Jim Abrahams

Jim Abrahams

Highest Rated: 97% Airplane! (1980)

Lowest Rated: 14% Jane Austen's Mafia! (1998)

Birthday: May 10, 1944

Birthplace: Shorewood, Wisconsin, USA

With college friends Jerry and David Zucker, Jim Abrahams is co-founder of the Kentucky Fried Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1969. ZAZ (as they came to be known) subsequently moved their satirical group to Los Angeles and set up a theater there. They made their first venture into feature filmmaking with "The Kentucky Fried Movie" (1977). Directed by John Landis, the film was a memorable series of absurd, vulgar and (mostly) wildly funny send-ups of popular culture. Most of their subsequent work has been in a similar vein. "Airplane!" (1980), "Top Secret!" (1984) and "The Naked Gun" (1988) pay satirical homage to, respectively, the disaster film, the spy film and the police film. Trademark features include scattershot pop culture allusions, rapid-fire anything-for-a-laugh gags, and rugged, but notoriously stiff, second echelon actors from the 1950s (e.g., Robert Stack, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves).




34% 51% Scary Movie 4 Writer $90.7M 2006
14% 47% Jane Austen's Mafia! Director $19.9M 1998
No Score Yet 66% ...First Do No Harm Director,
Executive Producer
- 1997
54% 53% Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Executive Producer $48.1M 1994
58% 63% Hot Shots! Part Deux Director,
$38.6M 1993
58% 65% The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear Executive Producer $84.3M 1991
85% 65% Hot Shots! Director,
$68.3M 1991
44% 47% Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Director $3.5M 1990
74% 77% Cry Baby Executive Producer $7.5M 1990
42% 69% Big Business Director $39.6M 1988
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


90% 87% Police Squad! Executive Producer,