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Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer has been making movies and television programs for more than 20 years. As both a writer and producer, he has been personally nominated for three Academy Awards, and in 2002 he won the Best Picture Oscar for "A Beautiful Mind." In addition to winning three other Academy Awards, "A Beautiful Mind" also won four Golden Globe Awards (including Best Motion Picture Drama) and earned Grazer the first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign.
Over the years, Grazer's films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 42 Oscars and 64 Emmys. At the same time, his movies have generated more than $12.6 billion in worldwide theatrical, music and video grosses. Reflecting this combination of commercial and artistic achievement, the Producers Guild of America honored Grazer with the David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. His accomplishments have also been recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which in 1998 added Grazer to the short list of producers with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On March 6, 2003, ShoWest celebrated Grazer's success by honoring him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. On November 14, 2005, Grazer was honored in Los Angeles by the Fulfillment Fund.
In addition to "A Beautiful Mind," Grazer's films include "Apollo 13," for which he won the Producers Guilds Daryl F. Zanuck Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Picture of 1995, as well as "Splash," which he co-wrote and produced, and for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1986.
Grazer is currently working on the drama "American Gangster," starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington, and directed by Ridley Scott.
Grazer's other feature-film credits include: the recent big-screen adaptation of the international bestseller "The Da Vinci Code," starring Tom Hanks, and directed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard; the tense drama "The Inside Man," directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster; the comedy "Fun with Dick and Jane," starring Jim Carrey; "Flightplan"; "Cinderella Man"; the Sundance-acclaimed documentary "INSIDE Deep Throat"; "Friday Night Lights"; "8 Mile"; "Blue Crush"; "Intolerable Cruelty"; "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"; "The Nutty Professor"; "Liar, Liar"; "Ransom"; "My Girl"; "Backdraft"; "Kindergarten Cop"; "Parenthood"; "Clean and Sober"; and "Spies Like Us."
Grazer's television productions include Fox's hit drama series "24," NBC's summer reality series "Treasure Hunters," NBC's "Friday Night Lights," and "Shark," directed by Spike Lee and starring James Woods (also premiering this fall). His additional television credits include Fox's Emmy-winning Outstanding Comedy "Arrested Development," "Miss Match," "Felicity," "SportsNight," as well as HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon," for which he won the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries.
Grazer began his career as a producer developing television projects. It was while he was executive-producing TV pilots for Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s that Grazer first met his longtime friend and business partner Howard. Their collaboration began in 1985 with the hit comedies "Night Shift" and "Splash," and in 1986, the two founded Imagine Television, which they continue to run together as co-chairmen.