Prolific film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer ("Top Gun," "Black Hawk Down," the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise ) will be the recipient of the 27th American Cinematheque Award.

Bruckheimer will receive the award, announced Tuesday, at a tribute Dec. 12 at the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

He is  the first producer to receive the honor. Past recipients include Ben Stiller, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Al Pacino and Bruce Willis.

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"The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Jerry Bruckheimer as the 27th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award at our celebration this year," said Rick Nicita, Cinematheque chairman, in a statement Tuesday.

"Jerry's monumental accomplishments as producer of many of the most popular and iconic movies of all time, including 19 films that have grossed more than $100 million domestically, made him the obvious choice as the American Cinematheque's first producer honoree. His work ethnic is matched only by his determination to stay behind the scenes so the American Cinematheque is particularly thrilled to have Jerry accept the respect and congratulations that he deserves from the motion picture industry."

Last week, Bruckheimer made headlines when it was announced that he and the Walt Disney Co. would end their partnership of 22 years, which resulted in 28 films and almost $9 billion at the box offfice, when Bruckheimer's contract expires at the end of next year.

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But Bruckheimer's latest film, the costly "The Lone Ranger," was a box office flop and and critical disappointment this summer.

Among the series from Jerry Bruckheimer Television are the enormously success "CSI' and its spinoffs on CBS; the Emmy Award-winning CBS reality competition series "The Amazing Race" and the CBS thriller "Hostages," which premiered Monday evening.

The American Cinematheque's gala provides funds for the nonprofit film exhibition organization's programs throughout the year as well as the operation of the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

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