David Brown

Executive, Producer, Writer
Following a successful career in journalism as both a reporter and a managing editor, David Brown was brought to Hollywood by famed producer Darryl F. Zanuck as an executive at 20th Century Fox. Brown enjoyed a long ... Read more »
Born: 07/28/1916 in New York City, New York, USA


Producer (39)

The Lazarus Child 2006 (Movie)


The Last Mogul 2005 (Movie)


Framed 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Enigma 2002 (Movie)


Along Came A Spider 2001 (Movie)


Blow Dry 2001 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Chocolat 2000 (Movie)


Up At the Villa 2000 (Movie)


Angela's Ashes 1999 (Movie)


Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)


Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)


The Saint 1997 (Movie)


Canadian Bacon 1995 (Movie)


Rich in Love 1993 (Movie)


The Cemetery Club 1993 (Movie)


Tru 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Watch It 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Few Good Men 1992 (Movie)


The Player 1992 (Movie)


Women & Men II 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Driving Miss Daisy 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cocoon: the Return 1988 (Movie)


Barrington 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cocoon 1985 (Movie)


Target 1985 (Movie)


The Verdict 1982 (Movie)


Neighbors 1981 (Movie)


The Island 1980 (Movie)


Jaws 2 1978 (Movie)


MacArthur 1977 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Jaws 1975 (Movie)


The Eiger Sanction 1975 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Black Windmill 1974 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Sugarland Express 1974 (Movie)


Willie Dynamite 1974 (Movie)


The Girl From Petrovka 1973 (Movie)


Ssssssss 1972 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Season in Purgatory (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (15)

Crank 2006 (Movie)

Sin City Brother (Actor)

The Last Mogul 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hello, He Lied 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


At Home With... 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)


Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


History Vs. Hollywood 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


What Is a Producer? 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Backstory (TV Show)

Production Management (3)

South Park 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Assistant Production Coordinator

Cloud Atlas 2012 (Movie)

(Scotland) (Line Producer)

What Happened?: The Story of September 11, 2001 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Field Producer


Following a successful career in journalism as both a reporter and a managing editor, David Brown was brought to Hollywood by famed producer Darryl F. Zanuck as an executive at 20th Century Fox. Brown enjoyed a long tenure at Fox, where he worked various positions within the story department. Following a brief stay at Warner Bros., Brown joined forces with his former boss' son Richard Zanuck to form the Zanuck/Brown Co., which produced some of the most acclaimed films of the 1970s and 1980s. Their first film, "The Sting" (1973), was a huge box office hit and winner of seven Oscars, including Best Picture, which led the pair to producing other major movies like "The Sugarland Express" (1974), "Jaws" (1975) and "MacArthur" (1977). In the following decade, the pair continued their success with "The Verdict" (1982) and "Cocoon" (1985), only to disband the company in 1988. After producing his last film with Zanuck, "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989), Brown struck out on his own with varying degrees of success, producing hits like "A Few Good Men" (1992) and "The Player" (1992), but also stumbling with "Canadian Bacon" (1994), "The Saint" (1997), and "Angela's Ashes" (1999). Following his final Best Picture nomination with "Chocolat" (2000), Brown wound down his career by producing the occasional film and Broadway musical, but undoubtedly left behind an extraordinary legacy as one of Hollywood's most prolific producers in the last half of the 20th century.


Edward Fisher Brown


Lillian Brown


Tammy Brown Production Coordinator


Sarah Brown Actor


Roger Brown


Helen Gurley Brown Actor

Married Sept, 25, 1959 until his death Feb. 1, 2010


Stanford University

Stanford , California 1936

Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University

New York City , New York 1937



Produced the Broadway musical, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"


Produced the off-Broadway Jerry Herman musical revue, "Showtune"


Served as a producer on "Along Came a Spider," with Morgan Freeman reprising his role as Dr. Alex Cross from "Kiss the Girls"


Produced the stage musical adaptation of "Sweet Smell of Success"; production opened in Chicago before moving to NYC in spring 2002


Received Best Picture Oscar nomination as producer of "Chocolat"


Produced the film adaptation of Frank McCourt's memoir, "Angela's Ashes"


Re-teamed with Zanuck as producer of "Deep Impact"


Produced "Kiss the Girls" and "The Saint"


Was a producer on the Academy Award nominated film, "A Few Good Men"


Produced the sequel, "Cocoon: The Return"


Enjoyed a box-office hit as producer of "Cocoon"


Produced (with Zanuck) "The Verdict"; received Best Picture Oscar nomination


Served as producer for the sequel, "Jaws 2"


Produced the Spielberg directed and Oscar-nominated, "Jaws"


With Zanuck, produced "The Sugarland Express," which marked the feature directorial debut of Steven Spielberg


First film released by Zanuck/Brown, the Oscar-winning Best Picture, "The Sting"


Co-founded Zanuck/Brown Company with partner Richard Zanuck; dissolved company 1988


Made vice president story operations for 20th Century-Fox


Appointed member of executive staff of Darryl F. Zanuck


Joined 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. as managing editor of the story department in L.A.


Worked as editorial director for the national education campaign of the American Medical Association


Worked as apprentice reporter and copy-editor for the San Francisco News and The Wall Street Journal

Named associate editor, then executive editor and editor-in-chief of Liberty magazine in New York

Left Fox to join Warner Bros. as executive president of creative operations and member of the board of directors

Left Fox to become editorial vice president of New American Library of World Literature, Inc.

Made story editor and head of scenario department for 20th Century-Fox

Served as 1st lieutenant with US Army military intelligence during WWII

Became a producer for 20th Century-Fox

Made member of executive staff for 20th Century-Fox studios

Made editorial director for the Milk Research Council, New York

Returned to 20th Century-Fox as executive story operations

Joined Cosmopolitan magazine as associate editor and later managing editor

Promoted to executive vice president, creative affairs and member of the board of directors for 20th Century-Fox

Worked as a stringer for The New York Times