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Jack Webb

Film Director / Screenwriter / Film Producer | * 04/02/1920 († 62, 12/23/1982) | Santa Monica, California, USA
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John Randolph Webb (April 2, 1920 – December 23, 1982) was an American actor, television producer, director, and screenwriter, who is most famous for his role as Sgt. Joe Friday in the Dragnet franchise (which he created). He was the founder of his own production company, Mark VII Limited. ()

John Randolph 'Jack' Webb, also known by the pen name John Randolph, was an American actor, television producer, director, and screenwriter, who is most famous for his role as Sergeant Joe Friday in the radio and television series Dragnet. He was also the founder of his own production company, Mark VII Limited. Born in Santa Monica, California, Webb grew up in the Bunker Hill section of Los Angeles as the child of a single mother after his father left home before he was born. During World War II, Webb enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces, but he "washed out" of flight training and was granted a hardship discharge to care for his family. Following his discharge, he moved to San Francisco, where a wartime shortage of announcers led to a temporary appointment to his own half-hour comedy radio show on ABC's KGO Radio in 1946. By 1949 he had abandoned comedy for drama, and starred in numerous radio shows until finding success in film and television in the late 1950s. Webb had a featured role as a crime lab technician in the 1948 film He Walked by Night, a thinly-fictionalized recounting of the 1946 Walker crime spree. This experience gave Webb the idea for Dragnet: a recurring series based on real cases from LAPD police files, featuring authentic depictions of the modern police detective, including methods, mannerisms, and technical language. Following the success of Dragnet, Webb appeared in numerous television shows and specials, including the well-known 1972 series Emergency! During his work on a revival of Dragnet in 1982, Webb suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 62. His funeral was given full police honors, and then LAPD Chief Daryl Gates retired the badge number 714 used by Webb's Joe Friday of Dragnet fame.  .

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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Crime | Comedies

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Edgar Award

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Movies with Jack Webb as Actor(19)

as Joe Friday (archive footage)2013 Greenboy: Prescription for Death
as Sgt. Joe Friday1969 Dragnet
as On-Camera Narrator1962 Red Nightmare
as Narrator1962 The John Glenn Story
as William 'Bill' Bowers1961 The Last Time I Saw Archie
as Sam Gatlin1959 -30-
as Gunnery Sgt. Jim Moore1957 The D.I.
as himself1955 24 Hour Alert
as Pete Kelly1955 Pete Kelly's Blues
as Sgt. Joe Friday1954 Dragnet
as Correspondent Dickerman1951 Halls of Montezuma
as Ens. Anthony 'Tony' Barbo1951 You're in the Navy Now
as Norm1950 The Men
as Augie1950 Dark City
as Artie Green1950 Sunset Boulevard
as Joe Regas1950 Appointment with Danger
as Lee Whitey1948 He Walked by Night
as Boy in Schoolyard (uncredited)1932 Three on a Match

TV Shows/Series with Jack Webb as Actor(5)

Movies with Jack Webb as Crew(8)

Directing/Director1969 Dragnet
Production/Executive Producer1963 The Man from Galveston
Directing/Director1961 The Last Time I Saw Archie
Directing/Director1959 -30-
Production/Producer1959 -30-
Directing/Director1957 The D.I.
Directing/Director1955 Pete Kelly's Blues
Directing/Director1954 Dragnet

TV Shows/Series with Jack Webb as Crew(16)

Production/Producer1978 Sam
Production/Producer1978 Project U.F.O.
Production/Producer1974 Sierra
Production/Producer1973 Escape
Production/Producer1973 Chase
Directing/Director1972 Emergency!
Production/Producer1972 Emergency!
Production/Producer1972 Hec Ramsey
Production/Producer1971 The D.A.
Production/Producer1971 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury
Directing/Director1968 Adam-12
Production/Producer1968 Adam-12
Production/Producer1959 Pete Kelly's Blues
Production/Producer1958 77 Sunset Strip
Directing/Director1951 Dragnet
Production/Producer1951 Dragnet

Full Name: Jack Webb
Born: Friday, 04/02 1920 (April) in Santa Monica
Died: Thursday, 12/23 1982 (December) in Los Angeles (aged: 62)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey)
Record Label: Warner Records
Spouses (current/former): Julie London, Dorothy Towne, Jackie Loughery, Opal Wright
Children: Stacy Webb, Lisa Webb
Father: Samuel Webb
Mother: Margaret Webb
Other names for Jack Webb (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"John Randolph Webb"
"John Randolph"
Jack Webb frequently works together with these people:
Virginia Gregg (6x, Actress)
Lawrence Dobkin (6x, Actor)
Harry Morgan (4x, Actor)
Paul Picerni (4x, Actor)
Gary Crosby (4x, Actor)
Christian Nyby (4x, Crew)
Bill Williams (4x, Actor)
Milton Frome (4x, Actor)
Richard L. Breen (4x, Crew)
Mike Upchurch (4x, Crew)
Peter Leeds (4x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:6350, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 09/11/2019