Brian Grazer

Brian Grazer
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Brian Grazer
Film: South side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Producer
Born July 12, 1951 in Los Angeles, CA

As a producer, Brian Grazer has quite a successful track record: More than three dozen Academy Awards have been won by films that had his name in the credits.

Those movies include “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind,” both of which he made with longtime collaborator and friend Ron Howard. The two first teamed up on 1984’s “Splash,” the mermaid romance in which Tom Hanks had his breakout role opposite Daryl Hannah.

Two years later, the two formed their own production company, Imagine Films Entertainment. There, Grazer acted as executive producer on a number of popular films, including “Kindergarten Cop,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Liar Liar” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

More recently, Grazer and Howard joined forces again with Hanks on 2006’s “Da Vinci Code,” one of the top-grossing films of that year, and the recent 2009 sequel “Angels & Demons.”

Grazer, whose father was a criminal defense attorney, grew up in the San Fernando Valley area and attended the University of Southern California. His first job in the entertainment industry was at the television production company of Edgar J. Scherick. His first projects there included a made-for-TV movie and a NBC series starring Suzanne Somers called “Zuma Beach.” After his stint at the company, he decided to go to law school. Soon, he had scored an internship in the legal department of Warner Bros. He later dropped out of law school.

Shortly afterward, he met Howard, a former child star who was segueing into directing television movies. Their company, Imagine, helped to cement Grazer’s reputation in the industry. In 2001, he received his first Oscar for “A Beautiful Mind,” which won the year’s best picture award.

Grazer has also kept a hand in the television world, serving as an executive producer on “Felicity” and “Arrested Development,” among other shows.

He is often recognized as one of Hollywood’s more colorful personalities, with a trademark spiky hair.

He owns homes in the Pacific Palisades, Malibu and Hawaii and has four children from two marriages.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1984 Best Original Screenplay Splash Nomination*
    1995 Best Picture Apollo 13 Nomination
    2001 Best Picture A Beautiful Mind Win*
    2008 Best Picture Frost/Nixon Nomination*
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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