LOS ANGELES — John Langley, creator of the long-running series Cops. Died during a road race in Mexico A spokeswoman for the family said.
Family spokesman Pam Golam said: Langley died in the city of Baja. Mexico with a heart attack on Saturday during off-road races Ensenada-San Felipe 250 Coast to Coast He was 78.
“Cops” was one of the first reality series to air when it premiered in 1989 and will become an institution through 32 seasons. Langley and production partner Malcolm Barber bought the idea several years ago. and found a home for this idea on the rookie Fox network.
The show is famous for tracking down the police. From officers in the south to officers from major police departments On a long and boring night in the patrol car or chasing with fever
Its idiosyncrasies, including a shirtless suspect and reggae song “Bad Boys,”; are regular fodder for stand-up comics and are often referenced in movies. TV shows and music
It ran on Fox until 2013, when Viacom-owned Spike TV, later renamed The Paramount Network, picked it up.
It is under criticism for what it considers a sharp point of view and supports the police and was permanently pulled from the air by Paramount last year. During protests around the world over the killing of George Floyd
Some versions of the show still air internationally in syndication.
Langley was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and served in the United States Army. in the early 1960s
Langley was also a producer on the 2009 film “Brooklyn’s Finest,” directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Richard Gere and Don Cheadle, and in the non-fiction series “Jail,” “Vegas Strip” and “Anatomy of a. Crime
He is a dirt bike enthusiast and often drives in various activities. such as he attended on Saturday
Langley is survived by his son and executive partner Morgan, who oversees their company, Langley Productions; another son, Zack; two daughters, Sara Langley Dews and Jennifer Blair; Maggie, his wife and seven grandchildren.