Jerry Bruckheimer

Highest Rated: 96% Thief (1981)
Lowest Rated: 0% Thief Of Hearts (1984)
Birthday: Sep 21, 1945
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Half of the producing tandem behind the most testosterone-laden action flicks, the name Jerry Bruckheimer has become synonymous with explosive pyrotechnics and machine-gun fire. The producer of such hits as Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Top Gun (1986), and Days of Thunder (1990), Bruckheimer dissolved his partnership with hard-partying producer Don Simpson in 1995, only weeks before Simpson's death and after 14 tumultuous years together. Despite a reputation for quantity over quality, Bruckheimer has remained one of Hollywood's most successful producers ever, putting his distinctive stamp on such adrenaline-fueled hits as Con Air (1997) and Armageddon (1998).The son of German-Jewish immigrants, Bruckheimer was born on September 21, 1945. He grew up poor, living in a tiny house in a blue-collar Jewish section of Detroit. Dropped off at a weekly matinee by his mother and salesman father, Bruckheimer developed a love for the cinema that eventually channeled him toward photography. He won several local prizes before fleeing Detroit for Madison Avenue, by way of the University of Arizona, where he received a degree in psychology, and on the strength of a Bonnie and Clyde spoof he helmed for Pontiac. The future producer left a lucrative advertising job in New York to accept low-paying film work in the early '70s, part of the pursuit of his dream. He worked with director Dick Richards on his first few projects, as associate producer on The Culpepper Cattle Company (1972) and producer on Farewell, My Lovely (1975) and March or Die (1977). Bruckheimer began gaining notice through a pair of Paul Schrader films, the Richard Gere hustler film American Gigolo (1979), and the feline horror flick Cat People (1982). But it was his first pairing with old buddy Don Simpson, on the 1983 surprise smash Flashdance, that kicked off his string of hits, which has continued more or less unabated. The underdog story of a Pittsburgh arc welder with dreams of ballet dancing, Flashdance used a synthesis of music, sex, quick edits, and bold aspirations to rake in 95 million dollars -- an incredible take for an unheralded R-rated film, making it the third-highest box-office haul of 1983. Bruckheimer and Simpson were on the map and then some. Forming Simpson-Bruckheimer Productions and signing a long-term deal with Paramount, Bruckheimer and Simpson complemented each other well, likening their partnership to a strong marriage, but without the sex. Simpson's extensive industry contacts and Hollywood ladder climbing earned him the nickname "Mr. Inside," while Bruckheimer's practical experience with filmmaking, much of it through advertising, qualified him as "Mr. Outside." With both sides covered, the pair could do no wrong. Their popcorn films fed the public's need for the loud and the proud, quickly assuming iconic status and elevating such actors as Tom Cruise (Top Gun) and Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop) to bona-fide superstardom. In 1990, the team dissolved its deal with Paramount "by mutual agreement," and began a non-exclusive, five-year pact with Disney subsidiary Hollywood Pictures the following year. Initially slowed, but undaunted, Bruckheimer and Simpson had their next big wave of hits in 1995, releasing Dangerous Minds, Crimson Tide, and Bad Boys in quick succession and reaffirming their relevance. However, Simpson's behind-the-scenes drug problems were damaging the partnership irreparably, and Bruckheimer called off the professional union at the end of that successful year, at the close of production on The Rock (1996). Simpson died a month later of heart failure. As both Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside, Bruckheimer excelled. Con Air was a hit in 1997, and the Bruce Willis asteroid flick Armageddon grossed the second most of any film released in 1998, at just over 200 million dollars. Bruckheimer achieved mid-level success -- but at the cost of ever-growing critical disdain -- with the releases of Enemy of the State (1998), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), and

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No Score Yet Top Gun: Maverick Producer 2020
No Score Yet Bad Boys for Life Producer 2020
No Score Yet Gemini Man Producer 2019
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Cop 4 Producer 2018
No Score Yet Tráiler de 12 valientes Executive Producer 2018
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Producer $172.6M 2017
No Score Yet CSI: Immortality Executive Producer 2015
28% Deliver Us from Evil Producer $18.9M 2014
31% The Lone Ranger Producer $89.3M 2013
32% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Producer $241.1M 2011
40% The Sorcerer's Apprentice Producer $63.2M 2010
37% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Producer $90.8M 2010
22% G-Force Producer $119.5M 2009
25% Confessions of a Shopaholic Producer $44.3M 2009
35% National Treasure: Book of Secrets Producer $220M 2007
44% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End Producer $309.5M 2007
55% Déjà Vu Producer $64M 2006
53% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Producer $423.1M 2006
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Actor 2006
56% Glory Road Producer $42.5M 2006
45% National Treasure Producer $173M 2004
31% King Arthur Producer $51.8M 2004
53% Veronica Guerin Producer 2003
22% Bad Boys II Producer $138.4M 2003
79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Producer $305.4M 2003
8% Kangaroo Jack Producer $66.8M 2003
10% Bad Company Producer $30.2M 2002
76% Black Hawk Down Producer $108.6M 2001
24% Pearl Harbor Producer $197.8M 2001
73% Remember the Titans Producer $114.3M 2000
23% Coyote Ugly Producer 2000
25% Gone in 60 Seconds (Gone in Sixty Seconds) Producer $101M 2000
71% Enemy of the State Producer 1998
No Score Yet Max Q Executive Producer 1998
38% Armageddon Producer 1998
55% Con Air Producer 1997
66% The Rock Producer 1996
28% Dangerous Minds Producer 1995
42% Bad Boys Producer 1995
88% Crimson Tide Producer 1995
72% The Ref Producer Executive Producer 1994
39% Days of Thunder Producer 1990
46% Beverly Hills Cop II Producer 1987
55% Top Gun Producer 1986
82% Beverly Hills Cop Producer 1984
0% Thief Of Hearts Producer 1984
35% Flashdance Producer 1983
29% Young Doctors in Love Producer 1982
62% Cat People Executive Producer 1982
96% Thief Producer 1981
No Score Yet Defiance Producer 1980
67% American Gigolo Producer 1980
No Score Yet March Or Die Producer 1977
No Score Yet Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (Rafferty and the Highway Hustlers) Producer 1975
84% Farewell, My Lovely Producer 1975
No Score Yet The Culpepper Cattle Co. Producer 1972

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10% L.A.'s Finest
2019
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No Score Yet The Amazing Race
2019
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2018
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24% Training Day
2017
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87% Lucifer
2016
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2003
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2016
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34% CSI: Cyber
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2015
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No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
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2014
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No Score Yet The Amazing Race: All-Stars
2014
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56% Hostages
2013-2014
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No Score Yet Marshal Law: Texas
2013-2014
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2013
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73% The Amazing Race
2013-2015
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50% The Whole Truth
2010
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No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
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2012
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2012
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2011
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No Score Yet Amazing Race: Unfinished Business
2011
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No Score Yet Take the Money & Run
2011
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No Score Yet Vanished With Beth Holloway
2011
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46% Chase
2010-2011
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No Score Yet Crime Scene Investigation [DELETED]
2003-2010
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No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
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0% Miami Medical
2010
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33% Dark Blue
2009-2010
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No Score Yet The Forgotten
2009-2010
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No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
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No Score Yet Eleventh Hour
2008-2009
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No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
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No Score Yet Close to Home
2005-2007
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No Score Yet Justice
2006
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No Score Yet E-Ring
2005-2006
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No Score Yet NCIS
2003
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No Score Yet Take the Money and Run
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