Stephen Galloway interviewed Jerry in November 2003 for The Hollywood Reporter. When he was asked where does the name 'Bruckheimer' come from, he told Galloway that both his parents were born in Germany. They came to America in the twenties and met each other here. He also said they spoke German when they didn't want him to understand, but otherwise they spoke English in the home. He also revealed he is an only child.
When asked if there were any specific films that made him want to become a filmmaker, Jerry revealed he is I'm a big fan of David Lean. Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago are movies that were seminal films for him when he was growing up. He admires the filmmaking and the storytelling ability of Lean and Robert Bolt, so that's what he looks toward for inspiration.
According to Forbes (October 2006), the Los Angeles Times reports Jerry Bruckheimer and wife, Linda, have bought a nearly 400-acre ranch in Ventura County, California. The cost for the property was approximately $20 million.
Jerry Bruckheimer was honored by the Museum of Television & Radio at its annual fund-raising gala in Los Angeles in October 2006.
In an article from The Hollywood Reporter (November 17, 2003), Les Moonves described Jerry Bruckheimer as a tireless worker. Moonves said, "He has a very strong organization that knows what they are doing. He is clearly someone who is able to manage his time very well: He reads every script and looks at dailies on our show. I don't know how he does it."
In his first collaboration with Tony Scott as director, Jerry co-produced Top Gun in 1985, the film that solidified Tom Cruise as a star.
Jerry Bruckheimer Films was formed in 1997.
Jerry and Don Simpson co-founded Simpson-Bruckheimer Productions in 1983. They signed an exclusive five-year production deal with Paramount Pictures in the same year and their first joint production was Flashdance.
Jerry's earliest work in Hollywood included associate producer on The Culpepper Cattle Company in 1972. His first producing credit appeared on Farewell, My Lovely in 1975 and he debuted as executive producer in 1982 on the remake of Cat People.
After graduating college, Jerry worked as an advertising executive for BBD&O in New York City.
Jerry Bruckheimer produced four of the top 20 shows during the 2005-2006 season, and he will have a record 10 shows on the networks, including six on CBS, during 2006-2007.
During the press tour for his film Glory Road in December 2005, he was shown a copy of "Guide to Determine If You're in a Jerry Bruckheimer Movie" that was found on the internet. He read the article with an intense look on his face, then he looked up and smiled, "Hey, it's all fun. As long as they spell my name right, it's fine."
On receiving his honorary degree in fine arts from the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts in May 2006, Bruckheimer said, "I'm often asked by aspiring filmmakers the best path into producing. My answer remains constant: obtain a solid, strong education, as knowledge is the vital key to success in any industry. Because I possess high regard for education, I am both privileged and elated to receive this honorary degree of doctor of fine arts from the University of Arizona."
Jerry Bruckheimer graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Arizona in 1967. In May 2006, he received an honorary degree in fine arts from the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts.
Bruckheimer owns a Gulfstream IV private jet, tail number N477JB.
Some of the many movies Jerry has produced include National Treasure, King Arthur, Kangaroo Jack, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.
Jerry and Don Simpson worked closely together for many years until Don passed away in 1996.
Jerry Bruckheimer received a "Special Thanks" credit for Chainsaw Redux: Making a Massacre in 2004, in which he played himself.
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