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Brian Grazer

Academy Award(r)-winning producer Brian Grazer has been making movies and television programs for more than 20 years. As both a writer and producer, he has been personally nominated for three Academy Awards(r), and in 2002 he won the Best Picture Oscar(r) for A Beautiful Mind. In addition to winning three other Academy Awards(r), A Beautiful Mind also won four Golden Globe Awards (including Best Motion Picture Drama) and earned Grazer the first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign.

Over the years, Grazer's films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 39 Oscars(r) and 27 Emmys. At the same time, his movies have generated more than $10.5 billion in worldwide theatrical, music and video grosses. Reflecting this combination of commercial and artistic achievement, the Producers Guild of America honored Grazer with the David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. His accomplishments have also been recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which in 1998 added Grazer to the short list of producers with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In addition to A Beautiful Mind, Grazer's films include Apollo 13, for which Grazer won the Producers Guild's Daryl F. Zanuck Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award as well as an Oscar(r) nomination for Best Picture of 1995; and Splash, which he co-wrote as well as produced and for which he received an Oscar(r) nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1986. Among his other films are Blue Crush; Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas; The Nutty Professor; Liar, Liar; Ransom; My Girl; Backdraft; Kindergarten Cop; Parenthood; Clean and Sober; and Spies Like Us.

His most recent film is the box office smash 8 Mile, starring Eminem. His upcoming film projects include Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, starring Mike Myers; and The Missing, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett.

Grazer's television productions include Fox's 24 (receiving 10 Emmy nominations this year), the WB's Felicity, ABC's SportsNight, as well as HBO's From the Earth to the Moon, for which he won the Emmy(r) for Outstanding Mini-Series. Grazer serves as executive producer on three series on the Fall 2003 lineup: Fox's Arrested Development, NBC's Miss Match and ABC's The Big House.

Grazer began his career as a producer developing television projects. It was while he was executive-producing TV pilots for Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s that Grazer first met his longtime friend and business partner Ron Howard. Their collaboration began in 1985 with the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash, and in 1986 the two founded Imagine Entertainment, which they continue to run together as co-chairmen.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Brian Grazer Facts

BirthdayJuly 12, 1951 (72)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
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Selected Filmography

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George and Allie's Lawn Service / Curious George's Scavenger Hunt
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