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John Derek
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    (August 12, 1926-May 22, 1998)
    Birth name was Derek Harris
    Acted in 'Knock on Any Door (1949),' 'Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1950),' 'The Adventures of Hajji Babba (1954),' 'Prince of Players (1955),' 'The Ten Commandments (1956)' and 'Exodus (1960)'
    Directed 'Once Before I Die (1967),' 'A Boy…A Girl (1969),' 'Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981),' 'Fantasies (1981),' 'Bolero (1984)' and 'Ghosts Can't Do It (1990)'
    Nicknamed 'Svengali'
    He acted in many B movies.
    He was demanding, difficult and short-tempered.
    He is better known for marrying beautiful actresses, including Ursula Andress, Linda Evans and Bo Derek.
    He began an affair with Bo when she was 16.
    At age 48 he left his wife Linda to marry Bo, who had just turned 18.
    He directed Bo in four awful movies.
    On 'Bolero,' one critic wrote: 'There's a dog which manages to be convincingly natural in the role of a dog, but everyone else is screamingly awful.'
    He narrowly lost to Michael Cimino for a Razzie Award as Worst Director of the Year (1981).
    He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
    He never wanted to be an actor but did it to please his show business parents.
    He had natural matinee-idol looks, drawing comparisons to Cornel Wilde and Tony Curtis.
    He remained good friends with all of his ex-wives.
    He obviously did not mind his wives appearing nude in 'Playboy' or in his movies.

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