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Also Known As: Jerome Leon Bruckheimer Died:
Born: September 21, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: producer, advertising executive, mailroom worker

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pated sequel, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2006), the continuing tale of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), who is indebted to the legendary Davey Jones (Bill Nighy) - a fate he must escape in quick time or be doomed to eternal damnation in the afterlife.A third installment, "Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End" (2007), was shot simultaneously with the second part, and was released to much fanfare in May 2007. A fourth film, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," was ramped up for production in early 2010. Prior to that, Bruckheimer produced the sequel "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" (2007), which managed to surpass the original in terms of box office. Though he had a rare short-lived television series with "Eleventh Hour" (CBS, 2008-09), Bruckheimer bounced back with new hits like "Dark Blue" (TNT, 2008- ) and "The Forgotten" (ABC, 2009- ), starring Christian Slater as the leader of an amateur group of crime fighters looking for justice for those who have been wronged. Meanwhile, he awaited the fate of "Miami Medical" (CBS, 2010- ), a drama that focused on a trauma team saving lives. Back in the feature world, Bruckheimer scored another hit with the animated...

pated sequel, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2006), the continuing tale of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), who is indebted to the legendary Davey Jones (Bill Nighy) - a fate he must escape in quick time or be doomed to eternal damnation in the afterlife.

A third installment, "Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End" (2007), was shot simultaneously with the second part, and was released to much fanfare in May 2007. A fourth film, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," was ramped up for production in early 2010. Prior to that, Bruckheimer produced the sequel "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" (2007), which managed to surpass the original in terms of box office. Though he had a rare short-lived television series with "Eleventh Hour" (CBS, 2008-09), Bruckheimer bounced back with new hits like "Dark Blue" (TNT, 2008- ) and "The Forgotten" (ABC, 2009- ), starring Christian Slater as the leader of an amateur group of crime fighters looking for justice for those who have been wronged. Meanwhile, he awaited the fate of "Miami Medical" (CBS, 2010- ), a drama that focused on a trauma team saving lives. Back in the feature world, Bruckheimer scored another hit with the animated live-action combo, "G-Force" (2009) while serving as a producer on the adaptation of Sophie Kinsella's bestseller, "Confessions of a Shopaholic" (2009). He also shepherded the adaptation of the video game "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" (2010), starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Alfred Molina and Ben Kingsley.w "The Amazing Race" where 11 teams race around the world performing various tasks in a quest to win $1 million. The show became an instant hit, spawning numerous sequels.

Returning to the feature world, Bruckheimer collaborated once again with director Michael Bay on "Pearl Harbor" (2001), a sweeping, but sappy telling of the Japanese surprise attack that pulled the United States into World War II. At the time the most expensive film ever green-lit by a studio, "Pearl Harbor" boasted of impressive battle scenes, thanks to Bay's typically deft handling of action sequences. But the majority of the film was weighed down by an insipid love affair between a naval pilot itching for action (Ben Affleck) and a base nurse (Kate Beckinsale)-the lackluster chemistry between the two leads was almost as destructive as the Japanese bombers. Nonetheless, "Pearl Harbor" took in close to $200 million in domestic box office alone.

His next true-to-life war film, "Black Hawk Down" (2001), faired much better with critics. Director Ridley Scott crafted a gritty and realistic film about the ill-fated humanitarian mission in Somalia on October 3, 1993 that left 70 soldiers wounded and 18 dead. Bruckheimer's next project, "Bad Company" (2002), was a buddy action-comedy about a veteran CIA agent (Anthony Hopkins) who must transform a sarcastic, street-wise punk (Chris Rock) into a savvy spy to replace his murdered twin brother to negotiate a sensitive nuclear weapons deal. "Bad Company" promised laughs from the unusual pairing of the two leads, but ultimately failed to please critics and audiences alike.

Bruckheimer continued to make quality television for the 2002-03 season, producing "Without A Trace" (CBS, 2002- ), a procedural drama about the FBI's Missing Persons Department, and the spin-off "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002- ), about a team of forensic investigators in the palmed city. He toned-down his approach for his next film, "Veronica Guerin" (2003), a true-life telling of the fearsome Irish journalist (Cate Blanchett) who investigated and exposed Dublin drug gangs at great person risk-a rare small, independent feature that barely cracked seven figures at the box office. But his next project, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003), was a rare combination of box office smash and critical darling. The swashbuckling adventure centered on the roguish, but charming Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp in an Oscar-nominated performance) who teams up a young man (Orlando Bloom) to rescue the Governor's beautiful daughter (Keira Knightley) from Sparrow's nemesis, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). "Pirates of the Caribbean" surprised many critics for being an entertaining-albeit lengthy-thrill ride, while taking in a considerable bounty at the box office.

Bruckheimer's next feature, "Kangaroo Jack" (2002), a dopey kids' comedy about two petty crooks (Jerry O'Connell and Anthony Anderson) who track down a kangaroo after it makes off with a large amount of cash, was panned by most critics for being too stupid to exist. He returned to the well for "Bad Boys II" (2003), the high-impact action sequel that reunited Martin Lawrence and Will Smith as two Miami narcotics agents chasing after a ruthless drug lord (Jordi Molla) determined to expand his empire and take control of the city's drug trade, murdering anyone who gets in his way. Bruckheimer then produced the short-lived hour-long drama, "Skin" (Fox, 2003-2004), a modern-day "Romeo and Juliet" set in the Los Angeles porn industry, and the more popular "Cold Case" (CBS, 2003- ), a Sunday night ratings hit about a Philadelphia homicide detective (Kathryn Morris) assigned to reopen and investigate unsolved murders. In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Bruckheimer and his team produced "Profiles from the Front Lines" (ABC, 2003), a reality series that followed U.S. troops as they fought terrorism in Afghanistan, the Philippines and South America. The show was canceled, however, due to sensitivities that arose from second Iraq War, leaving three episodes unaired.

Back in features, Bruckheimer put his stamp on "National Treasure" (2004), a flashy, but plodding global romp about an archeologist (Nicolas Cage) who steals the Declaration of Independence because he suspects it has an invisible map leading to the famed Knights Templar Treasure on the back. Though critics were less than enthusiastic, "National Treasure" managed to attract a significant crowd to theaters and performed well at the box office. His next feature project, "King Arthur" (2004), proved to be a rare misfire for the producer. Half-legend, half-history, the filmmakers struggled to give validity to the mythical British king, but forgot to craft a strong story or develop interesting characters. What resulted was a bland-albeit visually interesting-historical drama that tried to mimic "Braveheart" but without the action, romance and three-dimensional characters. Brushed aside by critics, "King Arthur" bombed at the domestic box office, but managed to find an audience overseas. Meanwhile, Bruckheimer developed another television spin-off, "CSI: New York" (CBS, 2004- ), the second procedural to derive from the original. And like the others, the series proved to be a solid ratings winner.

His next television project, "E-Ring" (NBC, 2005-06), was a character-driven drama set inside the Pentagon that pitted the military brass against civilian politicians in decisions on war and peace. The project failed to capture a strong audience and network placed the show on permanent hiatus. His next show, "Just Legal" (WB, 2005), a one-hour drama about a jaded, middle-aged lawyer (Don Johnson) who takes as a partner a 19-year-old idealistic prodigy (Jay Baruchel) straight out of law school, lasted a mere three episodes before it was canceled. "Close to Home" (CBS, 2005-07), another legal drama, fared better than "Just Legal" by virtue of the more universal premise of a female prosecutor struggling to build cases against criminals and balance her life at home as a new mother. In the feature world, Bruckheimer produced "Glory Road" (2006), the inspirational true-life telling of the 1966 Texas Western Miners who made NCAA history thanks to their charismatic coach (Josh Lucas), whose will to win with heart, determination and self-respect helped break down racial barriers. Meanwhile, Bruckheimer was set to release the much-antici

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 E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 (2003) Interviewee
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 Reel Comedy: Bad Boys II (2003) Interviewee
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 What Is a Producer? (2001) Interviewee
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Received attention for a Pontiac commercial he made which spoofed "Bonnie and Clyde"
1972:
Made first film as associate producer, "The Culpepper Cattle Company" (with Dick Richards)
1975:
Received first producing credit, "Farewell, My Lovely" (with Dick Richards)
1982:
Debuted as executive producer, the remake of "Cat People"
1983:
Co-founded Simpson-Bruckheimer Productions with Don Simpson; signed exclusive five-year production deal with Paramount Pictures
1983:
Made first joint production credit with Don Simpson, "Flashdance"
1984:
Produced "Beverly Hills Cop," with Eddie Murphy in his star making role
1985:
Co-produced "Top Gun," which solidified Tom Cruise as a star; first collaboration with director Tony Scott
1990:
Signed second five-year production deal with Paramount
1990:
Contract between Bruckheimer-Simpson and Paramount ended by "mutual agreement" (November)
1990:
Re-teamed with Tom Cruise and director Tony Scott for "Days of Thunder"
1991:
Bruckheimer-Simpson signed non-exclusive, five-year, five-picture deal with Disney subsidiary, Hollywood Pictures (January)
1991:
Produced first film with Bruce Willis, "The Last Boy Scout"; re-teamed with director Tony Scott
1995:
Formally dissolved Simpson-Bruckeimer partnership one month before Simpson's death in January 1996
1995:
Re-teamed with director Tony Scott to produce "Crimson Tide"
1996:
Made first collaboration with Michael Bay and Will Smith, "Bad Boys"
1996:
Produced first collaboration with Nicolas Cage, "The Rock"; re-teamed with director Michael Bay
1996:
Executive produced the short-lived ABC series, "Dangerous Minds"
1997:
Formed Jerry Bruckheimer Films
1997:
Produced second Cage action film, "Con Air"
1998:
Executive produced the syndicated series, "Soldier of Fortune, Inc."
1998:
Produced the Michael Bay directed, "Armageddon"
1998:
Produced the techno-thriller, "Enemy of the State"; re-teamed with Tony Scott and Will Smith
2000:
Executive produced "Gone in 60 Seconds," starring Cage and Angelina Jolie
2000:
Executive produced the CBS drama, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
2001:
Produced the blockbuster, "Pearl Harbor"; re-teamed with director Michael Bay
2001:
Executive produced the CBS reality competition series, "The Amazing Race"
2001:
Produced the Ridley Scott directed film, "Black Hawk Down"
2002:
Produced the Joel Schumacher directed, "Bad Company"
2002:
Executive produced the "CSI" spin-off series, "CSI: Miami" (CBS)
2002:
Executive produced the CBS drama, "Without a Trace"
2003:
Produced the film based on the popular Disneyland ride, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"; directed by Gore Verbinski and starred Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow
2003:
Executive produced the CBS drama, "Cold Case"
2003:
Re-teamed with Michael Bay and Will Smith for the sequel, "Bad Boys II"
2004:
Produced an adaptation of "King Arthur," starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley
2004:
Re-teamed with Nicolas Cage for "National Treasure"
2004:
Executive produced the second "CSI" spin-off, "CSI: NY" (CBS)
2005:
Executive produced the NBC military drama, "E-Ring"
2005:
Executive produced the CBS crime drama, "Close to Home"
2006:
Again teamed with Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
2007:
Once again teamed with Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp for the third film in the series, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
2007:
Re-teamed with Nicolas Cage for the sequel, "National Treasure: Book of Secrets"
2009:
Produced the feature adaptation of "Confessions of a Shopaholic"
2009:
Produced the live-action comedy film, "G-Force"
2010:
Produced the feature film adaptation of the video game, "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"; starred Jake Gyllenhaal in the title role
2010:
Produced "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," his seventh film with Nicolas Cage
2011:
Produced the fourth film in the "Pirate" franchise, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"
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Education

University of Arizona: Tucson , Arizona -
Mumford High School: Detroit , Michigan -

Notes

"The same critic who likes 'My Dinner With Andre' is not going to have the same response to 'Armageddon'... I make popular entertainment... If critics don't like popular entertainment, they shouldn't be reviewing it."---Jerry Bruckheimer on the scathing reviews his movie received to The New York Times, July 10, 1998.

"You gotta hook into characters. No matter how many explosions I had or whatever I do. How many rockets or jet planes or whatever. It's always about the characters that go in those machines that make you enjoy the movies."---Bruckheimer to Empire, September 1998.

Asked which film made his reputation Bruckheimer told the Daily News (December 1, 1998): "'Top Gun.' 'Flashdance,' the film community felt was just luck. When 'Beverly Hills Cop' came out it was, 'Well, it's Eddie Murphy'. Then 'Top Gun' comes along, and it was, 'Well, maybe these guys are up to something'".

"I'm a worker bee. I love to work. I love what I do, and I love the movies."---Bruckheimer to Reuters, June 15, 2000.

Ranked #19 on Premiere's 2003 annual Hollywood Power List

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wife:
Bonnie Bruckheimer. Producer. Divorced.
wife:
Linda Bruckheimer. Novelist. Second wife.

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step-daughter:
Alexandra Balahoutis. Artist.

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