‘Dragnet’ Star, Jack Webb, Was Granted Full Police Honors At His Funeral

Jack Webb in 'Dragnet'Jack Webb in 'Dragnet'
Jack Webb in ‘Dragnet’ | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

For the average viewer, Dragnet was a weekly look into how the police worked and investigated crimes. Webb’s catchphrase “Just the facts, ma’am,” took on a life of its own and cemented Webb’s place in television history. He wasn’t done with Hollywood when he died, though. He wanted to continue his work on a new police procedural. Instead, the LAPD found themselves honoring

Jack Webb spent years working in radio and television. In fact, he worked up until the moment he died in December 1982 and left a project unfinished. Even with a variety of works under his belt, Webb was best known for his work on Dragnet, the 1960s police procedural that followed Joe Friday as he investigated cases. Dragnet wasn’t just wildly popular with the television audience at large; the LAPD had a special place in its heart for the show and Webb.

Jack Webb was credited with bringing a positive image to the LAPD

Webb wasn’t just an actor; the famed fictional detective was also the creator of the show. Webb reportedly wanted to create a show that treated the police force with respect. He managed to do just that, and the LAPD was thankful for it. In fact, Webb was once credited with creating a positive image of the LAPD.

Jack Webb in ‘Dragnet’ | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

For the average viewer, Dragnet was a weekly look into how the police worked and investigated crimes. Webb’s catchphrase “Just the facts, ma’am,” took on a life of its own and cemented Webb’s place in television history. He wasn’t done with Hollywood when he died, though. He wanted to continue his work on a new police procedural. Instead, the LAPD found themselves honoring the fictional member of their squad instead.

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Jack Webb was hoping to reboot Dragnet when he died suddenly

Webb had success after Dragnet, but none of the shows he worked on were as successful or as enjoyable for him as Dragnet. In hopes of recapturing the magic, he planned to retool the series and launch a reboot. Webb had gone as far as casting a new partner, and he reportedly created five scripts. The series was planned for 1983.

On this date in 1967, the second incarnation of the police procedural drama series #Dragnet debuted on NBC starring #JackWebb and #HarryMorgan with the episode, “The LSD Story.” pic.twitter.com/XIgEK73Bv1

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In December 1982, Webb died suddenly at his home of an apparent heart attack. Closer notes that Webb smoked three packs of cigarettes a day, and was a workaholic, often staying later than anyone else. His death put an end

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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