Jerry Zucker (film director)


Jerry Zucker (film director)
Jerry Zucker
Born March 11, 1950 (1950-03-11) (age 61)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Occupation Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter
Spouse Janet Zucker (2 children)

Jerry Zucker (born March 11, 1950) is an American movie director known for his role in directing comedy spoof films, and the hit film Ghost.

Zucker was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Charlotte (d. 2007) and Burton Zucker, who was a real estate developer.[1] He graduated from Shorewood High School.[2]

Zucker's early career work started with Jim Abrahams and brother David Zucker at the Kentucky Fried Theatre on Pico Blvd in West Los Angeles where they honed their comedic skills doing skits in front of a live audience. From there the three went on and together co-directed Airplane! in 1980 and then went on to do Top Secret! in 1984, and Ruthless People in 1986. In 1990, he lent his directorial skills to the dramatic genre with Ghost, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Recent directorial efforts of Zucker's include the 2001 film Rat Race (which re-teamed him with Ghost star Whoopi Goldberg).

Like his brother David Zucker, Jerry often cast his mother, Charlotte (who died in 2007), and his sister, Susan Breslau, in small roles in his films. Along with Jim Abrahams, the Zuckers constitute the "ZAZ" team of directors.

Filmography

Year Film Director Producer Writer
1977 The Kentucky Fried Movie Green tickY
1980 Airplane! Green tickY Green tickY
1984 Top Secret! Green tickY Green tickY
1986 Ruthless People Green tickY
1988 Naked Gun Green tickY
1990 Ghost Green tickY
1991 Naked Gun 2½ Green tickY
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓ Green tickY
1995 First Knight Green tickY Green tickY
2001 Rat Race Green tickY Green tickY
2010 Fair Game Green tickY
2011 Friends with Benefits Green tickY

References

  1. ^ David Zucker Biography (1947-)
  2. ^ "25 years and still laughing: 'Airplane!' maintains its cruising altitude with a non-stop zany attitude", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 11, 2005. Accessed September 17, 2007. "The event is in honor of the volunteer service and philanthropy of Louise Abrahams Yaffe and her son Jim Abrahams, who wrote and directed "Airplane!" with fellow Shorewood High School and University of Wisconsin–Madison graduates David and Jerry Zucker."

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