• Daniel Richard Moder is a cinematographer with a net worth of over $3 million.
• He grew up in a family familiar with the film industry and studied psychology at the University of Colorado – Boulder.
• He has worked on numerous films as a production assistant, camera loader, camera operator and cinematographer.
• He was previously married to Vera Steimberg and is currently married to actress Julia Roberts.
• They met on the set of "The Mexican" and have three children together.

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SpouseJulia Roberts, Vera Steimberg Moder
FactMarried 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.

Who is Julia Roberts’ ex-husband Daniel Moder?

Daniel Richard Moder was born on 31 January 1969, in Los Angeles, California USA, and is a cinematographer, best known for his work in films such as “Fireflies in the Garden”, “The Mexican”, and “Secret in Their Eyes”.

The Riches of Daniel Moder

How rich is Daniel Moder? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $3 million, mostly earned through a successful career in the film industry, including receiving a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his work on the film “The Normal Heart”. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life and Education

Daniel grew up in a family with four siblings that was very familiar with the film industry, as his father worked as a producer. He was educated at Saint Monica High School, and after he matriculated in 1987, would attend the University of Colorado – Boulder, where he completed a degree in Psychology in 1992. After completing his studies, he pursued a career in film similar to that of his father.

Career Beginnings

In 1995, Moder began his work as a production assistant on “Crimson Tide”, a submarine film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Denzel Washington. The following year he started working in the Camera and Electrical Department on films, becoming a camera loader for “The Fan”, a thriller film starring Wesley Snipes and Robert De Niro. He mainly worked on camera or as an assistant camera for numerous films throughout the late 1990s, including on “The Big Tease”, and “Tuesdays with Morrie” which is an adaptation of the Mitch Albom book of the same name.

In 2000, he made his debut in cinematography in the short film “Kid Quick”. While he continued working as a camera crew for his next films, he soon got more cinematography work in films such as “Grand Champion”, the story of a young boy who wants to become Grand Champion. He also did the cinematography for the documentary “Border”, which is about the United States-Mexico border and the issues pertaining it, discussing illegal immigration, civil unrest, and drug trafficking, meantime still working as a part of the Camera department for numerous films.

Later Work

Some of the projects Daniel’s worked on as a camera operator throughout the 2000s include “Mona Lisa Smile”, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”, “The Forgotten”, and “Spider-Man 3”. Since 2007, he’s mostly taken work exclusively as a cinematographer, on projects including “Fireflies in the Garden”, a drama film starring Willem Dafoe and Ryan Reynolds. He also worked on 2011’s “Jesus Henry Christ”, which is a comedy film based on the student short film of the same name. He also did a few independent film projects during this period.

In 2013 he worked on “Plush”, which is an erotic thriller film, then returned as camera crew in “Point Break”, then as the cinematographer of “Secret in Their Eyes” which is a remake of the 2009 Argentine psychological thriller film of the same name. A few of his latest projects include “Heaven’s Floor” as a part of the photography team, and as the cinematographer for “Ibiza” which was released on Netflix, and stars Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer, and Phoebe Robinson.

Personal Life and Relationships

It is known that Moder married Vera Steimberg in 1997, but their marriage ended in their divorce in 2002. His second wife is actress Julia Roberts, who is widely known for her award-winning career which includes an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in “Erin Brokovich”. She’s been a part of numerous high profile films throughout her career, including “Ocean’s Twelve”, “Runaway Bride”, “Notting Hill”, “Wonder”, and “Eat Pray Love”. She was reputed to be the highest paid actress in the world throughout the 1990s.

According to reports, the couple met on the set of a film “The Mexican” in 2000, and the two married in 2002 after Moder and Steimberg’s divorce was finalized, in a ceremony at Roberts ranch located in Taos, New Mexico. The couple would go on to have three children together, two of whom are twins. Issues with their relationship began when Roberts started working on a film “Homecoming” and lobbied to have co-star Dermot Mulroney as her on-screen boyfriend. Her decision infuriated Moder, but it was only one of many issues the couple have had in the last few years. Reports from various sources say that the couple often quarrel, and they started to drift apart due to their careers, as well as Moder’s jealousy when it comes to other men.

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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