Jerry Zucker

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Along with his directing partners Jim Abraham and brother David Zucker, Jerry Zucker all but revolutionized comedy in the 1980s, starting with arguably the most famous cinematic parody, "Airplane!" (1980). Prior to that ... Read more »
Born: 03/11/1950 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Producer (15)

Dear Dumb Diary 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mental 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Friends with Benefits 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fair Game 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rat Race 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Walk in the Clouds 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

First Knight 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

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

(Executive Producer)

My Life 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Brain Donors 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear 1991 (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 (9)

Rat Race 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

First Knight 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Ghost 1990 (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)

Rock 'n' Roll High School 1979 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)
Writer (5)

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

(Screenplay)

Top Secret! 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Airplane! 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Kentucky Fried Movie 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (4)

Asthma 2015 (Movie)

Gus' Father (Actor)

Airplane! 1980 (Movie)

Ground Crewman #1 (Actor)

The Kentucky Fried Movie 1977 (Movie)

3rd Technician (Actor)

Biography

Along with his directing partners Jim Abraham and brother David Zucker, Jerry Zucker all but revolutionized comedy in the 1980s, starting with arguably the most famous cinematic parody, "Airplane!" (1980). Prior to that surprising commercial success, Zuckers and Abraham wrote the cult classic, "Kentucky Fried Move" (1977), an uproarious comedy of unconnected sketches that skewered kung-fu movies, exploitation films and public service announcements. After "Airplane," 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 surprisingly romantic drama, "Ghost" (1990), starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. He also turned "Police Squad!" into the successful film franchise, "The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad!" (1988) before helming "First Knight" (1995) and "Rat Race" (2001). In between, Zucker produced "A Walk in the Clouds" (1995) and "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997). Though he shied away from directing later in his career, and in fact took a large step back in general, Zucker remained an instantly recognizable name as one of the most influential figures in the history of comedy.

Relationships

Susan Breslau

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

Janet Zucker

Wife

Burton Zucker

Father

Charlotte Zucker

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

David Zucker

Brother

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison , Wisconsin

Milestones

2001

Returned to directing with the frenetic comedy "Rat Race"; also produced

1997

Served a producer on the romantic comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding"

1995

Directed and produced "First Knight", a retelling of the Camelot myth

1991

Executive produced the sequel "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear"

1990

Solo directing debut, "Ghost"

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"

1968

With brother David and friend Jim Abrahams, formed the Kentucky Fried Theatre in Madison

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