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Jack Webb

Mostly Credited As: Jack Webb
Sometimes Credited As: John Randolph

Birth Name: John Randolph Webb
Date Of Birth: April 02, 1920 (Age 62)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California
Date Of Death: December 23, 1982
Cause Of Death: Heart Attack (West Hollywood, California)
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

Jack Webb


John (Jack) Randolph Webb was born in Santa Monica, California, on April 2, 1920. His father left home before he was born; Webb would never know him. He was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother in dire poverty that preceded the Depression. Making things worse, Webb suffered from acute asthma from age six until adulthood, somewhat surprising for a man whose cigarette intake reached three packs a day at its peak. Webb's great love was movies and his dream was to direct them. He began in radio, first as a disc jockey then as host of a comedy show (believe it or not!), finally as "Pat Novak, Private Eye, " his first true success. A small role in the film noir classic He Walked by Night (1948) led to the creation of "Dragnet". It first aired over NBC radio on June 3, 1949, and came to TV on December 16, 1951, where it ran until September 1959. By then, Webb had become a film director, and would helm (and star in) five features: Dragnet (1954), Pete Kelly's Blues (1955), The D.I. (1957), -30- (1959) and The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961) . The last two were box office flops and Webb returned to TV in 1962. In February 1963 he became Head of Production for Warner Bros. Television, a job he was fired from that December when his revision of "77 Sunset Strip" (1958/I) sent its ratings into a death spiral. After two years of unemployment, a new opportunity arose the made-for-TV film, of which Universal was then sole supplier. Coincidentally, they owned the rights to "Dragnet" and invited Webb to do a new "Dragnet" as a TV movie. It turned out so well that NBC and Universal persuaded him to do a new "Dragnet 1967" (1967) TV series, which lasted three-and-a-half seasons and went on to smash success in syndicated reruns. By then Webb had parlayed "Dragnet's" renewed popularity into a second hit series, "Adam-12" (1968), and managed to keep his company solvent until his untimely death from a massive heart attack on December 23, 1982. Webb was married four times to Julie London (1947-54), Dorothy Towne (1955-1957), Jackie Loughery (1958-64) and to Opal Wright (1980-death). He had two daughters by London: Stacey (1950-96) and Alisa (1952-his death).

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Dragnet (1967) (1967)As: Sergeant Joe Friday
General Electric True (1962)As: Host
Dragnet (1951) (1951)As: Sgt. Joe Friday
Episode Cast Credits 

The Partners (1971) (1971) 
  North Is Now South 01x13: (Dec/18/1971) As Police Commissioner 

General Electric True (1962) 
  Code Name: Christopher (2) 01x05: (Oct/28/1962) As Burke 
  Code Name: Christopher (1) 01x04: (Oct/21/1962) As Burke 

This Is Your Life (1952) (1952) 
  Richard Arlen 09x06: (Feb/19/1961) As Himself 
  Ben Alexander 06x02: (Mar/12/1958) As Himself 

The Jack Benny Program (1950) 
  Jack Webb Show 10x03: (Nov/01/1959) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Red Skelton, Jayne Mansfield, Jack Webb 10x35: (May/27/1957) As Himself 

The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950) 
  Billy Daniels, Anna Maria Alberghetti 06x06: (Oct/30/1955) As Himself 
  Jack Webb 05x34: (Jul/24/1955) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]
  The Ritz Brothers 03x22: (Feb/22/1953) As Himself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 26th Annual Academy Awards 02x01: (Mar/25/1954) As Presenter, [Featuring]

The Milton Berle Show (1948) 
  Season 6, Episode 8 06x08: (Dec/01/1953) As Himself 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


Temple Houston (1963)• Executive Producer
Hec Ramsey (1972)• Executive Producer
Adam-12 (1968) (1968)• Creator
• Executive Producer (1968-1972)
Adam-12 (1989) (1990)• Creator
Chase (1973) (1973)• Executive Producer
Dragnet (1967) (1967)• Producer
Emergency! (1972)• Executive Producer
L.A. Dragnet (2003)• Creator
Mobile One (1975)• Executive Producer
Project UFO (1978)• Executive Producer
The D.A. (1971) (1971)• Executive Producer
The D.A.'s Man (1959)• Executive Producer
Sam (US) (1978)• Executive Producer
Pete Kelly's Blues (1959)• Executive Producer
Noah's Ark (1956)• Producer
Escape (US) (1973)• Executive Producer
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971)• Executive Producer
• Creator
General Electric True (1962)• Executive Producer
Sierra (1974)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew


Emergency! (1972) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
905-Wild 04x22 Mar/01/1975 As: Director
The Wedsworth-Townsend Act   Jan/15/1972 As: Director
Adam-12 (1968) (1968) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Clinic on Eighteenth Street 06x24 Mar/13/1974 As: Director
Log 1 -- The Impossible Mission 01x01 Sep/21/1968 As: Director, Writer
Dragnet (1967) (1967) (Credited in 98 episodes from this show) 
 
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D.H.Q. - The Victims 04x26 Apr/16/1970 As: Director
Burglary - Baseball 04x25 Apr/09/1970 As: Director
Robbery - The Harassing Wife 04x24 Apr/02/1970 As: Director
I.A.D. - The Receipt 04x23 Mar/26/1970 As: Director
D.H.Q. - Night School 04x22 Mar/19/1970 As: Director
General Electric True (1962) (Credited in 4 episodes from this show) 
 
Little Richard 01x18 Feb/03/1963 As: Director
Code Name: Christopher (2) 01x05 Oct/28/1962 As: Director
Code Name: Christopher (1) 01x04 Oct/21/1962 As: Director
Circle of Death 01x01 Sep/30/1962 As: Director
Dragnet (1951) (1951) (Credited in 276 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Big Red 08x39 Aug/23/1959 As: Director
The Big Counterfeit 08x38 Aug/16/1959 As: Director
The Big .38 08x37 Aug/09/1959 As: Director
The Big Operator 08x36 Aug/02/1959 As: Director
The Big Appetite 08x35 Jul/26/1959 As: Director
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