T V & Movie Producers

Producers are the key players in television and movie productions, and have to deal with all the practical aspects of film making. The producer is intimately involved in the making of a film or television program from the very beginning. They first search for and select a suitable story, acquire the film rights and work with screenwriters to prepare a screenplay. Before the pre-production stage, film distributors are contacted to assess the likely market for the film, and arrangements are made to secure financing. Since a tremendous amount of work is involved in the production of a movie or a television program, the main producer recruits a team of assistant producers to facilitate the process. Producers supervise each project from the beginning till completion and work in collaboration with directors and production assistants. They have to wear many hats—they are also involved in the distribution and marketing processes, and are in charge of making adequate financial arrangements. No doubt that the Academy Award for Best Picture is presented to the producers, as they are the ones who put in the maximum efforts into the making of a film. Read on to know more about the life and works of these world famous T.V & Movie producers. Browse through their biographies which contain information about their professional and personal lives along with their timelines and triva.

 1 Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile and successful actors in Hollywood today. He wanted to become a musician and became actor by chance.  The star of Pirates of the Caribbean film series is known for selecting challenging roles that have the potential to amaze both audience and critics.

 2 Pedro Pascal

Pedro Pascal
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Chilean, American
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 3 Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Born into a family of mixed ancestry in Texas, actor Matthew McConaughey had an interesting childhood. He played sports as a young boy and aspired to become a lawyer. However, he ultimately changed course to venture into acting, a field where he was able to make a mark with his brilliant performances. He is also a producer.

 4 Gillian Anderson

Gillian Leigh Anderson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 5 Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Actor-producer, Tom Cruise, is an international superstar, heartthrob of millions and is a recipient of numerous awards. The Mission: Impossible star has been one of the most bankable and versatile Hollywood actors since 1980s. Interestingly, he once aspired to be a priest but is now amongst the highest paid actors in the world.

 6 Eugene Levy

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Producer, Director
Birthdate: December 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian

Mainly known for his comic roles, Canadian actor Eugene Levy has had a career spanning over six decades, with Splash, Father of the Bride, Waiting for Guffman, American Pie and American Pie 2 being some of his memorable films. He has also acted in television and found success with the hit series, Schitt's Creek. He is also a writer and director.

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 7 Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo Dicaprio
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Famous As: Actor, Film Producer
Birthdate: November 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Leonardo DiCaprio is a name every movie lover reveres. An Oscar, a BAFTA, and 3 Golden Globes does not do justice to DiCaprio’s immensely skilful performances and his top-notch portrayals of addicts, historical figures and business tycoons. From epic dramas and romances to crime and political thrillers, DiCaprio has constantly left a mark in each of his films.

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 8 Hugh Grant

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Birthdate: September 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

The quintessential lover boy of British and American cinema, Hugh Grant is widely regarded as a meticulous performer who works hard on his acting and comic skills. One of the few celebrities to express disdain for celebrity culture, Grant's personal life has overshadowed his on-screen achievements. Also known for his charity work, Grant is a patron of Pancreatic Cancer Action.

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 9 George Clooney

George Clooney
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Multiple award winning actor, producer, writer and director, George Clooney rose to fame with a medical drama ER and has since then established himself as a bigtime star with movies like Syriana, Good Night, and Good Luck and Ocean's Eleven trilogy. The living legend is also known for his humanitarian work and support to numerous social and political causes.

 10 Robert Downey, Jr.

Robert Downey, Jr.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 11 Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

A popular actress, producer, and activist, Rosario Dawson is known as much for her involvement in politics and philanthropy as for her work in films and television. A strong supporter of various charitable organizations, such as One Campaign and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Rosario came out as member of the LGBT community in 2020.

 12 Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Actor, comedian, and filmmaker, Adam Sandler, is best known for his comedic roles in Hollywood movies. Despite being a popular actor he also has the ignominious distinction of having appeared in numerous widely panned movies and is the holder of three Golden Raspberry Awards! He has released a few comedy albums as well.

 13 Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Counted among the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry, Brad Pitt is an actor and film producer who has appeared in many big-budget productions. He was cited as the world’s most attractive man for several years. He is also involved in various philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors.

 14 Jon Ossoff

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 15 Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin
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Famous As: Actor, Producer, Comedian
Birthdate: April 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

A member of the prominent Baldwin family, Alec Baldwin is an actor, comedian, and producer. Beginning his career in the 1980s, he has appeared in many TV shows, theater productions, and films. He also started hosting podcasts in the 2000s. A generous philanthropist, he has donated millions of dollars to various causes.

 16 Kate Mara

Kate Mara
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 17 John Travolta

John Travolta
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Actor John Travolta’s career has seen significant ups and down. Starting with minor roles, he shot to international fame with Saturday Night Fever and Grease. For the cultural icon of the 1970s, the 80s and early 90s were disappointing, but an impressive comeback with Tarantino's Pulp Fiction resurrected his career.

 18 Sylvester Stallone

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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: July 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

One of the legendary American actors, screenwriters and directors, Sylvester Stallone is best known for his iconic performance in Rocky and Rambo film series and later in the The Expendables film franchise. Amongst the biggest action stars in the world, Stallone had a tough childhood and did a variety of jobs before eventually making it big in the film industry.

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 19 Timothy Olyphant

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Timothy Olyphant became known to a wider audience when he portrayed the character of a righteous, brooding Sheriff in the HBO series Deadwood, which ran from 2004 to 2006. He later played the same role in the 2019 film Deadwood: The Movie. He received critical acclaim for playing the role of a deputy US Marshall in the television series Justified.

 20 Cameron Diaz

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

A former actress best known for her appearances in comedy films, Cameron Diaz is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a New York Film Critics Award. She began modeling as a teenager and was soon flooded with acting offers. Over the years, she became a successful actress and has since retired from acting. She is known for her environmental activism.

 21 Jennifer Lopez

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Famous As: Singer, Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Jennifer Lopez established herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood after starring in films such as Out of Sight, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan and Shall We Dance’. She is also an accomplished dancer and commercially very successful singer. She helped propel the Latin pop movement in American music. She is also a fashion designer and a businesswoman.

 22 Nicolas Cage

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Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: January 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Counted among the top movie stars in the late 1990s, actor Nicolas Cage continues to be a key figure in Hollywood. In a career spanning around four decades, he has appeared in a variety of mainstream films. The recipient of numerous awards, he has won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe among others. He often donates to charities.

 23 Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Plaza
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 24 Tom Selleck

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Birthdate: January 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

An actor famous for his rugged good looks, Tom Selleck is best known for playing tough police officers and investigators in TV shows and films. Even though he has been active in the entertainment industry since the 1960s, he finally gained stardom only in the 1980s and continues to be a popular actor to date.

 25 Drew Barrymore

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Actress, producer, and director Drew Barrymore is daughter of prominent actor, John Drew Barrymore, and was introduced to show business as a baby. In the wake of her early stardom, she went through a difficult phase as a teenager and struggled with drug abuse. She was eventually able to resurrect her career and proceeded to act in many popular films.

 26 Jeffrey Toobin

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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: May 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 27 Tim Burton

Tim Burton
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: August 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

The quintessential filmmaker of gothic fantasy films in Hollywood, Tim Burton's contribution to the long list of American film industry's quirky movies is immense. Since he is also an artist and animator, he is perhaps best-suited for making the kind of films that he has made so far - Edward Scissorhands, Planet of the Apes, and Alice in Wonderland.

 28 Harrison Ford

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Famous As: American actor
Birthdate: July 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

With an extensive career spanning six decades, veteran actor Harrison Ford is a major figure in Hollywood. The recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, he is one of the highest-grossing domestic box office stars of all time. Besides acting, he is a licensed pilot of both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

 29 Bill Burr

Bill Burr
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: June 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 30 Alison Brie

Alison Brie
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 31 Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

The son of a popular actor, Jason Bateman was exposed to Hollywood at a young age and decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. He began acting as a teenager and matured as an actor over the years, taking up a variety of roles. He made his feature film directorial debut in 2013.

 32 Jason Statham

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Famous As: Actor, Producer, Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

One of Hollywood's most important action heroes, Jason Statham debuted with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and later starred in more action film series like The Transporter, The Expendables and The Fast and the Furious. The martial artist, known for performing most of his own stunts himself, was once a world class diver, fashion model and black-market salesman.

 33 Quentin Tarantino

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Famous As: Fimmaker
Birthdate: March 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Popular film director, screenwriter, and producer, Quentin Tarantino, first rose to fame as an independent filmmaker in the early 1990s. His films are known for their nonlinear story-lines and neo-noir elements and have garnered both critical and commercial success. He is the winner of two Academy Awards and has been called "the single most influential director of his generation."

 34 Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: December 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Film director, producer, and screenwriter Steven Spielberg is one of the most popular directors and producers in film history. A pioneer of the New Hollywood era, he popularized the genre of escapist films. As of 2020, he is the highest-grossing film director in history. He has won the Academy Award for Best Director twice.

 35 Courteney Cox

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Actress, producer, and director, Courteney Cox first gained international popularity in the mid-1990s owing to her appearance in the NBC sitcom Friends. She soon ventured into films, where also she found success. Besides acting, she owns the film and television company, Coquette Productions. She has won the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Women's Image Network.

 36 Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Matthew Perry gained worldwide popularity for playing the character of Chandler Bing on the television sitcom Friends. The sitcom ran from 1994 to 2004 and remains one of the most popular ones till date. He also starred in other television series and a number of films. He has had issued with vicodin, methadone, amphetamines and alcohol addiction.

 37 Vin Diesel

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Famous As: Actor, Filmmaker
Birthdate: July 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
The internationally recognised action hero Vin Diesel is known for his work in The Fast and the Furious film series and The Chronicles of Riddick trilogy. Before this the actor, who made his stage debut at the age of seven, was recognised for his work in Saving Private Ryan. Vin is also a director, producer, voice over artist and screenwriter.

 38 Ashton Kutcher

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Famous As: Actor, Producer, Model, Investor
Birthdate: February 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Actor and producer, Ashton Kutcher, began his career as a model and soon ventured into acting, where he found success appearing in a string of romantic comedies. Besides acting, he is a venture capitalist and has successfully invested in several high technology start-ups. He is also actively involved in humanitarian work.

 39 John Wayne

John Wayne
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: June 11, 1979

Famous for his roles in Western films in the mid-20th century, actor John Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. In a career spanning over half a century, he starred in 142 motion pictures. Upon his death, he came to be recognized as “an enduring icon who symbolized and communicated American values and ideals.”

 40 Matt Damon

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

One of the biggest Hollywood stars of his time, Matt Damon is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. Saving Private Ryan, The Talented Mr Ripley, The Martian and The Departed are some of his notable films. He has also been part of the highly successful Bourne franchise and the Ocean's trilogy.

 41 Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 2, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman played distinctive supporting and character roles and is considered to be one of the greatest actors of his time. Some of his notable films are Scent of a Woman, Twister, The Big Lebowski and Magnolia. His lead role in the film Capote won him an Oscar for the Best Actor. He died of combined drug intoxication.

 42 Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein
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Famous As: Film Producer
Birthdate: March 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

The co-founder of Miramax Films Corporation and The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein produced a number of popular and critically acclaimed movie like The King's Speech and Silver Linings Playbook. In 2017, the powerful Hollywood mogul was accused of sexual harassment by numerous women following which he was fired from his company and in 2020 sentenced to 23 years in prison.

 43 George Lucas

George Lucas
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: May 14, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
National Medal of Arts-winner George Lucas is best known for his iconic movie series Star Wars and Indiana Jones. He wished to the join the U.S. Air Force but was rejected, following which he studied film production at USC. He is also a Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee.

 44 Salma Hayek

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Mexican, American

Hailing from Mexico, Salma Hayek moved to Hollywood and attained fame with films like Desperado, From Dusk till Dawn, Wild Wild West, Dogma, Tale of Tales, Grown Ups, and Grown Ups 2. Her breakthrough role was the film Frida in 2002 for which she received critical appreciation. She works to raise awareness about violence against women and discrimination against immigrants.

 45 Kiefer Sutherland

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Famous As: Actor, Director, Producer, Voice Actor
Birthdate: December 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian, British

The son of famous Canadian actors, Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland followed in his parents' footsteps to become a famous actor. Apart from being a respected and decorated actor, Kiefer is also one of the controversy's favorite children, having been on the wrong side of the law several times.

 46 Hugh Jackman

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Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: October 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian

Australian actor Hugh Jackman’s Hollywood debut in the film X-Men made him a transatlantic actor and he went on to do the X-Men film series from 2000 to 2018. Some of his other prominent films are Kate & Leopold, Les Misérables, The Greatest Showman, The Prestige and Australia. He is also a singer, songwriter and a dancer.

 47 Barbra Streisand

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Famous As: American singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Barbra Streisand is one of the most popular American entertainers and one of the few women to win four major entertainment awards - Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award (EGOT). Apart from being a great entertainer, she has also played a major role as a philanthropist; she has raised $25 million for charity organizations through live performances.

 48 Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian, Indian

 49 Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas
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Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: September 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

One of the most decorated American actors, Michael Douglas is popular for playing a variety of roles. Apart from acting, Michael Douglas has received attention for his political activism and humanitarianism. A cancer survivor, Douglas serves as an inspiration to those suffering from the disease; he recovered from stage IV tongue cancer.

 50 William Zabka

William Zabka
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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