John Farrow

John Farrow


John Farrow
Film: South side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Director | Screenwriter
Born Feb. 10, 1904 in Sydney, Australia
Died Jan. 28, 1963 of heart attack in Beverly Hills, Calif.

John Farrow was a colorful film writer-director who was married to actress Maureen O'Sullivan. The couple had seven children, including the actress Mia Farrow.

Short story writing led Farrow from his native Australia to Hollywood, where he was employed as a scenarist by Cecil B. DeMille in 1927. His greatest success began 10 years later when he wrote and directed "My Bill" for Warner Bros.

In 1939, he joined the Canadian Navy, seeing action with the anti-submarine patrol convoys in the North and South Atlantic.

Farrow's long list of film credits includes such pictures as "Wake Island" "Bill of Divorcement" and "Back From Eternity." He won an Academy Award for best screenplay in 1956 for "Around the World in 80 Days."

Mia Farrow was with her mother in New York at the time of her father's death and she traveled back to California with O'Sullivan to make funeral arrangements. Farrow was also survived by five other children. His eldest son, Michael D.V. Farrow, had been killed in a 1958 air collision at Whiteman Park in Pacoima.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1942 Best Director Wake Island Nomination
    1956 Best Adapted Screenplay Around the World in 80 Days Win*
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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