Brian Grazer

Producer, Executive, Screenwriter
For most of his long and illustrious career, Brian Grazer worked behind the scenes as director Ron Howard's dynamic producing partner, forming one of the most powerful and successful filmmaking duos working in ... Read more »
Born: 07/12/1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (123)

Empire 2014 - 2017 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Breakthrough 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Inferno 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Red Planet 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Bastard Executioner 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In the Heart of the Sea 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Parenthood 1998 - 2001, 2004 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Pele: Birth of a Legend 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Prophet's Prey 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rock the Kasbah 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Beast 1998 - 2001, 2004 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The PJs 1998 - 2001, 2004 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

24: Live Another Day 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gang Related 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Get On Up 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Good Lie 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Those Who Kill 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Arrested Development 2003 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Friday Night Lights 1998 - 2000, 2004 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rush 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Felicity 1998 - 2002, 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Friends with Benefits 1998 - 1999, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Katy Perry: Part of Me 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Made In America 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Oscars Red Carpet Live 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Producer

The Great Escape 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Playboy Club 1998 - 1999, 2004 - 2005, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Cowboys & Aliens 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

J. Edgar 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lie to Me 2008 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Restless 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Dilemma 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tower Heist 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

24 2001 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Robin Hood 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Angels & Demons 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Changeling 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Frost/Nixon 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shark 2006 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Inside Man 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Da Vinci Code 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Treasure Hunters (NBC) 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cinderella Man 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Flightplan 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fun With Dick and Jane 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Inside Deep Throat 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Quintuplets 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Inside 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Friday Night Lights 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Miss Match 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Big House 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Missing 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

8 Mile 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blue Crush 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Undercover Brother 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Beautiful Mind 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sports Night 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wonderland 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Beyond the Mat 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bowfinger 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Life 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hiller and Diller 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mercury Rising 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Psycho 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Inventing the Abbotts 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Liar Liar 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fear 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ransom 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sgt. Bilko 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Chamber 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Nutty Professor 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Apollo 13 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Greedy 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

My Girl 2 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Cowboy Way 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

CB4 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

For Love Or Money 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Far and Away 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Housesitter 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Backdraft 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Closet Land 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

My Girl 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Doors 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cry Baby 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Kindergarten Cop 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Parenthood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mutts 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Parenthood 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

The 'Burbs 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ohara 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Poison 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Producer

Smart Guys 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Vibes 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Like Father, Like Son 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Take Five 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Armed and Dangerous 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Real Genius 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Splash 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Night Shift 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

24: Redemption (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ask Max (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cartel (Movie)

(Producer)

From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Producer

Inside Man 2 (Movie)

(Producer)

Play-Boy (Movie)

(Producer)

Shadow Chasers (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Shots Fired (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Splash, Too (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Emperor's Children (Movie)

(Producer)

The Incredible Shrinking Man (Movie)

(Producer)

Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery (TV Show)

Producer

Zuma Beach (TV Show)

Producer
Actor (13)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Ron Howard: Hollywood's Favorite Son 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Bowfinger 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1998 (Tv Show)

Voice

A Day With 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Hollywood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (4)

Housesitter 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)

Armed and Dangerous 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Armed and Dangerous 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Splash 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

Biography

For most of his long and illustrious career, Brian Grazer worked behind the scenes as director Ron Howard's dynamic producing partner, forming one of the most powerful and successful filmmaking duos working in Hollywood. Ever since teaming up with Howard on "Night Shift" (1982) and "Splash" (1984), Grazer developed a reputation as a highly influential creative with a strong sense for commercial stories and a sharp eye for emerging talent. In fact, Grazer has often been credited with having launched or boosted the careers of Michael Keaton, Tom Hanks, Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan and John Candy. Though he started in television production during the late 1970s, Grazer found his niche in features, churning out hit after hit while elevating his status through his partnership with Howard on Academy Award-worthy material like "Apollo 13" (1995), "A Beautiful Mind" (2002) and "Frost/Nixon" (2008). He eventually translated his feature success to the small screen with shows like "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06), "24" (Fox, 2001-2010) and "Friday Night Lights" (NBC/DirecTV, 2006- ), but it was the many successful big screen projects that made Grazer one of the top producers for several decades.

Relationships

Sage Grazer Office Production Assistant

Daughter
Born c. 1988 mother, Corki Grazer

Thomas Grazer

Father

Corki Grazer Actor

Wife
Married May 23, 1982 Divorced June 2, 1992

Arlene Grazer

Mother

Patrick Grazer

Son
Born c. 2004 mother, Gigi Levangie

Riley Grazer

Son
Born c. 1986 mother, Corki Grazer

Thomas Grazer

Son
Born Nobermber 15, 1999 mother, Gigi Levangie

Gavin Grazer

Brother
Born in 1956

Nora Grazer

Sister
Born in 1952

Gigi Levangie Grazer Source Material

Wife
Married Sept. 20, 1997 Filed for legal separation 2006, but later reconciled Filed for divorce June 2008 Divorced May 21, 2009

Theresa McKay-Roberts Production Accountant

Wife
Married March 16, 1972 Divorced July 6, 1979

EDUCATION

Briefly attended USC law school

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1974

Milestones

2011

Executive produced the NBC 1960s-era series "The Playboy Club"

2011

Announced as the producer (along with veteran TV producer Don Mischer) of the 84th Annual Academy Awards telecast a day after Brett Ratner stepped down as producer and Eddie Murphy resigned as host

2011

Co-produced the biographical drama "J. Edgar," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio

2010

Produced an adaptation of "Robin Hood," directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe

2010

Executive produced an updated version of the 1989 film "Parenthood" for NBC

2009

Produced "Angels & Demons," the Ron Howard-directed sequel to "The Da Vinci Code" that once again starred Hanks

2008

Executive produced the TV movie "24: Redemption" (Fox)

2008

Produced the Ron Howard-directed "Frost/Nixon"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture

2007

Produced the Ridley Scott-directed "American Gangster"

2006

Produced the feature adaption of "The Da Vinci Code," directed by Howard and starred Hanks

2006

Executive produced the NBC television adaption of "Friday Night Lights"

2006

Produced the Spike Lee-directed "Inside Man"

2005

Produced the documentary "Inside Deep Throat"

2005

Co-produced the Ron Howard directed "Cinderella Man"

2004

Produced the football drama "Friday Night Lights"

2003

Produced the big-screen adaption of "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" with Mike Myers in the title role

2003

Executive produced the NBC comedy "Miss Match"

2003

Executive produced the Fox comedy "Arrested Development"; earned Emmy (2005, 2006) nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series

2002

Produced the hip-hop drama film "8 Mile"; directed by Curtis Hanson and starring rapper Eminem

2001

Executive produced the FOX drama series "24"; earned Emmy (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) nominations for Outstanding Drama Series

2001

Produced the Academy Award winning film "A Beautiful Mind," about mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr.; directed and co-produced by Howard

2001

Executive produced the ABC summer series "The Beast"

2000

Produced the live-action feature adaption of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," directed by Howard and starred Jim Carrey

2000

Produced Eddie Murphy in "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps"

1999

Again collaborated with Murphy on "Life" and "Bowfinger"

1999

Executive produced the animated series "The PJs" (Fox, 1999-2000; WB, 2000-2001); also produced by and starred Eddie Murphy; earned an Emmy (1999) nomination for Outstanding Animated Program

1998

With Howard and Hanks, produced the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon"

1998

Executive produced The WB series "Felicity"

1998

Executive produced the ABC sitcom "Sports Night"

1998

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1997

Produced the smash hit "Liar Liar" with Jim Carrey in the title role

1996

Enjoyed a box-office smash as the producer of "The Nutty Professor" remake

1996

Produced the Howard-directed remake of "Ransom"

1995

Received a Best Picture Academy Award nomination for "Apollo 13," directed by Howard and starred Hanks

1993

With Howard, negotiated a buy back of outstanding stock of Imagine Entertainment, returning company to privately held hands

1992

Received story credit for the Steve Martin/Goldie Hawn comedy "Housesitter"

1992

Announced that he and Howard were leaving Imagine for a joint venture with Universal

1992

Produced the poorly received epic "Far and Away"; starred Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman

1991

Produced the Ron Howard directed "Backdraft"

1991

Executive produced the Oliver Stone-directed biopic "The Doors"

1990

Produced the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy vehicle "Kindergarten Cop"

1990

Executive produced the short-lived television adaption of "Parenthood" (NBC)

1990

Executive produced the John Waters-directed "Cry-Baby"

1989

Produced the Ron Howard-directed "Parenthood"

1987

Released first Imagine production "Like Father Like Son"

1986

Provided the story for the comedy feature "Armed and Dangerous"

1986

Co-formed (with Ron Howard) Imagine Films Entertainment; served as co-chair and CEO

1985

Received first TV story credit, the premiere episode of "Shadow Chasers" (ABC); also produced and created the series

1984

Received story credit for his first box-office hit "Splash"; directed by Howard and starred Tom Hanks; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay

1982

Produced debut feature "Night Shift"; first collaboration with Ron Howard

1980

Signed development deal with Paramount Pictures

1978

Produced first TV movies "Zuma Beach" and "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery" for Edgar J. Scherick productions

Began career as legal intern at Warner Bros.

Joined the production company of Edgar J. Scherick

Raised in Southern California

Bonus Trivia

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In May 2007, Grazer was listed among Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World.

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On Nov. 9, 2011, Grazer replaced Brett Ratner as the producer of the 84th Annual Academy Awards telecast. He was announced as the new producer (along with veteran TV producer Don Mischer) just a day after Ratner resigned (due to a homophobic statement he made during a "Tower Heist" screening), and hours after Eddie Murphy stepped down as the host.

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