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Jennings Lang (May 28 1915May 29 1996) was an Americanmarker film producer, as well as a screenwriter and actor.

Biography

Lang, originally a lawyer from New York Citymarker, came to Hollywoodmarker 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. 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 Universal Studios and was 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. Also, Lang played a key role in making television movies a staple of TV programming.

In 1951, Lang was shot in the leg and groin by film producer Walter Wanger, who believed that Lang was having an affair with Wanger's wife, actress Joan Bennett; Lang survived, and Wanger, pleading insanity, served four months in prison.

Lang 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.

A stroke in 1983 forced Lang's retirement; he died of pneumonia in 1996 in Palm Desert, Californiamarker. He was the father of film director Rocky Lang.

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