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Ethnicity  Jewish
Name  Jennings Lang
Role  Film producer

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Born  May 28, 1915 (1915-05-28) New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation  Film producer, screenwriter actor
Died  May 29, 1996, Palm Desert, California, United States
Spouse  Monica Lewis (m. 1956–1996)
Children  Rocky Lang, Mike Lang, Robert Lang
Nominations  Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Movies  The Concorde Airport, Airport 1975, Rollercoaster, Play Misty for Me, Swashbuckler
Similar People  Monica Lewis, Rocky Lang, Bruce Surtees, James Goldstone, Philip H Lathrop

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Jennings Lang (May 28, 1915, New York City – May 29, 1996, Palm Desert, California) was an American film producer, as well as a screenwriter and actor.


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Lang was born to a Jewish family in New York City, New York. Originally a lawyer, from New York City, he came to Hollywood in 1938 and set up an office as a talent agent. In 1940 he joined the Jaffe agency and within a few years became the company's president, and came to be known as one of Hollywood's leading agents.

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In 1950 he joined the MCA talent agency and two years later became vice president of MCA TV Limited; in this capacity, he worked with MCA's subsidiary Revue Productions involved in developing, creating, and selling new series in the 1950s and '60s, such as Wagon Train, The Bob Cummings Show, and McHale's Navy.

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In 1951, Lang was shot in the left inner thigh and groin by film producer Walter Wanger, who believed Lang was having an affair with his wife, actress Joan Bennett. The following is extracted from the book On Sunset Boulevard (1998, p. 431) by Ed Sikov:

In 1951, producer Walter Wanger discovered that his wife, Joan Bennett, was having an affair with the agent Jennings Lang. Their encounters were brief and frequent. When Lang and Bennett weren't meeting clandestinely at vacation spots like New Orleans and the West Indies, they were back in L.A. enjoying weekday quickies at a Beverly Hills apartment otherwise occupied by one of Lang's underlings at the agency. When Wanger found proof of the affair, he did what any crazed cuckold would do: he shot Lang in the balls.

Lang survived, and Wanger, pleading insanity, served four months in prison. In 1956. Lang married actress-singer Monica Lewis and fathered three sons. The couple remained married until Lang's death in 1996. He produced and executive-produced movies from 1969 to 1986; in the mid-1970s, Lang produced a series of major epics, including Airport 1975 and Earthquake; the latter picture utilized Sensurround to augment the onscreen action with sound waves that sent tremors throughout the theater.

Last years & death

A stroke in 1983 forced Lang's retirement. He died of pneumonia in 1996 in Palm Desert, California and was buried at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City. Lang was survived by his wife Monica Lewis and their three sons.


  • Play Misty for Me (1971)
  • The Eiger Sanction (1975)
  • Screenwriter

  • The Concorde ... Airport '79 (1979)
  • Actor

  • Real Life (1979)
  • References

    Jennings Lang Wikipedia