Happy Birthday: Don Simpson (1943–1996)

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

donsimpson.jpgDon Simpson (1943–1996)

 Born: October 29, 1943 in Seattle, Washington, USA
Died: January 19, 1996 (age 52) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Simpson and Bruckheimer were one of the most distinguished producing teams in motion picture history. Throughout the Eighties, they connected with such smash hits as Flashdance (1983) with Jennifer Beals, Beverly Hills Cop (1984) starring Eddie Murphy, Top Gun (1986) with Tom Cruise, Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) with Eddie Murphy and Days of Thunder (1990) with Tom Cruise as “Cole Trickle”.

QUOTES:

To make money, it may be important to win the Academy Award, for it might mean another ten million dollars at the box office.

We have no obligation to make history. We have no obligation to make art.

We have no obligation to make a statement. Our obligation is to make money.

[on having to explain why your movie failed] It’s not how you play…

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