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John Farrow
Born John N.B. Villiers-Farrow
10 February 1904(1904-02-10)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died 28 January 1963 (aged 58)
Beverly Hills, California, United States
Spouse(s) Felice Lewin
Maureen O'Sullivan

John Farrow (10 February 1904 – 28 January 1963) was a film director, producer and screenwriter. In 1957 he won the Academy Award for Best Writing / Best Screenplay for Around the World in Eighty Days and in 1942 he was nominated as Best Director for Wake Island.



Born John Villiers Farrow in Sydney, Australia, John 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. 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).

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).[1] Maureen O'Sullivan was his second wife, after he converted to Catholicism and she received a papal dispensation to marry a divorcee. Pope Pius XI later appointed him a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

He died from a heart attack in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 58 and was buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City.

Awards and honors

Farrow was twice nominated for an Academy Award. He won the Oscar and Writers Guild of America Award for his adapted screenplay for Around the World in Eighty Days (1956).

He was nominated for an Oscar and won the 1942 New York Film Critics Circle Award for his direction of the rousing World War II battle drama Wake Island.

His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6304 Hollywood Blvd.





  • White Gold (1927) (titles)
  • The Wreck of the Hesperus (1927) (story)
  • A Sailor's Sweetheart (1927)
  • Three Weekends (1928) (adaptation)
  • The Woman From Moscow (1928) (also titles)
  • The First Kiss (1928) (adaptation)
  • Ladies of the Mob (1928)
  • The Blue Danube (1928) (story)
  • The Showdown (1928) (titles)
  • The Bride of the Colorado (1928) (story)
  • The Four Feathers (1929) (titles)
  • The Wheel of Life (1929) (adaptation)
  • A Dangerous Woman (1929)
  • The Wolf Song (1929)
  • Inside the Lines (1930) (dialogue)
  • Shadow of the Law (1930)
  • The Bad One (1930) (story)
  • Seven Days' Leave (1930)
  • The Common Law (1931) (screen story)
  • A Woman of Experience (1931) (dialogue & screenplay)
  • The Impassive Footman (1932)
  • Don Quixote (1933) (English version)
  • The Spectacle Maker (1934) (as John Villiers Farrow)
  • Last of the Pagans (1935) (original story and screenplay) (as John Villiers Farrow)
  • Red, Hot and Blue (1949)
  • Ride, Vaquero! (1953) (uncredited)
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
  • John Paul Jones (1959)


  • The Big Clock (1948)
  • Submarine Command (1951) (co-executive producer)
  • The Sea Chase (1955)
  • Back from Eternity (1956)
  • The Unholy Wife (1957)



  1. ^ California Births 1905-1995

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