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Brian Grazer Biography
Brian Grazer is an American film and television producer. In 1986 he co-founded Imagine Entertainment, with Ron Howard. The films the two produced have grossed over $13 billion. It include four for which Grazer was personally nominated for an Academy Award: Splash (1984), Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and Frost/Nixon (2008). Thomas TV series and films have been nominated for 43 Academy Awards, and 187 Emmys.
Grazer won an Oscar for Best Picture for A Beautiful Mind (shared with Ron Howard) in 2002. He was named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2007.
Brian Grazer Age
He was born on July 12, 1951 in Lagos Angeles, California. He is 67 years old as of year 2018.
Brian Grazer Family
He was born in Los Angeles, California. He is a son to Arlene Becker Grazer and criminal defense attorney Thomas Grazer. Thomas is the older brother of Nora Beth Grazer who was born in 1952 and actor/director Gavin Grazer who was born in 1956. He was brought up in Sherman Oaks and Northridge, in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley.
Grazer’s mother is a Jewish and his father was a catholic, and he described himself in 2000 as “half-Jewish”. Raised secular, Grazer is a practicing Christian today. When he was in high school his parents divorced school. Grazer said that his best buddy, the most important person in his growing up, was his little 4-foot-10 [147 cm] Jewish grandmother, and she’d say, ‘In order to get it, you got to do it. No one’s going to get it for you, Brian.'” He is a nephew to an actor Jack Dylan Grazer.
Brian Grazer Education
He won a scholarship to the University of Southern California (USC) as a psychology major. In 1974 he graduated from USC’s School of Cinema-Television. Grazer then enrolled to USC Law School for one year, but quit in 1975 to pursue a life in Hollywood
Brian Grazer Career
Film and Television producer|Producer Brian Grazer
Grazer started his career as a producer developing television projects. In early 1980s while he executive-producing TV pilots at Paramount Pictures, he met current long-time friend and business partner Ron Howard.
In 1982 he produced his first feature-film, Night Shift, directed by Howard. Grazer and Howard came together again for Splash in 1984, which Grazer produced and co-wrote. Splash worned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1984.
The two in 1986 they co-founded Imagine Entertainment, which became one of Hollywood’s most prolific and successful production companies. , Grazer’s films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 43 Academy Awards, and 195 Emmys over the years. At the same time, his movies also have generated more than $13.5 billion in worldwide theatrical, music, and video grosses.
Grazer’s early film successes include Parenthood produced in 1989 and Backdraft produced 1991. He produced Apollo 13 of 1995, for which he won the Producers Guild of America’s Daryl F. Zanuck Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Picture of 1995.
He earned two major honors: he was given his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and made a cameo appearance on the animated series The Simpsons in 1998.
Grazer won an Academy Award for Best Picture for A Beautiful Mind in 2001 , which also took home Oscars for Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Connelly), Best Director (Ron Howard), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Akiva Goldsman).
In 2002, Grazer’s 8 Mile was released. It proved not only to be a huge box office hit, but also the first film with a rap song to win a Best Original Song Oscar, for Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”.
Grazer also produced the film adaptation of Peter Morgan’s play Frost/Nixon (2008). Frost/Nixon was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
His productions lasted over a quarter-of-a-century, and almost the full spectrum of movie genres. His comedies include Boomerang of 1992, The Nutty Professor of 1996, Life of1999, How the Grinch Stole Christmas of 2000 , Intolerable Cruelty of 2003 and The Dilemma of 2011. Grazer has also produced many dramatic thrillers including Inside Man of 2006, The Da Vinci Code of 2006 , American Gangster of 2007, Changeling of 2008 , Angels & Demons of 2009, Robin Hood of 2010, and Cowboys & Aliens of 2011. His current released films include J. Edgar, the Clint Eastwood-directed biopic of J. Edgar Hoover, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tower Heist, starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, and Restless, directed by Gus Van Sant.
His Imagine Entertainment’s television series include Sports Night, Felicity, Arrested Development, 24 with Kiefer Sutherland, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, Lie to Me, and Empire.
Grazer’s current productions included the 2017 Grammy awarding winning Best Music Film The Beatles: 2016 Eight Days a Week , 2017 American Made , 2013 Rush , directed by Ron Howard, and starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, and Made in America.
He also produced Get on Up, a biopic of the legendary “Godfather of Soul” James Brown, and In the Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth, about the American whaleship the Essex.
Grazer published his book A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life in 2015, in which he discusses conversations with interesting people, many of whom inspired his work.
Brian Grazer Book|New Book|Curious|A Curious Mind
Brian Grazer who is a New York Times bestselling author and Oscar–winning producer has written a brilliantly entertaining and eye-opening exploration of curiosity and the life-changing effects it can have on every person’s life.
A Curious Mind rather than it being a fascinating page turner it also offers a blueprint for how we can awaken our own curiosity and use it as a superpower in our lives. Either you’re looking to strengthen your management style at work, uncover a new source of creativity, or become a better romantic partner, this book and its lessons on the power of curiosity can change your life.
Brian Grazer Net Worth
Grazer an American film and television producer has a net worth of $400 million. He is most well-known for being a founder of Imagine Entertainment together with Ron Howard.
Brian Grazer Wife|House|Divorce
He has been married four times and divorced three times his first wife Theresa McKay they got married in 1972 and divorced in 1979, Corki Corman his second wife they married in 1982 and divorced in 1992; together with Corki they had two children; son Riley born in 1986 and daughter Sage born in 1988, and the third wife novelist and screenwriter Gigi Levangie they got married in 1997and divorced in 2007; they had two sons; Thomas born in 1999 and Patrick born in 2004. After the divorce of the third wife Grazer became engaged to Veronica Smiley, chief marketing officer of SBE, a hotel management company in April 2014 . The two married on February 20, 2016.
He currently live in Santa Monica, California and in Hawaii on Sunset Beach, on the Banzai Pipeline on O’ahu’s North Shore he also has a home.
Brian Grazer Wedding|Veronica Smiley
Grazer and his current wife Veronica Smiley decided to hold their wedding at their home in Santa Monica which they thought was the best place.
The two exchanged vows in the driveway in true laid-back California style , then welcomed the 300 guests into the house for cocktails. In a greenhouse-like tent in the back yard that there the reception was. Margarita shots were served in lieu of champagne, and wheatgrass used to decorate the tables instead of flowers. Smiley said that he wanted it to feel organic,says, who surprised her husband with a customized rap of “It Takes Two,” with a little help from the song’s composer, Rob Base.
Brian Grazer Movies|Films
|A Beautiful Mind||2001|
|Get on Up|
|In the Heart of the Sea|
|Eight Days a Week||2016|
|The Nutty Professor||1996|
|How The Grinch Stole Christmas||2000|
|The Dan Vinci Code||2006|
|Angles & Demons||2009|
|Cowboys & Aliens||2011|
Entertainment Television series
- Sports Night,
- Arrested Development,
- 24 with Kiefer Sutherland,
- Friday Night Lights,
- Parenthood, Lie to Me
Ron Howard Brian Grazer
Brian and Howard together they co-founded Imagine Entertainment in 1986. They met when Grazer was Executive producing TV pilots at Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s. They shared an Oscar award which they won for Best Picture for a A Beautiful Mind. They also teamed up again for Splash in 1984, which Grazer produced and co-wrote.
Brian Grazer Quotes
- “WE ARE ALL TRAPPED in our own way of thinking, trapped in our own way of relating to people. We get so used to seeing the world our way that we come to think that the world is the way we see it.”
- “Manners are really the basis for how we treat other people—manners are born out of compassion, empathy, the “golden rule.” Manners are, quite simply, making people feel welcome, comfortable, and respected.”
- “You can’t get anything done trying to absorb and neutralize everyone else’s criticisms.”
- “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” —Albert Einstein1”
- “You can’t search for the answer to questions that haven’t been asked yet. And you can’t Google a new idea. The Internet can only tell us what we already know.”