Don Simpson

Producer, Screenwriter, Executive
If there was ever one person who defined the Hollywood tableau of wild success succumbing to even wilder excess, it was fabled producer Don Simpson. Though a driven and talented executive-turned-producer whose flair for ... Read more »
Born: 10/29/1943 in Seattle, Washington, USA

Filmography

Producer (12)

Dangerous Minds 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Rock 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bad Boys 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crimson Tide 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dangerous Minds 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ref 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Top Gun 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beverly Hills Cop 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Thief of Hearts 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Flashdance 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (6)

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

Aldo Benadetti (Actor)

The Big Bang 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The New Hollywood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Guns II 1990 (Movie)

Pinkerton Man (Actor)

Cannonball 1976 (Movie)

Assistant District Attorney (Actor)
Writer (1)

Cannonball 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

If there was ever one person who defined the Hollywood tableau of wild success succumbing to even wilder excess, it was fabled producer Don Simpson. Though a driven and talented executive-turned-producer whose flair for churning out hit movies throughout the 1970s and 1980s was unparalleled, Simpson's enormous appetite for drugs, food and sadomasochistic sex wound up destroying his lucrative partnership with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and ultimately ending his life. At first glance, Simpson reveled in being a raving, solipsistic mogul whose ability to snort massive amounts cocaine was a natural extension of his glamorous lifestyle. But to peel back the layers was to reveal a dark and diseased soul. Though remembered mostly for his excesses, Simpson's true legacy was his work - he produced some of the most memorable and profitable movies to come off the studio conveyor belt, a contradiction that underscored his tortured, self-destructive nature.

Relationships

Russ Simpson

Father
survived him

June Simpson

Mother
survived him

Larry Simpson

Brother
survived him

EDUCATION

University of Oregon

Eugene , Oregon 1967
elected Phi Beta Kappa; also did graduate work

Milestones

1996

Simpson found dead at his home on January 19

1996

Final Simpson-Bruckheimer production, "The Rock", debuted in summer

1995

Simpson's doctor, Stephen Ammerman, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in the shower of Simpson's pool house

1995

At the request of Bruckheimer, Simpson-Bruckheimer dissolved their partnership in December

1991

Simpson-Bruckheimer signed non-exclusive, five-year, five-picture deal with Disney subsidiary Hollywood Pictures (January)

1990

With Bruckheimer, signed second five-year production deal with Paramount in February; contract ended "by mutual agreement" in November of same year

1983

Formed Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Productions; entered into five-year exclusive development/production deal with Paramount

1983

First screen credit as producer, "Flashdance"

1980

Made president, worldwide production, Paramount

1980

Made senior vice president, production, Paramount

1977

Promoted to vice president, production, Paramount

1975

Co-wrote low-budget film, "Aloha, Bobby and Rose"

1975

Became production executive at Paramount

1970

Hired by Warner Bros. as marketing executive, specializing in youth-oriented product

1969

Handeled the publicity for the First International Erotic Film Festival in San Francisco

Began film career as account executive with Jack Woodel Agency, San Francisco (supervised marketing of Warner Bros. Films)

Raised in Anchorage, Alaska

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