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JERRY BRUCKHEIMER
Biography

as of June 1997

Jerry Bruckheimer is co-executive producer of the Rysher Entertainment action series "SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, INC."

As one of the most highly-regarded creative forces in the entertainment industry, Jerry Bruckheimer, along with his late partner Don Simpson, established one of the most successful producing teams in recent motion picture history with such smash hits as "Flashdance," "Beverly Hills Cop," "Top Gun" and "Days of Thunder."

The films of Mr. Bruckheimer have continually topped the list of box office winners, resulting in worldwide number one pictures an unprecedented three years in a row. His projects have generated over $3 billion in sales, which established the duo as the top producers of the 1980s.

Based at the Walt Disney Studios in California, Mr. Bruckheimer continues to make tremendous contributions to the industry. In 1995, Simpson-Bruckheimer produced the No. 1 box office hits "Bad Boys," (Columbia) starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence; "Crimson Tide," (Hollywood Pictures) starring Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington; and "Dangerous Minds," (Hollywood Pictures) starring Michelle Pfeiffer. "Bad Boys" became Columbia Pictures' highest grossing film for 1995, while "Crimson Tide" and "Dangerous Minds" were two of Hollywood Pictures most successful for the year; with "Crimson Tide" receiving Academy Award nominations for Film Edition, Sound Effects Editing and Sound, as well as being named one of the "Top Three Favorite Films" of the year by The People's Choice Awards. "Crimson Tide" received an "Eddie Award" nomination for artistic achievement in film editing, by the American Cinema Editors, and received Golden Reel Awards from the Motion Picture Sound Editors for "Feature Film Sound Editing" and "Feature Film ADR Editing." Between them, "Bad Boys," "Crimson Tide," and "Dangerous Minds" garnered a total of six 1996 MTV Movie Award nominations for Best Movie ("Dangerous Minds"), Best Male Performance (Denzel Washington "Crimson Tide"), Best Female Performance (Michelle Pfeiffer - "Dangerous Minds"), Best Song From A Movie (Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" - "Dangerous Minds"), Best On-Screen Duo (Will Smith and Martin Lawrence - "Bad Boys") and Best Action Sequence ("Bad Boys"). Both "Gangsta's Paradise" ("Dangerous Minds") and the score for "Crimson Tide" received Grammy Awards in the categories Best Rap Solo Performance (Coolio) and Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture or Television (Hans Zimmer), respectively.

In 1996, Mr. Bruckheimer produced "The Rock," starring Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery. "The Rock" grossed $235 million worldwide in it's first seven weeks at the box office, and set the video rental record as the most ordered film, with 830,000 copies being purchased by video retailers. Recently, Mr. Bruckheimer and "The Rock" director Michael Bay accepted awards at the annual ShoWest Convention, where the film was named 1996s Favorite Movie Of The Year. "The Rock" also received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Achievement In Sound."

Mr. Bruckheimer's current projects include "Con Air," starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich and Steve Buscemi; "Bad Boys II," starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith; other projects include "Armageddon," starring Bruce Willis, directed by Michael Bay and "Enemy of the State," directed by Tony Scott and starring Will Smith.
In addition, Mr. Bruckheimer is developing "Rogue Warrior," the exciting action story of a Navy Seal, based on the popular number two hardback best-seller by Dick Marcinko. "Rogue Warrior" recently reached the pinnacle position of number one on the New York Times' best-seller list.

Mr. Bruckheimer is also developing "Witness to the Truth," based on the fascinating true-life account of FBI agent Paul Lindsay. The story is being adapted for the screen by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Towne.

Also in development at Mr. Bruckheimer's production company is the contemporary suspense thriller "Zone of Silence," based on an original story by Mr. Simpson, which John Dunne and Joan Didion have adapted; "The Veronica Guerrin Story," about the heroic life of the Irish investigative journalist who was gunned down last summer by Dublin crime lords; the true story of journalism professor David Protess, who along with three of his female students helped to exonerate four African-American men on death row unjustly convicted of a double murder/rape in 1978 and "Esau," based on the book by Philip Kerr, about a mountain climber who leads an expedition to find his missing brother and subsequently discovers a Yeti in an unascended mountain peak in the Himalayas.

Mr. Bruckheimer, a native of Detroit, Michigan, and an award-winning photographer, was previously an art director and producer of television commercials who had been honored for his work with numerous Clio Awards. His first credits as a producer include "American Gigolo," "Cat People," "Young Doctors in Love" and "Farewell, My Lovely."
Since his initial teaming with Mr. Simpson as producers on the 1983 blockbuster "Flashdance," Mr. Bruckheimer has been honored with an impressive twelve Academy Award nominations, two Best Song Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, MTV's Best Picture of the Decade Award and two People's Choice Best Picture Awards. His hit feature "Top Gun" has the distinction of being one of the most profitable motion pictures in Paramount's history.

The soundtrack for "Crimson Tide" garnered a Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture or Television." In all, the soundtrack albums of Mr. Bruckheimer's four high-grossing films have been honored with 18 Grammy nominations. The albums feature ten singles that have achieved top ten status, including four Number One Singles. Three of the soundtracks were Number One albums and feature hits by such popular artists as Irene Cara, Harold Faltermeyer, Glenn Frey, The Pointer Sisters, Patti LaBelle, Berlin, Kenny Loggins and George Michael. In addition, "Days of Thunder" produced an international hit single.

The Oscar-winning songs Mr. Bruckheimer's films have produced are "What a Feeling" from "Flashdance" and "Take My Breath Away" from "Top Gun." The "Flashdance" soundtrack won Grammy Awards for Pop Vocal -- Female, Instrumental Composition and Original Score. The "Top Gun" theme by Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens was awarded a 1986 Grammy as Best Pop Instrumental.

Mr. Bruckheimer, was named Producer of the Year by the National Association of Theater Owners at the ShoWest Conventions in 1985 and 1988. The Publicists Guild of America named the Simpson-Bruckheimer team 1988 Motion Picture Showmen of the year.

In the 1980s Jerry Bruckheimer was responsible for some of entertainment's most popular and enduring motion pictures. In the 1990s, this exceptional and unique producer will undoubtedly continue to bring audiences worldwide, films that thrill, excite and delight.

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