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Brian Grazer

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Full Name
Brian Thomas Grazer

July 12, 1951 (age 72) (
Los Angeles, California, United States

Santa Monica, California, and North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television (1974); USC Law School (left in 1975)

Producer (film and television)

Imagine Entertainment (co-founder)

Gigi Levangie Grazer (m. 1997–2007), Corki Grazer (m. 1982–1992), Theresa Mckay-Roberts (m. 1972–1979)

A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life

Thomas Costa Grazer, Riley Grazer, Sage Grazer, Patrick Grazer

A Beautiful Mind, Splash, The Da Vinci Code, Dr Seuss' How the Grinch St, Apollo 13

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Ron Howard, Gigi Levangie Grazer, Akiva Goldsman, Tom Hanks, Charles Fishman


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Brian Thomas Grazer (born July 12, 1951) is an American film and television producer.


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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 131 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".

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Early life

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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 (1956). He was raised in Sherman Oaks and Northridge, in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley.

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Grazer's mother is Jewish and his father was Catholic, and he described himself in 2000 as "half-Jewish". Raised secular, today Grazer is a practicing Christian. 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 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.'"

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His nephew is actor Jack Dylan Grazer.


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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 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 131 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), "Life" (1999), Dr. Seuss' 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, and Lie to Me. Upcoming series include Those Who Kill and Gang Related.

Grazer's recent productions included Rush (2013), directed by Ron Howard, and starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, and Made in America, airing on Showtime on October 11, 2013.

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.

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)). 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.

Additional awards

  • 1998 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries for From the Earth to the Moon
  • 2001 – Producers Guild of America's David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
  • 2003 – ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2004 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for Arrested Development
  • 2006 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for 24
  • 2007 – Named one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World"
  • 2008 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program for Curious George
  • 2009 – Producers Guild of America Milestone Award, together with Ron Howard
  • 2009 – New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Big Apple Award, together with Ron Howard
  • 2010 – Simon Wiesenthal Center Humanitarian Award, together with Ron Howard
  • 2010 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program for Curious George
  • 2011 – MPSE 2011 Filmmaker Award
  • References

    Brian Grazer Wikipedia

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