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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)

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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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Other Works:

Radio: Starred in the series "Johnny Madero, Pier 23". NOTE: It was almost identical in style and plot to Webb's earlier radio series "Pat Novak for Hire", but that program continued with a different star after Webb left San Francisco for Hollywood, so the network was forced to change the program's title. 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:

At the height of Dragnet (1951)'s popularity, people would actually call the LAPD wanting to speak to Webb's character, Sgt. Joe Friday. The Department eventually came up with a stock answer to the large volume of calls: "Sorry, it's Joe's day off". See more »

Trademark:

His stories often dealt with complex social issues See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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