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      Jerry Zucker

      Jerry Zucker

      Highest Rated: 97% Airplane! (1980)

      Lowest Rated: 14% Unconditional Love (2002)

      Birthday: Mar 11, 1950

      Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

      Along with his directing partners Jim Abraham and brother David Zucker, Jerry Zucker all but revolutionized comedy in the 1980s, starting with arguably the most famous cinematic parody, "Airplane!" (1980). Prior to that surprising commercial success, Zuckers and Abraham wrote the cult classic, "Kentucky Fried Move" (1977), an uproarious comedy of unconnected sketches that skewered kung-fu movies, exploitation films and public service announcements. After "Airplane," Zuckers and Abraham made a failed attempt at television with "Police Squad!" (ABC, 1982), before bouncing back on the big screen with "Top Secret!" (1984). With the trio going their separate ways, Zucker began making more mainstream movies, directing "Ruthless People" (1986) and the surprisingly romantic drama, "Ghost" (1990), starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. He also turned "Police Squad!" into the successful film franchise, "The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad!" (1988) before helming "First Knight" (1995) and "Rat Race" (2001). In between, Zucker produced "A Walk in the Clouds" (1995) and "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997). Though he shied away from directing later in his career, and in fact took a large step back in general, Zucker remained an instantly recognizable name as one of the most influential figures in the history of comedy.




      44% 55% Mental Producer $17.3K 2012
      68% 65% Friends With Benefits Producer $55.8M 2011
      79% 65% Fair Game Producer $9.5M 2010
      14% 68% Unconditional Love Producer - 2002
      45% 64% Rat Race Director,
      $56.6M 2001
      74% 73% My Best Friend's Wedding Producer $126.8M 1997
      43% 54% First Knight Director,
      $36.7M 1995
      46% 75% A Walk in the Clouds Producer $48.0M 1995
      56% 53% Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Executive Producer $48.1M 1994
      58% 65% The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear Executive Producer $84.3M 1991
      76% 80% Ghost Director $214.3M 1990
      86% 84% The Naked Gun Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      $77.9M 1988
      93% 72% Ruthless People Director $70.9M 1986
      76% 80% Top Secret! Director,
      Executive Producer
      - 1984
      97% 89% Airplane! Director,
      Executive Producer
      - 1980
      81% 75% Rock 'n' Roll High School Director - 1979


      90% 88% Police Squad! Executive Producer,