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John Derek Wiebers net worth:
$5 Million

John Derek Wiebers information

John Derek Wiebers information

Birth date: August 12, 1926
Birth place: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Death date: May 22, 1998
Height:1.85 m
Profession:Actor, Cinematographer, Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer, Film Editor, Photographer
Nationality:American
Spouse:Pati Behrs (m. 1948–1956), Ursula Andress (m. 1957–1966), Linda Evans (m. 1968–1974), Bo Derek (m. 1976–1998)
Children:Sean Catherine, Daughter Russell Derek
Parents:Lawson Harris, Dolores Johnson

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Derek Delevan Harris was born on the 12th August 1926, in Los Angeles, California USA, and was an actor, director and photographer. Under his stage name of John Derek, he is most noted for his roles in the movies “All the King’s Men” (1949), “The Ten Commandments” (1956), “Exodus” (1960) as well as the “Frontier Circus” western TV series. John is also “responsible” for launching Bo Derek’s acting career, his 30-years younger wife. John passed away in 1998.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth John Derek accumulated for life? How rich John Derek was? According to sources, it is estimated that the total size of John Derek’s overall net worth, as of late 2016, would be around $5 million. It was acquired through his 47 year-long career in the moviemaking industry which ended in 1990.

John Derek Net Worth $5 million

John was born in Hollywood, into the family of Dolores Johnson, an actress, and Lawson Harris, an actor and director, so it is no wonder that he managed to make a successful acting career. His acting talent as well as his handsomeness caught the attention of Oscar-winning producer David O. Selznick and Hollywood talent agent Henry Willson, which led to John Derek’s first acting engagements. He debuted in the short fantasy movie “The Nest” in 1943, but under the name Dare Harris. In 1944, he joined the US Army forces in the Philippines, witnessing the last days of World War II. Upon his return to the states, he approached the legendary Humphrey Bogart who cast him for the role of Nick Romano (Pretty Boy) in Nicholas Ray’s 1949war drama “Knock on Any Door”. Bogart also renamed him John Derek. These ventures provided the basis for John Derek’s wealth as well as helped him to establish himself in the world of acting.

Later that year, John Derek appeared in another motion picture, as Tom Stark in Robert Rossen’s drama movie “All the King’s Men”, after which John’s talent and dedication were recognized, and he started getting more prominent roles. The New York Time’s description of him as “plainly an idol for the girls” also contributed to Derek’s popularity and acting career. In 1956, he starred as Joshua in Cecil B. DeMille‘s classic “The Ten Commandments”; the role of Taha in the 1960 historical war drama “Exodus” was one of John Derek’s notable roles, as well as his appearance in the western TV series “Frontier Circus” in 1961 and 1962, in which he starred as Ben Travis. It is certain that all these roles helped John Derek to gain an impressive amount of wealth.

However, during the mid-1960s, John Derek became dissatisfied with his acting career and his roles of heroes and villains, and decided to turn to directing. He debuted as a director in 1965 with “The 26th Cavalry”, a war movie in which he also played the leading role. Later that year, John directed and appeared in the crime drama “Nightmares in the Sun”, but as a director, he is probably most remembered for his adaptation of the legendary jungle man novel – “Tarzan the Ape Man” – in which the role of Jane Parker was played by his wife, Bo Derek. His last project was the 1990 comedy/fantasy movie “Ghosts Can’t Do It”, after which he officially retired. Doubtlessly, all these ventures contributed to the overall amount of John Derek’s net worth.

When it comes to his personal life, John Derek was married four times. In 1948 he married Pati Behrs Eristoff, prima ballerina of Turkish descent, with whom he had two children. Between 1957 and 1966 John was married to Swiss actress Ursula Andress, and from 1968 to 1975, to another actress, Linda Evans. In 1976, John Derek married Bo Derek with whom he remained ’til his death at the age of 71 due to cardiovascular disease, on the 22nd May 1998 in Santa Maria, California, USA. It is an interesting fact that John, as an accomplished photographer, shot the nude pictures of the last three of his four wives for the Playboy magazine.

In 1960, John Derek was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Janus 1994 TV Series Trainer
Flair 1990 TV Mini-Series Barman Pub No. 2
Once Before I Die 1966 Bailey
Nightmare in the Sun 1965 Hitchhiker
The 26th Cavalry 1965
Frontier Circus 1961-1962 TV Series Ben Travis
Zane Grey Theater 1957-1961 TV Series Chet Loring / Andy Todd
Exodus 1960 Taha
Prisoner of the Volga 1959 Alexej Orloff
Il corsaro della mezzaluna 1959 Nadir El Krim / Paul de Vellenera
High Hell 1958 Craig Rhodes
Omar Khayyam 1957 Young Prince Malik
The Flesh Is Weak 1957 Tony Giani
Fury at Showdown 1957 Brock Mitchell
Massacre at Sand Creek 1956 TV Movie Lt. Norman Tucker
Playhouse 90 1956 TV Series Lt. Norman Tucker
The Ford Television Theatre 1953-1956 TV Series Jim Hawk / Allan Malone
The Ten Commandments 1956 Joshua
The Leather Saint 1956 Father Gil Allen
Run for Cover 1955 Davey Bishop
An Annapolis Story 1955 Anthony J. 'Tony' Scott
Prince of Players 1955 John Wilkes Booth
The Adventures of Hajji Baba 1954 Hajji Baba
The Outcast 1954 Jet Cosgrave
Lux Video Theatre 1954 TV Series George Eastman
Sea of Lost Ships 1953 G.R. 'Grad' Matthews
Mission Over Korea 1953 Lt. Pete Barker
The Last Posse 1953 Jed Clayton
Ambush at Tomahawk Gap 1953 Kid
Prince of Pirates 1953 Prince Roland
Thunderbirds 1952 Lt. Gil Hackett
Castle in the Air 1952 John Derek (uncredited)
Scandal Sheet 1952 Steve McCleary
The Family Secret 1951 David Clark
Saturday's Hero 1951 Steve Novak
Mask of the Avenger 1951 Capt. Renato Dimorna
Rogues of Sherwood Forest 1950 Robin, Earl of Huntington
All the King's Men 1949 Tom Stark
Knock on Any Door 1949 Nick Romano
A Double Life 1947 Police Stenographer (uncredited)
I'll Be Seeing You 1944 Lt. Bruce (as Dare Harris)
Since You Went Away 1944 Minor Role (uncredited)
The Nest 1943 Short Boy Friend (as Dare Harris)

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ghosts Can't Do It 1989
Bolero 1984
Tarzan the Ape Man 1981
Fantasies 1981
Love You! 1979
Childish Things 1969
A Boy... a Girl 1969
Once Before I Die 1966
Nightmare in the Sun 1965
The 26th Cavalry 1965

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ghosts Can't Do It 1989 photographed by
Bolero 1984
Tarzan the Ape Man 1981
Fantasies 1981
Love You! 1979
Childish Things 1969
A Boy... a Girl 1969

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ghosts Can't Do It 1989 by
Bolero 1984
Fantasies 1981
A Boy... a Girl 1969 writer

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ghosts Can't Do It 1989 camera operator

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ghosts Can't Do It 1989

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Once Before I Die 1966 producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Playboy Video Magazine, Vol. 1 1983 TV Series documentary Himself
The Barbara Walters Summer Special 1980 TV Series Himself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Stars to Remember 1954 Short Himself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Mr. Movies 1952 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots: Meet Mr. Rhythm, Frankie Laine 1952 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Awards 1951 Documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Intimate Portrait 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Memorial Tribute
Frontier Justice 1958-1961 TV Series Andy Todd
Six-Five Special 1957 TV Series Star Spotlight subject
Screen Snapshots: Mr. Rhythm's Holiday 1956 Documentary short Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director Ghosts Can't Do It (1989)
1985 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director Bolero (1984)
1985 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay Bolero (1984)
1984 Sour Apple Golden Apple Awards · Bo Derek
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 6531 Hollywood Blvd.
1951 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Most Cooperative Actor Together with William Holden

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay Ghosts Can't Do It (1989)
1982 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)
1981 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Sense of Direction (Stop them before they direct again!) Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)


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#Fact
1 Daughter Sean Catherine Derek wrote a memoir in 1982 titled "Cast of Characters" about her troubled relationship with him and about her famous stepmothers, Linda Evans being the only stepmother she had an affinity for.
2 Left first wife Pati Behrs for second wife Ursula Andress, who spoke almost no English when they met and eventually left him for Jean-Paul Belmondo. He left third wife Linda Evans for fourth wife Bo Derek after directing her in Fantasies (1981) (shot in 1973) when she was just 16, but they remained together for the rest of his life.
3 In 1944 he was drafted into the United States Army and serviced in the Philippines during the last days of World War II.
4 Son, Russell Derek, was paralyzed from the chest down due to a motorcycle accident in 1969.
5 Father, with Pati Behrs, of Russell Andre Derek (1950-1999) and Sean Catherine Derek.
6 Son of Lawson Harris and Dolores Johnson.
7 Photographed the last three of his four wives for Playboy magazine.
8 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.


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