Jack Webb

Born on April 2, 1920 in Santa Monica, California

Died on December 23, 1982 in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California of a heart attack


NBC, 1949-1956

A 30-minute police drama featuring dramatizations of cases taken from the files of the Los Angeles Police Department. Heavily researched and produced with the cooperation of Police Chief William Parker, the program attempted to present considerable realism with respect to the immense amount of detail work that went into every investigation. Sergeant Joe Friday, played by Jack Webb, became the prototype for many blue-collar cops in later programs, and Webb was typecast for the rest of his career. Friday's first partner, Ben Romero, was played by Barton Yarborough. When Yarborough died in 1951, Friday went through several partners before settling on Frank Smith, played by Ben Alexander. The announcers were George Fenneman and Hal Gibney.