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Also Known As: John V Farrow, John Villiers Farrow, John Villiers Farrow, John Villiers Farrow Died: January 27, 1963
Born: February 10, 1904 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Australia Profession: director, screenwriter, author, novelist, playwright, short story writer, producer, technical adviser, marine research specialist

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A former naval officer, in Hollywood from 1927 as a scriptwriter, 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. The genres he was most often associated with were suspense and action drama, and his best work is both well-paced and intelligent. 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. He also pursued careers as a historian and novelist, and married actress Maureen O'Sullivan in 1936; daughters Mia and Tisa are also actresses.

A former naval officer, in Hollywood from 1927 as a scriptwriter, 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. The genres he was most often associated with were suspense and action drama, and his best work is both well-paced and intelligent. 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. He also pursued careers as a historian and novelist, and married actress Maureen O'Sullivan in 1936; daughters Mia and Tisa are also actresses.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  John Paul Jones (1959) Director
2.
  The Unholy Wife (1957) Director
3.
  Back from Eternity (1956) Director
4.
  The Sea Chase (1955) Director
5.
  A Bullet Is Waiting (1954) Director
6.
  Hondo (1954) Director
7.
  Ride, Vaquero! (1953) Director
8.
  Botany Bay (1953) Director
9.
  Plunder of the Sun (1953) Director
10.
  Red Mountain (1952) Fill-in dir

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Forbidden Island (1959) Edward Stuart Godfrey
2.
 The Shrike (1955) Englishman
3.
 Dial M for Murder (1954) Voice
4.
 The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) English officer
5.
 King of the Khyber Rifles (1954) Corp. Stuart
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1927:
First film credit, as title writer, "White Gold"
1928:
First screenplay credit, "The First Kiss"
1934:
Debut as director of short, "The Spectacle Maker"
1937:
First feature film as director, "Men in Exile"
1942:
Received Oscar nomination as Best Director for his work on the war film, "Wake Island"
:
Served as lieutenant in Royal Canadian Navy, first in information depeartment, later at sea in North Atlantic
1959:
Last film, "John Paul Jones"
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Education

Newington College: -
Winchester College: -
Royal Naval Academy: -

Notes

Created a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre by Pope Pius XI in 1937

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wife:
Maureen O'Sullivan. Actor. Married from September 12, 1936 until his death.

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son:
Michael Damien Farrow. Died in a plane crash in 1958.
son:
Patrick Joseph Farrow.
son:
John Charles Farrow. Actor. Appeared in "John Paul Jones" (1959) directed by his father.
daughter:
Mia Farrow. Actor.
daughter:
Prudence Farrow. Producer.
daughter:
Stephanie Margarita Farrow. Actor.
daughter:
Theresa Farrow. Actor.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The History and Development of the Royal Canadian Navy"
"The Registered Woman"
"Laughter Ends"
"Damien the Leper"
"Pageant of the Popes"
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