Jack Webb
Actor, producer, director, author
Jack Webb
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.
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National Junior Track Champs - Day 5 - British Cycling
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Paul eased past a very nervous looking Taylor Cardus (Velo29) and Rotherham, Baker, Sassan Emadi of Tunstall Wheelers, Ed Bird of Ciclos Uno and Sean Mayer of Lyme RC joined him in the quarter-finals with Alistair Thomas (Sportcity Velo) and Jack Webb
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LA Police To Honor Snowden - The Beverly Hills Courier
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BHPD Chief Dave Snowden will become the first Beverly Hills police chief ever to be honored by the Los Angeles Police Historical Society when he accepts an award at the Society's 18th annual 2011 Jack Webb Awards Dinner,
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The Writer's Guild and Me - BernardGoldberg.com (blog)
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Thanks to Jack Webb's inviting me to write for Dragnet, I became a proud member of the WGA back in the late 60s, but the honeymoon came to an unseemly end at a strike meeting a few years later. Because the Guild had decided to try dividing the
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Pulling Strings in Hollywood: The Business of Making TV Movies - Reuters
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A close associate of his sometime later suggested that Landon "never hit a wall or suffered writers' block," he was, in fact, the kind of rare industry power (like Jack Webb or Norman Lear) who enjoyed "paying it forward." Then Michael created a two
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Whyte place at the right time for Runcorn Linnets against Flixton - Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News
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Had Jack Webb's late thunderbolt been inches lower the Linnets would have extended their 100% record, but had to be content with seven points out of a possible nine instead. Rob Bodie retained his place for the injured David Hill, in an otherwise
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Fraudsters Beware: Fraud Dog, a Reality Series Designed to Educate Viewers ... - PR Newswire (press release)
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15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- First there was Jack Webb in a series called Dragnet. Then America's Most Wanted tracked down real criminals. Now TransMedia Group will publicize another Webb -- Linda Webb -- starring as the most ferocious successor yet in the
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Realtors Propose Joint Website For Lookout, Tn., Ga. - The Chattanoogan
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Realtors Gail Jenkins and Jack Webb will make a presentation to a joint meeting with the Lookout Mountain, Tn., and Ga., commissioners on Aug. 31 at 5 pm to address the issues of home sales on the mountain. The realtors are proposing the two towns
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Opinion: Now and Then - The Skinny
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Balbir Singh's beat-box and tabla mash-up, Jack Webb's explosive improvisation and Ultimate Dancer's high art hilarity are all supposed to belong to this vague category, despite having little in common beyond "bodies moving in space"
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Jack Webb dances in the present moment - The Skinny
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Although his influences are eclectic and international - he worked with Slovenia's live art provocateurs Via Negativa between touring solo dances - Jack Webb is part of a rising wave of Scottish dancers who are exploring new ways to choreograph
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Cricket: Winning return for Widnes - Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News
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In reply, Widnes were indebted to Negi who made 92, well supported by Jack Webb with 35no. They will now travel to Timperley next Sunday for a quarter-final tie. Widnes 2nds managed a draw with Bramhall as the visitors hit 206-8
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Traveling back through the Door County Advocate archives: July 13 - Green Bay Press Gazette
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At the movies: "The Last Time I Saw Archie" starring Robert Mitchum and Jack Webb, and "Parrish" with Troy Donahue and Claudette Colbert. At the Skylight Drive-In: "Ocean's Eleven" starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Peter Lawford
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The Stars That Popularized Paramedicine - Wall Street Journal
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That popular NBC show about Los Angeles County paramedics, produced by Jack Webb, had a long run beginning in January 1972, and the LA County Fire Museum, crammed into a nondescript warehouse in this suburb just south of downtown LA, is hoping that an
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A night in the life of City Council - Jacksonville Daily Record
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“You guys have been a lot of fun,” Council President Jack Webb told the 17 colleagues still present at the end of the meeting, Council member Denise Lee left during the proceedings. “I think both of us, we finished pretty well,” said Council Vice
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Pension reform could save $750-million over the next 35 years - WOKV
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Current council president Jack Webb says it's not really getting rushed since this has been worked on for the past couple of years. “That's the one bill in the world that's not being rushed, we've been working on the matter for 2 years,” says Webb
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How Peter Falk Made Lt. Columbo Iconic - Wall Street Journal (blog)
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They were smooth and elegant, like Gene Barry's millionaire homicide cop Amos Burke, or stalwart do-gooders like Jack Webb's by-the-book Joe Friday, or handsome tough guys like Burt Reynolds's Dan August. We watched them because they were better
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Jack Webb: 'It's a tumultuous time' - Jacksonville Daily Record
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City Council President Jack Webb, who leaves office next week, took note of the volatile environment the Council chamber has become as the Council year ends along with the terms for seven of the 19 members and the mayor
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Before terms end, Jacksonville City Council to debate employee pension changes - Florida Times-Union
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City Council President Jack Webb scheduled a meeting Tuesday for all council members and called a committee of the whole to debate two benefits bills. Sign up for Jacksonville.com's afternoon top stories get today's top stories in your inbox each
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Webb
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 61
    Webb died of a heart attack on December 23, 1982.
    More Details Hide Details He is interred at Sheltering Hills Plot 1999, Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, and was given a funeral with full police honors. On Webb's death, Chief Daryl Gates announced that badge number 714, which was used by Joe Friday in Dragnet, would be retired. Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley ordered all flags lowered to half-mast in Webb's honor for a day, and Webb was buried with a replica LAPD badge bearing the rank of sergeant and the number 714. Jack Webb has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for radio (at 7040 Hollywood Boulevard) and the other for television (at 6728 Hollywood Boulevard). In 1992, Webb was posthumously inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1971
    Age 50
    Later in the 1971-72 season, Webb and Cinader launched Emergency!, a spin-off of Adam-12 which focused on the fictional Station 51 Rescue Squad of L.A. County Fire Department, which also featured one of the first paramedic units, and its work in conjunction with the emergency room staff of the fictional Rampart General Hospital.
    More Details Hide Details Webb cast his ex-wife, Julie London, as well as her second husband and Dragnet ensemble player Bobby Troup, as head nurse Dixie McCall and Dr. Joe Early, respectively, with Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe playing paramedics John Gage and Roy DeSoto and Robert Fuller playing Dr. Kelly Brackett, Rampart's Chief of Emergency Medicine. Emergency! ran as part of NBC's Saturday night lineup for five and a half seasons, and it was a popular program, sometimes winning its time slot against CBS's popular Saturday night comedy block, which included All in the Family. The series came to an end in 1977, but it spawned a series of telefilms that ran until 1979. Webb's company and Universal also contracted with animator Fred Calvert to produce a Saturday morning cartoon for NBC titled Emergency +4, which ran for three seasons (the last in reruns) and featured Gage and DeSoto assisted by four teenagers.
    In 1971, Webb entered the world of district attorneys and federal government work with two series.
    More Details Hide Details The first, The D.A., starred Robert Conrad and Harry Morgan as a pair of Los Angeles County ADAs, with Conrad playing a junior ADA and Morgan his superior. The second, O'Hara, United States Treasury, was a co-production of Webb and David Janssen, the former star of The Fugitive and future star of Harry O, for CBS (a rare non-NBC Mark VII effort) and featured Janssen as a Nebraska county sheriff-turned-United States Treasury Department agent. Neither series lasted very long, as The D.A., Webb's last thirty-minute series, was canceled after fifteen episodes and O'Hara ended after twenty-two.
  • FORTIES
  • 1970
    Age 49
    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.
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  • 1968
    Age 47
    Also in 1968, Webb and Johnny Carson performed a sketch on The Tonight Show that has since become known as the "Copper Clapper Caper" sketch.
    More Details Hide Details Webb, in character as Joe Friday, was working on the case of a robbery at a school bell factory. Carson played the owner of the factory and victim of the theft, which consisted of each bell being relieved of its clapper (the device that makes the bell ring). The sketch's dialogue consisted of Webb and Carson discussing the situation in deadpan style and using alliteration and tongue twisters to describe the incident, each word having either a "c" or "cl" sound at the beginning. Both Webb and Carson tried desperately not to lose composure, but both did, near the very end of the sketch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjquGpmgwOo
    In 1968, Webb and his production partner R.A. Cinader launched Adam-12 on NBC.
    More Details Hide Details A spinoff of Dragnet, Adam-12 starred Martin Milner and Kent McCord as a pair of LAPD beat cops and followed their escapades while on patrol. Running till 1975, for a total of seven seasons, Adam-12 was Webb's second longest running television series, with the eight seasons recorded by the original Dragnet being the longest.
  • 1966
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Joe Friday joined by Harry Morgan as Officer Bill Gannon. (Webb had tried to get Ben Alexander to reprise his role as Frank Smith, but he was unable to get Alexander to leave the ABC series Felony Squad.) The new Dragnet premiered as a midseason replacement series on January 12, 1967 and aired until April 16, 1970. To distinguish it from the original series, the year of production was added to the title (Dragnet 1967, Dragnet 1968, etc.). The revival emphasized crime prevention and outreach to the public. Its attempts to address the contemporary youth-drug culture (such as the "The LSD Story" episode, guest-starring Michael Burns as Benjamin John "Blue Boy" Carver, voted 85th-best TV episode of all time by TV Guide and TV Land) have led certain episodes on the topic to achieve cult status due to their strained attempts to be "with-it," such as Joe Friday grilling "Blue Boy" by asking him, "You're pretty high and far out, aren't you? What kind of kick are you on, son?" Don Dubbins, who had acted alongside Webb in The D.I. in 1957, was another featured actor in Mark VII Limited programs beginning in the 1960s.
  • 1963
    Age 42
    Meanwhile, Webb teamed with actor Jeffrey Hunter to form Apollo Productions. They produced a failed television series, Temple Houston, with Hunter in the title role. In the summer of 1963, Webb pushed Temple Houston to production.
    More Details Hide Details The series was loosely based on the life of the frontier lawyer Temple Lea Houston, the youngest son of the legendary Texan Sam Houston. The series was added to the NBC schedule after the planned drama, The Robert Taylor Show, based on case files of the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, was suddenly disbanded after making four episodes. Under orders from Webb, Temple Houston episodes were put together in just two or three days each, something previously thought impossible in television production. Work began on August 7, 1963, with the initial airing set for September 19. Jimmy Lydon, a former child actor, adult actor, and a television producer with Warner Brothers at the time, recalled that Webb told the staff, "Fellas, I just sold Temple Houston. We gotta be on the air in four weeks; we can't use the pilot, we have no scripts, no nothing--do it!" Lydon recalled the team having worked around the clock to get Temple Houston on the air. Co-producer William Conrad directed six episodes, two scripts simultaneously on two different soundstages at WB. "We bicycled Jeff (series star Jeffrey Hunter) and Elam (supporting star Jack Elam) between the two companies, and Bill shot 'em both in four-and-a-half days. Two complete one-hour shows!" recalled Lydon.
    In 1963, Webb took over from William T. Orr as executive producer of the ABC/Warner Brothers detective series 77 Sunset Strip.
    More Details Hide Details He brought about wholesale changes in the program and retained only Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., in the role of private detective Stuart Bailey. Gone were co-stars Roger Smith and Edd Byrnes and the lively series set. The altered program began with Bailey quietly entering an elevator to an upper floor of a bleak office building. The story lines were far different from those of the first five years of the series. The result was a disaster, and critics would accuse Webb of being out of touch with the younger generation, a perception that Dragnet subsequently did nothing to correct. Ratings fell, and 77 Sunset Strip was canceled before the end of the sixth season. John Gavin's Destry, a light-hearted western series, filled the remaining three months of the Friday night time slot vacated on ABC by 77 Sunset Strip.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1955
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Stacy Webb authorized and collaborated on a book, Just the Facts, Ma'am; The Authorized Biography of Jack Webb, Creator of Dragnet, Adam-12, and Emergency!, of which Daniel Moyer and Eugene Alvarez were the primary authors. It was published in 1999. Stacy did not live to see the publication of the book, having been killed in a car accident three years earlier. Webb, despite his string of short-lived series in the 1970s, still kept trying to recapture his previous success and decided to bring Dragnet back to television for a third series in 1983. Five scripts had been produced and Kent McCord, one of the stars of Adam-12, was cast as Joe Friday's new partner.
  • 1951
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That show became the basis for a 1955 movie of the same name. In 1959, a television version was made. Neither was very successful. Pete Kelly was a cornet player who supplemented his income from playing in a nightclub band by working as a private investigator.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1950
    Age 29
    Also in 1950, Webb appeared in The Men, the film in which Marlon Brando made his film debut.
    More Details Hide Details Both actors played paraplegics undergoing rehabilitation at a veterans's hospital. In a subplot, Webb's character, a cynical intellectual, is fleeced of his life savings by a woman who feigns romantic interest in him.
    In 1950, Webb appeared alongside future 1960s Dragnet partner Harry Morgan in the film noir Dark City.
    More Details Hide Details In contrast to the pair's straight-arrow image in Dragnet, here Webb played a vicious card sharp in Dark City and Morgan a punch-drunk ex-fighter.
    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.
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  • 1947
    Age 26
    They married in 1947 and had daughters Stacy (1950–1996, see below) and Lisa, born 1952. But they divorced in 1954.
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  • 1946
    Age 25
    He Walked By Night's thinly veiled fictionalized recounting of the 1946 Walker crime spree gave Webb the idea for Dragnet: a recurring series based on real cases from LAPD police files, featuring authentic depictions of the modern police detective, including methods, mannerisms, and technical language.
    More Details Hide Details With much assistance from Sgt. Marty Wynn and legendary LAPD chief William H. Parker, Dragnet premiered on NBC Radio in 1949 and ran till 1957. It was also picked up as a television series by NBC, which aired episodes each season from 1952 to 1959. Webb played Sgt. Joe Friday, and Barton Yarborough co-starred as Sgt. Ben Romero. After Yarborough's death, Ben Alexander joined the cast as Officer Frank Smith. Webb was a stickler for attention to detail. He believed viewers wanted "realism" and tried to give it to them. Webb had tremendous respect for those in law enforcement. He often said, in interviews, that he was angry about the "ridiculous amount" of abuse to which police were subjected by the press and the public. Webb was also impressed by the long hours, the low pay, and the high injury rate among police investigators of the day, particularly in the LAPD, which had by then acquired a notorious reputation for jettisoning officers who had become ill or injured in the line of duty; in his and James Ellroy's book The badge: true and terrifying crime stories that could not be presented on TV, from the creator and star of "Dragnet," one of Erwin Walker's victims, LAPD detective LT Colin Forbes, was among those whose experiences were so noted.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to that, he had a one-man program, One Out of Seven, on KGO in which he dramatized a news story from the previous week. By 1949, he had abandoned comedy for drama, and starred in Pat Novak for Hire, a radio show originating from KFRC about a man who worked as an unlicensed private detective. The program co-starred Raymond Burr. Pat Novak was notable for writing that imitated the hard-boiled style of such writers as Raymond Chandler, with lines such as: "She drifted into the room like 98 pounds of warm smoke. Her voice was hot and sticky--like a furnace full of marshmallows." Webb's radio shows included Johnny Madero, Pier 23, Jeff Regan, Investigator, Murder and Mr. Malone, Pete Kelly's Blues, and One Out of Seven. Webb provided all of the voices on One Out of Seven, often vigorously attacking racial prejudice.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1938
    Age 17
    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."
    More Details Hide Details During World War II, Webb enlisted in the United States Army Air Force, but he "washed out" of flight training. He later received a hardship discharge, since he was the primary financial support for both his mother and grandmother.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    Born on April 2, 1920.
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