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

Contents

1 Life and career 2 Filmography

2.1 Writer 2.2 Actor

3 References 4 External links

Life and career[edit] Abrahams was born to a Jewish family[1] in Shorewood, Wisconsin, the son of Louise M. (née Ogens), an educational researcher, and Norman S. Abrahams, a lawyer.[2] His family was Jewish; he attended Shorewood High School.[2] He may be best known for the spoof movies that he co-wrote and produced with brothers Jerry Zucker
Jerry Zucker
and David Zucker, such as Airplane!
Airplane!
(for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award
BAFTA Award
for Best Screenplay) and The Naked Gun
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!
Hot Shots!
and its 1993 sequel, Hot Shots!
Hot Shots!
Part Deux.[citation needed] Abrahams and his wife, Nancy (née Cocuzzo) co-founded The Charlie Foundation To Help Cure Pediatric Epilepsy. Filmography[edit] Writer[edit]

The Kentucky Fried Movie
The Kentucky Fried Movie
(with David Zucker and Jerry Zucker) (1977) Airplane!
Airplane!
(1980; co-director/co-writer, with David Zucker and Jerry Zucker) Police Squad!
Police Squad!
(1982) (TV; co-creator, with David Zucker and Jerry Zucker) Top Secret!
Top Secret!
(1984; co-director/co-writer, with David Zucker, Jerry Zucker and Martyn Burke) Ruthless People
Ruthless People
(1986; co-director with David Zucker and Jerry Zucker) The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Police Squad!
(with David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Jerry Zucker
and Pat Proft) (1988) Big Business (1988; director only) Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
(1990; director only) The Naked Gun
The Naked Gun
2½: The Smell of Fear (with David Zucker, Jerry Zucker and Pat Proft) (1991) Hot Shots!
Hot Shots!
(1991; director/co-writer, with Pat Proft) Hot Shots!
Hot Shots!
Part Deux (1993; director/co-writer, with Pat Proft) The Naked Gun
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!
Jane Austen's Mafia!
(1998; director/co-writer, with Greg Norberg and Michael McManus) Scary Movie 4
Scary Movie 4
(2006; co-writer with Pat Proft and Craig Mazin)

Actor[edit]

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

References[edit]

^ Desser, David; Friedman, Lester D. American Jewish Filmmakers. p. 166. ISBN 9780252071539.  ^ a b 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. 

External links[edit]

Jim Abrahams on IMDb biodata, The New York Times; accessed April 23, 2014. Charlie's Story; accessed November 25, 2014.

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Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker

David Zucker Jim Abrahams Jerry Zucker

Collaborative works

The Kentucky Fried Movie
The Kentucky Fried Movie
(1977, writers only) Airplane!
Airplane!
(1980) Police Squad!
Police Squad!
(1982) Top Secret!
Top Secret!
(1984) Ruthless People
Ruthless People
(1986) The Naked Gun
The Naked Gun
series (1988–1994)

Solo works

David Zucker

High School High
High School High
(1996) BASEketball
BASEketball
(1998) My Boss's Daughter
My Boss's Daughter
(2003) Scary Movie 3
Scary Movie 3
(2003) Scary Movie 4
Scary Movie 4
(2006) An American Carol
An American Carol
(2008)

Jim Abrahams

Big Business (1988) Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
(1990) Hot Shots!
Hot Shots!
(1991) Hot Shots!
Hot Shots!
Part Deux (1993) ...First Do No Harm (1997) Jane Austen's Mafia!
Jane Austen's Mafia!
(1998)

Jerry Zucker

Ghost (1990) First Knight
First Knight
(1995) Rat Race (2001)

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Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Adapted Drama (1969–1983, retired)

Waldo Salt (1969) Robert Anderson (1970) Ernest Tidyman (1971) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1972) Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler (1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1974) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
and Lawrence Hauben (1975) William Goldman
William Goldman
(1976) Denne Bart Petitclerc
Denne Bart Petitclerc
(1977) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) Alvin Sargent (1980) Ernest Thompson
Ernest Thompson
(1981) Costa-Gavras
Costa-Gavras
and Donald E. Stewart (1982) Julius J. Epstein (1983)

Adapted Comedy (1969–1983, retired)

Arnold Schulman (1969) Ring Lardner Jr.
Ring Lardner Jr.
(1970) John Paxton (1971) Jay Presson Allen
Jay Presson Allen
(1972) Alvin Sargent (1973) Lionel Chetwynd and Mordecai Richler
Mordecai Richler
(1974) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(1975) Blake Edwards
Blake Edwards
and Frank Waldman (1976) Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
(1977) Elaine May
Elaine May
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
/ Bernard Slade (1978) Jerzy Kosiński
Jerzy Kosiński
(1979) Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker
Jerry Zucker
(1980) Gerard Ayres (1981) Blake Edwards
Blake Edwards
(1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983)

Adapted Screenplay (1984–present)

Bruce Robinson
Bruce Robinson
(1984) Richard Condon and Janet Roach (1985) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(1986) Steve Martin
Steve Martin
(1987) Christopher Hampton
Christopher Hampton
(1988) Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1989) Michael Blake (1990) Ted Tally (1991) Michael Tolkin
Michael Tolkin
(1992) Steven Zaillian (1993) Eric Roth (1994) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1995) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Scott Frank (1998) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (1999) Stephen Gaghan
Stephen Gaghan
(2000) Akiva Goldsman
Akiva Goldsman
(2001) David Hare (2002) Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Larry McMurtry
Larry McMurtry
and Diana Ossana (2005) William Monahan
William Monahan
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Simon Beaufoy (2008) Jason Reitman
Jason Reitman
and Sheldon Turner (2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon
Nat Faxon
(2011) Chris Terrio (2012) Billy Ray (2013) Graham Moore (2014) Adam McKay
Adam McKay
and Charles Randolph (2015) Eric Heisserer (2016) James Ivory
James Ivory
(2017)

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