HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HONORED REALITY TV PIONEER
JOHN LANGLEY WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
2,432nd Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Television
at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the historic Musso & Frank Grill
on Friday, February 11, 2011
John Langley was born in Oklahoma but moved to the Westside of Los Angeles when he was still a baby. In fact, his original house was torn down to make way for the 405 freeway. Langley worked the intelligence unit of the United States Army from 1961 to 1963 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1971 and later a Master's degree in literature and composition. Langley stayed in the Los Angeles area and was studying for his doctorate in philosophy at UC Irvine when he made the transition into film.
A director, writer, and producer of television and film, John Langley is best known as the creator and executive producer of the long-running, critically-acclaimed television show COPS. But John has recently made the successful transition to feature films. In 2010, Langley’s company produced two major theatrical films – BROOKLYN’S FINEST (directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke and Ellen Barkin) and LEAVES OF GRASS (starring Edward Norton and Susan Sarandon).
Currently in its 23rd season, with more-than 800 episodes aired, the success of COPS has certified Langley’s place in television history, breaking records for primetime network television, making it one of the longest running series in TV history. A true pioneer of the reality television phenomenon, John Langley has established himself as one of the premiere visionaries in the entertainment world and has since moved on to various projects for both television and film. He and his son Morgan Langley also produce the successful non-fiction series JAIL (Spike TV), STREET PATROL (TruTV) and VEGAS STRIP and LAS VEGAS JAIL HOUSE (TruTV).
Langley has received numerous recognitions for COPS, including the American Television Award, four Emmy nominations and a People’s Choice Award nomination. In addition, he received the Cine Golden Eagle Award and was the Houston International Film Festival winner for the documentary COCAINE BLUES.
In 1995, Langley Films was established to create and produce independent theatrical motion pictures. Since then, Langley has produced and directed various films including DOGWATCH, starring Sam Elliott, Esai Morales and Paul Sorvino ; TIPTOES, a quirky drama starring Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale, Gary Oldman and Patricia Arquette; and WILDSIDE, an erotic thriller starring Anne Heche, Christopher Walken and Joan Chen. Other features developed and produced by Langley Films include REALITY CHECK, VAMPIRE CLAN, SEARCH & DESTROY with Martin Scorcese as executive producer; GUNFIGHTER’S MOON; and DEADLY SINS, a psychological thriller starring David Keith and Alyssa Milano.
Langley is also involved in multiple charitable organizations, both as an active supporter and donor. John is also a trustee on the board of the IDA -International Documentary Association helping young film makers.
In addition to his work as a producer, Langley has two major hobbies/interests that have been very successful. As a race car impresario on the Off Road racing circuit, Langley won the 2010 Baja 1000 in his class after his team win in 2009, and he was recently nominated for Rookie of the Year. He also has a very successful wine label, Urraca (world-class Argentine wine).
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