A timeline of Bruckheimer's career
1972: After producing commercials for Gotham-based advertising agency BBD&O, Bruckheimer makes his foray into features as associate producer on “The Culpepper Cattle Company.”1975: Bruckheimer jumps from associate producer to producer for “Farewell, My Lovely,” an adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s 1940 novel. 1977: Bruckheimer produces “March or Die,” one of his lowest-grossing films. 1980: Bruckheimer’s collaboration with Paul Schrader on “American Gigolo” seizes on Richard Gere’s rising star and makes couturier Giorgio Armani, who designed Gere’s swanky wardrobe, a household name. Bruckheimer would later serve as exec producer on Schrader’s “Cat People” (1982). 1983: Bruckheimer and Don Simpson team up on “Flashdance,” their first collaboration. Pic brings in more than $200 million worldwide and jumpstarts the duo’s partnership and a string of successes. 1984: The first installment of “Beverly Hills Cop” shoots “SNL” alum Eddie Murphy to new levels of fame and rakes in $317 million worldwide, edging out “Ghostbusters” as the highest-grossing film of 1984. 1986: “Top Gun,” Bruckheimer’s crowning ode to unfettered testosterone, grosses more than $350 million worldwide and marks the first of many collaborations with director Tony Scott. 1990: Michael Bay first works with Bruckheimer on a music video for “Days of Thunder,” a Simpson/Bruckheimer production. 1995: “Bad Boys” marks the first Bay-directed feature for Bruckheimer. The pair went on to collaborate on projects including “Armageddon” and “Pearl Harbor.” 1996: After nearly 15 years of working together, the Bruckheimer/Simpson partnership ends after Simpson dies from cardiac arrest due to combined drug intoxication. 1997: “Con Air” marks the first project under the Jerry Bruckheimer Films shingle and his long association with star Nicolas Cage. 1998: Mega-hit “Armageddon” pulls in $555 million worldwide and is nominated for four Oscars. 2000: After a couple of small-screen flops, Bruckheimer proves himself as a force in television, and the evergreen procedural genre, with “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Cage teams up with Angelina Jolie to drive “Gone in Sixty Seconds” past the $100 million mark domestically, and more than $135 million overseas. 2001: Bruckheimer embarks on two war epics: Bay’s “Pearl Harbor” and Ridley Scott’s “Black Hawk Down.” Bruckheimer’s stamp on reality TV is solidified with the Emmy-nommed “THE Amazing Race.” 2002 With the success of the original “CSI,” Bruckheimer produces spinoff “CSI: Miami,” and later “CSI: NY.” 2003: “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” begins what will become a multi-billion dollar franchise. The first installment grosses $653 million worldwide. Bruckheimer reinforces his presence in the investigative, cop-shop genre with “Cold Case.” 2004: The first installment in the “National Treasure” franchise hits the screens, eventually grossing almost $350 million worldwide. 2007: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” sits atop Bruckheimer’s all-time grosses after earning more than $1 billion worldwide. 2009: Bruckheimer takes a stab at the chick flick with “Confessions of a Shopaholic.” 2010: The producer is on board for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth installment in the franchise, replacing the director of the first three, Gore Verbinski, with Rob Marshall (“Chicago”). “The Prince of Persia,” Bruckheimer’s entry in the summer sweepstakes, reps his first foray into vidgame adaptations. Grosses provided by boxofficemojo.com.