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(Producer) Even if you miss the signature lightning bolt that identifies every
one of his productions, and whether you're in a dark theatre looking up at a
70-foot screen or your own home watching a 27" picture, you know when you're
looking at a Jerry Bruckheimer Production. One of the most successful producers
of all time, he is a filmmaker and now a television mogul who loves telling a
story, respects his audiences and delivers a visual feast unmistakably his own.
have worldwide revenues of over $12.5 billion in box office, video and recording
receipts; and this season three of his network series were simultaneously listed
in the Top 10, a feat heretofore unprecedented by any television producer.
Always a storyteller,
Bruckheimer learned early how to keep a story moving. He had to. His first films
were the 60-second tales he created as an award-winning commercial producer in
his native Detroit. One of those mini-films, a parody of Bonnie and Clyde
he created for Pontiac, was noted for its brilliance in Time magazine. It
also brought the 23-year-old producer to the attention of world-renowned ad
agency BBD&O, which lured him to New York.
Four years on Madison
Avenue gave him the experience and confidence to tackle Hollywood, and, not yet
30, he was at the helm of memorable films like Farewell, My Lovely, American
Gigolo and 1983's Flashdance, which changed Bruckheimer's life by
becoming a sleeper hit (grossing $100 million in the U.S. alone) and pairing him
with an old acquaintance, producer Don Simpson, who would be his partner for the
next 13 years.
One of the most
prolific partnerships in recent motion picture history, Bruckheimer and Simpson
produced films that were honored with 15 Academy AwardÂ® nominations, two
OscarsÂ® for Best Song, four Grammys, three Golden Globes, two People's Choice
Awards for Best Picture and the MTV Award for Best Picture of the Decade.
followed the box office success. In both 1985 and 1988, the National Association
of Theater Owners (NATO) named Bruckheimer Producer of the Year. And, along with
Simpson, the Publicists Guild of America chose him as 1988's Motion Picture
Showman of the Year, a tribute he received again in 2003 when the Publicists
Guild honored him for Showmanship in Television.
By 1995, the team was
producing one hit after another. In that year alone, Bruckheimer was responsible
for Bad Boys, the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence film that was Columbia
Pictures' highest grossing movie of the year; Michelle Pfeiffer's acclaimed Dangerous
Minds and Crimson Tide, the Denzel Washington/Gene Hackman adventure
that, with Dangerous Minds, topped Hollywood Pictures' box office
In 1996, Bruckheimer
produced The Rock starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage. The film broke
new ground and continued established Bruckheimer traditions with a box office
gross of nearly $350 million worldwide. It also set the video rental record as
the most-ordered film in history. His casting of the film re-established Connery
as an action star and created that same image for the intellectual Cage. The
Rock, named Favorite Movie of the Year by NATO, was Bruckheimer's last
movie with Simpson, who died during production.
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