Job Actor, director, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor, producer
Years active 1943-1990
Top Roles Police Stenographer, Joshua, Taha, Nick Romano, Minor Role
Top GenresDrama, Action, Adventure, Romance, Crime, Western
Top TopicsBook-Based, Christmas, Period Piece
Top Collaborators (Producer), , (Director), (Director)
Shares birthday with Cecil B. DeMille, Jane Wyatt, Ralph Nelson  see more..

John Derek Overview:

Actor, John Derek, was born Derek Delevan Harris on Aug 12, 1926 in Hollywood, CA. Derek died at the age of 71 on May 22, 1998 in Santa Maria, CA and was cremated and his ashes given to family or friend.



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television.

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John Derek Quotes:

[last lines]
Chad Deasey: Don't shoot!
Brock Mitchell: There's nothing more a gun can do to you... or for you.

[eyeing the lovely Alice]
Jet Cosgrave: Colton's a pretty rough town for a lone canary to be loose in.

Joshua: Water lily!
Lilia: My name is Lilia.
Joshua: To me, you are a lily, and I want water.
Lilia: Joshua, I thought you'd never come down.
Joshua: Water before love, my girl.
Lilia: Oh, does it take the entire Nile to quench your thirst?
Joshua: No, only your lips.
Lilia: Be careful, my love. Dathan's eyes can see through stone.
Joshua: Dathan is a vulture, preying on the flesh of his own people.
Lilia: When he looks at me, I... I am afraid.
Joshua: If he touches you, I'll strangle him with his own whip!
Lilia: And bring death to a thousand others?
Joshua: Is life in bondage better than death?

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John Derek Facts
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.

Father of Russell Derek (b. 1950) who is paralyzed from the chest down due to a motorcycle accident in 1969.

Father of Sean Catherine Derek. She wrote a biography titled "Cast of Characters" detailing what it was like having John Derek as a father and Ursula Andress, Linda Evans, and Bo Derek as step-mothers.

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