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Brian Grazer
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Grazer in 2011
Born
Brian Thomas Grazer

(1951-07-12) July 12, 1951 (age 67)
Residence
Alma mater University of Southern California
OccupationProducer, screenwriter
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)
  • Theresa McKay(m. 19721979)
  • Corki Corman(m. 19821992)
  • Gigi Levangie (m. 19972007)
  • Veronica Smiley(m. 2016)
Children4
Relatives Jack Dylan Grazer (nephew)
Gavin Grazer (brother)
Awards

Brian Thomas Grazer (born July 12, 1951) is an American film and television producer and screenwriter. He co-founded Imagine Entertainment in 1986, with Ron Howard. The films they produced have grossed over $13 billion. [2] The movies include four for which Grazer was personally nominated for an Academy Award: Splash (1984), Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and Frost/Nixon (2008). [3] [4] His films and TV series have been nominated for 43 Academy Awards, and 187 Emmys.

Imagine Entertainment American film and television production company

Imagine Entertainment is an American film and television production company founded in 1986 by director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer.

Ron Howard American film director, producer, and actor

Ronald William Howard is an American filmmaker and actor. Howard is best known for playing two high-profile roles in television sitcoms in his youth and directing a number of successful feature films later in his career.

Academy Awards American awards given annually for excellence in cinematic achievements

The Academy Awards, also officially and popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the "Academy Award of Merit", although more commonly referred to by its nickname "Oscar".

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In 2002, Grazer won an Oscar for Best Picture for A Beautiful Mind (shared with Ron Howard). In 2007, he was named one of Time 's "100 Most Influential People in the World". [1]

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Early life

Grazer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Arlene Becker Grazer and criminal defense attorney Thomas Grazer. [5] [6] He is the older brother of Nora Beth Grazer (born 1952) and actor/director Gavin Grazer (born 1961). [7] He was raised in Sherman Oaks and Northridge, in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley. [6]

California State of the United States of America

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

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Grazer's father was Catholic and his mother is Jewish, [5] [8] and he described himself in 2000 as "half-Jewish". [8] His parents divorced when he was in high school. [9] Grazer said "My best buddy, the most important person in my growing up, was my little 4-foot-10 [147 cm] Jewish grandmother, and she'd say, 'In order to get it, you got to do it. No one's going to get it for you, Brian.'" [5]

His nephew is actor Jack Dylan Grazer. [10] [11]

Education

Grazer won a scholarship to the University of Southern California (USC) as a psychology major. He graduated from USC's School of Cinema-Television in 1974. [6] [12] He then attended USC Law School for one year, but quit in 1975 to pursue a life in Hollywood. [5] [6] [9] [13]

University of Southern California Private research university in Los Angeles, California, United States

The University of Southern California is a private research university in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1880, it is the oldest private research university in California. For the 2018–19 academic year, there were 20,000 students enrolled in four-year undergraduate programs. USC also has 27,500 graduate and professional students in a number of different programs, including business, law, engineering, social work, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and medicine. It is the largest private employer in the city of Los Angeles, and generates $8 billion in economic impact on Los Angeles and California.

The USC School of Cinematic Arts —formerly the USC School of Cinema-Television, otherwise known as CNTV—is a private media school within the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. The school offers multiple undergraduate and graduate programs covering film production, screenwriting, cinema and media studies, animation and digital arts, media arts + practice, and interactive media & games. Additional programs include the Peter Stark Producing Program and the Business of Entertainment.

Career

Grazer began his career as a producer developing television projects. While executive-producing TV pilots at Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s, he met current long-time friend and business partner Ron Howard. [1]

Paramount Pictures Major film studio in America, specializing in film and television production, and distribution.

Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American film studio based in Hollywood, California, that has been a subsidiary of the American media conglomerate Viacom since 1994. Paramount is the fifth oldest surviving film studio in the world, the second oldest in the United States, and the sole member of the "Big Five" film studios still located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood.

He produced his first feature-film, Night Shift , in 1982, directed by Howard. [1] Grazer and Howard teamed up again for Splash in 1984, which Grazer produced and co-wrote. Splash earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1984. [1]

In 1986, Grazer and Howard co-founded Imagine Entertainment, which became one of Hollywood's most prolific and successful production companies. Over the years, Grazer's films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 43 Academy Awards, and 195 Emmys. At the same time, his movies have generated more than $13.5 billion in worldwide theatrical, music, and video grosses. [1]

Grazer's early film successes include Parenthood (1989) and Backdraft (1991). [1] He produced Apollo 13 (1995), for which he won the Producers Guild of America's Daryl F. Zanuck Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Picture of 1995. [1]

In 1998, he earned two major honors: he was given his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and made a cameo appearance on the animated series The Simpsons . [14]

In 2001, Grazer won an Academy Award for Best Picture for A Beautiful Mind , which also took home Oscars for Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Connelly), Best Director (Ron Howard), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Akiva Goldsman).

In 2002, Grazer's 8 Mile was released. [1] It proved not only to be a huge box office hit, but also the first film with a rap song to win a Best Original Song Oscar, for Eminem's "Lose Yourself". [15]

Grazer also produced the film adaptation of Peter Morgan's play Frost/Nixon (2008). Frost/Nixon was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. [1]

Grazer's productions span over a quarter-of-a-century, and almost the full spectrum of movie genres. His comedies include Boomerang (1992), The Nutty Professor (1996), Life (1999), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Intolerable Cruelty (2003) and The Dilemma (2011). He has also produced many dramatic thrillers including Inside Man (2006), The Da Vinci Code (2006), American Gangster (2007), Changeling (2008), Angels & Demons (2009), Robin Hood (2010), and Cowboys & Aliens (2011). His recently released films include J. Edgar , the Clint Eastwood-directed biopic of J. Edgar Hoover, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tower Heist , starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, and Restless , directed by Gus Van Sant.

Grazer's Imagine Entertainment's television series include Sports Night , Felicity , Arrested Development , 24 with Kiefer Sutherland, Friday Night Lights , Parenthood , Lie to Me , and Empire. [1]

Grazer's recent productions included the 2017 Grammy awarding winning Best Music Film The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (2016), American Made (2017), Rush (2013), directed by Ron Howard, and starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, [16] and Made in America .

Grazer produced Get on Up , a biopic of the legendary "Godfather of Soul" James Brown, and In the Heart of the Sea , directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth, about the American whaleship the Essex . [17]

In 2015, Grazer published his book A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life, in which he discusses conversations with interesting people, many of whom inspired his work. [18]

Personal life

Grazer has been married four times and divorced three times: to Theresa McKay (1972–79), Corki Corman (1982–92; they had two children; son Riley (born 1986) and daughter Sage (1988)), and novelist and screenwriter Gigi Levangie (1997–2007; they had two sons; Thomas (1999) and Patrick (2004)). [6] [14] In April 2014, Grazer became engaged to Veronica Smiley, chief marketing officer of SBE, a hotel management company. [19] [20] They married on February 20, 2016. [21]

Grazer currently resides in Santa Monica, California. [22] He also has a home in Hawaii on Sunset Beach, on the Banzai Pipeline on O'ahu's North Shore. [23] [24]

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