About John Derek
American actor John Derek's good looks quickly got him supporting roles, most notably as the son of Willie Stark played by Broderick Crawford in All the King's Men (1949), but he also enjoyed leads such as "Nick Romano" in Knock on Any Door (1949) opposite Humphrey Bogart (who told him, "You look great, but kid, that's not enough"), "Brock Mitchell" in Fury at Showdown, and as Robin Hood in Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1950) with Alan Hale. He played Joshua in The Ten Commandments (1956).
He was born Derek Delevan Harris on August 12, 1926 in Hollywood, California, the son of actor and director Lawson Harris.
Derek was married four times. His first wife was actress Pati Behrs, née Pati Behrs Eristoff (February 13, 1922 — July 10, 2004). Behrs was a Russian-born American actress, a grandniece of Leo Tolstoy. She was married to Derek from 1951-57. They had two children, Russell and Sean Catherine Derek.
In addition to acting, Derek was also a director and photographer. He took photos of all three of his subsequent wives (at different times) for Playboy magazine.
He died from cardiovascular disease in Santa Maria, California at the age of 71. His remains were cremated.