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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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(1980)
Schlock Director
(1973)
(1983)
(1998)

Filmography

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  An American Werewolf in London (executive producer) (announced)
 2021 Superhero Kindergarten (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- The First Day of School ... (executive producer)
 2019 I Hate Kids (executive producer)
 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)
 1999-2001 The Lost World (TV Series) (executive producer - 44 episodes)
- Into the Fire (2001) ... (executive producer)
- A Man of Vision (2001) ... (executive producer)
- The Visitor (2001) ... (executive producer)
- The Pirate's Curse (2001) ... (executive producer)
- Survivors (2001) ... (executive producer)
 1997-1999 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 10 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 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) (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 - 2 episodes)
- Muskrat Ramble (1996) ... (executive producer)
- Cop Squad ... (executive producer)
 1995 Here Come the Munsters (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1995 Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory (Video) (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 The Magical World of Disney (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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Personal Details

Other Works:

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

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

John Landie | Landis | Max's Parents

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Spouse:

Deborah Nadoolman  (2 children)

Children:

Max Landis | See more »

Parents:

Marshall Landis | Shirley Levine
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I worked on some pirates movies, all kind of movies. French foreign movies. I worked on a movie called Red Sun (1971) where Toshirô Mifune kills me, puts a sword through me. I worked as a stunt guy. I worked as a dialogue coach. I worked as an actor. I worked as a production assistant. See more »

Trivia:

After he dropped out of school at age 17 he worked as mailman at the Fox studios. See more »

Trademark:

Often works with makeup artist Rick Baker ((Schlock (1973), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Coming to America (1988), Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983)) See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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