Christopher Landon

Landon in 2011, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Christopher Beau Landon

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 27, 1975

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish, Irish
*mother – German, English, Scottish, Welsh, Dutch

Christopher Landon is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Working mostly in the horror genre, and often including comedy, he has directed the films Burning Palms, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U, Freaky (2020), and We Have a Ghost, all of which but the first Happy Death Day he also wrote or co-wrote. He has also written the films Paranormal Activity 3, Paranormal Activity 4, and Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin, and co-written the films Another Day in Paradise, Boys Life 3, Blood & Chocolate, Disturbia, Paranormal Activity 2, and Viral (2016). He has also been billed as Christopher B. Landon.

Christopher is the son of actor, director, and filmmaker Michael Landon and actress Lynn Noe. His half-sister is actress Jennifer Landon. He is the uncle of actors Rachel Matthews and Justin Matthews.

Christopher’s paternal grandfather was Eli Maurice Orowitz (the son of Moses Orovitz, Moshe ben reb Mordechai, and of Bessie Rosenfeld Solositzky). Eli was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish parents. Bessie was the daughter of Lazarus Solositzky and Eva.

Christopher’s paternal grandmother was dancer and comedian Peggy O’Neal. Peggy was of Irish ancestry.

Christopher’s maternal grandfather was John Graham Noe (the son of Arvin Graham Noe and Milton Foster “Mittie” Van Arsdale/Vanarsdale). John was born in Kentucky. Arvin was the son of Stith Thompson Noe and Mary Elizabeth Graham. Milton was the daughter of Samuel Cornelius Van Arsdale/Vanarsdale and Sarah Margaret Campbell.

Christopher’s maternal grandmother was Virginia Plock (the daughter of John Wesley Plock and Virginia Linwood Jenkins). Christopher’s grandmother Virginia was born in Kentucky. John was the son of German parents, August Ploch and Amelia Johann.

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