Jerome Leon Bruckheimer, known as Jerry Bruckheimer, is an American film and television producer. He has achieved great success in the genres of action, drama, and science fiction. His best known television series are CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Cold Case, and The Amazing Race. His best known movies include Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, The Rock, Con Air, Crimson Tide, Armageddon, Enemy of the State, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Pirates of the Caribbean, King Arthur, and National Treasure.
Bruckheimer was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Mumford High School in Detroit until moving to Arizona for college at age 17. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Arizona with an algebra minor. at the University of Arizona, Bruckheimer became a member of the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity. A film buff at an early age with an interest in photography, Bruckheimer would take snapshots when he had the opportunity. After college, Bruckheimer moved to Chicago where he worked in the mail room of an advertising agency. Eventually, Bruckheimer segued into commercial producing when he got wind of an opportunity to produce a motion picture. Subsequently, Bruckheimer moved to Los Angeles.
Bruckheimer started producing films in the 1970s, after leaving his job in advertising, with director Dick Richards. They had worked together on the films The Culpepper Cattle Company, Farewell, My Lovely, and March or Die. Bruckheimer then worked with Paul Schrader on two movies, American Gigolo and Cat People, which began to give him notice in Hollywood.
During the 1980s and 1990s, he was a co-producer with Don Simpson of a string of highly successful Hollywood films for Paramount Pictures. The two worked together and created Bruckheimer's first big hit, 1983's Flashdance, which brought in $95 million. He had a number of other hits including the Beverly Hills Cop films, Top Gun, and Days of Thunder.
Bruckheimer has continued to produce a large number of action movies including Armageddon. His other hit movies produced include Remember the Titans, Black Hawk Down and the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
Since 1997 Bruckheimer has branched out into television, creating a number of police dramas of which CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has been the most successful. He has also produced the reality game show The Amazing Race.
Bruckheimer currently has six television shows on the air: C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation, C.S.I. Miami, C.S.I.: NY, Without A Trace, Cold Case and The Amazing Race.
At one point, three of his TV series ranked among the top 10 in the ratings.
One of the most successful producers of all time, Bruckheimer has been nicknamed "Mr. Blockbuster", due to his track record of commercially successful, high-grossing films. Overall, his films have brought in over $13 billion to Hollywood and have launched the careers of numerous actors and directors.
In May 2006, he was honored with a doctor of fine arts degree (DFA) from the University of Arizona's College of Fine Arts. In 2007 he was ranked number thirty-nine on Forbes Celebrity 100 List.
The editors of Entertainment Weekly named Bruckheimer the number one most-powerful person in Hollywood in 2003. .
His projects have been honored with thirty-five Academy Award nominations, five Oscars, eight Grammy Award nominations, five Grammys, twenty-three Golden Globe nominations, four Golden Globes, thirty Emmy Award nominations, six Emmys, eight People's Choice nominations, four People's Choice Awards, and numerous MTV Awards, including one for Best Picture of the Decade.
Bruckheimer received the ShoWest Producer of the Year Award in 1998 and in 2000 the Producers Guild honored him with the David O. Selznick Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Bruckheimer was one of the few Hollywood personalities who supported President Bush outspokenly. He donated funds to John McCain's 2008 presidential election campaign. In 2007 it was reported the he donated twenty-nine percent of his $20,700 in political contributions to Republican candidates.