|John Villiers Farrow
born in Sydney, Australia
February 1904-January 1963
Academy award winning director,
author, and scenarist
|John Farrow was a man of many accomplishments. He was a very talented individual who excelled in various areas.
He was an extremely intelligent man, well read, worldly, and highly educated.
An Australian native, John attended Fort Street High School in Sydney, Loyola University in Los Angeles, & Jesuits' St Ignatius College at the University of San Francisco.
He went to sea at an early age and served in the Merchant Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, the Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy.
An ambitious writer from the age of 10, John wrote and directed screen plays, verse & short stories.
His greatest literary work, The Pageant of the Popes (1942), was awarded the Catholic Literary Prize.
His other works include The Bad One, Laughter Ends, Damien the Leper, The Story of St. Thomas Moore, & the first English-Tahitian Dictionary.
In 1956, he won the Academy Award for the best screen play and also the Screen Writers' Guild Award for the best comedy (Around the World in 80 Days).
He won the New York Critics' Award for direction and was nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Wake Island (1942).
John Farrow won many honors and decorations, among them Commander's rank in the Order of the British Empire, the Canadian Decoration,
the Canadian Volunteer Medal with Clasp and several other war decorations and commendations from the governments of Great Britain and the Netherlands.
He was a Knight of the Grand Cross of the Holy Sepulchre (the Vatican), Knight of Malta, Chevalier of Tunis,
Knight Commander of the Crown of Rumania, and Officer Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
He was awarded the Lateran Cross, the St. Thomas More Award of the University of San Francisco, and a Doctorate from Loyola University.
|I am pleased to finally add the photos below to John Farrow's page.
These photos came from a long lost pack of candids.
Regretfully, there was not a lot of information provided for these photos, my apologies.
|Laird of the Blue Lagoon
Here is an interesting article on John Farrow that I came across
recently from World Magazine February 1945.
To view full page article click on the page then
click again on the larger photo in the new window that will open.
|John Farrow pictured here with daughters Mia, Tisa, and Prudence.