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 Screenwriter $32.1M 2013
56% Killing Kennedy Executive Producer 2013
11% 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 Screenwriter Director $90.7M 2006
35% Scary Movie 3 Director 2003
8% My Boss's Daughter Director 2003
72% Phone Booth Producer $46.6M 2003
42% BASEketball Director Screenwriter Producer 1998
19% High School High Producer Screenwriter 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
87% The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Director Executive Producer 1988
94% Ruthless People Screenwriter Director 1986
77% Top Secret! Screenwriter Director Executive Producer Producer 1984
97% Airplane! Director Screenwriter Executive Producer Ground Crewman #1 1980
80% The Kentucky Fried Movie Various Roles Screenwriter 1977

TV

CREDIT
96% The Good Fight
2017
Executive Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
100% Police Squad!
1982
Creator Director
  • 1982
40% The Andromeda Strain
2008
Executive Producer

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