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Overview (4)

Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameJohn N.B. Villiers-Farrow
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Farrow wrote short stories and plays during his four-year career in the navy. In the late 1920s he came to Hollywood as a technical advisor for a film about Marines and stayed as a screenwriter, from A Sailor's Sweetheart (1927) through Tarzan Escapes (1936). He married Tarzan's Jane, Maureen O'Sullivan, in 1936. He began directing in 1937 (Men in Exile (1937) and West of Shanghai (1937)). He was injured while serving as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy in World War II. After that he converted to Catholicism and wrote a biography of Thomas More, a history of the Papacy, a Tahitian/English dictionary and several novels. He collaborated in the writing of several of his films and shared the Academy Award for Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

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Family (3)

Spouse Maureen O'Sullivan (12 September 1936 - 27 January 1963)  (his death)  (7 children)
Felice Lewin (18 August 1924 - 8 September 1927)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Children Patrick Farrow
John Charles Farrow
Tisa Farrow
Prudence Farrow
Stephanie Farrow
Mia Farrow
Relatives Ronan Farrow (grandparent)

Trivia (17)

Had seven children with Maureen O'Sullivan: Michael, Patrick, Maria (Mia Farrow), John Charles Farrow, Prudence Farrow, Theresa (Tisa Farrow) and Stephanie Farrow.
Ex-father-in-law of Frank Sinatra and André Previn.
Buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, CA - Section P, Lot 317, Grave 5
Roman Catholic convert.
With Felice Lewin, had one daughter in 1925: Felice Patricia Farrow. He is the grandfather of Jonathan Rose, Felicia Rose and Douglas Levitt.
Directed two actors to Oscar nominations: William Bendix (Best Supporting Actor, Wake Island (1942)) and Geraldine Page (Best Supporting Actress, Hondo (1953)).
Was of English descent.
He met his future wife Maureen O'Sullivan during the filming of Just Imagine (1930), in which she played LN-18.
Daughter Mia Farrow made her film debut in John Paul Jones (1959), the final film that he directed.
Grandfather of Ronan Farrow.
Was an inveterate adventurer and joined many scientific expeditions.
Worked mainly at RKO and Paramount.
Served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WW ll.
One of the few film directors who was also a Papal Knight.
Robert Mitchum described Farrow as the only director in Hollywood who could out-drink him.
He and Maureen O'Sullivan were married at St. Monica's Church in Santa Monica, California. Farrow had four groomsmen, among them Alan Mowbray and Ainsworth Morgan.

Salary (1)

Ladies of the Mob (1928) $7,300

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