- David Zucker (filmmaker)
David Zucker Born October 16, 1947
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Occupation Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter Spouse Danielle Zucker
Zucker was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Charlotte and Burton Zucker, who was a real estate developer. He graduated from Shorewood High School. Zucker is married to Dr. Danielle Zucker, with whom he has two children, Charles and Sarah. His younger brother, Jerry, is his filmmaking partner. The Zucker brothers have a sister, Susan Breslau.
Zucker's movies include The Kentucky Fried Movie in 1977, The Naked Gun in 1988, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear in 1991, BASEketball in 1998, Scary Movie 3 in 2003, its sequel Scary Movie 4 in 2006 and An American Carol in 2008.
He co-directed several films including Airplane! in 1980 and Top Secret! in 1984; along with his brother, Jerry, and Jim Abrahams, the trio make up the ZAZ team of directors. He has also worked with Pat Proft (with whom he first teamed up on the Naked Gun show Police Squad!) and Craig Mazin (writer of three of the four Scary Movies).
Looking back on his career in 2009, Leslie Nielsen said the best film he appeared in was The Naked Gun, and that Zucker was his favorite director to work with. Nielsen said of him, "He came to me one time and said, 'Leslie, I'll never make you do anything that is not funny.' And he kept his word."
ZAZ and Proft helped develop the parody genre of films, in which jokes are spit out with rapid-fire, using puns, physical humor, wit, and double entendres. Some of the veteran actors of ZAZ's vision of parody include Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges, Charlie Sheen, Julie Hagerty, and Anna Faris (who has starred in all four of the Scary Movie series).
In his movies, his mother, Charlotte (March 10, 1921 - September 5, 2007) was often cast in a small bit part (like one of the Lucille Ball impersonators in Rat Race, and Vincent Ludwig's secretary, Dominique, in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!).
Zucker has stated that his dream project is a Davy Crockett biopic. He mentioned his enthusiasm for the Davy Crockett project during an interview in 2006 for the feature length documentary, "That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor", on the life of Dub Taylor, which has received support from the Taylor Family and many of Dub's previous co-workers, including Bill Cosby, Peter Fonda, Dixie Carter, Don Collier, Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, as well as many others. The project had its World Premiere at Taylor's Childhood Hometown of Augusta, Georgia on April 14, 2007. The project is from Executive Producers Stokes and James Kicklighter from JamesWorks Entertainment and Professor Pauper Productions. Part of his interview is on YouTube.
A campaign contributions search for Zucker, once a longtime liberal Democrat, shows his first conservative contribution as US$2647 to Club for Growth, which promotes lower taxes and smaller government. The website hosts political videos including his initial video criticizing Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry. On October 10, 2006, the Drudge Report published a link to a political ad Zucker produced and later appeared on Youtube. In a quote from a Drudge Report exclusive:
In the ad, Zucker....recreates former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's 2000 visit to North Korea. During the visit, Secretary Albright presented North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il with a basketball autographed by former NBA superstar Michael Jordan. Actress Adele Stasilli-Fernandez, playing Albright, is shown presenting Kim Jong Il with the basketball, painting the walls of Osama bin Laden's Afghanistan cave and turning a blind eye to suicide bombers. In one scene, her skirt rips as she changes the tire of a Middle Eastern dictator's limousine. One GOP strategist said "jaws dropped" when the ad was first viewed. "Nobody could believe Zucker thought any political organization could use this ad. It makes a point, but it's way over the top."
On October 23, 2006, a second Zucker video, “The Taxman”, was posted to YouTube. The spot suggests that Democrats, if elected, would raise taxes.
On December 18, 2006, a third was posted, this time with the Iraq Study Group in his sights. This video compares study group's recommendations with that of Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler prior to World War II.
While promoting his film An American Carol, Zucker confirmed that he now considers himself a conservative Republican, though still campaigns for better environmental policies. He also said he would have voted for Hillary Clinton or Joe Lieberman, but considers Barack Obama "extremely left-wing."
Recurring cast members
Among all of his directed and/or produced parody films, Zucker almost has cast Leslie Nielsen in for comedic roles.
Year Film Director Producer Writer 1977 The Kentucky Fried Movie Yes 1980 Airplane! Yes Yes 1984 Top Secret! Yes Yes 1986 Ruthless People Yes 1988 Naked Gun Yes Yes Yes 1991 Naked Gun 2½ Yes Yes 1993 For Goodness Sake Yes 1996 High School High Yes Yes 1998 BASEketball Yes Yes Yes 2002 Phone Booth Yes 2003 My Boss's Daughter Yes Scary Movie 3 Yes Yes 2006 Scary Movie 4 Yes 2008 The Onion Movie Yes Superhero Movie Yes An American Carol Yes Yes Yes
- ^ David Zucker Biography (1947-)
- ^ "25 years and still laughing: 'Airplane!' maintains its cruising altitude with a non-stop zany attitude", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 11, 2005. Accessed 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."
- ^ McEvoy, Colin (March 28, 2009). "Leslie Nielsen here? Surely you jest! MOVIE STAR SITS DOWN with students to kick off DeSales festival. And don't call him Shirley.". The Express-Times: p. A1.
- ^ That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor
- ^ YouTube - Behind the Scenes of "That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor"
- ^ “David Zucker's Federal Campaign Contribution Report”, NEWSMEAT. accessed 21 December 2006
- ^ “The David Zucker Albright Ad”, YouTube (10 October 2006). accessed 21 December 2006
- ^ “Zucker Uncensored Taxman Ad”, YouTube (18 December 2006). accessed 21 December 2006
- ^ “Zucker Takes on the Iraq Study Group and James Baker”, YouTube (23 October 2006). accessed 21 December 2006
- ^ "Stranger in a strange land: A conservative in Hollywood"
- David Zucker (filmmaker) at the Internet Movie Database
- David Zucker at Discogs
- GreenCine interview
- Jewish Journal interview
- Weekly Standard interview
Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker David Zucker · Jim Abrahams · Jerry Zucker Collaborative works David Zucker films Jim Abrahams films Jerry Zucker films Scary Movie series Films Spin-offs People
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
David Zucker — may refer to: David Zucker (filmmaker) (born 1947), American film director, producer and screenwriter David Zucker (ice hockey) (born 1987), Czech ice hockey player David Zucker (politician) (born 1948), Israeli peace activist and former… … Wikipedia
An American Carol — Infobox Film name = An American Carol caption = Theatrical release poster director = David Zucker producer = David Zucker Stephen McEveety John Shepherd writer = David Zucker Myrna Sokoloff starring = Kevin Farley Kelsey Grammer Jon Voight Dennis … Wikipedia
List of people from Milwaukee, Wisconsin — This is a List of Milwaukeeans, notable citizens of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Contents 1 Born and raised in Milwaukee 2 Born elsewhere, raised in Milwaukee 3 Born in Milwaukee, raised elsewhere … Wikipedia
List of Jewish American entertainers — This is a list of famous Jewish American entertainers. For other famous Jewish Americans, see List of Jewish Americans. ListActors*See also List of Jewish American actors in televisionOrganized by decade of birth1990s*Robin Arcuri (1991 )… … Wikipedia
Moving Picture Institute — Founder(s) Thor Halvorssen Founded 2005 Key people … Wikipedia
Shorewood High School (Wisconsin) — Infobox School name = Shorewood High School motto = A Tradition Of Excellence established = 1925 type = Public high school principal = Matthew Joynt address = 1701 E. Capitol Drive city = Shorewood state = WI zipcode = 53211 country = U.S.… … Wikipedia
Your Studio and You — Directed by Trey Parker Written by Trey Parker Matt Stone Narrated by Trey Parker Starri … Wikipedia
Leslie Nielsen — Infobox actor caption = Nielsen in 1982 (Photo: Alan Light) birthname = Leslie William Nielsen birthdate = birth date and age|mf=yes|1926|2|11 birthplace = Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada occupation = Comedian, actor yearsactive = 1956 – present… … Wikipedia
The Harvard Crimson — Infobox Newspaper name = The Harvard Crimson type = Daily newspaper caption = The front page of The Harvard Crimson on February 22, 2006 owners = The trustees of The Harvard Crimson format = Broadsheet foundation = 1873 headquarters = Cambridge,… … Wikipedia
Frank Fitzpatrick — (born April 13th, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan) is best known as a composer and music producer for film. He has also worked extensively in other areas of music and entertainment as a record producer, songwriter, and filmmaker. He has focused much of … Wikipedia