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John Derek ACTOR


John Derek was born on August 12th, 1926 in Hollywood, California with the birth name Derek Delevan Harris to parents Lawson Harris, a director and Dolores Johnson, an actress.  Derek was an American actor, director and a photographer, but he became most famous for the particular woman whom he married throughout his lifetime. 
His first screen appearance was in 1944 working as an extra in, "Since You Went Away".  His screen acting debut was in, "I'll be Seeing You" (1945).
He was quite a handsome man and his good looks helped him obtain decent supporting roles in a variety of films such as, "All the King's Men" (1949) garnering an Academy Award as Best Actor for Broderick Crawford, "Knock on Any Door" (1949), "Rogues of Sherwood Forest" (1950) and his most memorable film role was in, "The Ten Commandments" (1956) starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Edward G. Robinson, Vincent Price, Anne Baxter and Yvonne De Carlo just to name a few of the numerous stars.  

Along with being an ok actor, he also worked as a film director.  By the mid 60's, he had pretty much changed the direction of his career from actor to director and producer of films.  Many of his films he directed starred his wives and many received poor reviews.  Ursula was in two movies, Linda in one and Bo Derek in a total of four films.  His more well known films he directed were, "Ghosts Can't Do It" (1990) and "Tarzan of the Apes" (1981) was only known because he was nominated for a RAZZIE Award in 1981 for being the worst Achievement in film, however the award went to Michael Cimino for, "Heaven's Gate" (1980).   
John Derek was also responsible for directing one pornography film, "Love You" (1980) and two music videos for music artist, Shania Twain, "Who's Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" and "Any Man of Mine".
He first married Pati Behrs, a Russian born actress, on October 10th, 1948 and the couple divorced on April 4th, 1956.  Together they had two children, a daughter, Sean Catherine Derek who later wrote an autobiography called, "Cast of Characters" which talked about what it was like to be the daughter of John Derek and her various step mothers.  His son, Russell Derek was born in 1950 and is now paralyzed from the chest down due to a motorcycle accident the occurred in 1969.  His second marriage was to Ursula Andress on February 2nd, 1957 to 1966.  He then married Linda Evans from 1968 to 1974.  His final and most popular marriage was to Bo Derek on June 10th, 1976 and they remained together until he passed away in 1998.
John Derek passed away on May 22nd, 1998 from cardiovascular disease in Santa Monica, California at the age of seventy one.  His remains were cremated.


1994   Janus
1990   Flair
1966   Once Before I Die
1965   Nightmare in the Sun  
1961-1962  Frontier Circus 
1957-1961  Zane Grey Theater
1960   Exodus  
1959   Prisoner of the Volga 
1959   Pirate of the Half Moon
1958   High Hell
1957   Omar Khayyam  
1957   The Flesh Is Weak
1957   Fury at Showdown
1956   Playhouse 90 
1956   Massacre at Sand Creek
1953-1956  The Ford Television Theatre 
1956   The Ten Commandments
1956   The Leather Saint  
1955   Run for Cover  
1955   An Annapolis Story 
1955   Prince of Players
1954   The Adventures of Hajji Baba
1954   The Outcast
1954   Lux Video Theatre
1953   Sea of Lost Ships
1953   Mission Over Korea
1953   The Last Posse  
1953   Ambush at Tomahawk Gap 
1953   Prince of Pirates  
1952   Thunderbirds  
1952   Scandal Sheet  
1951   The Family Secret  
1951   Saturday's Hero
1951   Mask of the Avenger  
1950   Rogues of Sherwood Forest
1949   All the King's Men  
1949   Knock on Any Door  
1947   A Double Life
1944   I'll Be Seeing You  
1944   Since You Went Away  
1943   The Nest 

Matinee Classics - John Derek
Matinee Classics - Run For Cover starring James Cagney, Viveca Lindfors, John Derek, Jean Hersholt, Grant Withers and Ernest Borgnine
Matinee Classics - Run For Cover starring James Cagney, Viveca Lindfors, John Derek, Jean Hersholt, Grant Withers and Ernest Borgnine
Matinee Classics - Run For Cover starring James Cagney, Viveca Lindfors, John Derek, Jean Hersholt, Grant Withers and Ernest Borgnine
Matinee Classics - Tarzan, the Ape Man starring Bo Derek, Richard Harris, John Phillip Law, Miles O'Keeffe, Akushula Selayah, Steve Strong, Maxime Philoe and Leonard Bailey
Matinee Classics - The Adventures of Hajji Baba starring John Derek, Elaine Stewart, Rosemarie Bowe, Amanda Blake, Paul Picerni, Donald Randolph, Thomas Gomez, Pat Sheehan, Joanne Arnold, Pat Lawler, Peter Mamakos, Kurt Katch, Leo Mostovoy, Joanne Arnold, Veronica Pataky, Linda Danson, Robert Bice and Carl Milletaire

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