Jack Webb

Actor + Producer + Director + Author
Born Apr 2, 1920

John Randolph "Jack" Webb, also known by the pseudonym John Randolph, was an American actor, television producer, director and screenwriter, who is most famous for his role as Sergeant Joe Friday in the radio and television series Dragnet. He was also the founder of his own production company, Mark VII Limited.… Read More

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1920 Birth Born on April 2, 1920.


1938 18 Years Old He wrote to the student body in the 1938 edition of its yearbook, Campanile, "You who showed me the magnificent warmth of friendship which I know, and you know, I will carry with me forever." … Read More


1946 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Following his discharge, he moved to San Francisco, where a wartime shortage of announcers led to a temporary appointment to his own radio show on ABC's KGO Radio. The Jack Webb Show was a half-hour comedy that had a limited run on ABC radio in 1946. … Read More
1947 27 Years Old …  They married in 1947 and had daughters Stacy (1950–1996, see below) and Lisa, born 1952. But they divorced in 1954.


In Dragnet's early days, Webb continued to appear in movies, notably as the best friend of William Holden's character in the 1950 Billy Wilder film Sunset Boulevard.
1951 31 Years Old In 1951, Webb introduced a short-lived radio series, Pete Kelly's Blues, in an attempt to bring the music he loved to a broader audience. … Read More
1955 35 Years Old He was married three more times after that, to Dorothy Towne for two years beginning in 1955, to former Miss USA Jackie Loughery for six years beginning in 1958, and to his longtime associate, Opal Wright, for the last two years of his life. … Read More


1963 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1963, Webb took over from William T. Orr as executive producer of the ABC/Warner Brothers detective series 77 Sunset Strip. … Read More
1966 46 Years Old Shortly after leaving his position at Warner Bros., Webb teamed with Universal Television to begin work on a new Dragnet series. A pilot telefilm, based on the Harvey Glatman serial killings, was produced in 1966 for NBC, with Webb's Sgt. … Read More
1968 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, Webb and his production partner R.A. Cinader launched Adam-12 on NBC. … Read More


1970 50 Years Old In 1970 Webb decided to bring an end to Dragnet and cease acting in order to focus on expanding Mark VII Limited's production profile.
1971 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1971, Webb entered the world of district attorneys and federal government work with two series. … Read More


1982 63 Years Old Webb died of a heart attack on December 23, 1982. … Read More
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