Pat Proft

Screenwriter, Comedian, Actor
A former stand-up comic, Pat Proft became one of the most successful purveyors in Hollywood of low brow, sight-gag humor, as part of the creative teams behind such feature film franchises as "Police Academy" (1984) ... Read more »
Born: 04/03/1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Writer (37)

Scary Movie 5 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scary Movie 4 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scary Movie 3 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Police Academy: The Series 1980 - 1981, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Characters as Source Material

Wrongfully Accused 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Magoo 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

High School High 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

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

(Screenplay)

Hot Shots! Part Deux 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Brain Donors 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hot Shots! 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

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

(Screenplay)

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege 1989 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Lucky Stiff 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach 1988 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol 1987 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Police Academy 3: Back in Training 1986 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Moving Violations 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment 1985 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Real Genius 1985 (Movie)

(From Story)

Real Genius 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bachelor Party 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

High School, U.S.A. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Writer

Police Academy 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

Police Academy 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Twilight Theater 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Writer

Police Squad! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Writer

Ultra Quiz 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Writer

Ringo 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer

The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Christmas Party 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Writer

Cher 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Writer

When Things Were Rotten 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Writer

The Jim Stafford Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Writer

The Smothers Brothers Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Writer

Welcome Back, Kotter (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (11)

Bachelor Party 1984 (Movie)

Screaming Man (Actor)

Twilight Theater 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

All Commercials -- A Steve Martin Special 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Modern Problems 1981 (Movie)

Maitre'd (Actor)

Detective School 1978 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Van Dyke and Company 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Joey and Dad 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Madhouse 90 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Fast Friends (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (8)

Super Dave's Spike-tacular 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Wrongfully Accused 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hot Shots! Part Deux 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hot Shots! 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lucky Stiff 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Moving Violations 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Marie 1980 - 1981 (Tv Show)

Producer

Buckshot 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Producer
Director (1)

Wrongfully Accused 1998 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (1)

Fernwood 2-Night 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Consultant

Biography

A former stand-up comic, Pat Proft became one of the most successful purveyors in Hollywood of low brow, sight-gag humor, as part of the creative teams behind such feature film franchises as "Police Academy" (1984), "The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad!" (1991), and "Hot Shots!" (1991). Proft broke into TV as a performer on "The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour" (ABC, 1973). He was a regular with Joey and Ray Heatherton on "Joey & Dad" (CBS, 1975), but soon after found steadier work as a writer for other performers. He was on the writing staff of "The Jim Stafford Show" (ABC, 1975), as well as ABC's revival of "The Smothers Brothers Show" (1975). Proft worked on specials for Cher, Bob Hope, and Ringo Starr, and also wrote for Cher's short-lived variety series (CBS, 1975-76). Even when Proft was performing again, it was usually secondary to his writing duties. He was a writer and performer on "Van Dyke and Company" (NBC, 1976) and both co-starred in and wrote for "Detective School", a short-lived ABC sitcom in 1979. TV work petered out in 1980, with Proft producing and writing two short-lived series, "Marie" (CBS) and "Buckshot" (ABC). He also appeared in a small role in the 1979 NBC TV-movie "Fast Friends".

Relationships

Bob Proft

Father

Marguerite Proft

Mother

Patrick Proft

Son

Karen Philipp

Wife
appeared on the CBS sitcom "M*A*S*H" as Lt Dish during its first season

Milestones

1997

Made feature directing debut with "Wrongfully Accused", a spoof of "The Fugitive", starring Leslie Nielsen

1997

Wrote "Mr. Magoo", also starring Neilsen

1996

Wrote "High School High"

1991

Wrote "Hot Shots!" with Abrahams

1988

Teamed with Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker to write "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!"

1985

Was executive producer, co-writer of "Moving Violations"

1984

Had first screenplay produced, "Bachelor Party"

1984

Co-wrote original "Police Academy"

1981

Had small role in "Modern Problems"

1980

Became TV series producer with "Marie"

1979

Made TV-movie acting debut, "Fast Friends" (NBC)

1979

Co-starred on TV series "Detective School" (ABC)

1976

Appeared on "Van Dyke and Company" (NBC)

1975

Began writing for TV with "The Jim Stafford Show" (ABC)

1975

Was regular on "Joey & Dad" (CBS)

1973

Made TV performing debut, "The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour" (ABC)

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