John Villiers Farrow (1904 - 1963)

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Nicknames: "Jack Farrow"
Birthplace: Marrickville, NSW, Australia
Death: Died in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Managed by: Doug Robinson
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About John Villiers Farrow

A former naval officer, in Hollywood from 1927 as a scriptwriter, John Farrow as a director turned out several well-crafted entertainments often marked by the imaginative use of locations, such as the huge skyscraper in which his 1948 thriller The Big Clock is largely set. Farrow's best remembered efforts include Five Came Back (1939), detailing the struggles of plane crash survivors, Wake Island (1942), a gritty WWII drama, and Alias Nick Beal (1949), a modernized retelling of "Faust" about political corruption. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6304 Hollywood Blvd.

He was born on February 10, 1904 in Sydney, Australia to Lucy Villiers (née Savage), a dressmaker, and Joseph Farrow, a tailor's trimmer. Farrow began writing while working as a sailor in the 1920s. He moved to Hollywood to work in films as a marine technical advisor and stayed on as a screenwriter. He wrote for films between 1927 and 1959, and also directed between 1934 and 1959.

In 1942 he was nominated as Best Director for Wake Island and in 1957 he won the Academy Award for Best Writing / Best Screenplay for Around the World in Eighty Days.

Farrow was also a writer of short stories and plays (Laughter Ends), as well as non-fiction (Pageant of the Popes, and biographies of St Thomas More and Father Damien). The genres he was most often associated with were suspense and action drama, and his best work is both well-paced and intelligent.

He became an American citizen in 1947. In 1953 he was appointed an Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He was also appointed him a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre by Pope Pius XI.

Personal Life

He was married to actress Maureen O'Sullivan from 12 September 1936 until his death. He fathered four daughters: actresses Mia, Prudence, Stephanie, Tisa; three sons: Michael Namien (1939–1958), Patrick Joseph (1942–2009), John Charles (born 1946). Maureen O'Sullivan was his second wife, after he converted to Catholicism and she received a papal dispensation to marry a divorcee. He was previously married to Felice Lewin.

Sources: Yahoo Movies, Wikipedia

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John Farrow's Timeline

1904
February 10, 1904
Marrickville, NSW, Australia
1936
September 12, 1936
Age 32
Santa Monica, CA, USA
1939
1939
Age 34
1942
November 27, 1942
Age 38
1945
February 9, 1945
Age 40
Los Angeles, CA, USA
1963
January 27, 1963
Age 58
Los Angeles, CA, USA