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Bo and John Derek Interview from 1981 on their 46 acre ranch in Santa Ynez, California.
Bo and John Derek Interview from 1981 on their 46 acre ranch in Santa Ynez, California.
Published: 2012/08/22
Channel: Rangerprovidence
JOHN DEREK TRIBUTE
JOHN DEREK TRIBUTE
Published: 2017/06/20
Channel: SPANISH FILMS
Movie Legends - John Derek
Movie Legends - John Derek
Published: 2017/02/15
Channel: Movie Legends
Bo Derek Regrets Teenage Affair | The Meredith Vieira Show
Bo Derek Regrets Teenage Affair | The Meredith Vieira Show
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: The Meredith Vieira Show
Bo and John Derek 1980
Bo and John Derek 1980
Published: 2016/10/05
Channel: Drew David
Ursula, Linda & Bo - Movie Stars Who Married John Derek
Ursula, Linda & Bo - Movie Stars Who Married John Derek
Published: 2017/06/18
Channel: thequeenoftheprom
Linda Evans Discusses John Derek & Yanni
Linda Evans Discusses John Derek & Yanni
Published: 2011/10/21
Channel: ForeverCarrington
The Outcast 1954) John Derek, Joan Evans and Jim Davis WEST
The Outcast 1954) John Derek, Joan Evans and Jim Davis WEST
Published: 2013/09/02
Channel: Mariel Rosa
Tour Bo Derek and John Corbett
Tour Bo Derek and John Corbett's Ranch | The Oprah Winfrey Show | Oprah Winfrey Network
Published: 2014/11/26
Channel: OWN
John Derek & Joan Evans in
John Derek & Joan Evans in 'Brandmal der Rache' 1954 | Jetzt auf DVD | Filmjuwelen
Published: 2016/09/12
Channel: Film- und Fernsehjuwelen
Avenger 1951 Romance, adventure   Anthony Quinn Jody Lawrence John Derek
Avenger 1951 Romance, adventure Anthony Quinn Jody Lawrence John Derek
Published: 2016/09/28
Channel: Mary Kate
Fury at Challenge 1957   Full Western Movie John Derek Full Length
Fury at Challenge 1957 Full Western Movie John Derek Full Length
Published: 2017/02/10
Channel: Western Movie 2016 _ Qu
Popular Videos - John Derek
Popular Videos - John Derek
Published: 2017/03/10
Channel: Patrick Early
Il corsaro della mezzaluna. (1957) con John Derek -  Gianna M. Canale _ Film Completo Italiano
Il corsaro della mezzaluna. (1957) con John Derek - Gianna M. Canale _ Film Completo Italiano
Published: 2017/01/13
Channel: Azz...ched'è
Ambush At Tomahawk Gap Western (1953) John Hodiak, John Derek & David Brian.
Ambush At Tomahawk Gap Western (1953) John Hodiak, John Derek & David Brian.
Published: 2016/02/05
Channel: Alessa Graham
Once Before I Die [John Derek, Ursula Andress] 1966
Once Before I Die [John Derek, Ursula Andress] 1966
Published: 2016/01/05
Channel: NostalgiArkivet
Linda Evans Interviewed by Barbara Walters
Linda Evans Interviewed by Barbara Walters
Published: 2013/04/10
Channel: ForeverCarrington
Bo Derek, John Corbett Share How Their Romance Started | TODAY
Bo Derek, John Corbett Share How Their Romance Started | TODAY
Published: 2015/07/20
Channel: TODAY
Una charla con John y Bo Derek en el Amazonas, 1981
Una charla con John y Bo Derek en el Amazonas, 1981
Published: 2015/10/28
Channel: Archivo Prisma
Stella Stevens--"The Balloon Girl", Claude Akins, John Derek, 1961 TV
Stella Stevens--"The Balloon Girl", Claude Akins, John Derek, 1961 TV
Published: 2016/04/08
Channel: Alan Eichler
Der Korsar vom roten Halbmond. (1957) con John Derek - Gianna M. Canale _ Komplette deutsche Film
Der Korsar vom roten Halbmond. (1957) con John Derek - Gianna M. Canale _ Komplette deutsche Film
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: International Film & Film
Adventures of Hajji Baba 1954 - John Derek - Elaine Stewart
Adventures of Hajji Baba 1954 - John Derek - Elaine Stewart
Published: 2012/10/06
Channel: ClassicMovieShop
John Derek vs John Smith
John Derek vs John Smith
Published: 2014/02/19
Channel: Maricatrin & Movies
John derek
John derek
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: John Derek Rodriguez
John Derek Gupton - a Tribute
John Derek Gupton - a Tribute
Published: 2015/05/27
Channel: Karen Gupton
Thunderbirds 1952 - John Derek - John Drew Barrymore
Thunderbirds 1952 - John Derek - John Drew Barrymore
Published: 2012/10/10
Channel: ClassicMovieShop
The Outcast 1954) John Derek, Joan Evans and Jim Davis WEST
The Outcast 1954) John Derek, Joan Evans and Jim Davis WEST
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: Kermit Lamus
Bo Derek Talks Ageism in Hollywood, Opens Up About Her Relationship With John Corbett
Bo Derek Talks Ageism in Hollywood, Opens Up About Her Relationship With John Corbett
Published: 2015/07/08
Channel: Entertainment Tonight
"HIGH HELL" John Derek, Elaine Stewart. 1/19/1958.
"HIGH HELL" John Derek, Elaine Stewart. 1/19/1958.
Published: 2013/09/14
Channel: THE ORIGINAL ALLISON HAYES CHANNEL
Bo Derek - then and now
Bo Derek - then and now
Published: 2017/01/02
Channel: thequeenoftheprom
Unforgettable Memories Of Love : John Derek
Unforgettable Memories Of Love : John Derek
Published: 2010/12/16
Channel: fabisribeiro22
John Derek in An Annapolis Story 1955
John Derek in An Annapolis Story 1955
Published: 2016/09/06
Channel: VINTAGE ORIGINAL MOVIE STILLS
Once Before I Die - Ursula Andress John Derek theme (Lenny Welch)
Once Before I Die - Ursula Andress John Derek theme (Lenny Welch)
Published: 2011/01/09
Channel: entheta
John Derek Evans
John Derek Evans
Published: 2016/05/01
Channel: Annie Sap
Rogues of Sherwood Forest Final Fight
Rogues of Sherwood Forest Final Fight
Published: 2016/03/22
Channel: albion65
Irene Dunne--"Dr. Sam", John Derek, Richard Jaeckel, Ellen Corby
Irene Dunne--"Dr. Sam", John Derek, Richard Jaeckel, Ellen Corby
Published: 2016/04/08
Channel: Alan Eichler
JOHN DEREK DIRECTOR FILMS
JOHN DEREK DIRECTOR FILMS
Published: 2017/06/20
Channel: SPANISH FILMS
Una charla con John y Bo Derek en el Amazonas, 1981 (parte II)
Una charla con John y Bo Derek en el Amazonas, 1981 (parte II)
Published: 2015/10/28
Channel: Archivo Prisma
Fury at Challenge 2017 New Western Movie John Derek Full English
Fury at Challenge 2017 New Western Movie John Derek Full English
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: Thanh Nivens
BBC Rogue Traders: John Derek Sanderson, Lancaster
BBC Rogue Traders: John Derek Sanderson, Lancaster
Published: 2015/10/24
Channel: John Sanderson
Bo Derek on "10" Movie & Filming Nude Scenes: Johnny Carson
Bo Derek on "10" Movie & Filming Nude Scenes: Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, 1979
Published: 2013/11/23
Channel: Johnny Carson
Amygdala - Bodhild Vossgård & John Derek Bishop
Amygdala - Bodhild Vossgård & John Derek Bishop
Published: 2013/05/23
Channel: John Derek Bishop
MASSACRE AT SAND CREEK - 1956 - Everett Sloane, Gene Evans, John Derek -rare TV western
MASSACRE AT SAND CREEK - 1956 - Everett Sloane, Gene Evans, John Derek -rare TV western
Published: 2013/12/13
Channel: filmnoir2019
Moskollage - Moskus & John Derek Bishop
Moskollage - Moskus & John Derek Bishop
Published: 2013/05/23
Channel: John Derek Bishop
John Derek in Rogues Of Sherwood Forest 1950
John Derek in Rogues Of Sherwood Forest 1950
Published: 2015/11/26
Channel: Mika Boon
SEA OF LOST SHIPS - 1953 - John Derek, Walter Brennan, Barton MacLane, Darryl Hickman
SEA OF LOST SHIPS - 1953 - John Derek, Walter Brennan, Barton MacLane, Darryl Hickman
Published: 2016/04/21
Channel: filmnoir2019
John "Derek" Wagner Tribute
John "Derek" Wagner Tribute
Published: 2016/03/27
Channel: Adam Wagner Photography
BB King with John Mayer, Tedeschi Trucks, Finale, Hollywood Bowl 9-5-12 part 1
BB King with John Mayer, Tedeschi Trucks, Finale, Hollywood Bowl 9-5-12 part 1
Published: 2012/09/15
Channel: ladiva44
john derek joel
john derek joel
Published: 2007/02/17
Channel: elishayan
Star Wars Rebels Twin Suns Episode Reactions with my bros John,Derek and Zach Denny
Star Wars Rebels Twin Suns Episode Reactions with my bros John,Derek and Zach Denny
Published: 2017/03/19
Channel: Dominick Kling
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John Derek
John Derek - still.jpg
Derek c. 1956
Born Derek Delevan Harris
(1926-08-12)August 12, 1926
Hollywood, California, US
Died May 22, 1998(1998-05-22) (aged 71)
Santa Maria, California, US
Cause of death Cardiovascular disease
Occupation Actor, director, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor, producer
Years active 1943–1990
Spouse(s) Pati Behrs
(1948-1955; divorced)
Ursula Andress
(1957-1966; divorced)
Linda Evans
(1968-1974; divorced)
Bo Derek
(1976-1998; his death)
Children 2 with Behrs
Parent(s) Lawson Harris (father)

John Derek (born Derek Delevan Harris; August 12, 1926 – May 22, 1998) was an American actor, director and photographer.[1] He appeared in such films as Knock on Any Door, All the King's Men, and Rogues of Sherwood Forest. He was also known for launching the career of his fourth wife, Bo Derek.

Early life[edit]

Derek was born Derek Delevan Harris[2] in Hollywood, California, the son of actor/director Lawson Harris and actress Dolores Johnson. His striking[citation needed] good looks were noticed, and he was being groomed for a movie career by both David O. Selznick and his agent Henry Willson (who gave him the temporary stage name of Dare Harris) when he was drafted in 1944 into the United States Army, and saw service in the Philippines during the last days of World War II.

Film career[edit]

After the war, Derek approached Humphrey Bogart, who renamed him John Derek and cast him as Nick (Pretty Boy) Romano, an unregenerate killer, in Knock on Any Door (1949), a socially conscious 1949 melodrama.[3] Derek was recognized as a talented newcomer, "plainly an idol for the girls," as Bosley Crowther put it in a review for The New York Times.[4]

Derek followed that picture with a supporting role as the son of Broderick Crawford in All the King's Men (1949), the Best Picture Oscar winner for its year. He played leads in Fury at Showdown, and as Robin Hood in Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1950) with Alan Hale. He also appeared as Joshua in The Ten Commandments (1956). But he found himself featured increasingly as a hero or villain in a string of unimpressive B-movies—crime melodramas, westerns, pirate pictures and costume dramas.[4]

Dissatisfied with his career as an actor, Derek turned to film directing. He directed his second wife Ursula Andress in two films, and third wife Linda Evans in one. He also worked as a director of four films with fourth wife, Bo Derek including Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981) and Bolero (1984). Ghosts Can't Do It (1990) was his last in the director's chair.[5] An accomplished photographer, Derek photographed the last three of his four wives (at different times) for nude spreads in Playboy magazine.

Derek directed the music videos for Shania Twain's "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" and "Any Man of Mine."

Personal life[edit]

Derek and Bo with Chandran Rutnam

Derek married Turkish-born prima ballerina Pati Behrs Eristoff in 1948.[6] They had a son, Russell Andre (1950–1999), who was paralyzed in a 1969 motorcycle accident,[7] and a daughter, Sean Catherine (born 1953), who later wrote a memoir titled Cast of Characters, published in 1982, about their dysfunctional relationship.[8] Derek walked out on his wife and family in 1955 after meeting 19-year-old aspiring Swiss actress Ursula Andress,[8] who spoke almost no English when they met.[9] In 1957, after finalizing his divorce from Behrs,[10] he married Andress in a quickie Las Vegas ceremony, but she left him in 1965 for French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo.[7] Derek subsequently became involved with American actress Linda Evans, at the time starring in television's The Big Valley, who reduced her appearances on the show to spend more time with him, and financed his alimony and child support payments to Behrs,[7] as he had quit acting by then to pursue photography and directing. They married in Mexico in 1968,[7] with Sean as a witness.[11] In 1973 Derek, Evans and 16-year-old high school dropout Mary Cathleen Collins traveled to the Greek island of Mykonos to make the film And Once Upon a Time[8] (unreleased[9] until 1981, under the title Fantasies). During filming, Derek and Collins began an affair.[8] Evans returned to the states and filed for divorce in 1974, but Derek and Collins stayed in Europe until she turned 18 in November of that year, in order to avoid statutory rape charges.[7][12] Collins became known to the public as Bo Derek following their marriage on June 10, 1976 in Las Vegas and achieved international fame in 1979 with her role in the Blake Edwards film 10. The couple remained together until John died in 1998.[3]

Death[edit]

John Derek died on May 22, 1998, from cardiovascular disease in Santa Maria, California at the age of 71.[13] His remains were cremated.[14]

Filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

Features:

Short Subjects:

  • The Nest (1943)
  • Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Awards (1951)
  • Screen Snapshots: Meet Mr. Rhythm, Frankie Laine (1952)
  • Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Mr. Movies (1952)
  • Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Stars to Remember (1954)

As director[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "John Derek." Archived September 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. The New York Times. Retrieved: August 12, 2011.
  2. ^ "Person Details for Derek Delevan Harris, California Birth Index, 1905-1995". FamilySearch. 
  3. ^ a b "John Derek, 71, Actor Known As Wife's Svengali, Is Dead." The New York Times. Retrieved: August 12, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Maltin 1994, p. 224.
  5. ^ "John Derek: Director." IMDb. Retrieved: May 18, 2013.
  6. ^ Sheila Graham (December 30, 1948). Record Number of New Faces Figure in the Hollywood Picture. The Milwaukee Journal.
  7. ^ a b c d e Derek, Sean Catherine (1982). Cast of Characters. Tower & Leisure Sales Co. ISBN 0843911263. 
  8. ^ a b c d Cheryl Lavin (October 29, 1982). Derek's daughter details unhappy life with father. Ottawa Citizen.
  9. ^ a b David Sheff (February 11, 1980). A Hollywood 10. People magazine.
  10. ^ Hollywood (January 26, 1957). Actor John Derek to Wed Swiss Girl. Spokane Daily Chronicle.
  11. ^ Evans, Linda (2016). Recipes for Life: My Memories. Post Hill Press. ISBN 1618686933. 
  12. ^ Video on YouTube
  13. ^ Donnelley 2005, p. 177.
  14. ^ "Beau Derek." People magazine. Retrieved: November 17, 2008.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Donnelley, Paul. Fade to Black: A Book of Movie Obituaries. London: Omnibus Press, 2005. ISBN 1-84449-430-6.
  • Maltin, Leonard. "John Derek". Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia. New York: Dutton, 1994. ISBN 0-525-93635-1.

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