breakthrough came in the same year, when she played Daisy Arujo in the coming-of-age comedy-drama “Mystic Pizza”, followed by her portrayal of Shelby Eatenton Latcherie in the 1989 comedy-drama “Steel Magnolias”, for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination – for Best Supporting Actress – as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture. Julia gained enormous recognition for her performance as Vivian Ward in Garry Marshall’s 1990 romantic comedy “Pretty Woman”, opposite Richard Gere, which earned her another Academy Award nomination – for Best Actress. She also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and the film became a box office success, grossing over $463 million worldwide.

Academy-Award Winner and “Erin Brockovich”

Julia continued to line up success in the early 1990s, landing such roles as Laura Burney in the romantic psychological thriller “Sleeping With The Enemy” (1991), Darby Shaw in the legal thriller “The Pelican Brief” (1993), and Anne Eisenhower in the comedy-drama “Ready To Wear” (1994). Her next major role came in 1997, when she featured as Julianne Potter in P.J. Hogan’s romantic comedy “My Best Friend’s Wedding”, which became a box office hit, and earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Her next nomination for the same award in the same category came two years later, with her performance as Anna Scott in the romantic comedy “Notting Hill”, opposite Hugh Grant.

Julia Roberts

In 1999, she collaborated again with Garry Marshall and Richard Gere on the romantic comedy “Runaway Bride”, which was followed by her portrayal of environmental activist Erin Brockovich in the biographical drama “Erin Brockovich”, directed by Steven Soderbergh. It was a critical and commercial success, and earned her such awards as an Oscar for Best Actress, Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, and BAFTA for Best Film Actress in a Leading Role, among many others. During the 1990s, Julia Roberts was one of the highest-paid actresses.

“Mona Lisa Smile”, “Eat Pray Love”, and Other Notable Roles

In 2001, Julia played Samantha Barzel in the adventure comedy “The Mexican” opposite Brad Pitt, and featured in the role of Tess Ocean in Steven Soderbergh’s heist film “Ocean’s Eleven”, which she would later reprise in its 2004 sequel entitled “Ocean’s Twelve”.

She also portrayed Katherine Ann Watson in the 2003 drama “Mona Lisa Smile”, and Anna Cameron in the 2004 romantic drama “Closer”. In 2007, she was a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for her performance as Joanne Herring in the biographical comedy-drama “Charlie Wilson’s War”, next to Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman, while her next Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy came in 2009, when she played Claire Stenwick in the romantic crime comedy “Duplicity”. In 2010, Julia featured as Captain Kate Hazeltine in Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day” and portrayed author Elizabeth Gilbert in the biographical romantic drama “Eat Pray Love”, directed by Ryan Murphy.

Major Roles in the 2010s

Julia appeared as Mercedes Tainot in Tom Hanks’ 2011 romantic comedy “Larry Crown”, and then landed the role of Queen Clementianna in the 2012 fantasy adventure film “Mirror Mirror”, based on the “Snow White” fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. In 2013, she portrayed Barbara Fordham in John Wells’ tragicomedy film “August: Osage County”, alongside Meryl Streep, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Movie Supporting Actress and Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture. Thereafter, she was cast as Dr. Emma Brookner in the HBO film “The Normal Heart”, receiving a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie, then played Patty Fenn in Jodie Foster’s 2016 thriller “Money Monster”, next to George Clooney, followed by her performance as Isabel Pullman in the 2017 drama “Wonder”. Most recently, she portrayed Heidi Bergman in the psychological thriller web series “Homecoming” (2018), which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama.

General Info

Full NameDaniel Moder


SpouseJulia Roberts, Vera Steimberg Moder
ChildrenPhinnaeus Moder, Hazel Moder, Henry Daniel Moder
ParentsMike Moder, Patricia Ann Watz
SiblingsJyl Moder, John Moder, Debbie Moder, Jane Moder


NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie
MoviesHeaven's Floor, Secret in Their Eyes, The Normal Heart, Plush, Highland Park, Jesus Henry Christ, 180° South, Fireflies in the Garden, Border, Extraordinary Moms

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1Wife Julia Roberts gave birth to a boy, Henry Daniel Moder, on June 18, 2007 in Los Angeles. He weighed in at 8 1/2 lbs.
2Wife Julia Roberts gave birth to twins Hazel Patricia Moder and Phinnaeus Walter Moder on November 28, 2004
3Has four siblings: John, Jyl, Jane and Debbie.
4Graduated from the University of Colorado - Boulder in 1992 with a psychology degree.
5Graduated from Saint Monica High School in 1987.
6Married Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts on July 4th, 2002. The ceremony took place shortly after midnight on at Julia's 40-acre New Mexico estate.
7Son of producer Mike Moder




The Last Tycoon2016TV Series
Animal Kingdom2016TV Series 1 episode
Secret in Their Eyes2015director of photography - as Danny Moder
Open2014TV Movie
The Normal Heart2014TV Movie director of photography - as Danny Moder
Urban Migration2013Short
Highland Park2013
Extraordinary Moms2011TV Movie documentary
Jesus Henry Christ2011as Danny Moder
In Dreams I Run Wild2010Short
180° South2010Documentary as Danny Moder
Grace2009Video short
Fireflies in the Garden2008director of photography - as Danny Moder
The Brass Teapot2007Short
The Kopper Kettle2007Short
The Hit2007/I
Roadie2004Short as Danny Moder
The San Cristobal Ranch Academy Film2004Video documentary short
Grand Champion2002
Kid Quick2000Short

Camera Department

Heaven's Floor2016additional photography
Point Break2015camera operator
Spider-Man 32007camera operator
Deja Vu2006camera operator
Seraphim Falls2006camera operator
Freedomland2006camera operator
Friends with Money2006camera operator: "b" camera - as Danny Moder
Fun with Dick and Jane2005camera operator - uncredited
Mr. & Mrs. Smith2005camera operator
The Forgotten2004camera operator
Mona Lisa Smile2003director of photography: second unit
Full Frontal2002first assistant camera: film - as Danny Moder
The Mexican2001first assistant camera: "b" camera - as Dan Moder
Sand2000first assistant camera - as Dan Moder
Lucky Numbers2000second assistant camera - as Dan Moder
Jerks2000first assistant camera
Tuesdays with Morrie1999TV Movie second assistant camera: "a" camera - as Dan Moder
The Big Tease1999additional assistant camera - as Dan Moder
Enemy of the State1998second assistant camera - as Dan Moder
The Brave1997camera loader - as Dan Moder
The Fan1996camera loader - as Dan Moder


Crimson Tide1995production assistant


The Women2008/Ispecial thanks - as Danny Moder


Tell Them Who You Are2004DocumentaryHimself (as Danny Moder)

Archive Footage

Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
Biography2008TV Series documentaryHimself
VH1: All Access2003TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or MovieThe Normal Heart (2014)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Cinematography in a Non-SeriesThe Normal Heart (2014)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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