Bruce Ramer
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Gang Tyre Ramer Brown & Passman



In a business where one can be hot today and forgotten tomorrow, Ramer has shown remarkable longevity. He’s handled Clint Eastwood for more than five decades, going back to his days as the star of spaghetti westerns in the ’60s up to 2021’s “Cry Macho,” his most recent work as an actor and director. Steven Spielberg has been a client since 1975’s “Jaws,” with the film’s mechanical shark, Bruce, said to be named after the attorney. Other longstanding clients include filmmakers Robert Zemeckis, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, David O. Russell, Richard Curtis, Ted Melfi, Cameron Crowe and Tom Shadyac. A military vet who joined his current firm in 1963, Ramer sits on the board of directors for many civic-minded organizations, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (chairman) and the Peabody Awards (chair, West Coast board).


  • Corporation For Public Broadcasting
  • American Jewish Committee


  • Princeton University (NJ, USA)
  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Legal Impact
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Bruce Ramer Re-Elected as Corporation for Public Broadcasting Chair

Bruce Ramer Re-Elected as Corporation for Public Broadcasting Chair

Entertainment attorney Bruce Ramer has been unanimously re-elected as chair of Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the nonprofit org that administers federal funding for public broadcasting. The board of directors also elected Laura Gore Ross as vice chair.Ramer, a partner at Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, was first elected chair of the CPB board in October 2019. He previously served as board chair from 2010-2012. His new term will run through 2021."It’s an honor and a privilege to work with...



What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“When a client called and said: I've been convicted in absentia in Egypt and sentenced to death. What should I do? My answer: Stay out of Egypt.”

What or who inspires you?

“My wife, Madeline Ramer; Winston Churchill.”

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