- Worked in the 20th Century Fox mailroom after dropping out of high school.
- Made his feature directorial debut in 1973 with the low-budget monster-movie spoof Schlock.
- During filming of his segment of the 1983 sci-fi anthology Twilight Zone—The Movie, star Vic Morrow and two child actors were killed when a special-effects explosion caused a helicopter to crash.
- Directed the groundbreaking 14-minute video for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in 1983.
- Won a Cable ACE award in 1992 as an executive producer of the HBO comedy series Dream On.
- Was made a Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1985; and received the Federico Fellini Prize from Italy's Rimini Cinema in the late '90s.
- Directed and served as an executive producer on 2007 's Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project; the two friends first met while working on Kelly's Heroes (1970).
- 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Winner
- Max Landis — Son
- Deborah Nadoolman — Wife
- Shirley Landis — Mother
- Marshall David Landis — Father
- Rachel Landis — Daughter
- Birth Name: John David Landis
- Birth Place: Chicago, IL
- Birthday: August 3, 1950, Leo
- Profession: Director, Producer, Writer
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