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Jack Webb Biography

Birth Name:
John Randolph Webb
Birth Place:
Santa Monica, California, United States
Actor, director, producer, writer

Fast Facts

  • 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)


  • 1956Emmy-Best Director-Film Series: nominated
  • 1955Emmy-Best Actor Starring in a Regular Series: nominated
  • 1954Emmy-Best Male Star of a Regular Series: nominated