Alan William Landsburg was born on May 10, 1933, in White Plains, New York. During the 1950s, he worked until his discharge from the Armed Services in 1956 as a writer, director and producer of special events for the American Forces Network in Europe. Following his discharge, he became one of the youngest radio directors in the country when he joined the NBC affiliate in New York at age 21. In 1961, he moved to Los Angeles to join Wolper Productions, the company behind Biography. Landsburg wrote, produced and directed several episodes of the 1960s documentary series Biography, hosted by Mike Wallace, as well as National Geographic specials and The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau adventure series.
In 1978, Landsburg produced a Bigfoot documentary using portions of two In Search of... episodes (“The Monster Hunters” and “The Abominable Snowman”) called Manbeast! Myth or Monster, based on his book In Search of Myths and Monsters. Though Nimoy had written the foreword to Landsburg’s book, he did not narrate this documentary.