HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Jerry Bruckheimer — the man behind such blockbusters
as “Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” and
“National Treasure” franchises — received the 2,501st star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame today, honoring a producer whose films have generated more than
$16 billion in global box office revenues.
“My lifelong dream began when I was a young boy in Michigan, and it
always remained the same — to be a filmmaker,” Bruckheimer told the crowd at
the ceremony outside the El Capitan Theatre. “It’s been a long exciting
journey from the streets of Detroit to the sidewalks of Hollywood, to be given
a star to mark my contribution to an industry I love so much.”
Johnny Depp, who starred as Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the
Caribbean” films and as Tonto in Bruckheimer’s latest film, “The Lone
Ranger,” hailed him as a legend.
“Without Jerry, there would be no `Pirates,’ there would be no Captain
Jack,” Depp said. “Without Jerry, there would be no `Lone Ranger,’ there
would be no reinvigorated Tonto. So I have a lot to thank him for. The man is a
legend to me, a legend to us all, hence this congregation to celebrate him for
his long-deserved star on the Walk of Fame. I for one could not be more honored
to be here.”
Depp drew cheers from the crowd when he wrapped up his remarks by
slipping into his Jack Sparrow voice to ask, “Where is the bloody rum?”
Bob Iger, the chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co., whose studio made
“The Lone Ranger,” continuing a relationship with Bruckheimer that began in
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1991, also attended the ceremony, along with director Gore Verbinski, actor Jon
Voight and actress Marg Helgenberger.
Today’s ceremony came nine days before the release of “The Lone Ranger.”
Bruckheimer, whose films have received 41 Academy Award nominations and
six Oscars, was born in Detroit on Sept. 21, 1943.
He initially made television commercials. His first movie was the 1972
Western, “The Culpepper Cattle Co.,” on which he was an associate producer.
His first film as a full-fledged producer was the 1975 Raymond Chandler
mystery, “Farewell My Lovely,” starring Robert Mitchum.
Bruckheimer began a partnership with the late Don Simpson with the 1983
romantic drama “Flashdance.” The duo also produced “Days of Thunder,” “Bad
Boys,” “Dangerous Minds,” “Crimson Tide” and “The Rock.”
Following Simpson’s death in 1996, Bruckheimer produced “Con Air,”
“Armageddon,” “Remember the Titans,” “Coyote Ugly,” “Black Hawk Down”
and four “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.
Bruckheimer turned to television producing in 1997 with the syndicated
action drama “Soldier of Fortune, Inc.” His greatest television success is
the “CSI” franchise. He also produced “The Amazing Race,” a nine-time Emmy
winner for outstanding reality-competition series, as we as “Cold Case” and
“Without a Trace.”
He called the Walk of Fame star an “unbelievable honor” as he rattled
off the names of other honorees, such as Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock.
“I won’t get too big-headed, though, because the list also includes
Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and the Three Stooges,” he said.