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John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes (1970). Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "spaghetti" westerns. Returning to the US, he made ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015/I The Last Kill (Short) (executive producer) (completed)
 2011 Wendy Liebman: Taller on TV (producer)
 2011 Some Guy Who Kills People (executive producer)
 2008 Starz Inside: Ladies or Gentlemen (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
 2007 Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (Documentary) (producer)
 2003 Michael Jackson: Number Ones (Video documentary) (producer - segment "Thriller")
 2002 The Kronenberg Chronicles (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1999 The Lost World (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1999 The Lost World (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1998 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 3 episodes)
- Honey, It's No Fun Being an Illegal Alien (1998) ... (executive producer)
- Honey, Meet the Barbarians (1998) ... (executive producer)
- Honey, I'm Streakin' (1998) ... (executive producer)
 1998 Susan's Plan (producer)
 1998 The Lost World (executive producer)
 1998 Blues Brothers 2000 (producer)
 1997 Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II (Video documentary) (producer - segment "Thriller")
 1996 The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1990-1996 Dream On (TV Series) (executive producer - 119 episodes)
- Finale with a Vengeance (1996) ... (executive producer)
- Finale - Part One (1996) ... (executive producer)
- Tenants, Anyone? (1996) ... (executive producer)
- Cupid Is as Cupid Does (1996) ... (executive producer)
- Hey Diddle Diddle (1996) ... (executive producer)
 1995 Campus Cops (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1995 Here Come the Munsters (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1995 Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory (Video documentary) (producer - segment "Thriller")
 1995 Sliders (TV Series) (executive producer - 9 episodes)
- Luck of the Draw (1995) ... (executive producer)
- The King Is Back (1995) ... (executive producer)
- The Weaker Sex (1995) ... (executive producer)
- Eggheads (1995) ... (executive producer)
- Summer of Love (1995) ... (executive producer)
 1994 Weird Science (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1987 Amazon Women on the Moon (executive producer)
 1986 Fuzzbucket (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1985 Clue (executive producer)
 1985 B.B. King: Into the Night (Video documentary short) (producer)
 1983 The Making of 'Thriller' (Video documentary) (producer)
 1983 Michael Jackson: Thriller (Video short) (producer)
 1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie (producer)
 1982 Coming Soon (Video documentary) (producer)
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Other Works:

Music video: Directed Michael Jackson video "Thriller" See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 15 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

John Landie | Landis


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I always loved those 1960s films and the things Richard Lester had done with The Beatles, and I conceived An American Werewolf in London (1981) with that spirit in mind. London was horror central, of course, home of Jack the Ripper, Jekyll and Hyde, so I wanted all that Victorian Gothic, but I also wanted to show the real London of 1981. See more »


Five of his movies were nominated for AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs: The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Trading Places (1983). "Animal House" made the list at #36. See more »


Airport scenes in Into the Night (1985) and Coming to America (1988) have a call over the PA system for a 'Mr Frank Ozkerwitz' to pick up the white courtesy phone. This is Frank Oz's real name. Landis' work frequently features Oz. See more »

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