Biography of John Landis

John Landis is an American director, screenwriter, and producer, best known for directing comedies. His best-known films are Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, Three Amigos, Coming to America, and Beverly Hills Cop III. He also directed two Michael Jackson music videos, "Thriller" and "Black or White."

Landis was born in Chicago, Illinois to a Jewish family, but grew up in Los Angeles, where he became enamored with filmmaking at an early age after seeing the film The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. Landia worked his way up from mailboy to assistant director, before making his feature debut in 1971 with Schlock, a horror comedy film, when he was 21. In 1977 he directed Kentucky Fried Movie, and was launched into mainstream success with National Lampoon's Animal House in 1978.

Next came The Blues Brothers, one of the most expensive movies of all time. An American Werewolf in London came out in 1981, and throughout the 80s he directed Trading Places, Into the Night, Spies Like Us, Three Amigos, and Coming to America. He has also directed several documentaries.

Study Guides on Works by John Landis

Animal House is a comedic film from 1978, written by Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney, and Chris Miller, and directed by John Landis. It was produced by Matty Simmons of National Lampoon, a humor magazine that ran from 1970 to 1998, and based on...