Jim Abrahams

Writer | Producer | Director
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KNOWN FOR 
Airplane! (1980) | The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) | Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
AWARDS 
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination More »
AKA 
Kentucky Fried Theatre
BORN 
May 10, 1944 (age 73)

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Projects in Development (1 titles)YEARBUDGETSTATUS
Past Film & Video (20 titles)YEARBUDGETDOMESTIC / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Lego Airplane!: Part 1Lego Airplane!: Part 1 (Short) Writer (characters) (uncredited)  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for Beware the Moon: Remembering 'An American Werewolf in London'Beware the Moon: Remembering 'An American Werewolf in London' Special Thanks  Less 2009 £25K
  • Primary photo for ChiseledChiseled (Video) Writer ("DEADPAST")  Less 2008 $15K
  • Primary photo for Scary Movie 4Scary Movie 4 Writer (screenplay)  Less 2006 $45MM $91MM / $88MM
  • Primary photo for Mafia!Mafia! Director, Writer  Less 1998 $10MM $20MM / $30MM
  • Primary photo for Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final InsultNaked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Executive Producer, Writer (television series: "Police Squad")  Less 1994 $30MM $51MM / —
  • Primary photo for An Introduction to the Ketogenic DietAn Introduction to the Ketogenic Diet (Video) Director  Less 1994
  • Primary photo for Hot Shots! Part DeuxHot Shots! Part Deux Director, Writer (characters), Writer  Less 1993 $25MM $39MM / $134MM
  • Primary photo for Hot Shots!Hot Shots! Director, Writer  Less 1991 $26MM $69MM / $181MM
  • Primary photo for The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of FearThe Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear Executive Producer, Writer (television series Police Squad)  Less 1991 $23MM $87MM / —
  • Primary photo for OscarOscar Postman (uncredited)  Less 1991 $35MM $24MM / —
  • Primary photo for Welcome Home, Roxy CarmichaelWelcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Director  Less 1990 $4MM / —
  • Primary photo for Cry-BabyCry-Baby Executive Producer  Less 1990 $11MM $8.3MM / —
  • Primary photo for The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Executive Producer, Writer (television series: "Police Squad"), Writer  Less 1988 $12MM $78MM / —
  • Primary photo for Coming to AmericaComing to America Face on Cutting Room Floor  Less 1988 $39MM $128MM / $161MM
  • Primary photo for Big BusinessBig Business Director  Less 1988 $40MM / —
  • Primary photo for Ruthless PeopleRuthless People Director  Less 1986 $72MM / —
  • Primary photo for Top Secret!Top Secret! German Soldier in Prop Room (uncredited), Director, Executive Producer, Lyrics ("SPEND THIS NIGHT WITH ME"), Writer  Less 1984 $9MM $20MM / —
  • Primary photo for Airplane!Airplane! Religious Zealot #6, Director, Executive Producer, Writer (written for the screen by)  Less 1980 $3.5MM $83MM / $130MM
  • Primary photo for The Kentucky Fried MovieThe Kentucky Fried Movie Technician #1 (segment "Eyewitness News") / Announcer (segment "Courtroom"), Writer  Less 1977 $650K $15MM / $5MM
Past Television (4 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for ...First Do No Harm...First Do No Harm (TV Movie) Director, Executive Producer, Producer  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Police Squad!Police Squad! (TV Series) Writer (created by) ( 6 episodes, 1982 ) , Executive Producer ( 6 episodes, 1982 ) , Writer ( 1 episode, 1982 ) , Director ( 1 episode, 1982 )  Less 1982 6
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  • Primary photo for The Rutles: All You Need Is CashThe Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (TV Movie) Producer ("Courtroom Theme From The Kentucky Fried Movie")  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) Actor ( 1 episode, 1972 )  Less 1972 1
    • Episode #11.259 (Dec 20, 1972) Actor (as Kentucky Fried Theatre)  Less
Self (12 titles)YEARBUDGETDOMESTIC / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Laugh Out Loud: The Funniest Films EverLaugh Out Loud: The Funniest Films Ever (TV Movie) Himself - Co-writer / Director / Producer, Airplane! / Co-writer / Producer, The Naked Gun  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for Airplane: Long-Haul VersionAirplane: Long-Haul Version (Video) Himself - Co-writer / Co-director  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for BiographyBiography (TV Series) Himself ( 2 episodes, 2001–2004 )  Less 2001–2004
  • Primary photo for Wisconsin Born & Bred: The EntertainersWisconsin Born & Bred: The Entertainers Himself - Interviewee  Less 2004 $100K
  • Primary photo for Life and TimesLife and Times (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2000 )  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for The DirectorsThe Directors (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode )  Less 1997– 
  • Primary photo for Movie MagicMovie Magic (TV Series) Himself - Director ( 1 episode, 1994 )  Less 1994
  • Primary photo for Hearts of Hot Shots Part Deux: A Filmmaker's ApologyHearts of Hot Shots Part Deux: A Filmmaker's Apology (TV Short) Himself  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for Hot Shots: The Making of an Important MovieHot Shots: The Making of an Important Movie (Video) Himself - Director / Writer  Less 1991
  • Primary photo for Cocaine BluesCocaine Blues Himself  Less 1983
  • Primary photo for Late Night with David LettermanLate Night with David Letterman (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1982 )  Less 1982
  • Primary photo for The Midnight SpecialThe Midnight Special (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1974 )  Less 1974
Domestic gross includes USA and Canada.

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