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Overview (4)

Born in Detroit, Michigan, USA
Birth NameJerome Leon Bruckheimer
Nickname Mr. Blockbuster
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jerry Bruckheimer is a film and television producer born on September 21, 1943 in Detroit. He graduated from high school in 1961 before it was moving to Arizona. He started his career in 1968 to produce television commercials and advertising for the firm BBD&O in New York.

He left the commercial industry, and branched out into film production and served as associate producer for Dick Richards on the films The Culpepper Cattle Co. (1972) and Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (1975). He started out his production company Jerry Bruckheimer & Associates and then served as producer on the following two films Farewell, My Lovely (1975) and March or Die (1977) before the duo broke up.

He then became an independent producer, serving his job on his films American Gigolo (1980), Defiance (1980), Thief (1981), Cat People (1982) and Young Doctors in Love (1982) throughout the early 1980s, for one of their major studios.

In 1979, Don Simpson met Bruckheimer while working on "American Gigolo" for Paramount. In 1982, Simpson left Paramount Pictures to start out its own independent company with a deal at Paramount, and weeks later, Simpson's production services were merged with Bruckheimer's. During his lifetime, he produced films in the 80s and 90s for Paramount like Flashdance (1983), Thief of Hearts (1984), Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and its sequel Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Top Gun (1986) and Days of Thunder (1990), most of them met with success.

After the minor failure of "Days of Thunder", Simpson and Bruckheimer severed its ties with Paramount, and signed a deal with The Walt Disney Studios. In the mid 90s, both Simpson and Bruckheimer produced The Ref (1994), Bad Boys (1995), Crimson Tide (1995), Dangerous Minds (1995) and The Rock (1996). In 1995, Simpson and Bruckheimer terminated its relationship, and the next year Simpson died.

Bruckheimer expanded its activity on television with a deal at Touchstone Television. He produced two shows Dangerous Minds (1996) for ABC and Soldier of Fortune, Inc. (1997) for Rysher Entertainment and TV affiliates and two telepics Max Q (1998) and Swing Vote (1999), both for ABC.

The next few Bruckheimer productions after Simpson died in the late 90s and the early 2000s were Con Air (1997), Armageddon (1998), Enemy of the State (1998), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) and Coyote Ugly (2000). In 1998, he established Technical Black Films to produce the film Remember the Titans (2000). In 1999, his Bruckheimer production company signed a deal with Ridley Scott and Tony Scott's Scott Free Productions to produce films over a two year period.

In 2000, Bruckheimer hit big with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000). The success of the show led to spinoffs CSI: Miami (2002), CSI: NY (2004) and CSI: Cyber (2015). He followed the franchise up with the reality show The Amazing Race (2001), of which it is also an success made Bruckheimer a major producer for the CBS network. In 2001, he signed a deal with Warner Bros. Television to produce TV shows. He followed up his TV career with Without a Trace (2002) and Cold Case (2003).

In 2001, he produced two war films Pearl Harbor (2001) and Black Hawk Down (2001). The former received negative critical reaction, and the latter gained them critical acclaim. He followed up in 2002 with Bad Company (2002). Throughout the 2000s, Bruckheimer was an active entertainment producer, working on the films Kangaroo Jack (2003), Veronica Guerin (2003), King Arthur (2004), Glory Road (2006), Deja Vu (2006), Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) and G-Force (2009) for Disney Studios, and the TV shows Profiles from the Front Line (2003), Skin (2003), E-Ring (2005), Just Legal (2005), Close to Home (2005), Justice (2006), Eleventh Hour (2008), Dark Blue (2009) and The Forgotten (2009).

He is the creative force for franchise films. In 2003, he made a sequel to his "Bad Boys", Bad Boys II (2003) and Bad Boys for Life (2020), and he launched the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, starting with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), and spawning sequels like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) and the "National Treasure" franchise, comprising of two films National Treasure (2004) and National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007).

In 2007, he had to partner with MTV to create a game studio, and joined the ZeniMax board of directors. In 2009, he launched Jerry Bruckheimer Games, and by 2011 rumored to be worked on three titles, before it was shut down in 2013.

By the 2010s, he was in declining force, and his films Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010), The Lone Ranger (2013), 12 Strong (2018) and Gemini Man (2019) are turned out to be box office disappointments, and his TV shows Miami Medical (2010), Chase (2010), The Whole Truth (2010), Hostages (2013), Training Day (2017) and Council of Dads (2020) turned out to be failures after one season.

In 2013, he signed a deal with Paramount Pictures to produce follow-up films to "Top Gun" and "Beverly Hills Cop" and their deal with Disney ended. Three years later, he terminated its deal with Warner Bros. Television and a year later signed with CBS Television Studios. His minor box office success rolled in with Deliver Us from Evil (2014). His only big TV hits came in from the decade were Lucifer (2016) and L.A.'s Finest (2019).

Bruckheimer was named as one of the investors of a proposed sports arena in Las Vegas, and had been rumored to be the leading choice by the National Hockey League (NHL) to own an expansion hockey team that would play in the arena. Bruckheimer was also named as one of the investors of a proposed Seattle-based NHL expansion team whose application was submitted in early 2018. The NHL Board of Governors voted to approve the team, named the Seattle Kraken, on December 4, 2018, which will start play in the 2021-22 season. Jerry Bruckheimer was part of an investment group that also included Tim Leiweke (Oak View Group) and David Bonderman (minority owner NBA's Boston Celtics).

He is currently on post-production on the sequel to his 1986 film "Top Gun", Top Gun: Maverick (2021) for Paramount Pictures.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jerry Bruckheimer

Spouse (2)

Linda Balahoutis (1993 - present)
Bonnie Fishman (? - 1973) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (5)

His films often feature a car being flipped
Often casts Nicolas Cage, Denzel Washington and Steve Buscemi for his movies.
Often hires Michael Bay, Tony Scott, Jon Turteltaub and Antoine Fuqua to direct his movies.
Co-produced films with Don Simpson up to his death in 1996 (The last film Bruckheimer and Simpson collaborated on, The Rock (1996), is dedicated to Simpson).
Action-packed, summer blockbuster (tent-pole) films: Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Top Gun (1986), Bad Boys (1995), The Rock (1996), Armageddon (1998), the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, etc.

Trivia (16)

Graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona
Roomed with producing partner Don Simpson.
Ranked #19 on Premiere's 2003 annual Hollywood Power List. Had ranked #22 in 2002.
Early in his career, he produced television commercials.
Owns a home in Bardstown, Kentucky.
Big fan of the band The Who.
Had a power ranking of 42 and was the 10th ranked money earner on the 2006 Forbes Celebrity 100 list, with 2005-2006 earnings of $84 million. The earnings were mostly due to syndication residuals from the three "C.S.I." shows.
Ranked #10 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had also ranked #10 on the 2005 list.
Has a Gulfstream IV jet.
Owns a 1500-acre farm in Kentucky and also another in Ojai, south of Santa Barbara.
Father was a salesman.
Has a stepdaughter.
2007 - Ranked #14 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
In 2007 Forbes reported his earnings to be $120 million for the year 2006, largely due to his lucrative syndication and production deals.
Lives in Los Angeles and Malibu, California.
He has produced one film that has been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Top Gun (1986).

Personal Quotes (10)

We are in the transportation business. We transport audiences from one place to another.
If I made films for the critics, or for someone else, I'd probably be living in some small Hollywood studio apartment.
Every time I make a movie I think that it's going to be my last one, I think that no one is going to show up. I always have this sense that they're all going to fail. I am scared to death.
I think that there's a certain synchronicity, so far, with what I like and with what the audiences like. But I don't make the movies for them. I make them because I wanna go see them myself.
Top Gun (1986) is no different from Pirates of the Caribbean - in fact, they're very similar because both movies were working in genres that were dead. Fighter pilot movies had all failed and pirate movies had been dead for a long time. We approached them from a different angle.
I was always looking to be entertained. We lead such full lives and a lot of us don't lead very pleasant lives and don't like what we do... My dad worked his whole life as a salesman and that wasn't what he really wanted to do. He looked forward to two weeks vacation every year and he used to say to me, 'Whatever you do, make sure you do something you really like so you don't just have your vacation to look forward to.' And I love movies.
I think my success stems from one fear ... fear of failure.
I don't consider what I do work - when comparing it to the way my father made his living. He was on his feet all day long.
[on the disappointing public response to The Lone Ranger (2013)] It reminds me of a critic who called Flashdance (1983) a "toxic dump". I think "The Lone Ranger" is going to be looked back on as a brave, wonderful film.
[on being interested in producing short-form content for mobile devices] We come across ideas every day that don't hold up to the scrutiny of something that is a half hour or an hour, so [short-form] is a great place to put that kind of content. [July 2017]

Salary (3)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) $5,000,000 + a guaranteed cut of back-end profits
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) $5,000,000 + a guaranteed cut of back-end profits
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) $10,000,000

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