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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 16, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Profession: producer, screenwriter, director, actor, songwriter

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With his younger brother Jerry and childhood pal Jim Abrahams, writer-producer-director David Zucker was responsible for a series of sometimes corny, but often hilarious spoofs of a wide swath of popular movie genres. After forming a comedy troupe in college, the trio made their film debut with the cult classic, "The Kentucky Fried Movie" (1977), which featured a string of disconnected vignettes. But it was their next spoof, "Airplane!" (1980), that marked their first major hit and established the three as an influential comedic force. After "Airplane," the 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 successful film franchise, "The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad!" (1988), which revitalized the Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) character from "Police Squad" and spawned two hit sequels. From there, Zucker directed the flop "BASEketball" (1998) and flew solo to direct the uneven romantic comedy "My Boss' Daughter" (2003). On his own, Zucker breathed new life...

With his younger brother Jerry and childhood pal Jim Abrahams, writer-producer-director David Zucker was responsible for a series of sometimes corny, but often hilarious spoofs of a wide swath of popular movie genres. After forming a comedy troupe in college, the trio made their film debut with the cult classic, "The Kentucky Fried Movie" (1977), which featured a string of disconnected vignettes. But it was their next spoof, "Airplane!" (1980), that marked their first major hit and established the three as an influential comedic force. After "Airplane," the 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 successful film franchise, "The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad!" (1988), which revitalized the Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) character from "Police Squad" and spawned two hit sequels. From there, Zucker directed the flop "BASEketball" (1998) and flew solo to direct the uneven romantic comedy "My Boss' Daughter" (2003). On his own, Zucker breathed new life into to the "Scary Movie" franchise, direction the third and fourth installments, but fell flat when he decided to helm the overtly political "An American Carol" (2008). Regardless of his stumbles, Zucker remained, along with his two cohorts, a true pioneer of the spoof comedy.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Scary Movie 4 (2006) Director
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  Scary Movie 3 (2003) Director
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  My Boss's Daughter (2002) Director
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  Baseketball (1998) Director
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  Ruthless People (1986) Director
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  Top Secret! (1984) Director
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  Airplane! (1980) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Scary Movie 4 (2006)
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 Airplane! (1980) Ground Crewman
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 Kentucky Fried Movie, The (1977) 2nd Technician (Eyewitness News); Grumwald (Courtroom); Man (His New Car)
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 Canned Ham: BASEketball (1998) Interviewee
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1969:
With brother Jerry Zucker and friend Jim Abrahams, founded the Kentucky Fried Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin
1972:
Moved to L.A.
1977:
First film as co-writer and actor, "Kentucky Fried Movie"
1980:
First film as co-director and producer (co-executive), "Airplane!"; also co-writer)
1988:
Solo directing debut (also co-executive producer and co-writer), "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Sqaud!"
1991:
Signed 3 to 5-year deal with Columbia Pictures Entertainment (writing/producing/directing) after contract expired at Paramount
1995:
Served a producer of the dramatic "A Walk in the Clouds"
1998:
Helmed the comedy, "BASEketball" starring the creators of "South Park", Matt Stone and Trey Parker
2002:
Produced the Colin Farrell thriller, "Phone Booth" directed by Joel Schumacher
2003:
Directed "Scary Movie 3" the third installment of the Scary Movie franchise
2006:
Directed the comedy spoof "Scary Movie 4"
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Education

University of Wisconsin, Madison: Madison , Wisconsin - 1970

Notes

"We write for ourselves, what we think is funny. It's not that we're trying to write stuff like 'Well, the kids will like this.' We actually do take responsibility for liking the stuff we write." --David Zucker in DAILY NEWS, March 14, 1994

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companion:
Jolie Chain. Producer. No longer together.
wife:
Danielle Zucker.

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father:
Burton Zucker. Real estate developer. Made a cameo appearance in "The Naked Gun 2 1/2" as a lab technician.
mother:
Charlotte Zucker. Junior high school teacher. Cameo in "The Naked Gun 2 1/2".
sister:
Susan Breslau. Speech therapist. Cameo in "The Naked Gun 2 1/2".
brother:
Jerry Zucker. Director, producer, screenwriter. Have often worked together; made a cameo appearance in "The Naked Gun 2 1/2".
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