Brad Alan Grey, who was born on December 29th, 1957, in New York City, is an American film and television producer who also serves as the CEO and chairman of Paramount Pictures. Among his many notable credits are “The Sopranos” (1997) and more than 60 other films and television shows. Since the mid-1980s, he has been pursuing a professional career.
Brad Grey Early Life
Brad Grey was born on December 29, 1957, in the Bronx borough of New York City to a Jewish family and raised in the Jewish community. This young man’s father worked in the fashion industry as a garment district salesman. Grey attended the University of Buffalo for his undergraduate studies, majoring in both communications and business.
Brad Grey’s Net Worth
When Brad Grey died, he was an American businessman, talent manager, and producer with a net worth of $300 million. Brad earned $30 million a year at the height of his career. In total, he was in charge of Paramount for 12 years. Brad managed the successful launch of popular franchises like “Transformers” and “Mission: Impossible” while at Paramount. Despite producing much fewer pictures than its competitors, Paramount Pictures completed 2011 with the highest worldwide market share and the second-highest domestic share under his leadership. After succeeding Sherry Lansing in 2005, he also produced eight of Paramount’s top-grossing films of all time.
Brad Grey Career
Grey worked as a gofer for young concert organizer Harvey Weinstein while he was still in college. A Frank Sinatra performance was his first production when he was just 20 years old at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. Bob Saget was Grey’s first client at The Improv, where he was searching for new comics on the weekends.
Production of a film by Brillstein-Grey Entertainment
In 1996, Grey and his business produced the smash-hit comedy “Happy Gilmore,” starring Adam Sandler. In the same year, he produced Adam Sandler’s buddy police comedy “Bulletproof” as well as Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick’s satirical black comedy “The Cable Guy”. “The Replacement Killers,” “Scary Movie” and “Scary Movie 2,” “Screwed,” Mike Nichols’ science-fiction comedy “What Planet Are You From?”, and “The Wedding Singer,” another Adam Sandler rom-com, were all produced by Grey in the following years.
A back-up strategy
Plan B Productions was founded in 2002 by Grey, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Aniston. The Departed, a Martin Scorsese film, was released in 2006 and was produced for Warner Bros. by the same firm that made Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Pitt and Aniston’s Plan B was shifted to Paramount Pictures after their divorce was finalized in 2010.
Pictures by Paramount
In 2005, Grey was promoted to CEO of Paramount Pictures, where he is now in charge of the production and distribution of all Paramount Pictures films. In addition, he was in charge of several Paramount subsidiaries’ global business activities. From “Babel” to “No Country for Old Men,” “Iron Man,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Fighter, and Hugo” were some of Paramount’s most popular and critically acclaimed films during Grey’s time at the studio.
“Transformers,” “Star Trek,” and “Paranormal Activity” are among the main franchises that Grey helped revive at Paramount, and he was credited for bringing the studio back to profitability. On a $15k budget, the latter was a huge success, bringing in $192 million. ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon,’ a $1 billion global hit in 2011, and the satirical political drama ‘The Dictator,’ which brought in $179 million on a $65 million budget, were other big hits in 2011.
Several new departments were created under Grey’s supervision, including Paramount Animation; Paramount Pictures International; and Insurge Pictures, a low-budget releasing label. During Grey’s stint as chairman and CEO of Paramount, the studio’s films received hundreds of Academy Award nominations, including 20 in 2011 and 18 in 2012. In spite of his enormous success, he was forced out of the company shortly before he died owing to a power struggle between his supporters and the family of Sumner Redstone, the main owner. An additional problem was the studio’s $450 million in losses from a series of duds.
Concerns about the law
As a professional actor, Grey encountered a number of legal snags. His client Garry Shandling sued him for breach of duty in the late 1990s, saying that his television show had lost its best creative talent because Grey had gotten them jobs on other projects. Grey vehemently denied the allegations, and as a result, he filed a countersuit, which he later dropped. On another occasion, Grey and Shandling were accused of firing Linda Doucett from “The Larry Sanders Show” when her love engagement with Shandling came to an end. One million dollars is said to have been paid to Doucett.
Small-time actor Bo Zenga of Boz Productions sued Grey and his company for breach of contract, which was Grey’s most significant legal case. A preliminary investigation revealed that large portions of Zenga’s resume were forged, and as a result, his case was dismissed. Grey was sued by Zenga in 2006 for allegedly utilizing private investigator Anthony Pellicano to wiretap and conduct illegal background investigations on Zenga in the first case. This suit was also dismissed, as was the previous.
Brad Grey Personal Life
Brad Grey married Jill Gutterson in 1982, and they divorced in 2007, more than 30 years later. Grey married Cassandra Huysentruyt a few years later, with whom he remained until 2011.
Grey passed away in his Los Angeles home in May of 2017 after a lengthy battle with illness. He was 59 years old when he was shot and killed.
An enormous mansion in Los Angeles’ Holmby Hills neighborhood cost Brad and Cassandra $18.5 million in 2010. They tore down the original mansion and custom-built a 14,000 square-foot mansion that includes 8 bedrooms. Cassandra put their home on the market for $77.5 million a year after his death. As it turned out, she decided not to sell the house (as of this writing). Take a look at this video tour: