Joel Souza’s Bio, Age, Net worth, Career, And Rust Shooting Incident.

Joel Souza is an established filmmaker of Hollywood who is known for his work in the Crown Vic. He recently came into the headlines after the accident on the set of the movie “Rust”. Souza started his journey as a creative consultant and paved his way to becoming a successful director, producer, and writer.

While shooting for the movie in Santa Fe in New Mexico, Alec Baldwin got a prop gun from the team for the scene. But when Baldwin shot the gun, it fatally wounded the cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and even injured Souza, who was there as a director and co-producer. Though both of them got rushed to the hospital, only Souza survived while Hutchins lost her life.

Biography & Wiki Quick Summary

Popular NameJoel Souza
Real NameJoel Souza
Date of birthJune 14, 1973
Age51 years old
Place of birthFremont, California, USA
SpouseNot disclosed
OccupationDirector, producer, and writer
Net worth1 Million USD
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight70 kgs
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown

Joel Net Worth

The 51 year-old filmmaker has been actively working in Hollywood since 2010.

He has worked on many projects during his over the decade journey in the film industry. So, he has a decent amount of 1 million USD as his net worth.

Joel Personal Life And Family

Souza has maintained utmost privacy when it comes to his private life so, no one knows anything about his personal life.

He has never talked about his parents or his family background. However, he has shared that he was born in Fremont in California.

Joel Wife and Relationship

Souza is a married man, but along with his personal life, he has also kept his married life away from the media.

But it is out that he has a beautiful wife with whom he shares two adorable children.

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The talented filmmaker has not shared any detail about his academic qualification or the educational institutions he attended.


Souza started his career as a creative consultant for Poodle Corp.

He worked there for a year before making his debut as a director and writer in Hannah’s Gold.

He was highly motivated by the 1981 movie Raiders of the Lost Ark of Indiana Jones. It was in this movie that he decided to be a part of Hollywood.

Since his debut in 2010 with Hannah’s Gold, he has not looked back. He has created many movies and garnered appreciation from his viewers.

One of his renowned works is Crown Vic, a 2019 action movie. Souza received a lot of praise for this project.

Besides this, he has also worked on other projects like Ghost Squad, Break Nights, etc. Recently, he was also working as a director of the Rust, where he was also the co-producer, along with actor Alec Baldwin.

Accident on the set of Rust

Rust was the recent project of 2024, on which Souza was working. Everything was fine until October 21, when the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins who was working as a director of photography, died.

The accident occurred after the assistant director handed over a prop gun to actor Alec Baldwin while shooting for Rust.

Neither the assistant director nor Baldwin was aware that the gun was loaded. So, they just went with the shooting.

However, during the shoot, when Baldwin fired the gun, bullets hit both Hutchins and Souza.

Hutchins got fatally hit on her chest, but Souza was lucky enough to get hit on the shoulder. 

Since Hutchins was seriously injured, a helicopter got chartered to take her to the hospital, while Souza was comparatively fine so, he got taken by ambulance.

Hutchins did not make it and took her last breath, but Souza returned home alive.

This incident shook the entire film industry to its core and drew attention towards safety during the shoots.

After the incident, both Baldwin and Souza reached out to the family of Hutchins to share their sorrow.

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