John Landis





8/3/1950 , Chicago, Illinois, USA

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John Landis, a director most famous for his horror and comedy films, was born on 3 August 1950, in Chicago, Illinois. He began his career as a mailboy at 20th Century Fox, and got his first job of note in 1969 when he replaced the assistant director on the Yugoslavian set of Kelly's Heroes. He worked as a stunt double, production assistant, and myriad other jobs until making his feature debut in 1971 with Schlock. The film was a failure, and he did not direct again until 1977's Kentucky Fried Movie. The shock commercial success led to his directing National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), another hugely successful picture. 1980 brought comedy The Blues Brothers, starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and one of the most expensive movies ever made at the time. In 1981 he directed horror film An American Werewolf in London - a film he had planned to make since 1969 in Yugoslavia. The rest of the 1980s saw Landis' stock rise further, with films like Trading Places (1983), Spies Like Us (1985), and especially Coming To America (1988) all achieving huge box-office success. Landis' output slowed in the 1990s, directing Beverley Hills Cop III (1994) and Blues Brothers 2000 (1998). Burke and Hare was released in 2010, his first feature film in over a decade.