Jerry Zucker

Jerry Zucker is an American movie director known for his role in directing comedy spoof films, and the hit film Ghost. Zucker was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Charlotte (d. 2007) and Burton Zucker, who was a real estate developer. He graduated from Shorewood High School. Zucker's early career work started with Jim Abrahams and brother David Zucker at the Kentucky Fried Theatre on Pico Blvd in West Los Angeles where they honed their comedic skills doing skits in front of a live audience. From there the three went on and together co-directed Airplane! in 1980 and then went on to do Top Secret! in 1984, and Ruthless People in 1986. In 1990, he lent his directorial skills to the dramatic genre with Ghost, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Recent directorial efforts of Zucker's include the 2001 film Rat Race (which re-teamed him with Ghost star Whoopi Goldberg). Like his brother David Zucker, Jerry often cast his mother, Charlotte (who died in 2007), and his sister, Susan Breslau, in small roles in his films. Along with Jim Abrahams, the Zuckers constitute the "ZAZ" team of directors.

The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

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A series of loosely connected skits that spoof news programs, commercials, porno films, kung-fu films, disaster films, blaxploitation films, spy films, mafia films, and the fear that somebody is watching you on the other side of the TV.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Marilyn Joi  •  Evan C. Kim  •  Saul Kahan  •  Bong Soo Han

A series of loosely connected skits that spoof news programs, commercials, porno films, kung-fu films, disaster films, blaxploitation films, spy films, mafia films, and the fear that somebody is watching you on the other side of the TV.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Marilyn Joi  •  Evan C. Kim  •  Saul Kahan  •  Bong Soo Han

Airplane! (1980)

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The persons and events in this film are fictitious - fortunately! A masterpiece of off-the-wall comedy, Airplane! features Robert Hays as an ex-fighter pilot forced to take over the controls of an airliner when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning; Julie ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker  •  Jim Abrahams  •  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Robert Hays  •  Julie Hagerty  •  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  •  Lloyd Bridges

The persons and events in this film are fictitious - fortunately! A masterpiece of off-the-wall comedy, Airplane! features Robert Hays as an ex-fighter pilot forced to take over the controls of an airliner when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning; Julie ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker  •  Jim Abrahams  •  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Robert Hays  •  Julie Hagerty  •  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  •  Lloyd Bridges

First Knight (1995)

The timeless tale of King Arthur and the legend of Camelot are retold in this passionate period drama. Arthur is reluctant to hand the crown to Lancelot, and Guinevere is torn between her loyalty to her husband and her growing love for his rival. But Lancelot must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Richard Gere  •  Julia Ormond  •  Ben Cross

The timeless tale of King Arthur and the legend of Camelot are retold in this passionate period drama. Arthur is reluctant to hand the crown to Lancelot, and Guinevere is torn between her loyalty to her husband and her growing love for his rival. But Lancelot must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Richard Gere  •  Julia Ormond  •  Ben Cross

Ghost (1990)

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Sam Wheat is a banker, Molly Jensen is an artist, and the two are madly in love. However, when Sam is murdered by his friend and corrupt business partner Carl Bruner over a shady business deal, he is left to roam the earth as a powerless spirit. When he learns of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  Demi Moore  •  Tony Goldwyn  •  Whoopi Goldberg

Sam Wheat is a banker, Molly Jensen is an artist, and the two are madly in love. However, when Sam is murdered by his friend and corrupt business partner Carl Bruner over a shady business deal, he is left to roam the earth as a powerless spirit. When he learns of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  Demi Moore  •  Tony Goldwyn  •  Whoopi Goldberg

Rat Race (2001)

In an ensemble film about easy money, greed, manipulation and bad driving, a Las Vegas casino tycoon entertains his wealthiest high rollers -- a group that will bet on anything -- by pitting six ordinary people against each other in a wild dash for $2 million ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Seth Green  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Breckin Meyer

In an ensemble film about easy money, greed, manipulation and bad driving, a Las Vegas casino tycoon entertains his wealthiest high rollers -- a group that will bet on anything -- by pitting six ordinary people against each other in a wild dash for $2 million ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Seth Green  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Breckin Meyer

Ruthless People (1986)

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A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation—without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker  •  Jim Abrahams  •  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Danny DeVito  •  Bette Midler  •  Judge Reinhold  •  Helen Slater

A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation—without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker  •  Jim Abrahams  •  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Danny DeVito  •  Bette Midler  •  Judge Reinhold  •  Helen Slater

Top Secret! (1984)

Popular and dashing American singer Nick Rivers travels to East Germany to perform in a music festival. When he loses his heart to the gorgeous Hillary Flammond, he finds himself caught up in an underground resistance movement. Rivers joins forces with Agent Cedric ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker  •  Jim Abrahams  •  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Lucy Gutteridge  •  Peter Cushing  •  Jeremy Kemp

Popular and dashing American singer Nick Rivers travels to East Germany to perform in a music festival. When he loses his heart to the gorgeous Hillary Flammond, he finds himself caught up in an underground resistance movement. Rivers joins forces with Agent Cedric ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker  •  Jim Abrahams  •  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Lucy Gutteridge  •  Peter Cushing  •  Jeremy Kemp

Your Studio and You (1995)

A parody of 1950s corporate/industrial films, commissioned by Universal Pictures executives after the studio's purchase by Seagrams, and featuring cameos by many stars and directors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Trey Parker
CAST:  Dian Bachar  •  Andrew Bergman  •  James Cameron  •  Shaun Cassidy

A parody of 1950s corporate/industrial films, commissioned by Universal Pictures executives after the studio's purchase by Seagrams, and featuring cameos by many stars and directors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Trey Parker
CAST:  Dian Bachar  •  Andrew Bergman  •  James Cameron  •  Shaun Cassidy

Asthma (2015)

A young musician takes a beautiful tattoo artist on a ride in a stolen classic car.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Hoffman
CAST:  Benedict Samuel  •  Krysten Ritter  •  Nick Nolte  •  Rosanna Arquette

A young musician takes a beautiful tattoo artist on a ride in a stolen classic car.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Hoffman
CAST:  Benedict Samuel  •  Krysten Ritter  •  Nick Nolte  •  Rosanna Arquette

Speed Dating

Jerry has an awkward speed dating experience with Kristen Schaal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Zucker  •  Orrin Zucker
CAST:  Kristen Schaal  •  Jerry Zucker

Jerry has an awkward speed dating experience with Kristen Schaal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Zucker  •  Orrin Zucker
CAST:  Kristen Schaal  •  Jerry Zucker