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Brian Grazer
American film producer

Brian Grazer

Brian Grazer
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Intro American film producer
Is Film producer Businessperson Entrepreneur Screenwriter Filmmaker
From United States of America
Field Business Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 12 July 1951, Los Angeles, USA
Age 72 years
Star sign Cancer
Residence Santa Monica, USA
Siblings: Gavin Grazer
Spouse: Gigi Levangie Grazer
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Brian Thomas Grazer (born July 12, 1951) is an American film / television producer and, occasionally, a screenwriter. He co-founded Imagine Entertainment in 1986, with Ron Howard. The films they produced have grossed over $13 billion. The movies 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). His films and TV series have been nominated for 43 Academy Awards and 187 Emmys.

In 2002, Grazer won an Oscar for Best Picture for A Beautiful Mind (shared with Ron Howard). In 2007, he was named one of Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World".

Early life

Grazer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Arlene Becker Grazer and criminal defense attorney Thomas Grazer. He is the older brother of Nora Beth Grazer (born 1952) and actor/director Gavin Grazer (born 1961). He was raised in Sherman Oaks and Northridge, in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley.

Grazer's father was Catholic and his mother is Jewish, and he described himself in 2000 as "half-Jewish". His parents divorced when he was in high school. Grazer said "My best buddy, the most important person in my growing up, was my 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.'"

Suffering from dyslexia, Grazer got through school by reading other students' papers and arguing his grades with his teachers.

His nephew is actor Jack Dylan Grazer.


Grazer won a scholarship to the University of Southern California (USC) as a psychology major. He graduated from USC's School of Cinema-Television in 1974. He then attended USC Law School for one year, but quit in 1975 to pursue a life in Hollywood.


Grazer began his career as a producer developing television projects. While executive-producing TV pilots at Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s, he met current long-time friend and business partner Ron Howard.

He produced his first feature-film, Night Shift, in 1982, directed by Howard. Grazer and Howard teamed up again for Splash in 1984, which Grazer produced and co-wrote. Splash earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1984.

In 1986, Grazer and Howard co-founded Imagine Entertainment, which became one of Hollywood's most prolific and successful production companies. Over the years, Grazer's films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 43 Academy Awards, and 195 Emmys. At the same time, his movies have generated more than $13.5 billion in worldwide theatrical, music, and video grosses.

Grazer's early film successes include Parenthood (1989) and Backdraft (1991). He produced Apollo 13 (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.

In 1998, 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 2001, Grazer won an Academy Award for Best Picture for A Beautiful Mind, 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.

Grazer's productions span over a quarter-of-a-century, and almost the full spectrum of movie genres. His comedies include Boomerang (1992), The Nutty Professor (1996), Liar Liar (1997), Life (1999), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Intolerable Cruelty (2003) and The Dilemma (2011). He has also produced many dramatic thrillers including Inside Man (2006), The Da Vinci Code (2006), American Gangster (2007), Changeling (2008), Angels & Demons (2009), Robin Hood (2010), and Cowboys & Aliens (2011). His recently 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.

Grazer's 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 recent productions included the 2017 Grammy awarding winning Best Music Film The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (2016), American Made (2017), Rush (2013), directed by Ron Howard, and starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, and Made in America.

Grazer 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.

In 2015, Grazer published his book A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life, in which he discusses conversations with interesting people, many of whom inspired his work.

Personal life

Grazer has been married four times and divorced three times: to Theresa McKay (1972–79), Corki Corman (1982–92; they had two children; son Riley (born 1986) and daughter Sage (1988)), and novelist and screenwriter Gigi Levangie (1997–2007; they had two sons; Thomas (1999) and Patrick (2004)). In April 2014, Grazer became engaged to Veronica Smiley, chief marketing officer of SBE, a hotel management company. They married on February 20, 2016.

Grazer currently resides in Santa Monica, California. He also has a home in Hawaii on Sunset Beach, on the Banzai Pipeline on O'ahu's North Shore.

Additional awards

  • 1998 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries for From the Earth to the Moon
  • 2001 – Producers Guild of America's David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
  • 2003 – ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2004 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for Arrested Development
  • 2006 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for 24
  • 2007 – Named one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World"
  • 2008 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program for Curious George
  • 2009 – Producers Guild of America Milestone Award, together with Ron Howard
  • 2009 – New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Big Apple Award, together with Ron Howard
  • 2010 – Simon Wiesenthal Center Humanitarian Award, together with Ron Howard
  • 2010 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program for Curious George
  • 2011 – MPSE 2011 Filmmaker Award
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When was Brian Grazer born?
A: Brian Grazer was born on July 12, 1951.
Q: What is Brian Grazer known for?
A: Brian Grazer is known for being an American film and television producer. He has produced numerous successful films and TV shows, including "Apollo 13," "A Beautiful Mind," and "Empire."
Q: What is Brian Grazer's net worth?
A: As of 2021, Brian Grazer's net worth is estimated to be around $400 million.
Q: Has Brian Grazer won any awards?
A: Yes, Brian Grazer has won several awards throughout his career. He has won four Primetime Emmy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Picture, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Q: Has Brian Grazer written any books?
A: Yes, Brian Grazer has written several books. His most notable books include "A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life," co-authored with Charles Fishman, and "Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection," co-authored with Oprah Winfrey.
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