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John Phillip Law Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 7 September 1937Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death 13 May 2008Los Angeles, California, USA
Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Phillip Law was born on September 7, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was an actor and producer, known for Barbarella (1968), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) and Death Rides a Horse (1967). He was married to Shawn Ryan. He died on May 13, 2008 in Los Angeles.

Spouse (1)

Shawn Ryan (? - ?) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Towering height and slender frame
Blonde hair and blue eyes
Deep smooth voice

Trivia (15)

Daughter, Dawn Law, born in 1974, with model Shawn Ryan.
Son of actress Phyllis Sallee.
Fluent in the Italian, Spanish, French and German languages.
He got his first career break in the motion picture The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966). His most memorable career project was performing in the movie Barbarella (1968), which starred actress Jane Fonda.
Frequent and favoured guest at the Playboy Mansion in the 1970s and 1980s.
Older brother Thomas Law used to be married to noted 1960s historian Lisa Law.
Has starred in two movies which were featured on the cult television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988): Danger: Diabolik (1968) and Space Mutiny (1988).
Son of Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff John Law.
Brother Tom was once a road manager for Peter, Paul and Mary and rented rooms in their Los Feliz mansion to singers and artists of the time, including Bob Dylan. It was documented in "Flashing on the Sixties", a 1987 collection of photos and text.
Following bit parts on Broadway, he transported himself to Europe and found work in Italian films. Director Norman Jewison "discovered" Law while in Europe and cast him in his feature The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966).
Studied with Elia Kazan at the Lincoln Center Repertory Theater in the early 1960s.
Took classes in drama at the University of Hawaii.
The tall and handsome blond 1960s and 1970s actor, son of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy, was best known for playing silent, mysterious types on film, including the object of Rod Steiger's affection in The Sergeant (1968), but also appeared in a numerous Italian movies both before and after his Hollywood peak.
In 1970, when actor Brian Kelly was critically hurt and paralyzed following a motorcycle accident, Law stepped into Kelly's starring role in Columbia's trashy release The Love Machine (1971), adapted from Jacqueline Susann's bestselling novel. Like Susann's other bestseller Valley of the Dolls (1967), the film version was unmercifully panned.
Travelling and working abroad until the fall of 2003. [July 2003]

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