Idols Jack Webb, Just The Facts Published 3 years ago on August 9, 2016 Jack Webb — an actor, producer and director in film, radio and television — left a distinctive stamp on every project he touched. His signature style was characterized by a stark sense of realism that dispensed with distracting flourishes. His visual approach was direct and the acting restrained and understated to accentuate urgency. His was an especially appropriate method for examining life’s mundane routines as a means of gaining insight into the human condition. This unique talent was born in Santa Monica, California on April 2, 1920. In 1946, after serving as a bomber pilot in World War II, Webb launched a career as a radio actor in San Francisco, where he portrayed a succession of private eyes including Pat Novak, Johnny Madero and Jeff Regan. In 1949, Webb came up with a concept to dramatize real-life criminal investigations without the standard romantic trappings of the genre. The program, called Dragnet, would be based on actual police files. When he persuaded NBC to put Dragnet on the radio, it became hugely successful, running for seven years. Three years into its run, Dragnet was spun off as a television series that featured Webb as its star and director. That series also ran for seven years in its original black-and-white format. Dragnet launched Webb’s career as a film director and movie star in 1954, when the show was adapted into a feature film. Webb followed this with four more motion pictures for which he served as director and star, as well as producing three of them. Beginning in 1959 and continuing throughout the ’60s, Webb was executive producer for his own company, Mark VII Productions (a name which didn’t stand for anything). He produced television dramas such as The D.A.’s Man, Pete Kelly’s Blues, O’Hara, U.S. Treasury, Emergency! and Adam-12. In 1967, Webb resurrected Dragnet for four years of episodes produced in color. This series marked his last acting work, though he continued to produce for television with shows such as Mobile One and Project U.F.O. Webb died of a heart attack in 1982. Adam-12DragnetEmergencyJack Webb Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes9 hours ago Chronicle Mysteries: The Wrong Man (Hallmark Sun 24 Feb 2019, Alison Sweeney) Podcaster Alex McPherson seeks the truth behind the tragic death of a young lawyer, while partner Drew finds himself diving... Episodes9 hours ago The Zoo: The Marvelous Mott Mott (Season 3 Premieres 24 Feb 2019 on Animal Planet) The Marvelous Mott Mott: Animal Planet’s THE ZOO goes behind the scenes at the world-famous Bronx Zoo for a third... Episodes9 hours ago SMILF: Single Mom In Love Forever (S2EP5 Showtime Sun 24 Feb 2019) Single Mom In Love Forever: In 2014, Bridgette and Rafi prepare for the realities of parenthood as Bridgette experiences contractions,... Episodes9 hours ago Crashing: The Viewing Party (S3EP6 HBO Sun 24 Feb 2019) The Viewing Party: Pete (Pete Holmes) and Kat (Madeline Wise) attend a viewing party for Ali’s late-night spot on Seth... Episodes9 hours ago Black Monday: 243 (S1EP5 Showtime Sun 24 Feb 2019) 243: Mo takes Dawn to the Predator’s Ball in an effort to raise the capital The Jammer Group needs to... search EPISODES Episodes9 hours ago The 91st Annual Academy Awards airs Sun 24 Feb 2019 on ABC Oscar producer Donna Gigliotti, and co-producer and director Glenn Weiss, today announced the first round of presenters for the Academy... Episodes9 hours ago When Calls The Heart: Phone Rings and Heartstrings (Season 6 Premieres Sun 24 Feb 2019 on Hallmark) In the “When Calls the Heart” season six premiere “Phone Rings and Heartstrings” the town of Hope Valley adjusts to... Episodes9 hours ago Evil Lives Here: I Hate Being Daddy’s Girl (S4EP8 ID Sun 24 Feb 2019) I Hate Being Daddy’s Girl: When Robin Doll was rescued from her mother’s violence and went to live with her... advertisement MOVIES Movies1 week ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies1 week ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies1 week ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.