James S. Abrahams (born May 10, 1944) is an American movie director and writer, best known as a member of Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker.
James S. Abrahams
May 10, 1944
Shorewood, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Occupation||Film director, film producer, screenwriter|
Life and career
Abrahams was born to a Jewish family 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 has a home in Eagle River, Wisconsin where he has spent summers since he was a child.
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.
|1977||The Kentucky Fried Movie||No||Yes||No||Yes||Technician #1 / Announcer|
|1980||Airplane!||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Religious Zealot #6|
|1984||Top Secret!||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||German Soldier in Prop Room|
|Coming to America||No||No||No||Yes||Face on Cutting Room Floor|
|The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael||Yes||No||No||No|
|The Naked Gun 2 1⁄2: The Smell of Fear||No||No||Yes||No|
|1993||Hot Shots! Part Deux||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|1994||Naked Gun 33 1⁄3: The Final Insult||No||No||Yes||No|
|An Introduction to the Ketogenic Diet (short documentary)||Yes||No||No||No|
|2006||Scary Movie 4||No||Yes||No||No|
|1972||The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson||No||No||No||Yes||Performer||TV Series; part as Kentucky Fried Theatre in one episode|
|1974||The Midnight Special||No||No||No||Yes||Performer||TV Series; part as Kentucky Fried Theatre in one episode|
|1982||Police Squad!||Yes||Yes||Executive||No||Creator TV Series, 6 episodes (wrote and directed pilot)|
|1997||...First Do No Harm||Yes||No||Executive||No||TV Movie|
|2019||Late Night Berlin||No||No||Creative||No||Episode 'Folge 42'|
- Desser, David; Friedman, Lester D. American Jewish Filmmakers. p. 166. ISBN 9780252071539.
- Jan Uebelherr (December 28, 2012). "Louise Abrahams Yaffe: 'Airplane' co-creator's mother set her own course: Yaffe was advocate for the aging, occasional actress". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
- Up-North Escape – All Ways Forward Retrieved 2018-11-01.