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David Brown



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Friends and Romans
  • Sal Tuccierello
2015
No Score Yet Keeper of the Beat: A Woman's Journey Into the Heart of Drumming
  • Director
2014
55% Downtown Express
  • Master of Ceremonies
2012
100% Toots
  • Actor
2008
51% The Kingdom
  • Man at Hotel
2007
56% Charlie Bartlett
  • Officer Hansen
2007
33% Flyboys
  • Executive Producer
2006
61% Crank
  • Sin City Brother
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
87% Inside Man
  • Mobile Command Officer Carnow
2006
61% Find Me Guilty
  • U.S. Marshal
2006
No Score Yet Take a Chance
  • Executive Producer
2006
No Score Yet Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story
  • Eddie Ramer
2005
20% Shadow: Dead Riot
  • Prison Guard
2005
81% The Last Mogul (Life and Times of Lew Wasserman)
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Riverman
  • Gary Ridgway
2004
No Score Yet Crooks
  • Officer Tafoozi
2003
57% Like Mike
  • Jones
2002
40% Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?
  • Producer
2001
31% Along Came a Spider
  • Producer
2001
No Score Yet Red Team (The Crimson Code)
  • Warshofsky
2001
No Score Yet Framed
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2001
63% Chocolat
  • Producer
2000
52% Angela's Ashes
  • Producer
1999
48% Deep Impact
  • Producer
1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  • Actor
1997
29% Kiss The Girls
  • Producer
1997
29% The Saint
  • Producer
1997
No Score Yet The Making of Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws'
  • Actor
1995
14% Canadian Bacon
  • Producer
1995
56% Watch It
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1993
67% Rich in Love
  • Producer
1993
67% The Cemetery Club
  • Producer
1993
81% A Few Good Men
  • Producer
1992
98% The Player
  • Producer
1992
93% Hear My Song
  • Producer
1991
No Score Yet Women & Men 2
  • Producer
1991
82% Driving Miss Daisy
  • Executive Producer
1989
36% Cocoon: The Return
  • Producer
1988
No Score Yet The Prince of Pennsylvania
  • Producer
1988
71% Target
  • Producer
1985
80% Cocoon
  • Producer
1985
96% The Verdict
  • Producer
1982
63% Neighbors
  • Producer
1981
40% The Island
  • Producer
1980
52% Jaws 2
  • Producer
1978
No Score Yet Deadly Harvest
  • Charles Ennis
1977
63% MacArthur
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1977
97% Jaws
  • Producer
1975
69% The Eiger Sanction
  • Producer
  • Executive 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
22% Sssssss
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1973
No Score Yet Marino's
  • Actor
No Score Yet Donovan Quick
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen
2005
  • Producer
No Score Yet The Biggest Loser USA
2010-2011
  • Reality cast member
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Biggest Loser
2004-2016
  • Reality cast member

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