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Name  Jim Abrahams
Role  Movie director
Spouse  Nancy Abrahams

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Full Name  James S. Abrahams
Born  May 10, 1944 (age 79) (1944-05-10) Shorewood, Wisconsin, U.S.
Occupation  Film director, film producer, screenwriter
Children  Joseph Abrahams, Charlie Abrahams, Jamie Abrahams
Parents  Norman S. Abrahams, Louise M. Abrahams
Siblings  Alice Gruenberg, Jane Butenhoff
Movies  Airplane!, Hot Shots!, Top Secret!, Hot Shots! Part Deux, The Naked Gun: From the Files
Similar People  David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Hays, Pat Proft

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James S. Abrahams (born May 10, 1944) is an American movie director and writer.


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Life and career

Abrahams was born in Shorewood, Wisconsin, the son of Louise M. (née Ogens), an educational researcher, and Norman S. Abrahams, a lawyer. His family was Jewish; he attended Shorewood High School.

He may be best known for the spoof movies that he co-wrote and produced with brothers Jerry Zucker and David Zucker, such as Airplane! (for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay) and The Naked Gun series. The team of Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker (also referred to as "ZAZ") really began when the three men grew up together in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He directed movies on his own, such as Big Business, and further honed his skills in parody with Hot Shots! and its 1993 sequel, Hot Shots! Part Deux.

Abrahams and his wife, Nancy (née Cocuzzo) co-founded The Charlie Foundation To Help Cure Pediatric Epilepsy.


  • The Kentucky Fried Movie (with David Zucker and Jerry Zucker) (1977)
  • Airplane! (1980; co-director/co-writer, with David Zucker and Jerry Zucker)
  • Police Squad! (1982) (TV; co-creator, with David Zucker and Jerry Zucker)
  • Top Secret! (1984; co-director/co-writer, with David Zucker, Jerry Zucker and Martyn Burke)
  • Ruthless People (1986; co-director with David Zucker and Jerry Zucker)
  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (with David Zucker, Jerry Zucker and Pat Proft) (1988)
  • Big Business (1988; director only)
  • Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990; director only)
  • The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (with David Zucker, Jerry Zucker and Pat Proft) (1991)
  • Hot Shots! (1991; director/co-writer, with Pat Proft)
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993; director/co-writer, with Pat Proft)
  • The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994; with David Zucker, Jerry Zucker and Pat Proft)
  • …First Do No Harm (1997; TV; director only)
  • Jane Austen's Mafia! (1998; director/co-writer, with Greg Norberg and Michael McManus)
  • Scary Movie 4 (2006; co-writer with Pat Proft and Craig Mazin)
  • Actor

  • The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) as Technician #1 (segment "Eyewitness News") / Announcer (segment "Courtroom")
  • Airplane! (1980) as Religious Zealot #6
  • Top Secret! (1984) as German Soldier in Prop Room (uncredited)
  • Coming to America (1988) as Face on Cutting Room Floor
  • Oscar (1991) as Postman (uncredited)
  • References

    Jim Abrahams Wikipedia