This article is about the film director. For the brothers Jerry and Orrin Zucker, see It’s JerryTime!
Jerry G. Zucker (born March 11, 1950) is an American film director known for his role in directing comedy spoof films, and the hit film Ghost. Though he shied away from directing later in his career, and in fact took a large step back in general, Zucker remained an instantly recognizable name as one of the most influential figures in the history of comedy.
Life and career 
Zucker was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Charlotte A. (Lefstein) (d. 2007) and Burton C. 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).
Zucker's films have been ranked among the greatest comedies of all time: Airplane was ranked at the top of Entertainment Weekly's list of best comedy films and AFI listed it as #10, ahead of all of Charlie Chaplan's comedies; Top Secret made Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 list.
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.
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