Jim Abrahams biography
Date of birth: May 10, 1944
Born in Shorewood, Wisconsin, Jim Abrahams was making a living as a dick --
that's a private investigator to those whose minds are now in the gutter --
when he happened to bump into his childhood pals -- David and Jerry
The trio got to talking and laughing and decided to keep the party
going by founding something they called the Kentucky Fried Theatre.
The show they put on mixed live improvised theatre skits with bits of film
They took that concept to director John Landis in Los Angeles
who ended up turning it into their first feature.
It was then Abrahams' good fortune to step behind the camera himself as one
of the co-directors in the surprising hit, Airplane! . Best knowns' now for
the Naked Gun series with Canadian Leslie Neilsen in the starring role
(along with O.J. Simpson) Abrahams and his cohorts have a schtick that's big
on the slap.
Jim Abrahams Filmography