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John David Landis (born 3 August 1950) is an American filmmaker and producer, known for having directed some of the most beloved comedies of the late '70s and early '80s, including Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, Coming to Americanote  and ¡Three Amigos!, as well as the horror classic An American Werewolf in London and Michael Jackson's groundbreaking music video for "Thriller." He also developed and produced Clue, the All-Star Cast mystery/comedy based on the popular board game.

More controversially, Landis is known for his reckless direction when filming his segment for Twilight Zone: The Movie, which killed Vic Morrow and two (illegally employed) child actors. Filming late at night and violating child labor laws, he ignored the helicopter pilot's warning against flying low to the ground and close to pyrotechnics, resulting in the helicopter crashing and the three actors getting mutilated in the process. Landis plead guilty to the illegal child labor, but not manslaughter, of which he was acquitted despite all evidence against him.


He is also the father of Max Landis, also a director.

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