John Derek

Film Actor and Director
Born Aug 12, 1926

John Derek was an American actor, director and photographer.

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1926 Birth Born on August 12, 1926.


1944 17 Years Old Derek was born Derek Delevan Harris in Hollywood, California, the son of actor/director Lawson Harris and actress Dolores Johnson. His striking 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.


1948 21 Years Old Derek married Turkish-born prima ballerina Pati Behrs Eristoff in 1948. … Read More
1949 22 Years Old 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. … Read More
1955 28 Years Old Derek walked out on his wife and family in 1955 after meeting 19-year-old aspiring Swiss actress Ursula Andress, who spoke almost no English when they met.


1957 30 Years Old In 1957, after finalizing his divorce from Behrs, he married Andress in a quickie Las Vegas ceremony, but she left him in 1965 for French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo. … Read More


1968 41 Years Old They married in Mexico in 1968, with Sean as a witness.
1973 46 Years Old 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 (unreleased until 1981, under the title Fantasies). … Read More
1974 47 Years Old 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.
1976 49 Years Old 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.


1998 72 Years Old John Derek died on May 22, 1998, from cardiovascular disease in Santa Maria, California at the age of 71. … Read More
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