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Born John Randolph Webb on the 2nd April 1920 in Santa Monica, California USA, he was an actor, screenwriter, producer and director, still best known for portraying Sgt. Joe Friday in the highly popular 1950s TV series “Dragnet”, which he also wrote and directed. His career was active from 1946 until 1979. He passed away in 1982.

Have you ever wondered how rich Jack Webb was, at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Jack Webb`s net was as high as $10 million, earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry.

Jack Webb Net Worth $10 Million

Jack was the son of Margaret Smith and Samuel Chester Webb, however, his father left his mother before Jack was even born. He went to Our Lady of Loretto Elementary School, located in Echo Park, and served as an altar boy. Jack was then a student at Belmont High School, and after matriculation, he enrolled at St. John`s University, Minnesota to study art.

World War II interrupted his intentions, as he joined the US Army Air Force, but was granted a hardship discharge, as he was the only one who had income in his family. Jack settled in San Francisco, and found a job at the ABC`s KGO Radio, working as a host of his own show “The Jack Webb Show”, after which he and Raymond Burr starred in the radio drama “Pat Novak For Hire”, and soon made his professional acting debut in the film “He Walked by Night” (1948), with Richard Basehart and Scott Brady in lead roles. His next appearance was in the film “The Men” (1950), and he also had a notable role in Bill Wilder`s film “Sunset Boulevard” (1950), starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson and Erich von Stroheim. His net worth was rising.

In 1951, his TV series “Dragnet” was screened, and it lasted until 1959, during which time his net worth and popularity grew to a large degree; the series also featured Ben Alexander and Olan Soule. While the show lasted, Jack also made several other appearances, including a leading role in “Pete Kelly’s Blues” (1955), and he featured in the film “The D. I.” (1957), which also increased his net worth. In 1954, Dragnet was also made into film with its original cast, and in addition such actors as Richard Boone, among others. Although the series was extremely popular, the film failed to make an impact and received mixed reviews. Another installment saw the light of the day in 1969 with much greater success, featuring Webb, Harry Morgan and Vic Perrin in lead roles. Another four seasons of “Dragnet” were aired from 1967 until 1970, increasing further Jack`s net worth.

Apart from Dragnet, Jack had several other roles before retiring, including in films “The Last Time I Saw Archie” (1961), and TV series “G.E. True” (1962-1963), and “Project U.F.O” (1978-1979), among others.

Jack was also a creator of several other TV series, including “O`Hara, U.S. Treasury” (1971-1972), and “Adam-12” (1968-1975), which successes also added to his net worth.

During his successful career, Jack has also served as executive producer of such productions as “Noah’s Ark” (1956-1957), “The D.A.’s Man” (1959), “Pete Kelly’s Blues” (1959), “77 Sunset Strip” (1963-1964), “Emergency!” (1972), and “The 25th Man” (1982), among others.
His directorial debut was the 1954 “Dragnet” film, and from that point until the late 1970s, he directed several successful films and TV series, including “-30-“ (1959), with William Conrad and David Nelson, and “Chase” (1973), among others.

Thanks to his skills, Jack received a number of prestigious awards – including two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – for his contribution to radio and television.

Regarding his personal life, Jack, was married four times, firstly to actress Julie London(1947-53), and the couple had two children. Two years later he married Dorothy Towne, but their marriage lasted for only two years. In 1958 he married Jackie Loughery, but they divorced in 1964. His fourth wife was Opal Wright; the couple married in 1980, however, Jack`s death marked the end of the marriage he died on the 23th December 1982 from a heart attack.

Because of his high connections with and devotion to police and detective work, Jack received full police honors for his funeral; he is interred at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. Also, badge number 714, which he wore in “Dragnet”, was retired by the LAPD after his death.

Quick Facts

Birth date: April 2, 1920
Birth place: Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Death date: 1982-12-23
Height:1.78 m
Profession:Actor
Education:Belmont High School
Nationality:American
Spouse:Opal Wright (m. 1980–1982), Jackie Loughery (m. 1958–1964), Dorothy Towne (m. 1955–1957), Julie London (m. 1947–1953)
Children:Stacy Webb, Lisa Webb
Parents:Samuel Chester Webb, Margaret Webb
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1He was named production head of Warner Bros. Television, but his tenure only lasted eight months before he was terminated and replaced by old friend William Conrad, whose background was similar to Webb's. Webb relocated his production unit to Universal.
2It was Webb's hands that were seen dropping the hammer during the Mark VII logo sequence at the end of Dragnet (1951), Dragnet 1967 (1967), Adam-12 (1968) and other series he and is company--Mark VII Productions--produced.
3Was a Republican.
4Met 34-year-old struggling actor Harry Morgan while the two were working in Dark City (1950), and they became friends until Webb's death in 1982. They also worked together in Appointment with Danger (1951)--ironically, as a team of professional killers.
5Met Julie London when she was singing in a jazz club in 1942, when she was age 15.
6Best remembered by the public for his starring role as Sgt. Joe Friday on Dragnet (1951).
7Before future Emergency! (1972) co-stars Bobby Troup, Tim Donnelly, Ron Pinkard and Randolph Mantooth landed their roles in the series opposite Webb's ex-wife and best friend Julie London, they had all previously worked for him.
8When he approached young and unknown actor Randolph Mantooth to play the role of Johnny Gage in Emergency! (1972), Mantooth--like his future co-star Robert Fuller--also politely turned down the role. Webb also wouldn't take no for an answer, and told Mantooth what he told Fuller: "Sit down and shut up!".
9Always showed a lot of seriousness on Dragnet 1967 (1967).
10He allowed Harry Morgan to show his own sense of humor when he co-starred with him on Dragnet 1967 (1967).
11Despite his divorce from singer Julie London, the two remained close friends until Webb's death late in 1982. She was his first choice for the female lead role of nurse Dixie McCall in his series Emergency! (1972), along with her second husband Bobby Troup as Dr. Joe Early. She and Troup both accepted the roles.
12When he approached veteran western actor Robert Fuller to play the male lead role of Dr. Kelly Brackett in Emergency! (1972), Fuller politely turned down the role. Webb wouldn't take no for an answer, and told Fuller to "shut up and sit down!".
13Was best friends with ex-wife: Julie London, Bobby Troup, Harry Morgan, Robert A. Cinader, Robert Conrad, John Smith, Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Tim Donnelly, Marco Lopez, Ron Pinkard, Virginia Gregg, Clark Howat, John Nolan, Martin Milner and Kent McCord.
14Despite being unhappy with an article Jack Jones had written about "Dragnet", Webb insisted on paying for Barbara Stewart's wedding to Jones after she told Webb that she had just returned from performing for the military in Europe.
15Father, with Julie London, of daughters Stacy Webb and Lisa Webb. Stacy died in a car accident in 1996.
16Appears as Sgt. Joe Friday on a 44¢ US commemorative postage stamp, issued 11 August 2009, in the Early TV Memories issue honoring Dragnet (1951).
17He was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 7040 Hollywood Blvd. and for Television at 6728 Hollywood Blvd.
18Featured in "Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir" by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland, 2003).
19Was a huge baseball fan, and chose badge #714 for Sgt. Friday because it was the number of home runs Babe Ruth hit.
20Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 851-853. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
21Was part of the investigation of the infamous "Black Dahlia" murder case in Los Angeles in the 1940s--in which an aspiring actress was murdered, dismembered and left in an open field--which helped to inspire him to create Dragnet (1951).
22At the height of Dragnet (1951)'s popularity, people would actually call the LAPD wanting to speak to Webb's character, Sgt. Joe Friday. The Department eventually came up with a stock answer to the large volume of calls: "Sorry, it's Joe's day off".
23Was the basis for the "Brett Chase" character in L.A. Confidential (1997).
24Was a close friend of Star Trek (1966) creator Gene Roddenberry.
25He turned down the role of the Dean in Animal House (1978) because he felt it would be poking fun at his straight-laced, law-and-order image; he was closely identified with law and order, in particular police officers, and he felt that the film would be making fun of that, although he claimed he was willing to poke fun at himself--and, in fact, did just that in a famous skit on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
26Had just over 6,000 jazz albums in his private collection.
27Contrary to popular belief, his character, Joe Friday, never said, "Just the facts, ma'am" in any episode of "Dragnet". The actual line was, "All we want "need"] are the facts, ma'am."
28Not only did the Los Angeles Police Department use Dragnet (1951) episodes as training films for a time, it also named a police academy auditorium after Webb.
29Was buried with full honors befitting an LAPD detective, including a 17-gun salute.
30Upon his death, the badge number 714, used by his character Joe Friday in the "Dragnet" TV shows, was officially retired by the Los Angeles Police Department. The badge belonged to Lt. Dan Cooke, his close friend.
31Performed charity work related to widows and children of police officers killed in the line of duty.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Deep gravelly voice
2Rapid-fire delivery of lines
3His stories often dealt with complex social issues
4A buzzsaw flattop haircut. He first wore it for the title role of The D.I. (1957) and kept it for the rest of his career.
5Best known for his realistic television series featuring supremely professional civil servants such as police officers, police detectives and firefighters.


Quotes

#Quote
1[on Julie London] Julie was a hell of an actress--people forget--before she became a singer.


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsCoolest Crime Fighting TeamDragnet 1967 (1967)· Harry Morgan
2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Crimestopper in a DramaDragnet (1951)
2000PGA Hall of Fame - Television ProgramsPGA AwardsDragnet (1951)
1973Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsFictional Television DramaHec Ramsey (1972)· Bill Finnegan (producer)
· Daniel Petrie (director)
· Harold Jack Bloom (writer)
· Sharon Acker (actor)
· Rick Lenz (actor)
· Richard Boone (actor)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6278 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRadioOn 8 February 1960. At 7040 Hollywood Blvd.
1953EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Episode in a TV SeriesDragnet (1951)· Michael Meshekoff

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite CrimestopperDragnet (1951)
1956Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Director - Film SeriesDragnet (1951)
1955Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actor Starring in a Regular SeriesDragnet (1951)
1955DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in TelevisionDragnet (1951)
1954Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Male Star of Regular SeriesDragnet (1951)
1954Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsMost Outstanding Personality
1954DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in TelevisionDragnet (1951)
1953Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actor


Filmography

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dragnet2003-2004TV Series created by - 22 episodes
The New Adam-121990-1991TV Series creator - 12 episodes
Dragnet1989TV Series creator
Dragnet1987radio and television series - uncredited
Sam1977TV Series written by - 1 episode
Adam-12TV Series created by - 174 episodes, 1968 - 1975 written by - 1 episode, 1968
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury1971-1972TV Series creator - 22 episodes
Dragnet 1967TV Series created by - 98 episodes, 1967 - 1970 written by - 1 episode, 1967
DragnetTV Series creator - 276 episodes, 1951 - 1959 writer - 3 episodes, 1953 radio play - 2 episodes, 1953 - 1954 original radio play - 1 episode, 1953 radio script - 1 episode, 1953 based on a radio play by - 1 episode, 1952 screenplay - 1 episode, 1952
Pete Kelly's Blues1959TV Series teleplay - 1 episode
Noah's ArkTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1956 creator - 1 episode, 1956 teleplay - 1 episode, 1956
The Ford Television Theatre1956TV Series story - 1 episode
Dragnet1954screenplay - uncredited / television series - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Project U.F.O.1978-1979TV SeriesNarrator / Announcer
Adam-121970-1973TV SeriesAnnouncer
The Partners1971TV SeriesCommissioner Norton
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury1971TV SeriesNarrator
Dragnet 19671967-1970TV SeriesSergeant Joe Friday Sgt. Joe Friday
Dragnet 19661969TV MovieSgt. Joe Friday
Patrol Dogs of the United States Air Force1968ShortNarrator
Star Spangled Salesman1968Documentary shortSecurity Man
The Jerry Lewis Show1967TV SeriesSergeant Joe Friday
G.E. True1962-1963TV SeriesNarrator / John Burke / Host - Narrator
Red Nightmare1962ShortOn-Camera Narrator
The Last Time I Saw Archie1961William 'Bill' Bowers
-30-1959Sam Gatlin
Dragnet1951-1959TV SeriesSgt. Joe Friday Lt. Joe Friday
The D.I.1957Gunnery Sgt. Jim Moore
Pete Kelly's Blues1955Pete Kelly
Dragnet1954Sergeant Joe Friday
Chesterfield Sound Off Time1951TV SeriesSgt. Joe Friday
Appointment with Danger1951Joe Regas
You're in the Navy Now1951Ens. Anthony 'Tony' Barbo
Halls of Montezuma1951Correspondent Dickerman
Dark City1950Augie
Sunset Blvd.1950Artie Green
The Men1950Norm
Sword in the Desert1949Hoffman (uncredited)
He Walked by Night1948Lee Whitey
Hollow Triumph1948Bullseye (uncredited)
Three on a Match1932Boy in Schoolyard (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 25th Man1982TV Movie executive producer
Project U.F.O.1978-1979TV Series executive producer - 26 episodes
Little Mo1978TV Movie executive producer
Sam1977-1978TV Series executive producer - 7 episodes
Mobile One1975TV Series producer
Mobile Two1975TV Movie executive producer
The Log of the Black Pearl1975TV Movie executive producer
Sierra1974TV Series executive producer - 11 episodes
The Rangers1974TV Movie executive producer
Adam-12TV Series executive producer - 102 episodes, 1968 - 1972 producer - 1 episode, 1974
Chase1973TV Series producer
Chase1973TV Movie producer
Hec Ramsey1972TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Emergency!1972TV Series executive producer - 12 episodes
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury1971TV Series executive producer - 3 episodes
The D.A.1971TV Series executive producer
D.A.: Conspiracy to Kill1971TV Movie executive producer
Dragnet 19671967-1970TV Series producer - 98 episodes
D.A.: Murder One1969TV Movie executive producer
Dragnet 19661969TV Movie producer
Temple Houston1963-1964TV Series executive producer - 26 episodes
77 Sunset Strip1963-1964TV Series executive producer - 20 episodes
The Man from Galveston1963executive producer
G.E. TrueTV Series executive producer - 4 episodes, 1962 - 1963 producer - 1 episode, 1962
Red Nightmare1962Short producer - uncredited
The Last Time I Saw Archie1961producer
Calvin and Clyde1960TV Movie producer
-30-1959producer
DragnetTV Series producer - 27 episodes, 1953 - 1959 executive producer - 10 episodes, 1952 - 1956
Pete Kelly's BluesTV Series executive producer - 12 episodes, 1959 producer - 1 episode, 1959
The D.A.'s Man1959TV Series executive producer - 7 episodes
People1957TV Movie executive producer
The D.I.1957producer
Noah's Ark1956-1957TV Series producer - 7 episodes
Pete Kelly's Blues1955producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Project U.F.O.1978TV Series
Sam1977TV Series 1 episode
Emergency!1972-1975TV Series 2 episodes
Adam-121968-1974TV Series 2 episodes
Chase1973TV Series
Chase1973TV Movie
The D.A.1971TV Series
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury1971TV Series 1 episode
Dragnet 19671967-1970TV Series 98 episodes
Dragnet 19661969TV Movie
G.E. True1962-1963TV Series 4 episodes
The Last Time I Saw Archie1961
Calvin and Clyde1960TV Movie
-30-1959
Dragnet1951-1959TV Series 85 episodes
Pete Kelly's Blues1959TV Series 1 episode
The D.A.'s Man1959TV Series 2 episodes
The D.I.1957
Noah's Ark1956TV Series 2 episodes
Pete Kelly's Blues1955
Dragnet1954

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Emergency!1978TV Series segment director - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hollywood Squares1976TV SeriesHimself
Jack Benny's Second Farewell Special1974TV SpecialHimself
MCRD, San Diego1973DocumentaryNarrator
Escape1973TV SeriesHimself (Narrator) (1973) (voice)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1968-1970TV SeriesHimself
The Jerry Lewis Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Today1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest
G.E. True1962-1963TV SeriesHimself - Host
The John Glenn Story1962Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
The 14th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1962TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
A Force in Readiness1961Documentary shortOn-Camera Narrator
This Is Your Life1958-1961TV SeriesHimself
Calvin and Clyde1960TV MovieHimself (host)
The Jack Benny Program1959TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1958-1959TV SeriesHimself
Some of Manie's Friends1959TV MovieHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957TV SeriesHimself
24 Hour Alert1955ShortHimself - Jack Webb
The Colgate Comedy Hour1953-1955TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself - Host / Himself
The 26th Annual Academy Awards1954TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Sound
Texaco Star Theatre1953TV SeriesHimself / Sgt. Joe Friday
All Star Revue1952TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Army Information Film AIF No. 7: Code of Conduct - To Resist1950Documentary short

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentarySgt. Joe Friday - Dragnet 1967
Greenboy: Prescription for Death2013TV ShortJoe Friday
Pioneers of Television2011TV Mini-Series documentarySgt. Joe Friday from Dragnet
TV Land Moguls2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Inside TV Land: Cops on Camera2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Frontline2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentarySgt. Joe Friday
JAG1996TV SeriesSgt. Jim Moore
Hey Folks, It's Intermission Time1993Video documentaryHimself
The Selling of the Pentagon1971TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Donald O'Connor Show1955TV Series

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