The Hollywood executive was a major player in the industry, serving as the producer on television shows like The Larry Sanders Show, Real Time Will Bill Maher, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and The Sopranos, for which he won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. As chairman of Paramount Pictures, a position he held from 2005 to 2017, he oversaw such blockbuster franchises as Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, Paranormal Activity and Transformers.
As for Grey’s personal life, here are five fast facts you need to know about his first marriage to Jill Gutterson.
1. They Met In 1982
Grey attended the University of Buffalo as a younger man, where he majored in business and communications. It was during this time that he became a gofer– an employee who makes special deliveries– for concert promoter and future Hollywood big shot Harvey Weinstein. Grey would produce his first project under Weinstein, a Frank Sinatra concert film at the War Memorial Auditorium in 1978.
Grey also met his future wife, Jill Gutterson, while attending the University of Buffalo, and the two were subsequently wed in 1982. They both served as miscellaneous crew members on the Weinstein-produced Showtime film The Burning in 1981.
2. They Have Three Children
Grey and Gutterson’s marriage resulted in three children: Sam, Emily, and Max Grey. The former even followed in his father’s Hollywood footsteps, as a 2011 post from Deadline reports that he got a job in the mailroom of Management 360. “He has an informational meeting with one of our mangers who thought he was fantastic,” says Management 360, “We offered him a mailroom trainee position this past week, and he has accepted. Sam starts with us in early August, and we’re looking forward to having him with us as we think he will have a bright future.”
Deadline also reports that at no point did Brad Grey call on his son’s behalf, and that he did it all on his own. Sam would go on to work under Lorne Michaels at Saturday Night Live, serve as an executive producer on the Tina Fey comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016), and is now a manager and producer at Management 360.
3. Grey Was Involved In a Wire-Tapping Scandal
Notorious private investigator Anthony Pellicano was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2008, and one of the industry figures he mentioned doing work for was Grey. He claimed that he was hired to trail Bo Zenga, who sued Grey over a claimed agreement to produce Scary Movie in 2000. This led to Grey having to testify in court, and his case was subsequently dismissed, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
From this, rumors began to surface that Grey was wire-tapping his phone calls (as was Pellicano’s forte with celebrities like Lisa Bonder Kerkorian and Nicole Kidman). Whether or not these rumors aided in the dissolution of Grey’s marriage, Jill filed for divorce not long after.
4. Gutterson Filed For Divorce In 2007
Grey was handed divorce papers from Gutterson that were obtained in Los Angeles Superior Court. The actual proceedings for divorce took over two years, but when it was finalized, it appeared that both parties couldn’t be happier to call it quits.
TMZ covered the story when it first broke, and they obtained a copy of Gutterson’s signature– which, funnily enough, came with a little smiley face. “The divorce papers don’t say exactly how much Jill got,” writes TMZ, “but judging from her signature– it’s a lot.”
5. Grey Remarried In 2011
Grey was remarried two years after his divorce, and his second wife, Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey, drew lots of media attention for her eccentric style and glamorous lifestyle. The two were married in a lavish ceremony in 2011, and subsequently purchased a $15.5 million apartment at the Carlyle.
Cassandra, who works in fashion design and vintage clothing, welcomed her first and only child with Grey in 2015, Jules Andrew Grey. According to Page Six, the couple threw a “men’s only” baby shower that includes appearances from industry legends and close friends like Don Rickles and Jack Nicholson. Check out an Instagram photo of Cassandra and the late Rickles below.