David Brown

David Brown

  • Highest Rated: 100% Toots (2008)
  • Lowest Rated: 14% Canadian Bacon (1995)
  • Birthday: Jul 28, 1916
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • David Brown was a producer and production executive who, with longtime friend Richard Zanuck, formed the independent Zanuck-Brown production company, responsible for two of Hollywood's all time biggest smash hits, the Oscar-winning The Sting (1973) and Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975). Brown and Zanuck also produced Spielberg's feature film debut Sugarland Express (1974), thereby launching the career of one of Hollywood's most important directors. The extraordinary Brown went on to produce a number of other important and popular films, including the Paul Newman tour-de-force The Verdict (1982), the Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy (1989), and Robert Altman's acclaimed satire The Player (1992).Born in New York City, Brown attended Stanford University and the Columbia School of Journalism before working as editor-in-chief of Liberty Magazine, and as managing editor of Cosmopolitan. He was also a short story writer of note before becoming story editor at 20th Century Fox in 1953. Brown was later promoted to the head of the scenario department, where he began his long-term friendship with Zanuck, the son of studio head Darryl Zanuck. Brown continued to work at Fox in various executive capacities until 1969, when Richard Zanuck became the studio president and Brown himself was appointed as the executive vice president of creative operations. Later, both were thrown out of Fox and went to work at Warner Bros., where Brown was executive vice president and a member of the board of directors. He and Zanuck formed their own company in 1972. Over their long careers, Brown and Zanuck were distinguished with numerous awards, notably the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1991 and the David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America in 1995. Brown was married to author and former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown. He died at age 93 in February 2010, survived by his wife.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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Title

Credit

Box
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No Score Yet Keeper of the Beat: A Woman's Journey Into the Heart of Drumming Director 2014
100% Toots Actor 2008
33% Flyboys Executive Producer $13.1M 2006
No Score Yet Tomorrow is Today Curtis Schmidt 2006
No Score Yet Bill Douglas: Intent on Getting the Image Actor 2006
No Score Yet Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters Actor 2006
81% The Last Mogul (Life and Times of Lew Wasserman) Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Riverman Gary Ridgway 2004
40% Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Producer 2001
31% Along Came a Spider Producer $73.6M 2001
No Score Yet Framed Producer Executive Producer 2001
62% Chocolat Producer 2000
52% Angela's Ashes Producer 1999
45% Deep Impact Producer 1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
29% Kiss The Girls Producer 1997
30% The Saint Producer 1997
No Score Yet The Making of Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws' Actor 1995
14% Canadian Bacon Producer 1995
56% Watch It Producer Executive Producer 1993
67% Rich in Love Producer 1993
57% The Cemetery Club Producer 1993
82% A Few Good Men Producer 1992
98% The Player Producer 1992
90% Hear My Song Producer 1991
No Score Yet Women & Men 2 Producer 1991
81% Driving Miss Daisy Executive Producer 1989
33% Cocoon: The Return Producer 1988
No Score Yet The Prince of Pennsylvania Producer 1988
71% Target Producer 1985
77% Cocoon Producer 1985
90% The Verdict Producer 1982
63% Neighbors Producer 1981
40% The Island Producer 1980
60% Jaws 2 Producer 1978
56% MacArthur Producer Executive Producer 1977
98% Jaws Producer 1975
No Score Yet The Black Windmill Executive Producer 1974
No Score Yet Willie Dynamite Producer 1974
91% The Sugarland Express Producer 1974
No Score Yet The Girl from Petrovka Producer 1974
93% The Sting Executive Producer 1973
30% Sssssss Producer Executive Producer 1973
No Score Yet Donovan Quick Actor
No Score Yet Marino's Actor

TV

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No Score Yet The Biggest Loser
2004-2016
Reality cast member
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Biggest Loser USA
2009
Reality cast member

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