- Served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII.
- Began his career on San Francisco-based radio shows.
- His work as Sgt. Joe Friday on Dragnet landed him on the March 15, 1954, cover of Time magazine.
- The inspiration for his signature series came from the documentary-like 1948 crime film He Walked by Night. Webb had one scene in the movie, in his first film role.
- Penned The Badge: True and Terrifying Crime Stories That Could Not Be Presented on TV, from the Creator and Star of Dragnet.
- Provided vocals for the easy-listening album Just the Tracks, Ma'am: The Warner Bros. Recordings.
- "Television should be a medium of infinite variety," he told TV GUIDE. "Instead, it is a medium of carbon-copying. It's much worse than it ever was in motion pictures."
- Was involved in a planned Dragnet revival at the time of his death.
- Has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (one for radio, the other for TV).
- 1954, Emmy — Most Outstanding Personality: Nominee
- 1954, Emmy — Best Male Star of a Regular Series: Nominee
- 1955, Emmy — Best Actor Starring in a Regular Series: Nominee
- 1953, Emmy — Best Actor: Nominee
- 1956, Emmy — Best Director-Film Series: Nominee
- Julie London — Ex-wife
- Lisa Webb — Daughter
- Opal Wright — Wife
- Dorothy Towne — Ex-wife
- Jackie Loughery — Ex-wife
- Stacy Webb — Daughter
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