Abrahams, Jim: Director Career; Filmography

James S. Abrahams is an American movie director and writer, best known as a member of the team Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker.

Abrahams was born to a Jewish family May 10, 1944 in Shorewood, Wisconsin, the son of Louise M. (née Ogens), an educational researcher, and Norman S. Abrahams, a lawyer.  He attended Shorewood High School.

He has a home in Eagle River, Wisconsin where he has spent summers since he was a child.

He is best known for the spoof movies that he co-wrote and produced with brothers Jerry Zucker and David Zucker, such as Airplane! and The Naked Gun series.

The team of Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker (also referred to as “ZAZ”) began when the three men grew up together in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He directed movies on his own, such as Big Business, and then the parody Hot Shots! and its 1993 sequel, Hot Shots! Part Deux.


The Kentucky Fried Movie, wrote

Airplane! directing debut

Religious Zealot #6

Top Secret!

Ruthless People

Big Business

Coming to America, produced

Face on Cutting Room Floor

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, wrote

Cry-Baby, produced

Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael


Hot Shots!

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, produced

Hot Shots! Part Deux

Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, produced

An Introduction to the Ketogenic Diet (short docu)


Scary Movie 4, writer

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