Don Simpson as head of production at Paramount/ Later with his makeover for his role in Days of Thunder

Don Simpson: The Broken King

The producer of the original Top Gun

Trigger Warning: abusive behavior, aggressive language

It was 1983. A blizzard had seized Anchorage, Alaska. Through the glass of the theater, I watched a limousine pull up into the night. In hurtling snow, the driver opened the door. Stepping out of the limo, in a knee-length camel hair coat, in mirrored shades, was the…

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David Paul Kirkpatrick

David Paul Kirkpatrick

Founder of Story Summit & MIT Center for Future Storytelling, Pres of Paramount Film Group, Production Chief of Disney Studios, optimist, author and teacher.