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Overview (4)

Born in Detroit, Michigan, USA
Birth NameJerome Leon Bruckheimer
Nickname Mr. Blockbuster
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jerry Bruckheimer was born on September 21, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Jerome Leon Bruckheimer. He is a producer, known for Armageddon (1998), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) and Remember the Titans (2000). He has been married to Linda Balahoutis since 1993. He was previously married to Bonnie Fishman.

Spouse (2)

Linda Balahoutis (1993 - present)
Bonnie Fishman (? - 1973) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (5)

His films often feature a car being flipped
Often casts Nicolas Cage, Denzel Washington and Steve Buscemi for his movies.
Often hires Michael Bay, Tony Scott, Jon Turteltaub and Antoine Fuqua to direct his movies.
Co-produced films with Don Simpson up to his death in 1996 (The last film Bruckheimer and Simpson collaborated on, The Rock (1996), is dedicated to Simpson).
Action-packed, summer blockbuster (tent-pole) films: Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Top Gun (1986), Bad Boys (1995), The Rock (1996), Armageddon (1998), the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, etc.

Trivia (15)

Graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona
Roomed with producing partner Don Simpson.
Ranked #19 on Premiere's 2003 annual Hollywood Power List. Had ranked #22 in 2002.
Early in his career, he produced television commercials.
Owns a home in Bardstown, Kentucky.
Big fan of the band The Who.
Had a power ranking of 42 and was the 10th ranked money earner on the 2006 Forbes Celebrity 100 list, with 2005-2006 earnings of $84 million. The earnings were mostly due to syndication residuals from the three "C.S.I." shows.
Ranked #10 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had also ranked #10 on the 2005 list.
Has a Gulfstream IV jet.
Owns a 1500-acre farm in Kentucky and also another in Ojai, south of Santa Barbara.
Father was a salesman.
Has a stepdaughter.
2007 - Ranked #14 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
In 2007 Forbes reported his earnings to be $120 million for the year 2006, largely due to his lucrative syndication and production deals.
Lives in Los Angeles and Malibu, California.

Personal Quotes (10)

We are in the transportation business. We transport audiences from one place to another.
If I made films for the critics, or for someone else, I'd probably be living in some small Hollywood studio apartment.
Every time I make a movie I think that it's going to be my last one, I think that no one is going to show up. I always have this sense that they're all going to fail. I am scared to death.
I think that there's a certain synchronicity, so far, with what I like and with what the audiences like. But I don't make the movies for them. I make them because I wanna go see them myself.
Top Gun (1986) is no different from Pirates of the Caribbean - in fact, they're very similar because both movies were working in genres that were dead. Fighter pilot movies had all failed and pirate movies had been dead for a long time. We approached them from a different angle.
I was always looking to be entertained. We lead such full lives and a lot of us don't lead very pleasant lives and don't like what we do... My dad worked his whole life as a salesman and that wasn't what he really wanted to do. He looked forward to two weeks vacation every year and he used to say to me, 'Whatever you do, make sure you do something you really like so you don't just have your vacation to look forward to.' And I love movies.
I think my success stems from one fear ... fear of failure.
I don't consider what I do work - when comparing it to the way my father made his living. He was on his feet all day long.
[on the disappointing public response to The Lone Ranger (2013)] It reminds me of a critic who called Flashdance (1983) a "toxic dump". I think "The Lone Ranger" is going to be looked back on as a brave, wonderful film.
[on being interested in producing short-form content for mobile devices] We come across ideas every day that don't hold up to the scrutiny of something that is a half hour or an hour, so [short-form] is a great place to put that kind of content. [July 2017]

Salary (3)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) $5,000,000 + a guaranteed cut of back-end profits
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) $5,000,000 + a guaranteed cut of back-end profits
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) $10,000,000

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