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Jerry Bruckheimer
JerryBruckheimerHWOFJune2013.jpg
Bruckheimer at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June 2013
BornJerome Leon Bruckheimer
(1943-09-21) September 21, 1943 (age 70)[citation needed]
Detroit, Michigan, US
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, US
EducationMumford High School
Alma materUniversity of Arizona
OccupationProducer
Director at ZeniMax Media
Years active1972 – present
Notable work(s)Beverly Hills Cop, Flashdance, Top Gun, The Rock, Con Air, Coyote Ugly, Crimson Tide, Armageddon, Enemy of the State, Gone in 60 Seconds, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys, Pirates of the Caribbean, King Arthur, Prince of Persia, National Treasure
Home townDetroit, Michigan, US
Salary$115 million (2012)[1]
Net worthIncrease US$850 million (2012)
Spouse(s)Bonnie Bruckheimer (divorced)
Linda Sue (Cobb) Balahoutis Bruckheimer
ChildrenAlexandra
(step-daughter)
 
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Jerry Bruckheimer
JerryBruckheimerHWOFJune2013.jpg
Bruckheimer at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June 2013
BornJerome Leon Bruckheimer
(1943-09-21) September 21, 1943 (age 70)[citation needed]
Detroit, Michigan, US
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, US
EducationMumford High School
Alma materUniversity of Arizona
OccupationProducer
Director at ZeniMax Media
Years active1972 – present
Notable work(s)Beverly Hills Cop, Flashdance, Top Gun, The Rock, Con Air, Coyote Ugly, Crimson Tide, Armageddon, Enemy of the State, Gone in 60 Seconds, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys, Pirates of the Caribbean, King Arthur, Prince of Persia, National Treasure
Home townDetroit, Michigan, US
Salary$115 million (2012)[1]
Net worthIncrease US$850 million (2012)
Spouse(s)Bonnie Bruckheimer (divorced)
Linda Sue (Cobb) Balahoutis Bruckheimer
ChildrenAlexandra
(step-daughter)

Jerome Leon "Jerry" Bruckheimer (born September 21, 1943) is an American film and television producer. He has achieved great success in the genres of action, drama, and science fiction. His best known television series are CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Without a Trace, Cold Case, and the U.S. version of The Amazing Race. At one point, three of his TV series ranked among the top 10 in the U.S. ratings—a unique feat in television.[2]

Some of his best-known films include Beverly Hills Cop, Flashdance, Top Gun, The Rock, Con Air, Armageddon, Bad Boys, Enemy of the State, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the National Treasure franchise. He also serves as a Director at ZeniMax Media. Many of his films were produced by Disney and Paramount, while many of his television series were co-produced by Warner Bros. and CBS Television Studios. In July 2003, Bruckheimer was honored by Variety magazine as the first producer in Hollywood history to produce the top two highest-grossing films of a single weekend, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Bad Boys II.

Early life[edit]

The son of German Jewish immigrants,[3] Bruckheimer was born in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated Mumford High School[4] in Detroit, at age 17, before moving to Arizona for college. Bruckheimer was also an active member of the Stamp Collecting Club.[citation needed] He graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Arizona with an algebra minor. He was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. A film buff at an early age with an interest in photography, Bruckheimer would take snapshots when he had the opportunity. After college Bruckheimer worked in advertising in Detroit and New York City, producing award-winning commercials.[citation needed]

Film production[edit]

As of 2010, Bruckheimer has produced over 40 feature films, and is regarded in the industry as one of the most successful film producers of all time. Bruckheimer started producing films in the 1970s, after leaving his job in advertising, with director Dick Richards. They had worked together on the films The Culpepper Cattle Company, Farewell, My Lovely, and March or Die. Bruckheimer then worked with Paul Schrader on two films, American Gigolo and Cat People, which began to give him notice in Hollywood.

During the 1980s and 1990s, he was a co-producer with Don Simpson of a string of highly successful Hollywood films for Paramount Pictures. He originally met Don at a screening of 1973's The Harder They Come at Warner Brothers. The two worked together and created Bruckheimer's first big hit, 1983's Flashdance, which brought in US$95 million, an incredible sum for an R-rated film.[5] He had a number of other hits including the Beverly Hills Cop films, Top Gun and Days of Thunder. Top Gun would mark the first collaboration with English director Tony Scott, who would direct six films for Bruckheimer.[6]

While working with Simpson, Bruckheimer became known as "Mr. Outside" because of his experience with film making, while Simpson became known as "Mr. Inside" because of his film industry contacts. The Rock was the last film in which Bruckheimer collaborated with Simpson, due to Simpson's untimely death. Bruckheimer stipulated that The Rock be dedicated to the memory of Simpson (this fact is mentioned at the end of the film).

Despite the setback of the untimely death of Simpson in 1996, Bruckheimer has continued to produce a large number of action films often working with director Michael Bay for several hits including Armageddon. His other hit films produced include Remember the Titans, Black Hawk Down and the Pirates of the Caribbean series. He has also acquired the rights to produce a film based on the popular role playing game by Palladium Books, Rifts.

Television production[edit]

Early in his career, Bruckheimer produced television commercials, including one for Pepsi. Since 1997 he has branched out into television, creating a number of police dramas of which CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has been the most successful. He has also produced the reality game show The Amazing Race. In May 2008 CBS announced it had picked up Bruckheimer's newest series, Eleventh Hour, for the 2008–2009 broadcast television season. The science fiction drama follows a government agent and a professor as they investigate strange scientific and medical activity.[7]

From 2004 (beginning of CSI: NY) to 2009 (end of Without a Trace), Bruckheimer had six hit television shows on the air: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Cold Case, Without a Trace and The Amazing Race. At one point, three of his TV series ranked among the top 10 in the ratings—a unique feat in television.[2] It was announced on September 10, 2009 that NBC had picked up an action procedural from Jerry Bruckheimer. The show, titled Chase,[8] "tells the stories of a team charged with making sure fugitive criminals don't evade justice," reports The Hollywood Reporter.[9] It was canceled in May 2011. Bruckheimer's most notable flop was Skin, which was cancelled after three episodes in 2003.

Financial success[edit]

One of the most successful producers of all time, Bruckheimer has been nicknamed "Mr. Blockbuster", due to his track record of commercially successful, high-grossing films. Overall, his films have brought in over $13 billion to Hollywood,[10] and have launched the careers of numerous actors and directors.

In 2007, he was ranked No. 39 on Forbes Celebrity 100 List, up from No. 42 in 2006. With reported annual earnings of $120 million,[11] he was the 10th highest money-earner on the 2006 Forbes Celebrity 100 List.

Notable box-office grosses[edit]

Bruckheimer with Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise in June 2013

In July 2003, Bruckheimer was honored by Variety magazine as the first producer in Hollywood history to produce the top two highest-grossing films of a single weekend, the buddy-cop Bad Boys II and the Disney theme-park spin-off, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

The Pirates of the Caribbean film trilogy, produced through Walt Disney Pictures was enormously profitable, and demonstrates Bruckheimer's ability to create lucrative projects. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the first film in the franchise, was released on July 9, 2003. A popular box office hit, it was well received by critics and filmgoers alike. After the unexpected success of the first film, Walt Disney Pictures revealed that a trilogy was in the works. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest was released on July 7, 2006. The sequel proved to be very successful, breaking records worldwide the day of its premiere. In the end it acquired a total of $1,066,179,725 at the worldwide box office, becoming the third and fastest film to reach this amount. The third film in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End was released worldwide on May 25, 2007. Altogether, the film franchise has grossed over $2.79 billion worldwide. In 2011 a fourth film in the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, was released.

Professional honors and awards[edit]

The editors of Entertainment Weekly named Bruckheimer the No. 1 most-powerful person in Hollywood in 2003. He was ranked No. 10 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list, and had also ranked No. 10 on the 2005 list. He ranked No. 19 on Premiere's 2003 annual Hollywood Power List, and had ranked No. 22 in 2002. His projects have been honored with 41 Academy Award nominations (six wins), eight Grammy Award nominations (five wins), 23 Golden Globe nominations (four wins), 77 Emmy Award nominations (seventeen wins), eight People's Choice nominations (four wins), and numerous MTV Awards, including one for Best Picture of the Decade.[10]

Bruckheimer received the ShoWest Producer of the Year Award in 1998 and in 2000 the Producers Guild honored him with the David O. Selznick Award for Lifetime Achievement.In May 2006, he was honored with a doctor of fine arts degree (DFA) from the University of Arizona's College of Fine Arts.

On June 24, 2013, Bruckheimer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, placed right by El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.[12]

Views on cinema[edit]

When asked about his favorite films, he named 1972's The Godfather, 1971's The French Connection, 1997's Good Will Hunting, and 1959's The 400 Blows.[2] When asked on what the film industry's obligation to an audience was, Bruckheimer responded, "We are in the transportation business. We transport audiences from one place to another." When asked why he makes films, he stated, "If I made films for the critics, or for someone else, I'd probably be living in some small Hollywood studio apartment."[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Bruckheimer at the 2014 WonderCon

Bruckheimer has been married twice. His first wife was Bonnie Bruckheimer. He currently lives in Los Angeles, with his second wife, novelist Linda Sue (Cobb) Balahoutis Bruckheimer.[13] He also has one stepdaughter, Alexandra. The couple also owns a farm in Bloomfield, Kentucky, about 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Louisville, as well as another in Ojai, south of Santa Barbara. As a teenager, Linda moved from Kentucky to Los Angeles, where she has been a writer, producer and West Coast editor for Mirabella, and where she married Jerry Bruckheimer. She regularly spends time as a preservation activist, restoring and preserving historic buildings in small rural U.S. towns.[14]

His film company, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, is located at 1631 10th Street in Santa Monica, California.

Philanthropic activities[edit]

Bruckheimer's philanthropic activities have included publicly supporting the fight against multiple sclerosis via his work with The Nancy Davis Foundation for MS. He has additionally pledged to help various causes by establishing the Jerry Bruckheimer Foundation.[15] However, according to The Smoking Gun, the last time the Jerry Bruckheimer Foundation made a contribution was in 1995, when it gave $9,350 to Van Nuys prep school.[16]

Bruckheimer has aided in the repair and restoration of the historic clipper ship Cutty Sark. A collection of photos taken by Bruckheimer went on display in London in November 2007 to help raise money for the Cutty Sark Conservation Project. The exhibition featured more than thirty pictures taken on set during the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.[17]

Political contributions[edit]

Bruckheimer donated funds to John McCain's 2008 presidential election campaign. In 2007 it was reported that he donated 29% of his $20,700 in political contributions to Republican candidates, but mainly leans Democratic otherwise.[18] He gave $5,000 to a joint fundraising committee on John McCain's behalf.[19] Bruckheimer has donated more than $50,000 to Republican campaigns and committees.[20] Bruckheimer donated $25,000 to the 2012 Mitt Romney Victory Fund.[21]

Sports ownership[edit]

Bruckheimer has been named as one of the investors of a new sports arena in Las Vegas and has been rumored to be the leading choice by the National Hockey League to own an expansion hockey team that would play in the proposed arena.[22]

Video games[edit]

In December 2007 Bruckheimer announced plans to partner with MTV to create a new game studio.[23]

The same year Bruckheimer joined the ZeniMax Media board of directors and has since showed up at several launch parties for Bethesda Softworks titles including Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.[24]

In 2009 Bruckheimer unveiled Jerry Bruckheimer Games headed by former Microsoft Studios Publishing Executive Producer Jim Veevaert as president of production and Jay Cohen, previously Ubisoft's vice president of U.S. publishing, as president of development.[25]

In 2011 it was rumored that Jerry Bruckheimer Games was working on three titles, but nothing came out of it ever since.[26] In March 2013 Jerry Bruckheimer Games was closed.[27] Although Jerry Bruckheimer Games is closed, Bruckheimer still remains a ZeniMax board member to this day, mostly due to being a close associate of ZeniMax President Ernest Del.[28]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

YearFilmCastNotes
1972The Culpepper Cattle Co.Gary Grimes, Billy Green Bush, Royal Danoassociate producer, with 20th Century Fox
1975Farewell, My LovelyRobert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Irelandwith AVCO Embassy Pictures
Rafferty and the Gold Dust TwinsSally Kellerman, Mackenzie Phillips, Alan Arkinassociate producer, with Warner Bros.
1977March or DieGene Hackman, Catherine Deneuve, Terence Hillwith Columbia Pictures and ITC Entertainment
1980DefianceJan-Michael Vincent, Art Carney, Theresa Saldanawith American International Pictures
American GigoloRichard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondowith Paramount Pictures
1981ThiefJames Caan, Tuesday Weld, Robert Proskywith United Artists
1982Young Doctors in LoveSean Young, Michael McKean, Crystal Bernardwith 20th Century Fox
Cat PeopleNastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heardwith Universal Pictures and RKO Pictures
1983FlashdanceJennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Kyle T. Heffnerwith Paramount Pictures
1984Beverly Hills CopEddie Murphy, Lisa Eilbacher, John Ashtonwith Paramount Pictures
Thief of HeartsSteven Bauer, David Caruso, John Getzwith Paramount Pictures
1986Top GunTom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmerwith Paramount Pictures
1987Beverly Hills Cop IIEddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jürgen Prochnowwith Paramount Pictures
1990Days of ThunderTom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvallwith Paramount Pictures
1994The RefDenis Leary, Judy Davis, Kevin Spaceywith Touchstone Pictures
1995Dangerous MindsMichelle Pfeiffer, Courtney B. Vance, Robin Bartlettwith Hollywood Pictures
Crimson TideDenzel Washington, Gene Hackmanwith Hollywood Pictures
Bad BoysMartin Lawrence, Will Smith, Téa Leoniwith Columbia Pictures
1996The RockSean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harriswith Hollywood Pictures
1997Con AirNicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovichwith Touchstone Pictures
1998Enemy of the StateWill Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voightwith Touchstone Pictures
ArmageddonBruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thorntonwith Touchstone Pictures
2000Remember the TitansDenzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harriswith Walt Disney Pictures
Coyote UglyPiper Perabo, Adam Garcia, Maria Bellowith Touchstone Pictures
Gone in Sixty SecondsNicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisiwith Touchstone Pictures
2001Black Hawk DownJosh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregorwith Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios
Pearl HarborBen Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsalewith Touchstone Pictures
2002Bad CompanyAnthony Hopkins, Chris Rock, Kerry Washingtonwith Touchstone Pictures
2003Bad Boys IIMartin Lawrence, Will Smith, Jordi Mollàwith Columbia Pictures
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlJohnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightleywith Walt Disney Pictures
Veronica GuerinCate Blanchett, Gerard McSorley, Ciarán Hindswith Touchstone Pictures
Kangaroo JackJerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, Christopher Walkenwith Warner Bros. and Castle Rock Entertainment
2004National TreasureNicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Barthawith Walt Disney Pictures
King ArthurClive Owen, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffuddwith Touchstone Pictures
2006Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestJohnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightleywith Walt Disney Pictures
Déjà VuDenzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Paula Pattonwith Touchstone Pictures
Glory RoadJosh Lucas, Derek Luke, Jon Voightwith Walt Disney Pictures
2007National Treasure: Book of SecretsNicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Barthawith Walt Disney Pictures
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndJohnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightleywith Walt Disney Pictures
2009G-ForceZach Galifianakis, Faizon Love, Bill Nighywith Walt Disney Pictures
Confessions of a ShopaholicIsla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritterwith Touchstone Pictures
2010Prince of Persia: The Sands of TimeJake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Artertonwith Walt Disney Pictures
The Sorcerer's ApprenticeNicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molinawith Walt Disney Pictures
2011Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesJohnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rushwith Walt Disney Pictures
2013The Lone RangerJohnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtnerwith Walt Disney Pictures
2014Deliver Us from EvilEric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munnwith Screen Gems

Upcoming films[edit]

YearFilmCastNotes
2016Beverly Hills Cop 4Eddie Murphywith Paramount Pictures
2017Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesJohnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rushwith Walt Disney Pictures
TBABad Boys 3Martin Lawrence, Will Smithwith Columbia Pictures

Television[edit]

Television films[edit]

Reality television[edit]

Comedy[edit]

Drama[edit]

Pilots[edit]

References[edit]

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