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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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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
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(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:

Radio: Starred in the radio series "Jeff Regan, Investigator", where he played a hard-boiled and underpaid operative of a private detective agency (CBS Radio). 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:

He turned down the role of the Dean in Animal House (1978) because he felt it would be poking fun at his straight-laced, law-and-order image; he was closely identified with law and order, in particular police officers, and he felt that the film would be making fun of that, although he claimed he was willing to poke fun at himself--and, in fact, did just that in a famous skit on The Tonight Show ... See more »

Trademark:

A buzzsaw flattop haircut. He first wore it for the title role of The D.I. (1957) and kept it for the rest of his career. See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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