Grazer in 2011
Brian Thomas Grazer
July 12, 1951
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Relatives|| Jack Dylan Grazer (nephew)|
Gavin Grazer (brother)
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.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). His films and TV series have been nominated for 43 Academy Awards and 187 Emmys.
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".
Grazer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Arlene Becker Grazer and criminal defense attorney Thomas Grazer.He is the older brother of Nora Beth Grazer (born 1952) and actor/director Gavin Grazer (born 1961). He was raised in Sherman Oaks and Northridge, in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley.
Grazer's father was Catholic and his mother is Jewish,His parents divorced when he was in high school. 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.'"
Suffering from dyslexia, Grazer got through school by reading other students' papers and arguing his grades with his teachers.
His nephew is actor Jack Dylan Grazer.
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.He then attended USC Law School for one year, but quit in 1975 to pursue a life in Hollywood.
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.
He produced his first feature-film, Night Shift , in 1982, directed by Howard.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.
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.
Grazer's early film successes include Parenthood (1989) and Backdraft (1991).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.
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 .
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.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".
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.
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.
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,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 .
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.
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)).In April 2014, Grazer became engaged to Veronica Smiley, chief marketing officer of SBE, a hotel management company. They married on February 20, 2016.
Grazer currently resides in Santa Monica, California.He also has a home in Hawaii on Sunset Beach, on the Banzai Pipeline on O'ahu's North Shore.
All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.
|Spies Like Us|
|1986||Armed and Dangerous|
|1987||Like Father Like Son|
|1991||The Doors||Executive producer|
|Closet Land||Executive producer|
|1992||Far and Away|
|For Love or Money|
|1994||My Girl 2|
|The Cowboy Way|
|The Nutty Professor|
|Inventing the Abbotts|
|2000||Nutty Professor II: The Klumps|
|How the Grinch Stole Christmas|
|2001||A Beautiful Mind|
|The Cat in the Hat|
|2004||Friday Night Lights|
|Fun with Dick and Jane|
|The Da Vinci Code|
|2009||Angels & Demons|
|Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!||Executive producer||Direct-to-video|
|Cowboys & Aliens|
|2014||Get on Up|
|The Good Lie|
|2015||Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle||Executive producer||Direct-to-video|
|Rock the Kasbah||Executive producer|
|In the Heart of the Sea|
|2016||Pelé: Birth of a Legend|
|2017||Cop and a Half: New Recruit||Executive producer||Direct-to-video|
|2018||The Spy Who Dumped Me|
|2019||Backdraft 2||Executive producer||Direct-to-video|
|Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band||Executive producer|
|Curious George: Royal Monkey||Executive producer||Direct-to-video|
|Tick, Tick... Boom!|
|1984||Splash||Story with Bruce Jay Friedman|
|1986||Armed and Dangerous||Story with Harold Ramis and James Keach|
|1992||Housesitter||Story with Mark Stein|
|1995||Apollo 13||Executive music producer|
|2015||The Haunting of Pearson Place||Inspired by|
|1978||Zuma Beach||Television film|
|Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery||Television film|
|1985−86||Shadow Chasers||Executive producer|
|Smart Guys||Executive producer|
|Poison||Executive producer||Television film|
|Mutts||Executive producer||Television film|
|1997||Hiller and Diller||Executive producer|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon|
|1999||Student Affairs||Television film|
|Mulholland Dr.||Executive producer||Television pilot|
|2000||Thirty||Executive producer||Television film|
|1998−2000||Sports Night||Executive producer|
|Rat Bastard||Executive producer||Television film|
|1999−2001||The PJs||Executive producer|
|2001||The Beast||Executive producer|
|Silicon Follies||Executive producer||Television film|
|2002||B.S.||Executive producer||Television film|
|2003||The Snobs||Executive producer||Television film|
|The Break||Executive producer||Television film|
|Miss Match||Executive producer|
|2004||The Big House||Executive producer|
|2005||The WIN Awards||Television special|
|Queen B||Executive producer||Television film|
|Fertile Ground||Executive producer||Television film|
|2005−06||The Inside||Executive producer|
|Beyond||Executive producer||Television pilot|
|2007||24: Day Six - Debrief||Executive producer|
|Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office||Executive producer||Television film|
|2008||24: Redemption||Executive producer||Television film|
|2009||Maggie Hill||Executive producer||Television film|
|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-producer||Television special|
|2012||The Great Escape||Executive producer|
|Susan 313||Executive producer||Television 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 America||Executive producer||Television film|
|Problem Child||Executive producer||Television pilot|
|Nerd Herd||Executive producer||Television film|
|The Clan of the Cave Bear||Executive producer||Television pilot|
|2016−17||24: Legacy||Executive producer|
|2017||Shots Fired||Executive producer|
|2003−19||Arrested Development||Executive producer|
|2019||Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10||Executive producer||Television short|
|Why Women Kill||Executive producer|
|Wu-Tang: An American Saga||Executive producer|
|2020||68 Whiskey||Executive producer|
|Filthy Rich||Executive producer|
|1998||The Simpsons||Himself||Voice role|
|2017||This Is Us|
|1985||Shadow Chasers||Co-created with Kenneth Johnson |
Story with Johnson for episode "Pilot"
|2002||The Clint Howard Variety Show||Special thanks|
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