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Jack Webb (I) (1920–1982)


John Randolph Webb was born in Santa Monica, California, to Margaret (Smith) and Samuel Chester Webb. 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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Adam-12
Adam-12 Writer
(1968-1975)
Sunset Blvd.
Sunset Blvd. Artie Green
(1950)
Pete Kelly's Blues
Pete Kelly's Blues Pete Kelly
(1955)
Dragnet
Dragnet Writer
(1954)

Filmography

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 2003-2004 Dragnet (TV Series) (created by - 22 episodes)
- Riddance (2004) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Killing Fields (2004) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Retribution (2004) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Frame of Mind (2004) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Abduction (2004) ... (creator - uncredited)
 1990-1991 The New Adam-12 (TV Series) (creator - 12 episodes)
- The Bully (1991) ... (creator)
- Addictions (1991) ... (creator)
- Missing (1991) ... (creator)
- Anatomy of a Rape (1991) ... (creator)
- No Mercy (1991) ... (creator)
 1989 Dragnet (TV Series) (creator)
 1987 Dragnet (radio and television series - uncredited)
 1977 Sam (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.0 (1977) ... (written by)
  Adam-12 (TV Series) (created by - 174 episodes, 1968 - 1975) (written by - 1 episode, 1968)
- Something Worth Dying For: Part 2 (1975) ... (creator)
- Something Worth Dying For: Part 1 (1975) ... (creator)
- Dana Hall (1975) ... (creator)
- Gus Corbin (1975) ... (creator)
- Operation Action (1975) ... (creator)
 1971-1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series) (creator - 22 episodes)
- Operation: Smokescreen (1972) ... (creator)
- Operation: Good Citizen (1972) ... (creator)
- Operation: Mr. Felix (1972) ... (creator)
- Operation: Rake-Off (1972) ... (creator)
- Operation: Dorias (1972) ... (creator)
  Dragnet 1967 (TV Series) (created by - 98 episodes, 1967 - 1970) (written by - 1 episode, 1967)
- D.H.Q.: The Victims (1970) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Burglary: Baseball (1970) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Robbery: The Harassing Wife (1970) ... (creator - uncredited)
- I.A.D.: The Receipt (1970) ... (creator - uncredited)
- D.H.Q.: Night School (1970) ... (creator - uncredited)
  Dragnet (TV Series) (creator - 276 episodes, 1951 - 1959) (writer - 3 episodes, 1953) (radio play - 2 episodes, 1953 - 1954) (original radio play - 1 episode, 1953) (radio script - 1 episode, 1953) (based on a radio play by - 1 episode, 1952) (screenplay - 1 episode, 1952)
- The Big Red (1959) ... (creator)
- The Big Counterfeit (1959) ... (creator)
- The Big Byron (1959) ... (creator)
- The Big .38 (1959) ... (creator)
- The Big Appetite (1959) ... (creator)
 1959 Pete Kelly's Blues (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- The Poor Butterfly Story (1959) ... (teleplay)
  Noah's Ark (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1956) (creator - 1 episode, 1956) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1956)
- The Reluctant Reindeer (1956) ... (creator)
- The Friendly Lion (1956) ... (writer)
- The Mascot (1956) ... (writer)
- The Toothless Monkey (1956) ... (teleplay)
 1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Kill (1956) ... (story)
 1954 Dragnet (screenplay - uncredited) / (television series - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

It was Webb's hands that were seen dropping the hammer during the Mark VII logo sequence at the end Dragnet (1951), Adam-12 (1968) and other series he produced. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | See more »

Alternate Names:

John Randolph

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Julie London] Julie was a hell of an actress--people forget--before she became a singer.

Trivia:

Not only did the Los Angeles Police Department use Dragnet (1951) episodes as training films for a time, it also named a police academy auditorium after Webb. See more »

Trademark:

Rapid-fire delivery of lines See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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