John Landis

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Though not nearly a household name like contemporary filmmakers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, writer-director-occasional actor John Landis became one of the more important Hollywood filmmakers to come into ... Read more »
Born: 08/03/1950 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (51)

Trespassing Bergman 2015 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

American Grindhouse 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Scenesters 2010 (Movie)

Judge Paxton B. Johnson (Actor)

Machete Maidens Unleashed! 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Surviving Eden 2006 (Movie)

Dr. Levine (Actor)

Boogeymen II: Masters of Horror 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Spider-Man 2 2004 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Unseen Untold: The Blues Brothers 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Burlesque 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Nightmare 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Andy Kaufman's Really Big Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Don Ameche: Hollywood's Class Act 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Video Killed the Radio Star 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Diamonds 1999 (Movie)

Gambler (Actor)

Freeway 2 1999 (Movie)

Judge Kaltenbrenner (Actor)

Laws of Deception 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad City 1997 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Caroline in the City 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Big Scary Movie Show 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Jerry Lewis, Total Filmmaker 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Silence of the Hams 1994 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Stephen King's The Stand 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Is Henry Jaglom? 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Stephen King's Sleepwalkers 1992 (Movie)

Lab Technician (Actor)

Venice/Venice 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Body Chemistry II: Voice of a Stranger 1991 (Movie)

Dr Edwards (Actor)

Darkman 1990 (Movie)

Physician (Actor)

Spontaneous Combustion 1990 (Movie)

Radio Technician (Actor)

Stand-Up Comics Take a Stand! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

Savak (Actor)

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Eating Raoul 1982 (Movie)

Man in Bank (Actor)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

An American Werewolf in London 1981 (Movie)

Man Hit By Car (Actor)

The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

Trooper La Fong (Actor)

1941 1979 (Movie)

Mizerany (Actor)

The Kentucky Fried Movie 1977 (Movie)

Studio Crew Member (Actor)

Death Race 2000 1975 (Movie)

Mechanic (Actor)

Battle For the Planet of the Apes 1973 (Movie)

Jake's Friend (Actor)

Schlock 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bloodsucking Cinema (TV Show)

Actor

It's Black Entertainment (TV Show)

Actor

Psycho IV: The Beginning (TV Show)

Actor

Quicksilver Highway (TV Show)

Actor
Director (27)

Burke and Hare 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Disney's Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show 1953 - 1955, 1985 - 1986, 1994 - 2000, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

George Burns Comedy Week 1953 - 1955, 1985 - 1986, 1995 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Susan's Plan 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Campus Cops 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Director

The Stupids 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Topper 1953 - 1955, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Director

Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Dangerous 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

Innocent Blood 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Oscar 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

Coming to America 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 (Movie)

(("Mondo Condo" "Hospital" "Blacks Without Soul" "Don 'No Soul' Simmons" "Video Date")) (Director)

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Trading Places 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

(("Back There" "Prologue")) (Director)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

(part-one) (Director)

An American Werewolf in London 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

The Kentucky Fried Movie 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Schlock 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Slasher (TV Show)

Director
Producer (15)

Some Guy Who Kills People 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Starz Inside: Ladies or Gentlemen 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sliders 1953 - 1955, 1985 - 1986, 1994 - 2000, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" 1999 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Weird Science 1993 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fuzzbucket 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Clue 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dream On (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Here Come the Munsters (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (10)

Fear Itself 1953 - 1955, 1985 - 1986, 1994 - 2000, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Writer

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

from screenplay("The Blues Brothers") (From Story)

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

An American Werewolf in Paris 1997 (Movie)

from characters in("An American Werewolf in London") (Characters as Source Material)

Clue 1985 (Movie)

(From Story)

Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

("Back There") ("Prologue") (Screenplay)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

(part-one) (Screenplay)

An American Werewolf in London 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Schlock 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Sound (1)

Oscar 1991 (Movie)

ADR group (ADR)
Music (1)

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

lyrics("John the Revelator") (Theme Lyrics)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Videotape Operator
Other (3)

The Dark Backward 1991 (Movie)

grateful acknowledgment (Acknowledgment)

Eating Raoul 1982 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

"An American Werewolf in London"((1981) clip provider) (Film Clips)

Biography

Though not nearly a household name like contemporary filmmakers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, writer-director-occasional actor John Landis became one of the more important Hollywood filmmakers to come into prominence in the late 1970s. Enormously successful and influential, particularly because of the first half of his career, Landis directed some of the seminal comedies of the century, including "The Kentucky Fried Movie" (1977) and the college favorite "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978). Following the huge success of "Animal House," which spawned new generations of fans throughout the years, Landis scored another big hit with "The Blues Brothers" (1980), marking a high point in his career, which he followed with the cult classic "An American Werewolf in London" (1981). Accused of being responsible for an unspeakable tragedy following the deaths of three actors, including Vic Morrow, on the set of "The Twilight Zone - The Movie" (1983), Landis hit a career skid that saw few highlights - only "Trading Places" (1983) and "Coming to America" (1988) being worthy of any note. Though he directed Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (1983), widely considered to be the best music video ever made, and later Jackson's "Black or White" (1991), one of the most-watched videos of all time, Landis was unable to resuscitate his feature career, even when trying to recapture old magic with "Blues Brothers 2000" (1998). Still, Landis remained an influential filmmaker, if only because of past glories.

Relationships

Shirley Levine

Mother

Walter Levine

Step-Father

Marshall Landis

Father

Rachel Landis

Daughter
Born in June 1982 mother, Deborah Nadoolman

Max Landis

Son
Born in August 1985 mother, Deborah Nadoolman co-wrote "Deer Woman," an episode of "Masters of Horror" in 2005

Deborah Nadoolman

Wife
Married Landis on July 27, 1980 designed the costumes for several of her husband's films including "The Kentucky Fried Movie" (1977), "The Blues Brothers" (1980) and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981" was nominated for an Academy Award for Landis' "Coming to America" (1988) and has served as president of the Costume Designers Guild

Milestones

2007

Directed three episodes of "Psych" on the USA Network

2007

Directed the documentary "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project" for HBO

2005

Directed "Deer Woman" and "Family" episodes of the Showtime series "Masters of Horror"

1999

Produced the syndicated series "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World"

1998

Returned to direct "Blues Brothers 2000"

1996

Guest starred as himself in an episode of the NBC sitcom "Caroline in the City"

1995

Executive produced the first season of Fox's Sci-fi series "Sliders"

1994

Once again teamed with Eddie Murphy for "Beverly Hills Cop III"

1992

Replaced Jack Shoulder as the director of the horror film "Innocent Blood"

1991

Re-teamed with Michael Jackson to direct his "Black and White" video

1990

Executive produced (and occasional directed) the popular HBO sitcom "Dream On"

1988

Re-teamed with Eddie Murphy to direct "Coming to America"

1987

Co-directed the satirical comedy "Amazon Women on the Moon," which is a compilation of twenty-one comedy skits directed by five different directors

1986

TV producing debut, "Fuzzbucket," a fantasy telefilm on ABC's "Disney Sunday Movie"

1986

Directed "¡Three Amigos!" with Chevy Chase, Martin Short and Steve Martin

1985

Directed the feature "Into the Night" and the accompanying documentary "B.B. King 'Into the Night'"

1985

Re-teamed with Dan Aykroyd, who co-wrote and co-starred, for the comedy "Spies Like Us"

1985

Made TV directing debut with "Disaster at Buzz Creek," an episode of the CBS comedy series "George Burns Comedy Week"

1984

Executive produced the USA Network series "Weird Science" based on the movie of the same name

1983

Helmed the comedy "Trading Places"; first collaboration with Eddie Murphy and second teaming with Dan Aykroyd

1983

Directed Michael Jackson's landmark longform music video "Thriller"; again collaborating with makeup FX master Rick Baker

1983

Produced the best-selling home video documentary short subject "Making Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'"

1983

Made producing debut with "Twilight Zone: The Movie"; also directed the opening teaser and first segment of the film, which is known for the Helicopter crash which took the lives of actor Vic Morrow and two child actors

1982

Helmed first documentary, "Coming Soon," which was released only on VHS

1981

Directed, wrote and appeared in the well-received horror comedy "An American Werewolf in London"; re-teamed with Rick Baker, who won the Academy Award for Best Makeup Effects

1980

Co-wrote and directed "The Blues Brothers"; at the time was the most expensive - and subsequently the highest-grossing - comedy feature ever made; first collaboration with Dan Aykroyd who co-starred with Belushi and co-wrote with Landis

1979

Appeared as an actor in Steven Spielberg's "1941"

1978

Breakthrough feature as director, "National Lampoon's Animal House"; first collaboration with actor John Belushi

1977

Returned to directing when he was hired by writers Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams and David Zucker to direct their screenplay for "Kentucky Fried Movie"

1975

Had a small role in Paul Bartel's "Death Race 2000"

1973

Made feature debut as writer/director with the monster spoof "Schlock"; also starred (in gorilla suit) as the Sclockthropus; first collaboration with makeup effects designer Rick Baker

1973

Appeared as an actor in "Battle for the Planet of the Apes"

1969

Made feature debut at age 18, working uncredited as a production assistant on "Kelly's Heroes"

Formed St. Clare Entertainment with Robert Weiss and Leslie Belzberg to produce TV series, telefilms and miniseries

Reportedly worked as an uncredited co-writer for the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me"

Worked as an extra and stunt man in several German action movies and Spanish-filmed spaghetti Westerns

Bonus Trivia

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Landis received the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government in 1985.

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On July 23, 1982 during the filming of Twilight Zone, actor Vic Morrow and child extras Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen were killed in an accident involving an out of control helicopter. Landis was charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment (along with his associate producer, unit production manager, helicopter pilot and special effects supervisor); Pyrotechnic explosions caused the low-flying helicopter to spin out of control and crash. The rotor blade decapitated Morrow and Le; Chen was crushed by the helicopter's skid; all plead not guilty and were acquitted after a year-long trial. Landis was later reprimanded for circumventing the State of California's child labor laws in hiring the two children killed in the accident. This tragedy resulted in stricter safety measures and enforcement of child labor laws, in the State of California. The parents of the children sued, and later settled out of court for $2 million per family. Vic Morrow's daughters, Carrie Morrow and actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, similarly pursued a lawsuit that settled for an undisclosed amount purportedly in the $800,000 range.

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