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Also Known As: John David Landis Died:
Born: August 3, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: producer, director, screenwriter, actor, production assistant, dialogue coach, stuntman, videotape operator, mail boy

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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...

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.

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  Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) Director
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  Stupids, The (1996) Director
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  Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) Director
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  Innocent Blood (1992) Director
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  Oscar (1991) Director
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  Coming to America (1988) Director
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  Amazon Women On The Moon (1987) Director ("Mondo Condo" "Hospital" "Blacks Without Soul" "Don 'No Soul' Simmons" "Video Date")
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  Three Amigos! (1986) Director
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  Spies Like Us (1985) Director

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 Scenesters, The (2010)
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 Surviving Eden (2006)
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 Spider-Man 2 (2004) Doctor
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 Diamonds (1999) Gambler
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 Freeway 2 (1999) Judge Kaltenbrenner
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 Mad City (1997) Doctor
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1970:
Made feature debut at age 18, working uncredited as a production assistant on "Kelly's Heroes"
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Worked as an extra and stunt man in several German action movies and Spanish-filmed spaghetti Westerns
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"
1975:
Had a small role in Paul Bartel's "Death Race 2000"
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Reportedly worked as an uncredited co-writer for the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me"
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"
1978:
Breakthrough feature as director, "National Lampoon's Animal House"; first collaboration with actor John Belushi
1979:
Appeared as an actor in Steven Spielberg's "1941"
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
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
1982:
Helmed first documentary, "Coming Soon," which was released only on VHS
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
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'"
1984:
Executive produced the USA Network series "Weird Science" based on the movie of the same name
1985:
Made TV directing debut with "Disaster at Buzz Creek," an episode of the CBS comedy series "George Burns Comedy Week"
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"
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
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Formed St. Clare Entertainment with Robert Weiss and Leslie Belzberg to produce TV series, telefilms and miniseries
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
1988:
Re-teamed with Eddie Murphy to direct "Coming to America"
1990:
Executive produced (and occasional directed) the popular HBO sitcom "Dream On"
1991:
Re-teamed with Michael Jackson to direct his "Black and White" video
1992:
Replaced Jack Shoulder as the director of the horror film "Innocent Blood"
1994:
Once again teamed with Eddie Murphy for "Beverly Hills Cop III"
1995:
Executive produced the first season of Fox's Sci-fi series "Sliders"
1996:
Guest starred as himself in an episode of the NBC sitcom "Caroline in the City"
1998:
Returned to direct "Blues Brothers 2000"
1999:
Produced the syndicated series "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World"
2005:
Directed "Deer Woman" and "Family" episodes of the Showtime series "Masters of Horror"
2007:
Directed the documentary "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project" for HBO
2007:
Directed three episodes of "Psych" on the USA Network
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Notes

Landis is the Chairman of St Clare Entertainment.

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

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wife:
Deborah Nadoolman. Costume designer. Married on July 27, 1980.

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father:
Marshall David Landis. Interior decorator.
step-father:
Walter Levine.
mother:
Shirley Levine.
daughter:
Rachel Landis. Born in June 1982.
son:
Max Landis. Born in August 1985.
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