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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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A former advertising executive who moved into film production in the early 1970s, Jerry Bruckheimer has given audiences movies, videos and soundtracks that have topped $11 billion in grosses to date. Together with the late Don Simpson, with whom he formed Simpson-Bruckheimer Productions in 1983, the producer set the trend for the big-budget, action/adventure films that dominated Hollywood's output throughout the 1980s and 90s. Their joint ventures included "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984) and "Top Gun" (1986), both among the 20 highest-grossing features of all time and both produced via the company's long-term deal with Paramount Pictures. Their pictures were honored with 15 Academy Award nominations, two Oscars for Best Song, four Grammys, and three Golden Globes. But after Simpson's death in 1996, Bruckheimer ventured out on his own, scoring huge hits at the box office and in a new medium for the powerful film director- television.

A former advertising executive who moved into film production in the early 1970s, Jerry Bruckheimer has given audiences movies, videos and soundtracks that have topped $11 billion in grosses to date. Together with the late Don Simpson, with whom he formed Simpson-Bruckheimer Productions in 1983, the producer set the trend for the big-budget, action/adventure films that dominated Hollywood's output throughout the 1980s and 90s. Their joint ventures included "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984) and "Top Gun" (1986), both among the 20 highest-grossing features of all time and both produced via the company's long-term deal with Paramount Pictures. Their pictures were honored with 15 Academy Award nominations, two Oscars for Best Song, four Grammys, and three Golden Globes. But after Simpson's death in 1996, Bruckheimer ventured out on his own, scoring huge hits at the box office and in a new medium for the powerful film director- television.

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 Reel Comedy: Bad Boys II (2003) Interviewee
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 E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 (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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