John Farrow

Born Feb 10, 1904

John Villiers Farrow, CBE KGCHS was an Australian-born American film director, producer and screenwriter. In 1957, he won the Academy Award for Best Writing/Best Screenplay for Around the World in Eighty Days and in 1942 he was nominated as Best Director for Wake Island.… Read More

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1904 Birth Born on February 10, 1904.


1923 19 Years Old Reaching the United States, he enrolled at the Jesuits' St Ignatius College in San Francisco in 1923, but left after one month. … Read More


1924 20 Years Old Farrow was a notorious playboy in his youth, being linked to Dolores del Río and Diana Churchill among others. He married Felice Lewin in 1924.
1927 23 Years Old Farrow started writing while working as a sailor and became interested in screenwriting after a chance voyage in the South Seas with the film-maker Robert J. Flaherty. Re-entering the United States, allegedly by jumping ship at San Francisco, he found his way to Hollywood where from 1927 his nautical expertise brought him work as a script consultant and technical adviser. … Read More
1932 28 Years Old He compiled an English-French-Tahitian dictionary and wrote a novel, Laughter Ends (1933), In 1932 he went to England where he worked as a writer and assistant director on G. W. Pabst's film of Don Quixote, and briefly visited Tahiti again.
1933 29 Years Old Farrow returned to Hollywood and re-established himself as a screenwriter. On 27 January 1933, while dancing at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, he was arrested for breach of his visa, as part of a general crackdown against illegal immigrants in the film industry. … Read More


1934 30 Years Old In 1934 he became engaged to actress Maureen O'Sullivan and they married on 12 September 1936. … Read More
1936 32 Years Old He signed to Warner Bros in 1936 looking to direct and was linked with a number of projects, including a foreign legion story and an adaptation of The Pit and the Pendulum.
1937 33 Years Old Farrow finally made his directorial debut in 1937 with Men in Exile. … Read More
1939 35 Years Old Despite his flourishing career and recently having become a father for the first time, Farrow was keen to be involved in World War II. He went to Vancouver in November 1939 and enlisted in the Canadian Navy. … Read More
1941 37 Years Old 1 More Event
He worked on anti-submarine patrols and in April 1941 was loaned to the Royal Navy and appointed to HMS Goshawk naval base in Trinidad, and served as assistant to the Senior British Naval Officer, Curaçao.
1943 39 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He signed a long term contract with Paramount in February 1943 and went on to become one of the leading filmmakers for the studio, working several times with Alan Ladd. … Read More


1947 43 Years Old He also often expressed a desire to make a film back in Australia and later made two films with Australian connections, Botany Bay (1953) and The Sea Chase (1955), despite having ceased to be an Australian citizen in 1947. … Read More


1957 53 Years Old …  In 1957, he won the Academy Award for Best Writing/Best Screenplay for Around the World in Eighty Days and in 1942 he was nominated as Best Director for Wake Island. … Read More
1963 59 Years Old Died on January 27, 1963.
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