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John Derek is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Director of Photography and Editor American born on 12 august 1926 at Hollywood (USA)

John Derek

John Derek
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Birth name Derek Delevan Harris
Nationality USA
Birth 12 august 1926 at Hollywood (USA)
Death 22 may 1998 (at 71 years) at Santa Maria (USA)

John Derek (August 12, 1926 – May 22, 1998) was an American actor, director and photographer. 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 marrying glamorous starlets and for launching the career of his last wife, Bo Derek.


Derek married Russian-born prima ballerina Pati Behrs in 1948. The couple had two children, Russell and Sean Catherine, before their divorce in 1956. He was married to Swiss-American actress Ursula Andress from 1957 to 1966 and to American actress Linda Evans from 1968 to 1974. His last marriage was to Bo Derek in 1976 and they remained together until he died in 1998.

Best films

Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981)
All the King's Men (1949)
Prisoner of the Volga (1959)

Usually with

Bo Derek
Bo Derek
(4 films)
Mickey Knox
Mickey Knox
(3 films)
Marc Lawrence
Marc Lawrence
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of John Derek (39 films)

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Nightmare in the Sun, 1h20
Directed by John Derek, Marc Lawrence
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Ursula Andress, John Derek, Aldo Ray, Sammy Davis Jr., Richard Jaeckel, Arthur O'Connell
Roles Hitchhiker
Rating58% 2.931222.931222.931222.931222.93122
Beautiful young Marsha Wilson is married to a wealthy, jealous, much-older man. She picks up a handsome hitch-hiker one day, brings him back to husband Sam Wilson's ranch and falls for him.
Exodus (1960)
, 3h28
Directed by Otto Preminger, George Cosmatos
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford, Sal Mineo, Jill Haworth
Roles Taha
Rating67% 3.3986153.3986153.3986153.3986153.398615
The film is based initially on events surrounding the ship Exodus in Cyprus in 1947 and then on events in Palestine during the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948.
Prisoner of the Volga, 1h42
Directed by Victor Tourjanski
Origin France
Genres Drama, Adventure
Actors John Derek, Elsa Martinelli, Dawn Addams, Gert Fröbe, Wolfgang Preiss, Nerio Bernardi
Roles Alexej Orloff
Rating56% 2.836192.836192.836192.836192.83619
La Russie sous le règne d'Alexandre III. Le capitaine Alexej Orlof est dégradé et envoyé dans un bataillon disciplinaire à Donbrovka, en Sibérie pour avoir tenté de venger le viol de sa fiancée par le général Gorew. Il parvient à s'évader et s'enrôle dans l'équipage des bateliers de la Volga.
High Hell
High Hell (1958)
, 1h27
Directed by Burt Balaban
Origin USA
Genres Adventure
Actors John Derek, Elaine Stewart, Al Mulock, Patrick Allen, Jerold Wells
Roles Craig Rhodes
Rating53% 2.655432.655432.655432.655432.65543
Craig Rhodes and Frank Davidson are partners in a gold mine in Canada. Frank's wife Lenore falls for Craig and i slusted after by Luke Fulgham.
Omar Khayyam, 1h41
Directed by William Dieterle, Joseph L. McEveety
Origin USA
Genres Biography, Adventure, Historical, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Poésie
Actors Cornel Wilde, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget, John Derek, Edward Platt, Raymond Massey
Roles Prince Malik
Rating59% 2.957882.957882.957882.957882.95788
A Nishapur, en Perse, au XIIe siècle. Omar Khayyam, jeune poète et brillant mathématicien, aime la belle Sharain. Hélas, le shah en personne a jeté son dévolu sur la jeune fille, qui ne peut pas le repousser. Grâce à Nizam, un ancien camarade devenu grand vizir, Omar obtient un travail dans le palais du shah. Il y retrouve un autre ami, Hasani. Le shah apprécie les services d'Omar et le récompense. Un jour, une secte mystérieuse, les «Assassins», élimine le frère du souverain. Celui-ci part combattre les Byzantins...
The Ten Commandments, 3h42
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Action, Historical, Peplum
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about slavery, Films about religion, La précarité, Films based on the Bible, Films about Jews and Judaism, L'émigration
Actors Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget
Roles Joshua
Rating78% 3.948243.948243.948243.948243.94824
Pharaoh Rameses I of Egypt has ordered the death of all firstborn Hebrew males after hearing the prophecy of the Deliverer, but a Hebrew woman named Yoshebel saves her infant son by setting him adrift in a basket on the Nile. Bithiah, the Pharaoh's daughter, who had recently lost her husband and the hope of ever having children of her own, finds the basket and decides to adopt the boy even though her servant, Memnet, recognizes the child is Hebrew and protests.
The Leather Saint
Directed by Alvin Ganzer
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films
Actors John Derek, Paul Douglas, Cesar Romero, Jody Lawrance, Ernest Truex, Robert O. Cornthwaite
Roles Father Gil Allen
Rating57% 2.857532.857532.857532.857532.85753
Although he is a minister, young Gil Allen likes to work out in Tom Kelly's boxing gym. Gus MacAuliffe, a manager of fighters who doesn't know the young man's true vocation, offers to find him a fight in the ring, but Gil declines.
Prince of Players, 1h42
Directed by Philip Dunne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about television
Actors Richard Burton, Maggie McNamara, John Derek, Raymond Massey, Charles Bickford, Elizabeth Sellars
Roles John Wilkes Booth
Rating67% 3.390993.390993.390993.390993.39099
Edwin "Ned" Booth (Richard Burton) is the son of the noted thespian Junius Brutus Booth and the older brother of another actor, John Wilkes Booth. Beginning In 1848, as a boy, and into early manhood, he travels with and assists Junius, who is often drunk and seems at times on the brink of madness.
Run for Cover, 1h33
Directed by Nicholas Ray
Origin USA
Genres Action, Western
Actors James Cagney, Jack Lambert, Viveca Lindfors, John Derek, Jean Hersholt, Grant Withers
Roles Davey Bishop
Rating66% 3.3472153.3472153.3472153.3472153.347215
Matt Dow meets young cowboy Davey Bishop for the first time. As they take turns shooting at a hawk, a train that has recently been robbed goes by. Mistaking it for an attack by train robbers, a bag of money is tossed from the train toward the two men.
The Adventures of Hajji Baba, 1h34
Directed by Don Weis
Origin USA
Genres Adventure, Romance
Actors John Derek, Elaine Stewart, Rosemarie Bowe, Amanda Blake, Paul Picerni, Kurt Katch
Roles Hajji Baba
Rating61% 3.0528153.0528153.0528153.0528153.052815
In Ispahan, Persia, a barber named Hajji Baba (John Derek) is leaving his father's shop to find a great fortune. At the same time the Princess Fawzia (Elaine Stewart) is trying to talk her father into giving her in marriage to Nur-El-Din (Paul Picerni) a prince known far and wide. Her father intends for Fawzia to marry a friend and ally, and makes plans to send her to him. But a courier brings word from Nur-El-Din that an escort awaits Fawzia on the outskirts of the city and she escapes the palace disguised as a boy. Hajji encounters the escort-warrior at the rendezvous spot, is attacked and beats up the escort with his barber's tools. The princess arrives and mistakes Hajji as the escort until he mistakes the emerald ring sent by Nur-El-Din to Fawzia as the prize to be delivered. In her efforts to escape him, her turban becomes unbound and Hajji realizes that the girl herself is the treasure Nur-El-Din awaits. Hajji promises to escort her and they spend the night with the caravan of Osman Aga (Thomas Gomez), who invites them to stay for the dancing girls, among them, the incomparable Ayesha (Rosemarie Bowe). The pair are overtaken by the Caliph's (Donald Randolph) guards sent to bring Fawzia back, but the guards are driven off by an invading army of Turcoman women, a band of fierce and beautiful women who prey on passing merchants.
The Outcast, 1h30
Directed by William Witney
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Romance, Western
Actors John Derek, Joan Evans, Jim Davis, Catherine McLeod, Ben Cooper, Nana Bryant
Roles Jet Cosgrave
Rating63% 3.1958453.1958453.1958453.1958453.195845