John Landis

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Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth Date: August 03, 1950
Occupation: Director, Producer, Actor

John Landis Biography

John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes (1970). Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "spaghetti" westerns. Returning to the US, he made his feature debut as a writer-director at age 21 with Schlock (1973), an affectionate tribute to monster movies. Clad in a Rick Baker-designed gorilla suit, Landis starred as "Schlockthropus", the missing link. After working as a writer, actor and production assistant, Landis made his second film, The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), in collaboration with the Zucker brothers and Jim Abrahams. Landis rose to international recognition as director of the wildly successful Animal House (1978). With blockbusters such as The Blues Brothers (1980), Trading Places (1983), Spies Like Us (1985), ¡Three Amigos! (1986) and Coming to America (1988), Landis has directed some of the most popular film comedies of all time. Other feature credits include Into the Night (1985), Innocent Blood (1992) and the comedy/horror genre classic An American Werewolf in London (1981), which he also wrote. In 1986 Landis and four others, were acquitted of responsibility for the tragic accident that occurred in Landis' segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) in which actor Vic Morrow and two child actors were killed. The film also included segments directed by Joe Dante, George Miller and Steven Spielberg. In 1983 Landis wrote and directed the groundbreaking music video of Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983) (TV), created originally to play as a theatrical short. "Thriller" forever changed MTV and the concept of music videos, garnering multiple accolades including the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Overall Video, Viewer's Choice, and the Video Vanguard Award - The Greatest Video in the History of the World. In 1991 "Thriller" was inducted into the MVPA's Hall of Fame. In 1991, Landis collaborated again with Jackson (I) on Black or White (1991) (V), which premiered simultaneously in 27 countries with an estimated audience of 500 million. Although it was not the first motion picture or music video to do so, "Black or White" popularized the use of "digital morphing", where one object appears to seamlessly metamorphoses into another; the project raised the standard for state-of-the-art special effects in music videos. Landis has also been active in television as the executive producer (and often director) of the Ace- and Emmy Award-winning HBO series "Dream On" (1990). Other TV shows produced by his company, St. Clare Entertainment (St. Clare is the patron saint of television), include "Weird Science" (1994), "Sliders" (1995), "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show" (1997), "Campus Cops" (1995) and The Lost World (1998). In 2004 the Independent Film Channel broadcast his feature-length documentary about a used-car salesman, Slasher (2004) (TV). Deer Woman, an original one-hour episode written by Landis and his son Max Landis, inaugurated the "Masters of Horror" (2005) series in the fall of 2005 on Showtime. "Masters of Horror" also features one-hour episodes by John Carpenter, Roger Corman, Tobe Hooper, Don Coscarelli, Mick Garris, Dario Argento and Larry Cohen.A sought-after commercial director, Landis has worked for a variety of companies including Direct TV, Taco Bell, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Kellogg's and Disney. He was made a Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1985, awarded the Federico Fellini Prize by Rimini Cinema Festival in Italy and was named a George Eastman Scholar by The Eastman House in Rochester, New York. Both the Edinburgh Film Festival and the Torino Film Festival have held career retrospectives of his films. In 2004 Landis received the Time Machine Career Achievement Award at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain. Sent as a filmmaker/scholar by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Landis has lectured at many film schools and universities including Yale, Harvard, NYU, UCLA, UCSB, USC, Texas A&M, The North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Miami and Indiana University. He has also acted as a teacher and advisor to aspiring filmmakers at the Sundance Institute in Utah. Additionally, he edited Best American Movie Writing 2001 (Thunder's Mouth Press, NY, 2001). Born in Chicago, Illinois, Landis moved to Los Angeles soon after his birth. He is married to Deborah Nadoolman, an Oscar-nominated costume designer, and President of the Costume Designers Guild, with whom he has two children.

John Landis Movies / TV-Shows

Into the Dark (2018)
Eli Roth's History of Horror (2018)
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead (2015)
In Their Own Words (2015)
Tales of Halloween (2015)
The Real History of Science Fiction (2014)
Out of Print (2014)
Destruction: Las Vegas (2013)
Holliston (2012)
Blue Residents (2012)
Some Guy Who Kills People (2011)
Franklin & Bash (2011)
Nightmare Factory (2011)
Wendy Liebman: Taller on TV (2011)
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011)
Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis (2011)
Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)
American Grindhouse (2010)
Burke and Hare (2010)
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)
Beware the Moon: Remembering 'An American Werewolf in London' (2009)
Starz Inside: The Face Is Familiar (2009)
The Scenesters (2009)
Psychoville (2009)
Parasomnia (2008)
Fear Itself (2008)
Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (2008)
Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh (2008)
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007)
Look (2007)
Psych (2006)
Masters of Horror (2005)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)
The Ax (2005)
The Boondocks (2005)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Michael Jackson: Number Ones (2003)
Masters of Horror (2002)
The American Nightmare (2000)
The Lost World (1999)
Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby (1999)
Diamonds (1999)
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
The Lost World (1998)
Susan's Plan (1998)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (1997)
Laws of Deception (1997)
Quicksilver Highway (1997)
Mad City (1997)
An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)
The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas (1996)
Vampirella (1996)
The Stupids (1996)
Here Come the Munsters (1995)
Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory (1995)
Caroline in the City (1995)
Sliders (1995)
The Stand (1994)
Weird Science (1994)
Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)
The Silence of the Hams (1994)
Sleepwalkers (1992)
Innocent Blood (1992)
Eek! The Cat (1992)
Oscar (1991)
Body Chemistry II: The Voice of a Stranger (1991)
Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)
Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
Darkman (1990)
Coming to America (1988)
Biography (1987)
RoboCop (1987)
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
Three Amigos! (1986)
Spies Like Us (1985)
Into the Night (1985)
Clue (1985)
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983)
Trading Places (1983)
The Making of 'Thriller' (1983)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Coming Soon (1982)
Eating Raoul (1982)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
1941 (1979)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
20/20 (1978)
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
Death Race 2000 (1975)
The Six Million Dollar Man (1974)
Schlock (1973)
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Red Sun (1971)
Great Performances (1971)
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)
The Magical World of Disney (1954)

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