Milwaukee-born filmmaker Jerry Zucker attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and began his career in collaboration with his brother, David and Jim Abrahams when they formed their production company, known as ZAZ. The team wrote and produced KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE, wrote and directed the comedies AIRPLANE! and TOP SECRET, and the television series POLICE SQUAD!, directed the comedy RUTHLESS PEOPLE written by Dale Launer, and produced THE NAKED GUN, directed by David Zucker. Jerry also directed GHOST, FIRST KNIGHT and RAT RACE. As a producer, his work includes MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING, A WALK IN THE CLOUDS, MY LIFE, FAIR GAME, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS and MENTAL.
In 2008, Jerry and his wife Janet launched the “Science and Entertainment Exchange” in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. The goal of The Exchange is to use the vehicle of popular entertainment media to deliver powerful and positive messages about the importance of science.
Jerry Zucker Supports
ACLU of Southern California
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) defends the fundamental rights outlined in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These include the right to freedom of speech and assembly, the right to religious freedom, due process of law, equality before the law, and the right to privacy. The ACLU of Southern California affiliate has led the charge in some of the most critical events in our nation’s history including advocating for the thousands of interned innocent Japanese Americans during World War II, an unflinching support of Americans' First Amendment rights during the McCarthy era, staunch opposition to the Vietnam War, encouraging Nixon's impeachment, and establishing the concept of an Economic Bill of Rights. We continue to advocate for no less than a nation that lives up to its promise of liberty and justice for all. Stand for justice.