American film and television producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, graduated from the University of Arizona where he majored in psychology. His first job after graduation was in the mailroom of an advertising agency. After hearing of a fellow employee moving to New York to start a career in film, Bruckheimer was determined to do the same. He began producing commercials in New York then heard of the opportunity to produce a motion picture in Los Angeles. Throughout the 1970s Bruckheimer worked with director Dick Richards on a few films but made it big in the 80s and 90s while working with director Don Simpson.
The two teamed up for films such as Flashdance, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop and Days of Thunder. After Simpsonâ€™s death, Bruckheimer stepped out on his own producing action movies including Armageddon, Black Hawk Down and the Pirates of the Caribbean series. In the 1990s Bruckheimer also got involved with television, producing hit shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Amazing Race and Without a Trace. In 2003 Entertainment Weekly named him the #1 most powerful person in Hollywood, in 2007 he was listed among Forbes Celebrity 100 List, and Bruckheimer is currently regarded in the industry as one of the most successful movie producers of all time.
Jerry's interview with ThinkTalk host Zack Sherwood is all about his career as one of the most successful producers in film history. He answers a student question about his day-to-day duties as a producer.