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John Derek

Highest Rated:   100% Scandal Sheet (1952)
Lowest Rated:   0% Bolero (1984)
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John Derek was the son of writer/director Lawson Harris and bit-actress Dolores Johnson. Signed by David O. Selznick in 1943, Derek made his film debut as an extra in Since You Went Away, playing a soldier--which indeed he was at the time. His first starring role was as a death-row juvenile delinquent in Columbia's Knock on Any Door (1949), in which he was given more screen time than nominal star Humphrey Bogart. Most of Derek's subsequent Columbia assignments were in workaday "B" costume pictures and westerns; he enjoyed his best role in years, that of John Wilkes Booth, in 20th Century-Fox's Prince of Players (1954). By 1961, Derek's film career was seriously flagging, obliging him to sign on as one of the stars of the 26-week TV series Frontier Circus. Unhappy with his progress (or lack of it) as an actor, Derek turned director for the 1966 wartime flick Once Before I Die. Derek used many of his directorial efforts as showcases for his various "protege" wives: Ursula Andress, Linda Evans, and Bo Derek. When not playing "Svengali" (an appellation he fully accepted with high good humor, as did his lovely "Trilbys"), John Derek kept busy as a director and cinematographer on such quasi-erotic films as Bolero (1984) and Ghosts Can't Do It (1990). Derek had suffered from heart trouble for many years; on May 20, 1998, the 71-year-old director was found unconscious in his Santa Ynez Valley home. Despite doctor's efforts, the damage to his heart muscle proved too great and on May 22, he passed away.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Childish Things
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Ghosts Can't Do It
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1990
0% Bolero
  • Screenwriter
1984
No Score Yet Fantasies
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1981
11% Tarzan, the Ape Man
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Confessions of Tom Harris
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Once Before I Die
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Bailey
1965
64% Exodus
  • Taha
1960
No Score Yet Fury At Showdown
  • Brock Mitchell
1957
No Score Yet Omar Khayyam
  • Malik the Young Prince
1957
94% The Ten Commandments
  • Joshua
1956
No Score Yet An Annapolis Story
  • Tony J. Scott
1955
No Score Yet Prince Of Players
  • John Wilkes Booth
1955
No Score Yet Run for Cover (Colorado)
  • Davey Bishop
1955
No Score Yet The Adventures of Hajji Baba
  • Hajji Baba
1954
No Score Yet The Outcast
  • Jet Cosgrave
1954
No Score Yet Big Moment
  • Actor
1954
No Score Yet Mission over Korea
  • Lt. Pete Barker
1953
No Score Yet Ambush at Tomahawk Gap
  • Kid
1953
No Score Yet The Last Posse
  • Jed Clayton
1953
100% Scandal Sheet
  • Steve McCleary
1952
No Score Yet Mask of the Avenger
  • Capt. Renato Dimorna
1951
No Score Yet Rogues Of Sherwood Forest
  • Robin, Earl of Huntington
1950
97% All the King's Men
  • Tom Stark
1949
70% Knock on Any Door
  • Nick Romano
1949
71% A Double Life
  • Police Stenographer
1947
No Score Yet I'll Be Seeing You
  • Lieutenant Bruce
1945
75% Since You Went Away
  • Actor
1944

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