Jim Abrahams

Jim Abrahams

Highest Rated: 97% Airplane! (1980)

Lowest Rated: 14% Mafia! (1998)

Birthday: May 10, 1944

Birthplace: Shorewood, Wisconsin, USA

Jim Abrahams grew up in Milwaukee, where his father was a partner in a real estate business with the father of Jerry and David Zucker; Abrahams and the Zuckers grew up together and influenced each other's tastes in film and TV. When Abrahams was 26 he hooked up again with the Zuckers, and they founded the comedic Kentucky Fried Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, the site of a large, progressive university; the show was a multimedia work combining live improvisational sketches with filmed satirical pieces. They moved to Los Angeles and entered movies when filmmaker John Landis spotlighted them in Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), a hit on the college and late-night cinema circuit. Having learned the rudiments of filmmaking while watching Landis, three years later they produced, directed, and wrote the disaster movie send-up Airplane! (1980); with only a $3.5 million budget, the film grossed almost $80 million. They went on from there to make other films in the vein of Airplane!, including the Top Gun parody Hot Shots (1991) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). Each also did independent work. Abrahams first solo directing effort was Big Business (1988).

Highest Rated Movies



35% Scary Movie 4 Screenwriter $90.7M 2006
14% Mafia! Director 1998
No Score Yet Jamás Causaré Daño Executive Producer Director Producer 1997
54% The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Executive Producer 1994
57% Hot Shots! Part Deux Screenwriter Director 1993
83% Hot Shots! Director Screenwriter 1991
57% The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear Executive Producer 1991
44% Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael Director 1990
73% Cry-Baby Executive Producer 1990
87% The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Executive Producer 1988
67% Coming to America Face on Cutting-room Floor 1988
44% Big Business Director 1988
94% Ruthless People Director 1986
77% Top Secret! Producer Executive Producer Director Screenwriter 1984
97% Airplane! Director Screenwriter Executive Producer Religious Zealot #6 1980
81% The Kentucky Fried Movie Various Roles Screenwriter 1977


100% Police Squad!
Creator Director 1982


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