John Derek Movies and Career Information

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Aug 12, 1926
Hollywood
Actor

John Derek (August 12, 1926 – May 22, 1998) was an American actor, director and photographer most famous for the women to whom he was married. Born Derek Delevan Harris in Hollywood, California, he was first married to actress Pati Behrs, née Pati Behrs Eristoff (February 13, 1922 - July 10, 2004). Pati Behrs was a Russian-born American actress, a grandniece of Leo Tolstoy. She was married to Derek from 1951 to 1957. They had two children, Russell and Sean. His matinee-idol good looks quickly got him supporting roles, most notably as Broderick Crawford's son in All the King's Men (1949), but he also enjoyed leads such as "Nick Romano" in Knock on Any Door (1949) opposite Humphrey Bogart (who told him, "You look great, but kid, that's not enough"), "Brock Mitchell" in Fury at Showdown, and as Robin Hood in Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1950) with Alan Hale. Perhaps Derek's most memorable film appearance was as the noble Joshua in The Ten Commandments (1956). Derek also worked as a film director. He directed his wife Ursula Andress in two movies and Linda Evans in one. His best known films as a director are those he directed with his fourth wife, Bo Derek (she starred in four of his

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