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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 9 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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(1980)
(1983)
(1998)

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  An American Werewolf in London (executive producer) (announced)
  I Hate Kids (executive producer) (completed)
 2015/I The Last Kill (Short) (executive producer)
 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)
 1997-1999 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 9 episodes)
- Honey, It's One Small Step for Mankind (1999) ... (executive producer)
- Honey, It Takes Two to Mambo (1999) ... (executive producer)
- Honey, It's Quarkzilla (1998) ... (executive producer)
- Honey, It's No Fun Being an Illegal Alien (1998) ... (executive producer)
- Honey, Meet the Barbarians (1998) ... (executive producer)
 1999 The Lost World (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1999 The Lost World (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1998 Susan's Plan (producer)
 1998 The Lost World (executive producer)
 1994-1998 Weird Science (TV Series) (executive producer - 88 episodes)
- WS4 (1998) ... (executive producer)
- Genie Junior (1998) ... (executive producer)
- Wicked Wish (1998) ... (executive producer)
- Night of the Swingin' Steves (1998) ... (executive producer)
- School Spirits (1998) ... (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)
 1996 Campus Cops (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- Muskrat Ramble (1996) ... (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)
 1987 Amazon Women on the Moon (executive producer)
 1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- Fuzzbucket (1986) ... (executive producer)
 1985 B.B. King: Into the Night (Video documentary short) (producer)
 1985 Clue (executive 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:

Nonfiction book (ed.): "Best American Movie Writing 2001". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 16 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

John Landie | Landis

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on superstars] I've worked with Paul McCartney, and Michael Jackson, and The Blues Brothers, and David Bowie, and a lot of people that have gone through that experience, and man I think it's difficult to remain sane under those circumstances. When you see what happened to Elvis Presley - I mean, I understand it, but with that level of stardom, and that level of celebrity, it's a miracle if you ... See more »

Trivia:

The trademark trivia often mentioned in Landis-directed films, the inclusion in some form of the phrase "See you next Wednesday", is a reference to a script young Landis wrote at 15 (which in itself was named after a line in the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)). Whenever Landis uses an idea from it in a film he's made, he always "credits" the script. The reference appears during... See more »

Trademark:

Music: 'The Girl from Ipanema' See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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