A BEAUTIFUL MIND
BRIAN GRAZER (Producer) was recently honored with the David O. Selznick Life Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures by the Producers Guild of America. His productions have earned 23 Academy Award® nominations and 17 Emmy Award® nominations, and he was personally nominated as a writer for Splash and as a producer for Apollo 13.
Grazer has displayed a knowing touch with comic blockbusters such as The Grinch, The Nutty Professor and Liar, Liar, as well as gentle comedies such as Splash and Parenthood He has also delivered riveting dramas such as Ransom, starring Mel Gibson, Rene Russo and Gary
Sinese, and the highly acclaimed Apollo 13.
Apollo 13, starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill
Paxton, Gary Sinise, Kathleen Quinlan and Ed
Harris, received nine Academy Award® nominations
including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best
Performance by a Supporting Actor (Harris) and
Supporting Actress (Quinlan). It went on to win Best
Achievement in Sound and Best Achievement in
Editing. The Producers Guild of America honored
Grazer with the Darryl F. Zanuck Motion Picture
Producer of the Year Award for his work.
Grazer co-founded Imagine Entertainment with partner Ron Howard in 1986 to create independently produced films. Before the days of Imagine, the two had worked together when Grazer hired Howard to direct the 1982 comedy Night
Shift. They collaborated again with the romantic comedy Splash in 1984. Splash starred Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah and John Candy, and brought Grazer his first Academy Award® nomination for Best Screenplay.
The duo's early Imagine releases included
Parenthood, with a stellar ensemble headed by Steven
Martin. Parenthood was nominated for two Academy
Awards®, and Grazer was named NATO/
ShoWest Producer of the Year.
Since then, Grazer has produced a wide range of projects including last year's hugely successful The Grinch, starring Jim
Carrey, and Nutty 2:
The Klumps, starring Eddie Murphy. Carrey had previously starred in Liar, Liar for Imagine, while Murphy starred in Imagine's Nutty Professor, as well as Bowfinger, with Steve Martin, and Life, with Martin Lawrence.
Grazer has also produced dramas including Backdraft, starring Kurt Russell, William Baldwin and Robert De
Niro, which is set in the world of firefighting and received four Academy Award® nominations. He produced the lyrically beautiful love story Far and Away, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, as well as the adrenaline- charged thriller Ransom.
A man of wide-ranging interests with an astute eye for talent, Grazer has also produced such diverse projects as EDtv, starring Matthew
McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Ellen DeGeneres, and Woody Harrelson; The Paper, starring Michael
Keaton, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Duvall; John Waters' Cry Baby, starring Johnny
Depp, Clean and Sober, starring Michael Keaton, Spies Like Us, starring Chevy Chase and Dan
Aykroyd, CB4, starring Chris Rock, and The Doors, starring Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan.
Grazer's upcoming projects include The Untitled Detroit Project, starring Eminem in his motion picture acting debut and directed by Curtis Hanson; the much-loved children's story, Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat; Undercover Brother, starring comedian Eddie Griffin; and Surf Girls, directed by John Stockwell.
Grazer began his career by developing television projects with Edgar J. Sherick and Daniel
1980 he signed a development/production deal with
Paramount Pictures, which led him to motion pictures
— and to meeting Howard, who was just completing
his seven-year run on the hit series Happy Days.
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