David Zucker

David Zucker

Highest Rated: 97% Airplane! (1980)

Lowest Rated: 4% Scary Movie 5 (2013)

Birthday: Oct 16, 1947

Birthplace: Not Available

The Wisconsin-born and educated David Zucker, with his brother, Jerry, and Jim Abrahams, worked with the improvisational Kentucky Fried Theater in Madison, WI, before coming to movies in 1977 with Kentucky Fried Movie, a dazzlingly funny satire of movies, television, and popular culture. Written, produced, and directed by the trio, Kentucky Fried Movie became an unexpected success. They followed this up three years later with the monster hit Airplane!, a brutally funny take-off of disaster movies that not only brought an end to that genre, but made the trio into one of the hottest teams in screen comedy. Top Secret! (1984) wasn't nearly as successful, although it did make a profit. However, Ruthless People (1986) was a hit. During the early '80s, the Zuckers were responsible for a short-lived cop show parody called Police Squad, starring Leslie Nielsen, a one-time dramatic film actor who had emerged as a comedy star in Airplane! The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988) was borne from the Police Squad parody and proved a monster hit; this was followed by Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991) and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
4% Scary Movie 5 Producer $32.1M 2013
56% Killing Kennedy Executive Producer 2013
13% An American Carol Screenwriter Producer Director $7M 2008
17% Superhero Movie Producer $25.9M 2008
No Score Yet The Onion Movie Producer 2008
No Score Yet Superhero! Director 2007
35% Scary Movie 4 Director Screenwriter $90.7M 2006
35% Scary Movie 3 Director Screenwriter 2003
8% My Boss's Daughter Director 2003
72% Phone Booth Producer $46.6M 2003
43% BASEketball Producer Director Screenwriter 1998
19% High School High Screenwriter Producer 1996
44% A Walk in the Clouds Producer 1995
54% The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Screenwriter 1994
45% Brain Donors Producer Executive Producer 1992
57% The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear Screenwriter Davy Crockett Director 1991
87% The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Screenwriter Executive Producer Director 1988
94% Ruthless People Director Screenwriter 1986
77% Top Secret! Screenwriter Executive Producer Director Producer 1984
97% Airplane! Screenwriter Director Executive Producer Ground Crewman #1 1980
81% The Kentucky Fried Movie Various Roles Screenwriter 1977

TV

Credit
97% The Good Fight
2017
Executive Producer 2020
2019
2018
2017
94% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Producer Executive Producer 2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
100% Police Squad!
1982
Creator Director 1982
30% The Andromeda Strain
2008
Executive Producer

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