Grazer, Brian 1951–

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GRAZER, Brian 1951


Full name, Brian Thomas Grazer; born July 12, 1951, in Los Angeles, CA; brother of Gavin V. Grazer (a writer, director, and singer); married Gigi Levangie (a writer), October, 1997; children: Ryan Thomas, Lindsay Paige, Sage, Riley, Thomas Costa. Education: Attended University of Southern California; studied law during the early 1980s. Avocational Interests: Surfing, painting.

Addresses: Office Imagine Entertainment, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Seventh Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Agent Richard Lovett, Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Producer. Warner Bros., worked as an intern in the legal department in the early 1980s; Brut/Faberge Productions, script reader; worked as a talent agent; affiliated with Edgar J. ScherickDaniel Blatt Co. (also known as Edgar J. Scherick Associates); Kenneth Johnson/Brian Grazer Productions, cofounder, 1980s; Imagine Entertainment (production company), Beverly Hills, CA, cofounder, cochief executive officer and cochair (with filmmaker Ron Howard), beginning 1986, and cochair of Imagine Television; appeared in advertisements.

Awards, Honors: Academy Award nomination (with others), outstanding original screenplay, 1985, for Splash; ShoWest Award, National Association of Theatre Owners, producer of the year, 1992; Pioneer Award, Blockbuster Entertainment, 1995; Chicago Film Critics Award, best picture, 1995, Academy Award nomination (with others), best picture, and Daryl F. Zanuck Award (with Todd Hallowell), Producers Guild of America, motion picture producer of the year, both 1996, all for Apollo 13; received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1997; Albert R. Broccoli Award for Excellence, Cinema Expo, 1998; People's Choice Award, favorite comedy motion picture, 1998, for Liar Liar; Emmy Award (with others), outstanding miniseries, 1998, Golden Globe Award, best miniseries or motion picture made for television, 1998, Golden Satellite Award (with others), International Press Academy, best miniseries or motion picture made for television, 1998, and Golden Laurel Award (with others), Producers Guild of America, television producer of the year in longform category, 1999, all for From the Earth to the Moon; Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding animated program (for programming of one hour or less), 1999, for "He's Gotta Have It", The PJs; Golden Laurel Award nomination (with others), television producer of the year in episodic category, 2000, for Sports Night; David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion Pictures, Producers Guild of America, 2001; Saturn Life Career Award, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, 2001; all with Howard: Golden Globe Award, best motion picture drama, 2001, Academy Award, best picture, Film Award nomination, American Film Institute, movie of the year, Film Award nomination, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, best film, Australian Film Institute Award nomination, best foreign film, and Awareness Award, National Mental Health Awareness Campaign, all 2002, all for A Beautiful Mind; with others: Golden Satellite Award, best television drama series, 2001, Golden Satellite Award, 2002, and Golden Satellite Award nomination, 2003, both best television series, drama, TCA awards, Television Critics of America, outstanding new program and program of the year, both 2002, TCA Award nomination, outstanding achievement in drama, 2002, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding drama series, 2002 and 2003, Golden Globe Award nominations, best drama, 2002 and 2003, Golden Laurel Award, 2003, television producer of the year in episodic category, TCA Award nominations, program of the year and outstanding achievement in drama, both 2003, Image Award nominations, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2003 and 2004, Golden Globe Award, best television seriesdrama, 2004, International Award, Royal Television Society (Great Britain), 2004, Golden Laurel Award nomination, 2004, television producer of the year in episodic category, and Golden Satellite Award nomination, best DVD release of a television show, 2004, all for 24; named on Premiere magazine's power list, 2002 and 2003; ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award, National Association of Theatre Owners, 2003; with others: Golden Satellite Award, best television series, comedy or musical, TVL and Award, future classic, Golden Globe Award nomination, best television seriesmusical or comedy, and TCA Award nominations, outstanding new program, program of the year, and outstanding achievement in comedy, all 2004, for Arrested Development.


Film Producer:

Night Shift, Warner Bros., 1982.

Splash, Buena Vista, 1984.

Real Genius, TriStar, 1985.

(With George Folsey, Jr.) Spies Like Us, Warner Bros., 1985.

(With James Keach) Armed and Dangerous, Columbia, 1986.

(With David Valdes) Like Father, Like Son, TriStar, 1987.

Clean and Sober, Warner Bros., 1988.

Vibes, Columbia, 1988.

The 'Burbs, Universal, 1989.

Parenthood, Universal, 1989.

(With Ivan Reitman) Kindergarten Cop, Universal, 1990.

My Girl, Columbia, 1991.

(With Warrington Hudlin) Boomerang, Paramount, 1992.

(With Ron Howard) Far and Away, Universal, 1992.

HouseSitter, Universal, 1992.

For Love or Money (also known as The Concierge and Straight to the Top ), Universal, 1993.

The Cowboy Way, Universal, 1994.

Greedy, Universal, 1994.

My Girl 2, Columbia, 1994.

(With Frederick Zollo) The Paper, Universal, 1994.

(With Howard; and [uncredited] executive music producer) Apollo 13 (also known as Lost Moon ), Universal, 1995, released as Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience, 2002.

The Chamber, Universal, 1996.

Fear (also known as No Fear ), Universal, 1996.

The Nutty Professor, Universal, 1996.

Ransom, Buena Vista, 1996.

Sgt. Bilko (also known as Sergeant Bilko ), Universal, 1996.

Inventing the Abbotts, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1997.

Liar Liar, Universal, 1997.

Mercury Rising (also known as Simon and Simon Says ), Universal, 1998.

Psycho, Universal, 1998.

Bowfinger, Universal, 1999.

EDtv (also known as Ed TV ), MCA/Universal, 1999.

Life, Universal, 1999.

Beyond the Mat, Lions Gate Films, 1999, released as Beyond the Mat: Unrated Director's Cut, 2000.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (also known as Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas ), Universal, 2000.

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (also known as The Klumps ), Universal, 2000.

(With Howard) A Beautiful Mind, Universal, 2001.

Blue Crush, Universal, 2002.

8 Mile, Universal, 2002.

Undercover Brother, Universal, 2002.

The Cat in the Hat (also known as Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat ), Universal, 2003.

Intolerable Cruelty, Universal, 2003.

The Missing, Columbia, 2003.

The Alamo, Buena Vista, 2004.

Cinderella, Universal/Miramax, 2005.

Curious George (animated), Universal, 2005.

Da Vinci Code, Columbia, 2005.

Fun with Dick and Jane, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2005.

Incredible Shrinking Man, Universal, 2005.

Ralph, Universal, 2005.

Film Executive Producer:

(With Jim Abrahams) CryBaby, Universal, 1990.

(With Raffaella De Laurentiis) Backdraft, Universal, 1991.

(With Ron Howard) Closet Land, Universal, 1991.

(With Nicholas Clainos and Mario Kassar) The Doors, TriStar, 1991.

(With Sean Daniel) CB4 (also known as Cell Block Four ), Universal, 1993.

Friday Night Lights, Universal, 2004.

Sick Day, Universal, 2005.

Film Appearances:

Cameo appearance, Splash, Buena Vista, 1984.

Himself, Your Studio and You, 1995.

Television Executive Producer; Series:

(And creator) Shadow Chasers, ABC, 19851986.

Take Five, CBS, 1987.

Ohara, ABC, 19871988.

Parenthood, NBC, 1990.

Hiller and Diller, ABC, 19971998.

(With others) Sports Night, ABC, 19982000.

(With others) The PJs (animated), Fox, 19982000, The WB, 2000 2001.

Felicity, The WB, 19982002.

Wonderland, ABC, 2000.

(With Ron Howard) The Beast, ABC, 2001.

(With others) 24 (also known as 24 Hours ), Fox, 2001.

Miss Match, NBC, 2003.

Arrested Development (also known as AD ), Fox, 2003.

The Big House, ABC, 2004. Quintuplets, Fox, 2004.

Television Producer; Miniseries:

(With Tom Hanks) From the Earth to the Moon, HBO, 1998.

Television Work; Movies:

(With S. Bryan Hickox) Producer, Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery, NBC, 1978.

(With Bruce Cohn Curtis) Producer, Zuma Beach, NBC, 1978.

Executive producer, "Ask Max", The Disney Sunday Movie, ABC, 1986.

Executive producer, "Splash, Too", The Disney Sunday Movie, ABC, 1988.

Television Executive Producer; Pilots:

Shadow Chasers, ABC, 1985.

Mutts (also known as Conversations with My Dog ), ABC, 1988.

Smart Guys, NBC, 1988.

BS* (also known as Boarding School ), Fox, 2002.

Quintuplets, Fox, 2004.

Television Producer; Pilots:

Poison, Showtime, 1988.

Student Affairs, UPN, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The New Hollywood, NBC, 1990.

"Naked Hollywood", A & E Premieres, Arts and Entertainment, 1991.

Himself, A Day with , Fox, 1995.

Canned Ham: Bowfinger, Comedy Central, 1999.

Himself, Inside: A Beautiful Mind, 2002.

(Uncredited) Himself, Inside the Playboy Mansion, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Himself, Women of the Beach, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

Himself, Making the Movie: Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, MTV, 2003.

Himself, The Making of "8 Mile ", 2003.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Himself, The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, CBS, 1995.

Himself, AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Tom Hanks, USA Network, 2002.

Himself, The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC, 2002.

Himself, The 74th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Voice of himself, "When You Dish upon a Star", The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1998.

Himself, "Ron Howard: Hollywood's Favorite Son", Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

"Reasons the '90s Rules", E!'s 101, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.



Himself, Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13, 1996.

Himself, Edtv: Caught in the Camera's Eye (also known as Caught in the Camera's Eye ), Universal Studios Home Video, 1999.

Himself, Liar Liar: Bridging the Comedy Chasm, Universal Studios Home Video, 1999.

Himself, "Psycho " Path, 1999.

Himself, New Frontiers: Making "The Missing ", Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment, 2004.



(With Harold Ramis and James Keach) Armed and Dangerous, Columbia, 1986.

Stories for Films:

(With Bruce Jay Friedman) Splash, Buena Vista, 1984.

(With Harold Ramis and James Keach) Armed and Dangerous, Columbia, 1986.

HouseSitter, Universal, 1992.



Entertainment Weekly, October 30, 1998, p. 24.

Fortune, October 6, 2003, p. 30.

Hollywood Reporter, February 20, 1992, pp. S1S35.

Interview, December, 2001, pp. 8485.

Los Angeles Business Journal, November 10, 1997, p. 12.

New York Times, August 25, 1989.

Variety, June 15, 1998, p. 46.