John Derek

Actor, Producer, Director
A minor young lead in Hollywood films of the late 1940s and early 1950s, John Derek achieved greater fame as a photographer and director of cheesecake and softcore films featuring his famous wives, who included ... Read more »
Born: 08/11/1926 in Hollywood, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Once Before I Die 1967 (Movie)

Maj Bailey (Actor)

Nightmare in the Sun 1964 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frontier Circus 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Exodus 1960 (Movie)

Taha (Actor)

Fury at Showdown 1957 (Movie)

Brock Mitchell (Actor)

Omar Khayyam 1957 (Movie)

Malik (Actor)

High Hell 1956 (Movie)

Craig Rhodes (Actor)

The Ten Commandments 1956 (Movie)

Joshua (Actor)

An Annapolis Story 1955 (Movie)

Tony Scott (Actor)

Run For Cover 1955 (Movie)

Davey Bishop (Actor)

Prince of Players 1954 (Movie)

John Wilkes Booth (Actor)

The Last Posse 1953 (Movie)

Jed Clayton (Actor)

The Family Secret 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Mask of the Avenger 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Knock on Any Door 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

All the King's Men 1948 (Movie)

Tom Stark (Actor)

A Double Life (Movie)

Police Stenographer (Actor)

Rogues of Sherwood Forest (Movie)

Robin Earl of Huntington (Actor)

Scandal Sheet (Movie)

Steve McCleary (Actor)

Since You Went Away (Movie)

(Actor)

The Outcast (Movie)

Jet Cosgrave (Actor)
Director (6)

Ghosts Can't Do It 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Bolero 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Tarzan, The Ape Man 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Fantasies 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Childish Things 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Once Before I Die 1967 (Movie)

(Director)
Camera, Film, & Tape (4)

Ghosts Can't Do It 1990 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Bolero 1984 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Fantasies 1972 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Childish Things 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Producer (3)

Ghosts Can't Do It 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Once Before I Die 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nightmare in the Sun 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (3)

Ghosts Can't Do It 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bolero 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fantasies 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A minor young lead in Hollywood films of the late 1940s and early 1950s, John Derek achieved greater fame as a photographer and director of cheesecake and softcore films featuring his famous wives, who included actresses Ursula Andress, Linda Evans and Bo Derek. His darkly handsome features earned him a contract with Columbia, but after substantial roles in "Knock On Any Door" (1948) and "All the King's Men" (1950), he faded into costume adventures. He shifted to still photography and direction in the late 1960s, helming salacious efforts with Andress and Evans before striking pay dirt with the younger, less experienced Derek. He directed her in a string of softcore films, including "Tarzan the Ape Man" (1981) and "Bolero" (1984), most of which were hits, despite being savaged by critics. After his death in 1998, Derek's penchant for exploiting the physical charms of his wives overshadowed his photography and early performances.

Relationships

Ursula Andress Actor

Wife
Married in 1957 divorced in 1966 starred with Derek in his first feature as a director "Once Before I Die" (1965)

Pati Behrs

Wife
French married in 1948 divorced

Bo Derek Actor

Wife
Born on November 20, 1956 met while Derek was filming "Once Upon a Time" (1973) in Greece married from 1974 until his death in 1998 survived him

Sean Derek

Daughter
born in October 1953 mother, Pati Behrs survived him

Russell Derek

Son
born in April 1950 mother, Pati Behrs survived him

Linda Evans

Wife
separated in 1973 divorced in 1975

Lawson Harris

Father

Dolores Johnson

Mother

Milestones

1990

Final film, "Ghosts Can't Do It"

1984

Directed wife in "Bolero"

1973

First directed Bo Derek, "Fantasies"

1968

Screenwriting debut, "A Boy... A Girl"; also directed and served as cinematographer

1966

First film as director of photography and director "Childish Things/Tale of the Cock" (released in 1969, re-released in 1972 as "Confessions of Tom Harris")

1965

Feature directing debut, "Once Before I Die"; also acted and produced

1965

First film as producer, "Nightmare in the Sun"

1960

Co-starred in "Exodux"

1956

Appeared in "The Ten Commandments"

1949

First major acting role in "Knock on Any Door"

1944

Screen acting debut in "I'll Be Seeing You"

1943

First screen appearance (as extra), "Since You Went Away"

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