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Brian Thomas Grazer (born July 12, 1951) is an Academy Award-winning Americanmarker film and television producer who founded Imagine Entertainment in 1986 with partner Ron Howard. Together they have produced many acclaimed films, including A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13.

Career

Grazer also produced the 2002 film 8 Mile, the live-action version of the holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2000), Spike Lee's 2006 crime-thriller Inside Man, and Ridley Scott's American Gangster (2007), which was nominated for two Academy Awards. His producing credits also include the films Changeling and Frost/Nixon. He is the executive producer of 24, Lie to Me, Arrested Development and Friday Night Lights.

Grazer appeared as himself on The Simpsons twice; in "When You Dish Upon a Star", he received movie ideas from Ron Howard, and in "Lost Verizon" where he offered Denis Leary a job for Everyone Poops.

In March 2007, Grazer was slated to guest edit a special Sunday section of the Los Angeles Times before the newspaper's publisher canceled its press run in wake of a scandal that ultimately led to the resignation of editorial page editor Andrés Martinez . In May 2007, Grazer was listed among Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World.

On "The Dream Team", the July 15, 2007 episode of Entourage, Grazer made a brief cameo appearance as himself.

Personal life

Grazer was born in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker to Arlene and Thomas Grazer. He is the older brother of Nora Beth Grazer (1952) and of actor/director Gavin Grazer (1956).

He was married to Theresa McKay from 1972-9. From 1982-1992 he was married to Corki Corman Grazer. They have son Riley (1986) and daughter Sage (1988) together. He married his third wife Gigi Levangie in September 1997. They have sons Thomas (1999) and Patrick (2004). He filed for legal separation in April 2006 but they reconciled. Two years later he filed for divorce in June 2008.

He is now dating pianist Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen.

References

  1. http://www.lukeford.net/profiles/profiles/brian_grazer.htm
  2. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/19/AR2006041900357.html Brian Grazer files for legal separation From 3rd Wife
  3. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-grazers22apr22,1,2563139.story?coll=la-headlines-entnews Grazer Files For Third Divorce
  4. http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2008/07/09/2008-07-09_bruce_wassersteins_big_move.html Why Are So Many Millionaries Remarrying To Asian Ladies?


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