Jim Abrahams

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Jim Abrahams
Born (1944-05-10) May 10, 1944 (age 69)
Shorewood, Wisconsin, U.S.
Occupation Film director, film producer, screenwriter
Spouse(s) Nancy Cocuzzo

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

Life and career[edit]

Abrahams was born in Shorewood, Wisconsin, the son of Louise M. (Ogens), an educational researcher, and Norman S. Abrahams, a lawyer.[1] His family was Jewish.[1] He attended Shorewood High School.[2] He is known for the spoof movies that he co-wrote and produced with brothers Jerry Zucker and David Zucker, such as Airplane! (for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay) and 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. Abrahams later produced movies on his own such as Big Business, and further honed his skills in parody with Hot Shots! and its 1993 sequel Hot Shots! Part Deux.

Abrahams and his wife, Nancy (Cocuzzo),[3] also founded The Charlie Foundation To Help Cure Pediatric Epilepsy to inform the epilepsy community of the efficacy of the ketogenic diet.



  1. ^ 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 Sentinal. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "25 years and still laughing: 'Airplane!' maintains its cruising altitude with a non-stop zany attitude". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. June 11, 2005. Retrieved September 17, 2007. "The event is in honor of the volunteer service and philanthropy of Louise Abrahams Yaffe and her son Jim Abrahams, who wrote and directed "Airplane!" with fellow Shorewood High School and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduates David and Jerry Zucker." [dead link]
  3. ^ Milwaukee 7 (1−6) (WFMR). 1982 http://books.google.ca/books?id=4JUvAQAAMAAJ&q=%22Abrahams+and+Zucker+began+trying%22&dq=%22Abrahams+and+Zucker+began+trying%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nGBqUd-INoezqQHMjYDgDQ&ved=0CCMQ6AEwAA |url= missing title (help). 

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