Brian Grazer was born on July 12, 1951 in Los Angeles, California. Grazer started his producing career developing pilots for Paramount, when he met his long-time friend and business partner Ron Howard. The first movie Grazer produced, Night Shift, was directed by Howard and starred Henry Winkler, known to audiences for his role as Fonzie on the popular television show Happy Days. After Night Shift, Grazer and Howard re-teamed for the 1984 box-office hit Splash, which starred Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. In 1986, Grazer and Howard formed the production company Imagine Entertainment. Through Imagine, Grazer has produced some of the most successful movies and TV shows of all time; the projects he has been involved in have been nominated for 43 Academy Awards and 131 Emmy Awards and have grossed over 13.5 billion dollars. Grazer has produced the movies Spies Like Us, Parenthood, Kindergarten Cop, My Girl, Apollo 13, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile and The Da Vinci Code, and the TV series 24, Arrested Development, Sports Night and Felicity.