Bruce Brown

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Dedicated surfer and occasional filmmaker, Bruce Brown ignited an international surfing craze with his 1966 documentary classic, "Endless Summer" (1966). Designated the "Chairman of the Boards" by "Entertainment ... Read more »
Born: 12/01/1937 in California, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

The Search for Freedom 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Barefoot Adventure 2014 (Movie)

Himself / Narrator (Actor)

Slippery When Wet 2014 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Surf Crazy 2014 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Surfin' Shorts 2014 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Surfing Hollow Days 2014 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Waterlogged 2014 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

The Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dust to Glory 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 2001 (Movie)

Radio Announcer (Actor)

Tomorrow Night 1998 (Movie)

Clean (Actor)

Zipperface 1992 (Movie)

Brewster Harris (Actor)

The Sex O'Clock News 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Eddie and the Cruisers 1983 (Movie)

M.C. at El Marko (Actor)

On Any Sunday 1971 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Endless Summer 1965 (Movie)

(Himself)

On the Brink: Doomsday (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (12)

Barefoot Adventure 2014 (Movie)

(Writer)

Slippery When Wet 2014 (Movie)

(Writer)

Surf Crazy 2014 (Movie)

(Writer)

Surfin' Shorts 2014 (Movie)

(Writer)

Surfing Hollow Days 2014 (Movie)

(Writer)

Waterlogged 2014 (Movie)

(Writer)

24-7, The Movie 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Endless Summer II 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Miracle Planet 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

The Night Before 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

On Any Sunday 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Endless Summer 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (10)

Barefoot Adventure 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Slippery When Wet 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Surf Crazy 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Surfin' Shorts 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Surfing Hollow Days 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Waterlogged 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

24-7, The Movie 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Endless Summer II 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

On Any Sunday 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

The Endless Summer 1965 (Movie)

(Director)
Physical Effects (8)

Aberration 1997 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

The Frighteners 1996 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Jack Be Nimble 1994 (Movie)

(Stunt Man)

Crush 1993 (Movie)

stunt driver (Stunts)

Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur (TV Show)

Stunt Player
Producer (5)

Step Into Liquid 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

24-7, The Movie 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Walt Disney World's Happy Easter Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

On Any Sunday 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Endless Summer 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (3)

24-7, The Movie 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

On Any Sunday 1971 (Movie)

Cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Endless Summer 1965 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Sound (2)

Excursion to the Bridge of Friendship 1996 (Movie)

sound post production (Sound)

The Endless Summer 1965 (Movie)

(Sound)
Editor (1)

The Endless Summer 1965 (Movie)

(Editor)
Other (6)

Dust to Glory 2005 (Movie)

(Creative Consultant)

Barney's Great Adventure 1998 (Movie)

trajectory analysis(additional special visual effects) (Other)

Love Jones 1997 (Movie)

(Driver)

TV Nation 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Other

TV Nation: Year-in-Review Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Other

Real People Reunion Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Other

Biography

Dedicated surfer and occasional filmmaker, Bruce Brown ignited an international surfing craze with his 1966 documentary classic, "Endless Summer" (1966). Designated the "Chairman of the Boards" by "Entertainment Weekly", he gained fame and fortune by doing it his way. Brown started out shooting silent footage of his friends surfing off the shore of his native southern California. An instinctual showman, he began screening his little movies at local high schools, providing on-site narration and a tape deck soundtrack. Brown went on to raise a $50,000 budget to undertake a much more ambitious project. Equipped with a sturdy windup 16mm Bolex camera, he teamed up with two teen surfers, Robert August and Mike Hynson, to film a quasi-spiritual quest around the world in search of perfect wave. Their trek led them to Malibu, Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii. "Endless Summer" boasted extraordinary images and a beguiling innocence. This low-budget and initially self-distributed documentary eventually grossed $30 million.

Relationships

Pat Brown

Wife

Dana Brown

Son
worked on "Endless Summer II"

Milestones

1994

Returned to filmmaking after 23 years with "Endless Summer II" (scripted, directed and narrated)

1970

Released his second feature, "On Any Sunday", a documentary about motorcycling starring Steve McQueen (produced, directed, scripted, and narrated)

1970

Received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary

1966

Premiered his film at a soldout screening in Wichita KS

1966

Produced, directed, scripted, shot, edited, recorded sound, and narrated his feature debut, "Endless Summer"

1966

Opened the film at Kips Bay Theater in NYC without the help of a professional distributor or a press agent

1964

Began traveling the world with two young "surf bums", a windup 16mm Bolex camera, and a $50,000 budget in search of "the perfect wave"

1959

Began shooting silent footage of his friends surfing

Began screening his films in Southern California high school gyms

"Endless Summer" eventually grossed approximately $30 million

Bonus Trivia

.

"This is not to say that 'The Endless Summer', which follows two young surfers as they ride the waves around the world, is a perfect documentary, or that it displays much cinematic skill beyond the demands of the subject matter. But the subject matter itself--the challenge and joy of a sport that is part swimming, part skiing, part sky-diving and part Russian roulette--is buoyant fun."That is, as long as Mr. Brown keeps his camera focused toward the breakers."There are marvelous shots in color of surfers testing the waters off Malibu, Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and, particularly, off Oahu, where the waves are 40 feet high. There is a hypnotic beauty and almost continuous excitement in these scenes."--Vincent Canby in The New York Times, June 16, 1966.

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"After getting rich from 'The Endless Summer', and from 1971's 'On Any Sunday', an Academy Award-nominated documentary on motorcycle racing that he made with Steve McQueen, he moved on to other things. 'I got into restoring cars, and then building houses, and trading commodities,' he says, a little vaguely. He and the family were into 'self-sufficiency,' too--during the late '70s, Brown built a house in Southern California, where he and his wife, Pat, and their three children [now grown] lived with no phone, no power, and few other amenities, not far from the surf but as far as he could get from civilization. . . ."--From an article by Bill Cosford in Entertainment Weekly, June 10, 1994.

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