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Brian Grazer
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Grazer in 2011
Born
Brian Thomas Grazer

(1951-07-12) July 12, 1951 (age 68)
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 / television producer and, occasionally, a 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.

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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]

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]

Grazer's father was Catholic and his mother is Jewish, [5] [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]

Suffering from dyslexia, Grazer got through school by reading other students' papers and arguing his grades with his teachers. [10]

His nephew is actor Jack Dylan Grazer. [11] [12]

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] [13] He then attended USC Law School for one year, but quit in 1975 to pursue a life in Hollywood. [5] [6] [9] [14]

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]

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 November 1985, 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 . [15]

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". [16]

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), Liar Liar (1997), 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, [17] 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 . [18]

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. [19]

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] [15] In April 2014, Grazer became engaged to Veronica Smiley, chief marketing officer of SBE, a hotel management company. [20] [21] They married on February 20, 2016. [22]

Grazer currently resides in Santa Monica, California. [23] He also has a home in Hawaii on Sunset Beach, on the Banzai Pipeline on O'ahu's North Shore. [24] [25]

Filmography

All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.

Film

YearFilmCreditNotes
1982 Night Shift
1984 Splash
1985 Real Genius
Spies Like Us
1986 Armed and Dangerous
1987 Like Father Like Son
1989 Parenthood
1990 Cry-Baby Executive producer
Kindergarten Cop
1991 The Doors Executive producer
Closet Land Executive producer
Backdraft Executive producer
My Girl
1992 Far and Away
Housesitter
Boomerang
1993 CB4 Executive producer
For Love or Money
1994 My Girl 2
Greedy
The Paper
The Cowboy Way
1995 Apollo 13
1996 Sgt. Bilko
Fear
The Nutty Professor
The Chamber
Ransom
1997 Liar Liar
Inventing the Abbotts
1998 Mercury Rising
Psycho
1999 EDtv
Life
Bowfinger
2000 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
2001 A Beautiful Mind
2002 Undercover Brother
Blue Crush
8 Mile
2003 Intolerable Cruelty
The Cat in the Hat
The Missing
2004 Friday Night Lights
2005 Cinderella Man
Flightplan
Fun with Dick and Jane
2006 Inside Man
The Da Vinci Code
2007 American Gangster
2008 Changeling
Frost/Nixon
2009 Angels & Demons
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! Executive producerDirect-to-video
2010 Robin Hood
2011 The Dilemma
Restless
Cowboys & Aliens
Tower Heist
J. Edgar
2013 Rush
2014 Get on Up
The Good Lie
2015Curious George 3: Back to the JungleExecutive producerDirect-to-video
Rock the Kasbah Executive producer
In the Heart of the Sea
2016 Pelé: Birth of a Legend
Lowriders
Inferno
2017Cop and a Half: New RecruitExecutive producerDirect-to-video
American Made
2018 The Spy Who Dumped Me
2019 Backdraft 2 Executive producerDirect-to-video
Pavarotti
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band Executive producer
Dads
Curious George: Royal MonkeyExecutive producerDirect-to-video
2020 Rebuilding Paradise
TBA
Hillbilly Elegy
Tick, Tick... Boom!
Julia
As writer
YearFilmNotes
1984 Splash Story with Bruce Jay Friedman
1986 Armed and Dangerous Story with Harold Ramis and James Keach
1992 Housesitter Story with Mark Stein
Music department
YearFilmRoleNotes
1995 Apollo 13 Executive music producer
Uncredited
Thanks
YearFilmNotes
2015The Haunting of Pearson PlaceInspired by

Television

YearTitleCreditNotes
1978 Zuma Beach Television film
Thou Shalt Not Commit AdulteryTelevision film
1985−86 Shadow Chasers Executive producer
1987−88 Ohara Executive producer
1988Poison
Smart GuysExecutive producer
PoisonExecutive producerTelevision film
MuttsExecutive producerTelevision film
1997 Hiller and Diller Executive producer
1998 From the Earth to the Moon
1999Student AffairsTelevision film
Mulholland Dr.Executive producerTelevision pilot
2000ThirtyExecutive producerTelevision film
1998−2000 Sports Night Executive producer
2000 Wonderland Executive producer
Rat BastardExecutive producerTelevision film
1999−2001 The PJs Executive producer
2001 The Beast Executive producer
Silicon FolliesExecutive producerTelevision film
1998−2002 Felicity Executive producer
2002B.S.Executive producerTelevision film
2003The SnobsExecutive producerTelevision film
The BreakExecutive producerTelevision film
Miss Match Executive producer
2004 The Big House Executive producer
2005The WIN AwardsTelevision special
Queen BExecutive producerTelevision film
Fertile GroundExecutive producerTelevision film
2005−06 The Inside Executive producer
2006 Treasure Hunters Co-producer
Misconceptions
BeyondExecutive producerTelevision pilot
200724: Day Six - DebriefExecutive producer
Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner OfficeExecutive producerTelevision film
2006−08 Shark Executive producer
2007 Entourage
2008 24: Redemption Executive producerTelevision film
2009Maggie HillExecutive producerTelevision film
2001−10 24 Executive producer
2009−11 Lie to Me Executive producer
2006−11 Friday Night Lights Executive producer
2011 Friends with Benefits Executive producer
The Playboy Club Executive producer
2012 84th Academy Awards Co-producerTelevision special
2010−12 Parenthood Executive producer
2012 The Great Escape Executive producer
Susan 313Executive producerTelevision film
2013 How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) Executive producer
2014 Those Who Kill Executive producer
Gang Related Executive producer
24: Live Another Day Executive producer
2006−present Curious George Executive producer
2015 The Bastard Executioner Executive producer
WTF AmericaExecutive producerTelevision film
Problem Child Executive producerTelevision pilot
Nerd HerdExecutive producerTelevision film
The Clan of the Cave Bear Executive producerTelevision pilot
2016 Chance Executive producer
2016−17 24: Legacy Executive producer
2015−17 Breakthrough Executive producer
2017 Shots Fired Executive producer
2017−18 Genius Executive producer
2016−18 Mars Executive producer
2003−19 Arrested Development Executive producer
2015−19 Empire Executive producer
2019Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10Executive producerTelevision short
Why Women Kill Executive producer
Wu-Tang: An American Saga Executive producer
2020 68 Whiskey Executive producer
Filthy Rich Executive producer
As an actor
YearTitleRoleNotes
1998 The Simpsons HimselfVoice role
2007 Entourage
Uncredited
2013 Arrested Development
2017 This Is Us
As writer
YearTitleNotes
1985 Shadow Chasers Co-created with Kenneth Johnson
Story with Johnson for episode "Pilot"
Thanks
YearTitleNotes
2002The Clint Howard Variety ShowSpecial thanks

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