David Zucker

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
With his younger brother Jerry and childhood pal Jim Abrahams, writer-producer-director David Zucker was responsible for a series of sometimes corny, but often hilarious spoofs of a wide swath of popular movie genres ... Read more »
Born: 10/16/1947 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Producer (15)

The Onion Movie 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Scary Movie 5 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

An American Carol 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Superhero Movie 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Phone Booth 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Totally Ridiculous! The World's Funniest True Stories 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Baseketball 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Totally Ridiculous! The World's Funniest True Stories 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

High School High 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Walk in the Clouds 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Brain Donors 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Top Secret! 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Airplane! 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (12)

An American Carol 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Scary Movie 4 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

My Boss's Daughter 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Scary Movie 3 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Baseketball 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Our Planet Tonight 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director

Ruthless People 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Top Secret! 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Police Squad! 1981 - 1982 (Tv Show)

Director

Airplane! 1980 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (11)

Scary Movie 5 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

An American Carol 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scary Movie 4 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Baseketball 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

High School High 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Top Secret! 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Airplane! 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Kentucky Fried Movie 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (6)

Scary Movie 4 2006 (Movie)

Zoltar/Voice (Actor)

Canned Ham: BASEketball 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear 1991 (Movie)

Davy Crockett (Actor)

Airplane! 1980 (Movie)

Ground Crewman #2 (Actor)

The Kentucky Fried Movie 1977 (Movie)

Grumwald (Actor)
Music (3)

High School High 1996 (Movie)

("It's Your Birthday") (Song)

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear 1991 (Movie)

("I Guess I'm Just Screwed") (Song)

Top Secret! 1984 (Movie)

lyrics("Spend This Night With Me") (Theme Lyrics)
Other (1)

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear 1991 (Movie)

from television series("Police Squad") (Other)

Biography

With his younger brother Jerry and childhood pal Jim Abrahams, writer-producer-director David Zucker was responsible for a series of sometimes corny, but often hilarious spoofs of a wide swath of popular movie genres. After forming a comedy troupe in college, the trio made their film debut with the cult classic, "The Kentucky Fried Movie" (1977), which featured a string of disconnected vignettes. But it was their next spoof, "Airplane!" (1980), that marked their first major hit and established the three as an influential comedic force. After "Airplane," the Zuckers and Abraham made a failed attempt at television with "Police Squad!" (ABC, 1982) before bouncing back on the big screen with "Top Secret!" (1984). With the trio going their separate ways, Zucker began making more mainstream movies, directing "Ruthless People" (1986) and the successful film franchise, "The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad!" (1988), which revitalized the Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) character from "Police Squad" and spawned two hit sequels. From there, Zucker directed the flop "BASEketball" (1998) and flew solo to direct the uneven romantic comedy "My Boss' Daughter" (2003). On his own, Zucker breathed new life into to the "Scary Movie" franchise, direction the third and fourth installments, but fell flat when he decided to helm the overtly political "An American Carol" (2008). Regardless of his stumbles, Zucker remained, along with his two cohorts, a true pioneer of the spoof comedy.

Relationships

Susan Breslau

Sister
cameo in "The Naked Gun 2 1/2"

Jolie Chain

Companion
no longer together

Burton Zucker

Father
made a cameo appearance in "The Naked Gun 2 1/2" as a lab technician

Charles Zucker Actor

Son
born in 2000

Danielle Zucker

Wife
married May 1997

Charlotte Zucker

Mother
cameo in "The Naked Gun 2 1/2"

Sarah Zucker

Daughter

Jerry Zucker

Brother
have often worked together made a cameo appearance in "The Naked Gun 2 1/2"

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Madison , Wisconsin 1970

Milestones

2006

Directed the comedy spoof "Scary Movie 4"

2003

Directed "Scary Movie 3" the third installment of the Scary Movie franchise

2002

Produced the Colin Farrell thriller, "Phone Booth" directed by Joel Schumacher

1998

Helmed the comedy, "BASEketball" starring the creators of "South Park", Matt Stone and Trey Parker

1995

Served a producer of the dramatic "A Walk in the Clouds"

1991

Signed 3 to 5-year deal with Columbia Pictures Entertainment (writing/producing/directing) after contract expired at Paramount

1988

Solo directing debut (also co-executive producer and co-writer), "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Sqaud!"

1980

First film as co-director and producer (co-executive), "Airplane!"; also co-writer)

1977

First film as co-writer and actor, "Kentucky Fried Movie"

1972

Moved to L.A.

1968

With brother Jerry Zucker and friend Jim Abrahams, founded the Kentucky Fried Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin

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