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Jerry Bruckheimer

Highest Rated:   96% Thief (1981)
Lowest Rated:   0% Thief Of Hearts (1984)
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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),

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Bad Boys for Life
  • Producer
2018
No Score Yet Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Producer
2017
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Cop 4
  • Producer
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
41% The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • Producer
$63.2M 2010
36% 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
$220.0M 2007
45% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
  • Producer
$309.5M 2007
55% Déjà Vu
  • Producer
$64.0M 2006
54% 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
55% Glory Road
  • Producer
$42.5M 2006
44% National Treasure
  • Producer
$173.0M 2004
31% King Arthur
  • Producer
$51.8M 2004
53% Veronica Guerin
  • Producer
2003
23% 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
25% Pearl Harbor
  • Producer
$197.8M 2001
73% Remember the Titans
  • Producer
$114.3M 2000
22% Coyote Ugly
  • Producer
2000
24% Gone in 60 Seconds (Gone in Sixty Seconds)
  • Producer
$101.0M 2000
71% Enemy of the State
  • Producer
1998
No Score Yet Max Q
  • Executive Producer
1998
39% Armageddon
  • Producer
1998
54% Con Air
  • Producer
1997
66% The Rock
  • Producer
1996
29% Dangerous Minds
  • Producer
1995
43% Bad Boys
  • Producer
1995
87% Crimson Tide
  • Producer
1995
71% The Ref
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1994
39% Days of Thunder
  • Producer
1990
55% Top Gun
  • Producer
1986
84% Beverly Hills Cop
  • Producer
1984
0% Thief Of Hearts
  • Producer
1984
33% Flashdance
  • Producer
1983
31% Young Doctors in Love
  • Producer
1982
65% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
21% Training Day
2017
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
75% Lucifer
2016
  • Producer
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Amazing Race 28
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • 2016
35% CSI: Cyber
2015-2016
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Amazing Race 26
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2015
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Amazing Race 25
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Amazing Race: All-Stars
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2014
57% Hostages
2013-2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Marshal Law: Texas
2013-2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Amazing Race 22
2013
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Amazing Race
2013-2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2013
47% The Whole Truth
2010
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Amazing Race 20
2012
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2012
No Score Yet Amazing Race 21
2012
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2012
No Score Yet Amazing Race 19
2011
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2011
No Score Yet Amazing Race: Unfinished Business
2011
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2011
No Score Yet CSI
2003-2012
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2011
No Score Yet Take the Money & Run
2011
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2011
No Score Yet Vanished With Beth Holloway
2011
  • Producer
  • 2011
46% Chase
2010-2011
  • Creator
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2006
0% Miami Medical
2010
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2010
29% Dark Blue
2009-2010
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Forgotten
2009-2010
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Eleventh Hour
2008-2009
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Producer
  • 2003
No Score Yet Take the Money and Run
  • Producer

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