Simpson, Don

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Name
Simpson, Don Gender: M
Donald Clarence Simpson
born on 29 October 1943 at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )
Place Seattle, Washington, 47n36, 122w20
Timezone PWT h7w (is war time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Borges
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 05°19' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 11°57 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 06°34'



Biography

American film producer who, with his partner Jerry Bruckheimer, was responsible for blockbusters like "Flashdance," 1983 and "Top Gun," 1986.

Born in Seattle, Washington, Simpson grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. After moving to San Francisco, he worked at the Jack Woodell Agency as an account executive, and in 1971, he became a marketing executive for Warner Brothers. His career really took off, however, when he met Jerry Bruckheimer who quickly became a close friend. They began their successful partnership with "American Gigolo," 1979, and went on to produce films that were instrumental in defining the pop culture of the 1980s. In 1985 and 1988, the National Association of Theater Owners named the duo "producers of the year." Simpson was the recipient of ten Academy Award nominations, three Golden Globe Awards and two People’s Choice Best Picture Awards. In 1991, Simpson left Paramount and joined Walt Disney Studios.

Always recognized as having a keen eye for talent, he was equally as well known for being one of Hollywood’s poster boys for bad behavior. While Bruckheimer would wield an olive branch during business meetings, Simpson was more apt to bully his way to success. He reportedly suffered from a lack of self-esteem and had an almost pathological need to be "the man." Always the life of the party, he was legendary for the lavish gatherings he hosted. His tendency toward substance abuse further escalated in 1990 and began to interfere with his professional life.

In 1995, he was allegedly undergoing drug rehabilitation under the care of his physician, and longtime friend, Stephen Ammerman. On 8/14/1995, the doctor was found in Simpson’s pool house, dead of a drug overdose. Afterward Simpson was deeply depressed and increasingly was unable to help his partner with their production duties. In December 1995, Bruckheimer made a public announcement stating that while they were still good friends, they were dissolving their professional partnership.

Simpson died of a heart attack on 1/19/1996, Los Angeles, CA.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Work : New Career 1971 (Marketing executive for Warner Brothers)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1979 (Produced "American Gigolo")
  • Work : Prize 1985 (Producer of the Year Award)
  • Work : Prize 1988 (Producer of the Year Award)
  • Social : Change of Lifestyle 1990 (Drug abuse escalating)
  • Work : New Job 1991 (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Misc. : Retain professional help 1995 (Rumored under drug rehab therapy)
  • Death of Significant person 14 August 1995 (Friend, Dr. Stephen Ammerman died of O.D.)
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  • Work : Contracts, agreements December 1995 (Dissolved partnership with Bruckheimer)
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  • Death by Heart Attack 19 January 1996 in Los Angeles (Age 52)
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Source Notes

Marcello Borges quotes Steinbrecher from him

Categories

  • Traits : Personality : Aggressive/ brash
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack (Attack, terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Extreme)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Partnership with Jerry Bruckheimer)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Party animal
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive (Marketing initially)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Noted film producer)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Numerous)

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