Jerry Bruckheimer

Blockbuster Producer

Hollywood preview audiences cheer when his name sprawls across the screen. People ask for his autograph in airports. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has become the outsize star of his own Hollywood story. His hip, high-voltage action films of the '90s (Con Air, Bad Boys, Armageddon) established a new style for the Hollywood blockbuster and helped make superstars of Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage and Will Smith. Last year, with Pirates of the Caribbean, he even managed to mainstream reluctant celebrity Johnny Depp. Rare in the entertainment world, he has been able to transfer his instinct for the mass audience from movies to television,...

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