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Also Known As: Brian Thomas Grazer Died:
Born: July 12, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: producer, executive, screenwriter, script reader, legal intern

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For most of his long and illustrious career, Brian Grazer worked behind the scenes as director Ron Howard's dynamic producing partner, forming one of the most powerful and successful filmmaking duos working in Hollywood. Ever since teaming up with Howard on "Night Shift" (1982) and "Splash" (1984), Grazer developed a reputation as a highly influential creative with a strong sense for commercial stories and a sharp eye for emerging talent. In fact, Grazer has often been credited with having launched or boosted the careers of Michael Keaton, Tom Hanks, Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan and John Candy. Though he started in television production during the late 1970s, Grazer found his niche in features, churning out hit after hit while elevating his status through his partnership with Howard on Academy Award-worthy material like "Apollo 13" (1995), "A Beautiful Mind" (2002) and "Frost/Nixon" (2008). He eventually translated his feature success to the small screen with shows like "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06), "24" (Fox, 2001-2010) and "Friday Night Lights" (NBC/DirecTV, 2006- ), but it was the many successful big screen projects that made Grazer one of the top producers for several decades. ...

For most of his long and illustrious career, Brian Grazer worked behind the scenes as director Ron Howard's dynamic producing partner, forming one of the most powerful and successful filmmaking duos working in Hollywood. Ever since teaming up with Howard on "Night Shift" (1982) and "Splash" (1984), Grazer developed a reputation as a highly influential creative with a strong sense for commercial stories and a sharp eye for emerging talent. In fact, Grazer has often been credited with having launched or boosted the careers of Michael Keaton, Tom Hanks, Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan and John Candy. Though he started in television production during the late 1970s, Grazer found his niche in features, churning out hit after hit while elevating his status through his partnership with Howard on Academy Award-worthy material like "Apollo 13" (1995), "A Beautiful Mind" (2002) and "Frost/Nixon" (2008). He eventually translated his feature success to the small screen with shows like "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06), "24" (Fox, 2001-2010) and "Friday Night Lights" (NBC/DirecTV, 2006- ), but it was the many successful big screen projects that made Grazer one of the top producers for several decades.

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 Canned Ham: Bowfinger (1999) Interviewee
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 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, The (1995) Honoree (Pioneer Award)
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 Day With, A (1995)
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Raised in Southern California
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Began career as legal intern at Warner Bros.
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Joined the production company of Edgar J. Scherick
1978:
Produced first TV movies "Zuma Beach" and "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery" for Edgar J. Scherick productions
1980:
Signed development deal with Paramount Pictures
1982:
Produced debut feature "Night Shift"; first collaboration with Ron Howard
1984:
Received story credit for his first box-office hit "Splash"; directed by Howard and starred Tom Hanks; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay
1985:
Received first TV story credit, the premiere episode of "Shadow Chasers" (ABC); also produced and created the series
1986:
Provided the story for the comedy feature "Armed and Dangerous"
1986:
Co-formed (with Ron Howard) Imagine Films Entertainment; served as co-chair and CEO
1987:
Released first Imagine production "Like Father Like Son"
1989:
Produced the Ron Howard-directed "Parenthood"
1990:
Executive produced the short-lived television adaption of "Parenthood" (NBC)
1990:
Executive produced the John Waters-directed "Cry-Baby"
1990:
Produced the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy vehicle "Kindergarten Cop"
1991:
Executive produced the Oliver Stone-directed biopic "The Doors"
1991:
Produced the Ron Howard directed "Backdraft"
1992:
Announced that he and Howard were leaving Imagine for a joint venture with Universal
1992:
Received story credit for the Steve Martin/Goldie Hawn comedy "Housesitter"
1992:
Produced the poorly received epic "Far and Away"; starred Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
1993:
With Howard, negotiated a buy back of outstanding stock of Imagine Entertainment, returning company to privately held hands
1995:
Received a Best Picture Academy Award nomination for "Apollo 13," directed by Howard and starred Hanks
1996:
Enjoyed a box-office smash as the producer of "The Nutty Professor" remake
1996:
Produced the Howard-directed remake of "Ransom"
1997:
Produced the smash hit "Liar Liar" with Jim Carrey in the title role
1998:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1998:
With Howard and Hanks, produced the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon"
1998:
Executive produced the ABC sitcom "Sports Night"
1998:
Executive produced The WB series "Felicity"
1999:
Executive produced the animated series "The PJs" (Fox, 1999-2000; WB, 2000-2001); also produced by and starred Eddie Murphy; earned an Emmy (1999) nomination for Outstanding Animated Program
1999:
Again collaborated with Murphy on "Life" and "Bowfinger"
2000:
Produced Eddie Murphy in "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps"
2000:
Produced the live-action feature adaption of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," directed by Howard and starred Jim Carrey
2001:
Produced the Academy Award winning film "A Beautiful Mind," about mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr.; directed and co-produced by Howard
2001:
Executive produced the ABC summer series "The Beast"
2001:
Executive produced the FOX drama series "24"; earned Emmy (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) nominations for Outstanding Drama Series
2002:
Produced the hip-hop drama film "8 Mile"; directed by Curtis Hanson and starring rapper Eminem
2003:
Executive produced the Fox comedy "Arrested Development"; earned Emmy (2005, 2006) nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series
2003:
Produced the big-screen adaption of "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" with Mike Myers in the title role
2003:
Executive produced the NBC comedy "Miss Match"
2004:
Produced the football drama "Friday Night Lights"
2005:
Produced the documentary "Inside Deep Throat"
2005:
Co-produced the Ron Howard directed "Cinderella Man"
2006:
Produced the Spike Lee-directed "Inside Man"
2006:
Produced the feature adaption of "The Da Vinci Code," directed by Howard and starred Hanks
2006:
Executive produced the NBC television adaption of "Friday Night Lights"
2007:
Produced the Ridley Scott-directed "American Gangster"
2008:
Produced the Ron Howard-directed "Frost/Nixon"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture
2008:
Executive produced the TV movie "24: Redemption" (Fox)
2009:
Produced "Angels & Demons," the Ron Howard-directed sequel to "The Da Vinci Code" that once again starred Hanks
2010:
Executive produced an updated version of the 1989 film "Parenthood" for NBC
2010:
Produced an adaptation of "Robin Hood," directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe
2011:
Executive produced the NBC 1960s-era series "The Playboy Club"
2011:
Co-produced the biographical drama "J. Edgar," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio
2011:
Announced as the producer (along with veteran TV producer Don Mischer) of the 84th Annual Academy Awards telecast a day after Brett Ratner stepped down as producer and Eddie Murphy resigned as host
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California - 1974

Notes

See Ron Howard's bio for additional information on Imagine Films Entertainment.

Grazer was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for "Splash" (1984) along with Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel and Bruce Jay Friedman.

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wife:
Gigi Levangie. Screenwriter. Married in October 1997.

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sister:
Nora Beth Grazer. Born in 1952.
brother:
Gavin V Grazer. Screenwriter, director, singer. Born in 1956.
son:
Ryan Thomas Grazer. Born on June 9, 1987.
daughter:
Lindsay Paige Grazer. Born on April 21, 1993.
son:
Thomas Costa Grazer. Born on November 15, 1999; mother, Gigi Levangie.
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