Don Simpson

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Donald Clarence Simpson (October 29, 1943 – January 19, 1996) was an American film producer, screenwriter, and actor.wikipedia
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Flashdance

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Simpson, along with his producing partner Jerry Bruckheimer, produced such hit films as Flashdance (1983), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Top Gun (1986), and The Rock (1996). The two would go on to produce some of the most financially successful films of the 1980s: Flashdance (1983, terrible reviews but excellent sales ), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Top Gun (1986) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987).
It was the first collaboration of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and the presentation of some sequences in the style of music videos was an influence on other 1980s films including Footloose, Purple Rain, and Top Gun, Simpson and Bruckheimer's most famous production.

Top Gun

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Simpson, along with his producing partner Jerry Bruckheimer, produced such hit films as Flashdance (1983), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Top Gun (1986), and The Rock (1996). The two would go on to produce some of the most financially successful films of the 1980s: Flashdance (1983, terrible reviews but excellent sales ), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Top Gun (1986) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987).
Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures.

The Rock (film)

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Simpson, along with his producing partner Jerry Bruckheimer, produced such hit films as Flashdance (1983), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Top Gun (1986), and The Rock (1996).
The Rock is a 1996 American action thriller film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and written by David Weisberg and Douglas S. Cook.

Jerry Bruckheimer

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Simpson, along with his producing partner Jerry Bruckheimer, produced such hit films as Flashdance (1983), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Top Gun (1986), and The Rock (1996).
During the 1980s and 1990s, he was a co-producer with Don Simpson of a string of highly successful Hollywood films for Paramount Pictures.

Beverly Hills Cop

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Simpson, along with his producing partner Jerry Bruckheimer, produced such hit films as Flashdance (1983), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Top Gun (1986), and The Rock (1996). The two would go on to produce some of the most financially successful films of the 1980s: Flashdance (1983, terrible reviews but excellent sales ), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Top Gun (1986) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987).
In 1977, Paramount executive Don Simpson came up with a movie idea about a cop from East L.A. who transferred to Beverly Hills.

Days of Thunder

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Later that year, the Simpson/Bruckheimer-produced Days of Thunder starring Tom Cruise was released.
Days of Thunder is a 1990 American sports action drama film released by Paramount Pictures, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Tony Scott.

Dangerous Minds

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Their following films, Dangerous Minds, Crimson Tide, and Bad Boys, all released in 1995, brought the pair back to success.
Dangerous Minds is a 1995 American drama film directed by John N. Smith, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer.

Crimson Tide (film)

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Their following films, Dangerous Minds, Crimson Tide, and Bad Boys, all released in 1995, brought the pair back to success.
Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer.

Bad Boys (1995 film)

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Their following films, Dangerous Minds, Crimson Tide, and Bad Boys, all released in 1995, brought the pair back to success.
Bad Boys is a 1995 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Michael Bay, in his feature directorial debut, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith as two Miami narcotics detectives, Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey.

Paramount Pictures

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In 1973, Simpson got a job at Paramount Pictures.
These associates, made up of Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Dawn Steel and Don Simpson would each go on and head up major movie studios of their own later in their careers.

West Anchorage High School

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He would call himself a "straight-A Bible student. He attended West Anchorage High School, followed by the University of Oregon (English major). After graduation, he worked as a ski instructor in Utah, and then he moved to San Francisco where he worked for a theatrical advertising agency and did public relations for the First International Erotic Film Festival.

The Ref

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Their first film for Disney, The Ref (1994), was a financial flop.
Executive producer Don Simpson described the overall tone of The Ref as "biting and sarcastic. Just my nature."

Cannonball (film)

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While there, he co-wrote the 1976 film Cannonball, in which he also had a small role.
The cameos by Martin Scorsese and Sylvester Stallone are uncredited, while Roger Corman and Don Simpson appear as district attorney s. Directors Joe Dante, Jonathan Kaplan and Allan Arkush have cameos, and former beach movie star and Transformers voice actor Aron Kincaid appears in a small role as one of two cops who pull over the girls in the van.

Beverly Hills Cop II

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The two would go on to produce some of the most financially successful films of the 1980s: Flashdance (1983, terrible reviews but excellent sales ), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Top Gun (1986) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987).

Thief of Hearts

Thief of Hearts is a 1984 film erotic drama film produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer.

Seattle

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Simpson was born in Seattle, Washington, the son of June Hazel (Clark), a housewife, and Russell J. Simpson, a mechanic at Boeing at the time of his birth.

Juneau, Alaska

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He grew up in Juneau, Alaska.

University of Oregon

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He would call himself a "straight-A Bible student. He attended West Anchorage High School, followed by the University of Oregon (English major). After graduation, he worked as a ski instructor in Utah, and then he moved to San Francisco where he worked for a theatrical advertising agency and did public relations for the First International Erotic Film Festival.

San Francisco

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He would call himself a "straight-A Bible student. He attended West Anchorage High School, followed by the University of Oregon (English major). After graduation, he worked as a ski instructor in Utah, and then he moved to San Francisco where he worked for a theatrical advertising agency and did public relations for the First International Erotic Film Festival.

Los Angeles

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In the early 1970s, Simpson moved to Los Angeles and got a job marketing exploitation films for Warner Bros in 1971, handling distribution marketing for the movies Woodstock and A Clockwork Orange.

Exploitation film

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In the early 1970s, Simpson moved to Los Angeles and got a job marketing exploitation films for Warner Bros in 1971, handling distribution marketing for the movies Woodstock and A Clockwork Orange.

Warner Bros.

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In the early 1970s, Simpson moved to Los Angeles and got a job marketing exploitation films for Warner Bros in 1971, handling distribution marketing for the movies Woodstock and A Clockwork Orange.

Woodstock (film)

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In the early 1970s, Simpson moved to Los Angeles and got a job marketing exploitation films for Warner Bros in 1971, handling distribution marketing for the movies Woodstock and A Clockwork Orange.

A Clockwork Orange (film)

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In the early 1970s, Simpson moved to Los Angeles and got a job marketing exploitation films for Warner Bros in 1971, handling distribution marketing for the movies Woodstock and A Clockwork Orange.

National Association of Theatre Owners

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In 1985 and again in 1988, he and Bruckheimer were named Producers of the Year by the National Association of Theatre Owners.