John Derek Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died in Santa Maria, California, USA  (heart problems)
Birth NameDerek Delevan Harris
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Derek was born on August 12, 1926 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA as Derek Delevan Harris. He was an actor and director, known for The Ten Commandments (1956), All the King's Men (1949) and Exodus (1960). He was married to Bo Derek, Linda Evans, Ursula Andress and Pati Behrs. He died on May 22, 1998 in Santa Maria, California.

Spouse (4)

Bo Derek (10 June 1976 - 22 May 1998) (his death)
Linda Evans (1968 - 1975) (divorced)
Ursula Andress (2 February 1957 - 24 April 1966) (divorced)
Pati Behrs (9 October 1948 - 3 April 1956) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (13)

In voting for 1981's RAZZIE Awards for Worst Achievements in Film, Derek's direction of Tarzan the Ape Man (1981) (starring his wife Bo Derek) and Michael Cimino's direction of the legendary debacle Heaven's Gate (1980) ran neck-and-neck. A mere handful of late ballots threw the Worst Director nod to Cimino.
Photographed the last three of his four wives for Playboy magazine.
Father, with Pati Behrs, of Russell Andre Derek (April 16, 1950 - August 21, 1999) and Sean Catherine Derek (born October 16, 1953).
Son, Russell Derek, was paralyzed from the chest down due to a motorcycle accident in 1969.
In 1944 he was drafted into the United States Army and serviced in the Philippines during the last days of World War II.
Left first wife Pati Behrs for second wife Ursula Andress, who spoke almost no English when they met and eventually left him for Jean-Paul Belmondo. He left third wife Linda Evans for fourth wife Bo Derek after directing her in Fantasies (1981) (shot in 1973) when she was just 16, but they remained together for the rest of his life.
Daughter Sean Catherine Derek wrote a memoir in 1982 titled "Cast of Characters" about her troubled relationship with him and about her famous stepmothers, Linda Evans being the only stepmother she had an affinity for.
Lived with Bo on a 32-acre ranch in Santa Ynez Valley from 1981 until his death.
An interviewer once asked him how he would rate Bo Derek's body. He said a 7.
Married Linda in Tijuana; his other marriages all took place in Las Vegas.
Legally changed his name from Derek Harris to John Derek in 1950.
In the public announcement of their engagement, John and Pati Behrs set the wedding date for October 26, but ended up getting hitched seventeen days earlier. [1948]

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