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Birth information

3 August 1950 Chicago, Illinois, USA

How tall is John Landis?

1.79 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Deborah Nadoolman

Life Story of John Landis

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 National Lampoon's 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...

Significant features of John Landis

The phrase "See You Next Wednesday". Supposedly, the phrase is the title of a film that Landis had an idea for at the age of 15. The title is a direct reference to a line in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). He describes the film as the kind of movie that a 15 year old adolescent boy...

Publications and Magazines about John Landis

Stephen Farber & Marc Green Outrageous Conduct: Art, Ego, and the Twilight Zone Case. 1988
Ron LaBrecque Special Effects: Disaster at "Twilight Zone" the Tragedy and the Trial. 1988
Alberto Farina John Landis (essay on Landis' career). 1994
Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan John Landis. 2008

Biographical movies about John Landis

Animal Hooves: An Interview with John Landis 2006
Working with a Master: John Landis 2006

What movies did John Landis play or participate?

Producers Filmography
An American Werewolf in London , I Hate Kids (2019) , The Last Kill (2015) , Wendy Liebman: Taller on TV (2011) , Some Guy Who Kills People (2011) , Starz Inside: Ladies or Gentlemen (2008) , Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007) , Michael Jackson: Number Ones (2003) , The Kronenberg Chronicles (2002) , The Lost World (2000) , Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (1999) , The Lost World (1999) , Susan's Plan (1998) , Die verlorene Welt (1998) , Weird Science (1998) , Blues...

Birth information

3 August 1950 Chicago, Illinois, USA

How tall is John Landis?

1.79 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Deborah Nadoolman

Life Story of John Landis

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 National Lampoon's 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...

Significant features of John Landis

The phrase "See You Next Wednesday". Supposedly, the phrase is the title of a film that Landis had an idea for at the age of 15. The title is a direct reference to a line in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). He describes the film as the kind of movie that a 15 year old adolescent boy...

Publications and Magazines about John Landis

Stephen Farber & Marc Green Outrageous Conduct: Art, Ego, and the Twilight Zone Case. 1988
Ron LaBrecque Special Effects: Disaster at "Twilight Zone" the Tragedy and the Trial. 1988
Alberto Farina John Landis (essay on Landis' career). 1994
Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan John Landis. 2008

Biographical movies about John Landis

Animal Hooves: An Interview with John Landis 2006
Working with a Master: John Landis 2006

What movies did John Landis play or participate?

Producers Filmography
An American Werewolf in London , I Hate Kids (2019) , The Last Kill (2015) , Wendy Liebman: Taller on TV (2011) , Some Guy Who Kills People (2011) , Starz Inside: Ladies or Gentlemen (2008) , Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007) , Michael Jackson: Number Ones (2003) , The Kronenberg Chronicles (2002) , The Lost World (2000) , Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (1999) , The Lost World (1999) , Susan's Plan (1998) , Die verlorene Welt (1998) , Weird Science (1998) , Blues...

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John Landis in King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2017)

The trademark trivia often mentioned in Landis-directed films, the inclusion in some form of the phrase "See you next Wednesday", is a reference to a script young Landis wrote at 15 (which in itself was named after a line in the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)). Whenever Landis uses an idea from it in a film he's made, he always "credits" the script. The reference appears during the werewolf rampage as the title on the marquee of a porno theater in An American Werewolf in London (1981). It is spoken in German when Vic Morrow is being shot at on the building in the sequence he directed for Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). In The Blues Brothers (1980) it's on a billboard where the the cops are lying in wait. Then again, it mostly appears as the name on movie posters, so that it probably became merely something to watch for like Alfred Hitchcock's cameos. It first appeared in his first film Schlock (1973) as the name of a movie and as a movie poster in a theater lobby. It appeared again in his second film. The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), as the title of the "Feel-O-Rama" movie. It surfaces in an apartment in Trading Places (1983) on a movie poster. In Coming to America (1988) it appears in a subway station (the movie claims to star Jamie Lee Curtis, who appeared in "Trading Places"). Another poster is visible in Ophelia's apartment. In Spies Like Us (1985) it appears on the recruitment poster behind the desk of the commander of the army training post. In Into the Night (1985) it appears on two posters in the office where Ed and Diana make the phone call. In Innocent Blood (1992) it is once again advertised on a movie marquee across the street from the Melody Lounge exotic dance bar near where a car crash takes place. It also appears in the Michael Jackson video Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983), which was directed by Landis. One of the men chasing the werewolf finds a note and reads this out while the shot shows MJ in the theater eating popcorn.

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John Landis in Stephen Kings 'The Stand' - Das letzte Gefecht (1994)

In his early career he worked as a stunt-man specialising in horse-falls.

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John Landis in Fire Syndrome (1990)

He directed the music videos Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) and Michael Jackson: Black or White (1991), both by Michael Jackson. He has a small cameo as the director in "Black Or White".

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John Landis in Trespassing Bergman (2013)

Father of Max Landis and Rachel Landis.

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Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and John Landis in Drei Amigos! (1986)

After he dropped out of school at age 17 he worked as mailman at the Fox studios.

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John Landis, Joe Dante, Cynthia Garris, and Jim Haynie in Schlafwandler (1992)

Went to school with Eliza Roberts.

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John Landis and Mick Garris in Post Mortem with Mick Garris (2009)

Has never shot a film in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio until 2010's Burke and Hare (2010).

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Dan Aykroyd, John Landis, and Stephen M. Katz in Blues Brothers (1980)

Had an allergic reaction to shrimp on the set of Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983).

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Dan Aykroyd, John Landis, and Eddie Murphy in Die Glücksritter (1983)

In a BBC Radio interview, he stated that he is an atheist.

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John Landis, Rick Baker, and David Naughton in American Werewolf (1981)

He befriended Donald Sutherland while working on Kelly's Heroes (1970) and even babysat Kiefer Sutherland.

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John Landis

He has made commercials for DirecTV, Taco Bell, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kellogg's, and Disney.

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John Landis and Don Rickles

Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis wanted him to direct Meatballs (1979), but he was busy with The Blues Brothers (1980).

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John Landis at an event for American Werewolf (1981)

He was asked to direct Big (1988), but he did Coming to America (1988) instead.

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John Landis and Richard Linklater

Dan Aykroyd asked him to direct Nothing But Trouble (1991). He disliked the script and immediately turned it down.

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Karen Allen, John Landis, Tim Matheson, Martha Smith, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, etc.

He was offered the chance to direct Men in Black (1997), but declined, feeling it was basically just "The Blues Brothers (1980) with aliens". He has since said that he was wrong, and he regrets turning down the film.

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John Landis, Mark Metcalf, and Peter Riegert at an event for Ich glaub', etc.

Universal originally wanted him to direct Problem Child (1990), but he turned it down as he had no interest in making kids movies.

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Karen Allen, John Landis, Tim Matheson, Martha Smith, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, etc.

He was attached to direct Little Shop of Horrors (1986) at one stage.

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John Landis and Simon Pegg

Frequently includes icons from early rock and roll and RB artists, such as B.B. King and Bo Diddley, and others.

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He has directed one film that has been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). He has also directed one music video that is in the registry: Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983).

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John Landis, Griffin Dunne, and David Naughton in American Werewolf (1981)

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