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JERRY BRUCKHEIMER (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.

Bruckheimer's films 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 awardwinning 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 Award® nominations, two Oscars® 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. 

Industry acclaim 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 slate. 

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. 

Now on his own, Bruckheimer followed in 1997 with "Con Air,” a film that elevated Cage to the pantheon of international action heroes, and grossed over $230 million. It also earned a Grammy and two Oscar® nominations and brought its producer once more to the attention of the international industry, 41 when, in 1999, he was awarded the ShoWest International Box Office Achievement Award for unmatched foreign grosses. 

In 1998 Touchstone Pictures released "Armageddon,” starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler and Steve Buscemi. The outer space adventure,

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