Has he ever had a thread on DL? Any other fans?
I'm watching him tonight on TCM in his 1949 film debut Knock on Any Door starring Humphrey Bogart.
But John Derek is clearly meant to be the star, as he is lovingly photographed from every angle by director Nicholas Ray as a Marlon Brando-esque bad boy. And Derek is gorgeous!
Was he discovered (and named) by Henry Willson?
This film was the origin of the old adage: "Live fast. Die young. And leave a beautiful corpse."
His ex-wives adored him and stayed in touch. I think that says a lot.
Was he a great talent? not really. Was his gorgeous? Totally.
They should make a movie about him and his penchant for "manufacturing" his blonde wives. He's like Vadim in that respect.
I was always a little creeped out about how all his wives looked eerily similar and then they were all best friends. It was like a cult.
Exactly, R3. As a child I imagined they were fembots and he was their kinky overlord
Was he not ambitious? His career as an actor didn't get very far in spite of unearthly good looks and as much tallent as the next guy.
The young John Derek reminds me of the young Warren Beatty; they both didn't want to be typed as romantic beautiful boy toys.
I see alot of the cult-leader personality in John Derek. He wasn't angry and dangerous, so he didn't pursue a world of slaves that would do his bidding. he was more like Henry Miller, who saw himself as the Apollo of his own personal sex harem.
But those three women have never said anything derogatory or bitter about him. Andress, Evans and Bo loved him to a real 60s free-love degree.
I think it's weird how Linda Evans went from looking like a more mature Bo Derek to an aging Ursula Andress.
I was amused that he allegedly quit acting because he didn't consider it a "manly" profession for a mature, "masculine" man.
What does Ursala and Harry Hamlin's kid look like? How's his nipple placement?
I actually met him when I was a kid. His then wife Bo was making a movie in my town. They filmed in front of my house and he was with her. I was 12 and couldn't look him in the eyes. All my friends were making a big deal about Bo...but I was completely blown away by John. I should have known then...it took my another 6 years to figure It out.
But if you look at the few films he made, he was often lit and photographed like an ethereal pin-up queen. No wonder he didn't consider acting masculine.
He did a movie called Saturday's Hero where he plays a college football player. He was hot in it! The movie is (or was) on youtube.
"They should make a movie about him and his penchant for "manufacturing" his blonde wives. "
Yes, and I hope David Lynch agrees to direct. Or David Cronenberg, or John Waters.
John Derek was actually first discovered by Kenneth Anger.
They made a film together that (Anger claims) Derek refuses to allow to be shown publicly.
My mother had a major crush on John Derek in the late 1950s, and I was named after him. I was born in 1960.
American women have long named babies after pop vulture references.
According to Wiki, it was Humphrey Bogart, who costarred with him in Derek's first film Knock on Any Door, who suggested the name chang from Derek Harris to John Derek.
Derek's only films of any note as an actor were that debut film and then the 1949 Oscar-wining Best Film All the King's Men as Broderick Crawford's son and 1956's The Ten Commandments as Joshua, very much a supporting role.
He quickly got typed as just a pretty boy (Pretty Boy was even his character's nickname in Knock on Any Door, he didn't stand a chance!) and all of his other films were distinctly inferior B pictures.
I don't know what he lived on, unless it was the wive's money. There wasn't much gap between wives.
John Derek directed a film titled A BOY, A GIRL starring Dean Martin's son Dino. It was never released in theaters & probably never on DVD or VHS. Rumor has it Dino's father bought it outright & had it destroyed as it contained nudity & controversial footage. Does anybody have any news on this film? Photo stills have appeared in magazines of this film.
I first heard of him on a GOLDEN GIRLS episode where Blanche's father is remarrying a woman 30 years his junior. Dorothy tries to comfort Blanche:
"Why are you getting so upset, Blanche? You see older men with younger women all the time. I mean, it's very common. Look at John Derek and Ursula Andress... John Derek and Linda Evans... John Derek and Bo Derek... You know, maybe it's not so common. Maybe it's just one guy." haha
His wives all looked alike because he obviously preferred one type of woman; blonde and blue-eyed, classically beautiful. They all seemed to have the same personality type, too; all passive and easy to get along with. They all seemed to know the score and I guess they saw no need for jealousy or animosity.
Didn't he talk Linda Evan into having some facial surgery when she was married to him. Her face definitely changes a bit during the run of Big Valley. I also read somewhere (although I think it might have been here) that he wanted her home more during the series, and that is why she was seen less in later seasons.
I think John was the passive one (passive-aggressive?). The women brought home the bacon. I remember when he said his women always carried the money- he didn't carry a wallet. And he had Bo producing some of her movies.
I bet he wished he had Linda back afer she started raking in all that Dynasty money!
While Linda and Bo might have been considered the same type of blue-eyed blondes, I would never lump Ursula in with them.
She was truly extraordinary looking, not merely beautiful. Rather unreal, actually. And I would never term her persona as "passive" either.
I saw the latest airing of "Knock On Any Door"
because I wanted to see him at the end. There's supposed to be a close-up of his eyes. It wasn't there.
The Derek ladies all in a row. The non blonde one is John's daughter from his first marriage.