Producer BRIAN GRAZER (Produced by) has been making movies and television programs for more than 25 years. He most recently produced Ridley Scott’s box-office smash American Gangster, with Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington, and recently completed production on the big-screen adaptation of Peter Morgan’s award-winning play Frost/Nixon, starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen.
As both a writer and producer, he has been personally nominated for three Academy Awards®, and in 2002, he won the Best Picture Oscar® for A Beautiful Mind. In addition to winning three other Academy Awards®, 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 44 Oscars® and 91 Emmys. At the same time, his movies have generated more than $13 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. On March 6, 2003, ShoWest celebrated Grazer’s success by honoring him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. On November 14, 2005, the Fulfillment Fund honored Grazer in Los Angeles. In May 2007, Grazer was chosen by Time magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
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® nomination for Best Picture of 1995; and Splash, which he co-wrote as well as produced and for which he received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1986.
Other feature film credits include the big-screen adaptation of the international bestseller “The Da Vinci Code,” starring Tom Hanks, and directed by Oscar® winner Ron Howard; the tense drama The Inside Man, directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster; Flightplan; Cinderella Man; the Sundance-acclaimed documentary Inside Deep Throat; Friday Night Lights; 8 Mile; Blue Crush; Intolerable Cruelty; 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.
Grazer’s television productions include FOX’s hit, Emmy Award-winning Best Drama Series 24; NBC’s Friday Night Lights, pilot directed by Peter Berg; and CBS’s Shark, pilot directed by Spike Lee and staring James Woods. His additional television credits include FOX’s Emmy Award-winning Best Comedy Arrested Development, NBC’s Miss Match, WB’s Felicity, ABC’s Sports Night, as well as HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon, for which he won the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries.
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.