Biography

Jerry Zucker 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. He graduated from Shorewood High School.

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.

Jerry Zucker 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. He graduated from Shorewood High School.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Production

Gender Male

Known Credits 16

Birthday 1950-03-11

Place of Birth Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

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Also Known As

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Production TV ShowsMovies

2002 Unconditional LoveProducer
2001 Rat RaceProducer
1997 My Best Friend's WeddingProducer
1995 A Walk in the CloudsProducer
1995 First KnightProducer
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final InsultExecutive Producer
1992 Brain DonorsExecutive Producer
1988 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!Executive Producer
1984 Top Secret!Executive Producer
1982 Police Squad!(6 episodes)Producer
1980 Airplane!Executive Producer

Directing

2001 Rat RaceDirector
1995 First KnightDirector
1990 GhostDirector
1986 Ruthless PeopleDirector
1984 Top Secret!Director
1982 Police Squad!(1 episode)Director
1980 Airplane!Director

Writing

1988 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!Writer
1984 Top Secret!Screenplay
1982 Police Squad!(1 episode)Writer
1980 Airplane!Author
1977 The Kentucky Fried MovieWriter

Acting

2017 The History of Comedy(8 episodes) as Himself
1995 Your Studio and You as Himself

Creator

1982 Police Squad!Creator

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