The director of some of the world's most successful comedy movies, writer/director of the classic AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and producer numerous movie and television hits, we meet John Landis at the Apollo to talk about his career.
John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century Fox. A
high-school dropout, the18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work
as a production assistant on KELLY’S HEROES.
He made his feature debut as a writer-director at the age of 21 with SCHLOCK (1973), an affectionate tribute to monster movies. His second film was THE KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE (1977), made in collaboration with the Zucker brothers and Jim Abrahams of AIRPLANE fame.
Landis rose to international recognition as director of the wildly
successful ANIMAL HOUSE (1978) and other blockbusters such as THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980), TRADING PLACES (1983), SPIES LIKE US (1985), ¡THREE AMIGOS! (1986) and COMING TO AMERICA (1988).
He also directed the groundbreaking music video of Michael Jackson's THRILLER (1983). Originally created to play as a theatrical short, THRILLER changed MTV and the concept of music videos forever.
Landis has also been active in television as the executive producer (and often director) of the Ace and Emmy Award-winning HBO series DREAM ON (1990). Other TV shows produced by his company, St. Clare Entertainment, include WEIRD SCIENCE (1994) and SLIDERS (1995).
He is currently directing episodes of MASTERS OF HORROR and PSYCH.
Come and hear more about John's career and future projects.
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