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      John Derek

      John Derek

      Highest Rated: 100% Scandal Sheet (1952)

      Lowest Rated: 0% Bolero (1984)

      Birthday: Aug 12, 1926

      Birthplace: Hollywood, California, USA

      A minor young lead in Hollywood films of the late 1940s and early 1950s, John Derek achieved greater fame as a photographer and director of cheesecake and softcore films featuring his famous wives, who included actresses Ursula Andress, Linda Evans and Bo Derek. His darkly handsome features earned him a contract with Columbia, but after substantial roles in "Knock On Any Door" (1948) and "All the King's Men" (1950), he faded into costume adventures. He shifted to still photography and direction in the late 1960s, helming salacious efforts with Andress and Evans before striking pay dirt with the younger, less experienced Derek. He directed her in a string of softcore films, including "Tarzan the Ape Man" (1981) and "Bolero" (1984), most of which were hits, despite being savaged by critics. After his death in 1998, Derek's penchant for exploiting the physical charms of his wives overshadowed his photography and early performances.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Scandal Sheet
      97% All the King's Men
      84% The Ten Commandments
      69% Knock on Any Door
      65% Exodus

      Photos

      SEA OF LOST SHIPS, Wanda Hendrix, John Derek, 1954 ALL THE KING'S MEN, John Derek, John Ireland, Broderick Crawford, 1949. THE LOVES OF OMAR KHAYYAM, (aka OMAR KHAYYAM), John Derek, Cornel Wilde, 1957 ROGUES OF SHERWOOD FOREST, John Derek, 1950 THE LOVES OF OMAR KHAYYAM, (aka OMAR KHAYYAM), Cornel Wilde, John Derek, 1957 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, John Derek, 1956 THUNDERBIRDS, John Derek, 1952 ROGUES OF SHERWOOD FOREST, John Derek, 1950 HIGH HELL, from left: Elaine Stewart, John Derek, 1958 EXODUS, Eva Marie Saint, Paul Newman, John Derek, 1960 PRINCE OF PLAYERS, John Derek, 1955, TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved ALL THE KING'S MEN, Anne Seymour, John Derek, Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, 1949 PRINCE OF PLAYERS, John Derek, Sarah Padden, Stanley Hall, 1955, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. ALL THE KING'S MEN, Phil Tully, John Derek, Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, 1949 ROGUES OF SHERWOOD FOREST, John Derek, Alan Hale Sr., 1950 AN ANNAPOLIS STORY, Kevin McCarthy, Diana Lynn, John Derek, 1955 SCANDAL SHEET, John Derek (second to left), Donna Reed, Broderick Crawford (right), 1952 THE LAST POSSE, from left, Wanda Hendrix, John Derek, 1953 DR. NO, John Derek (right) visiting his wife, Ursula Andress (left), on location, in Jamaica, 1962 SCANDAL SHEET, Donna Reed, John Derek, 1952

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 12% Ghosts Can't Do It Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Cinematographer,
      Film Editing
      - 1990
      0% 18% Bolero Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Cinematographer
      - 1984
      No Score Yet 17% Fantasies Director - 1981
      10% 18% Tarzan, the Ape Man Director - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Confessions of Tom Harris Director,
      Cinematographer
      - 1972
      No Score Yet 33% Once Before I Die Bailey (Character),
      Director,
      Producer
      - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightmare in the Sun Hitchhiker (Character) - 1965
      65% 69% Exodus Taha (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Prisoner of the Volga Alexej Orloff (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pirate of the Half Moon Nadir El Krim/Paul de Vellenera (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High Hell Craig Rhodes (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flesh Is Weak Tony Giani (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 33% Omar Khayyam Young Prince Malik (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 67% Fury at Showdown Brock Mitchell (Character) - 1957
      84% 87% The Ten Commandments Joshua (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Massacre at Sand Creek Lt. Norman Tucker (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Leather Saint Father Gil Allen (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 57% Prince of Players John Wilkes Booth (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 70% Run for Cover Davey Bishop (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet An Annapolis Story Tony (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 0% The Outcast Jet Cosgrave (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 17% The Adventures of Hajji Baba Hajji Baba (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 60% The Last Posse Jed Clayton (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 14% Ambush at Tomahawk Gap Kid (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission Over Korea Lt. Pete Barker (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sea of Lost Ships G.R. 'Grad' Matthews (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Prince of Pirates Prince Roland (Character) - 1953
      100% 88% Scandal Sheet Steve McCleary (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunderbirds Lt. Gil Hackett (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mask of the Avenger Captain Renato Dimorna (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday's Hero Steve Novak (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Family Secret David Clark (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 17% Rogues of Sherwood Forest Robin, Earl of Huntington (Character) - 1950
      69% 58% Knock on Any Door Nick Romano (Character) - 1949
      97% 78% All the King's Men Tom Stark (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 71% I'll Be Seeing You Lt. Bruce (Character) - 1944

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre Unknown (Character) 1957 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1956