Actor, producer, and writer who became a TV legend with the premiere of the police procedural drama Dragnet in 1951. Though he had a solid film career appearing in movies like Sunset Boulevard and The Men, it is for Dragnet and other Webb productions such as Adam-12 and…more
Fittingly, considering both actors' legendary methods of "deadpan thespianism", Webb was born just one day after "cinematic samurai" Toshiro Mifune - in the same month of the same year.
On August 11, 2009, Sergeant Joe Friday appeared on a .44-cent ($0.44) United States postage stamp commemorating Dragnet and Jack Webb as part of the Post Offices Early TV Memories Stamp Collection.
Webb narrated a training film for the United States Postal Service titled Is It Worth It? The training film laid out details for Poster Workers should not tamper with mail or steal from the Post Office.
Webb was a close friend of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry. While Webb was doing Dragnet, Roddenberry was an L.A.P.D. officer and would submit treatments to Webb of real cases for Webb to make into episodes.
Webb is buried in the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetary in Los Angeles.
Webb's personal politics were very conservative and this was reflected in the tone of his shows.
Webb's character, Sgt. Joe Friday, never said, "Just the facts, ma'am."
Webb briefly served as head of production for the TV unit of Warner Brothers in 1962.
Webb directed and co-starred with Robert Mitchum in the 1961 film The Last Time I Saw Archie.
Webb's life was the subject of an episode of Biography on A&E.
Webb won critical acclaim for his portrayal of a hard core Marine Corps Drill Instructor in the 1957 film The D.I.
Webb had two daughters with first wife Julie London: Stacey and Alisa.
Webb was nominated for Emmys for Dragnet from 1953-56 but never won.
Webb has 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for radio located at 7040 Hollywood Boulevard and the other for television located at 6728 Hollywood Boulevard.
Webb was married four times:
Julie London (1947-53)
Dorothy Towne (1955-57)
Jackie Loughery (1958-64)
Opal Wright (1980-his death)
Webb was the basis for the character of Brett Chase in the 1997 film L. A. Confidential.
Webb was offered the role of Dean Wormer on Animal House but turned it down.
Webb smoked three packs of cigarettes a day.
Webb never knew his father and was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother.
Webb's production company was named Mark VII.
In 1968, Webb parodied his Joe Friday persona in a hilarious Tonight Show skit with Johnny Carson. This skit has been know as The Great Clapper Caper or The Copper Clapper Caper.
At the time of his death Webb was considering reviving Dragnet with Kent McCord as his partner.
The LAPD named a police academy auditorium after Webb.
Webb cast ex-wife Julie London and her current husband, Bobby Troup, in his 1972-77 series Emergency!
Webb's second version of Dragnet lasted from 1967 to 1970. That series was a bigger hit in syndication than first run.
In 1951, Webb took Dragnet from radio to television. The series lasted until 1959.
Webb played William Holden's best friend in the classic film Sunset Boulevard.
Webb co-starred with Marlon Brando in 1950's The Men which was also Brando's film debut.
In 1950, Webb co-starred with future Dragnet partner Harry Morgan in Dark City. That film also marked the movie debut of Charlton Heston.
The radio version of Dragnet premiered on 1949 on NBC with Webb as Joe Friday and Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero.
Webb's work on the 1948 film He Walked by Night gave him the idea for Dragnet.
Webb starred in a radio drama, Pat Novak for Hire, after leaving the service.
Webb served as a crew member of a B-26 Marauder during World War II.
Webb grew up in the Bunker Hill section of Los Angeles.
He was 5 feet 10 inches tall.
Upon his death, the badge number 714, used by his character Sgt. Joe Friday in Dragnet was officially retired by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Performed charity work related to widows and orphans of police officers killed in the line of duty.
He was buried with full honors befitting a LAPD detective, inculding a 17-gun salute.
Jack had just over 6,000 jazz albums in his private colletion.