John Phillip Law

John Phillip Law

American film actor
Date of Birth: 07.09.1937
Country: USA

Biography of John Phillip Law

John Phillip Law was an American film actor, known for his roles in over 100 movies and TV shows. He had a professional career that spanned from 1950 to 2008.

John Phillip Law

Early Life and Career Beginnings
John, the son of actress Phyllis Sallee and sheriff's deputy John Law, was born on September 7, 1937, in Los Angeles, California. His brother, Thomas Augustus Law, also became an actor. John decided to pursue a career in the arts after graduating from the University of Hawaii, where he studied acting. He was fluent in German, Italian, French, and Spanish.

John Phillip Law

Move to New York and European Success
In the early 1960s, Law moved to New York and studied under renowned director Elia Kazan at the Lincoln Center Repertory Theater. Despite his efforts to find success on Broadway, Law ultimately moved to Europe after facing disappointments.

Breakthrough and Recognition
Law gained recognition for his role as the blind angel Pygar in the cult classic science fiction film "Barbarella" (1968) and as news anchor Robin Stone in the drama "The Love Machine" (1971). He also worked with Alexandra Hay in the comedy "Skidoo" (1968) and gained attention for his roles in the thriller "Danger: Diabolik" (1968) and the comedy "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming."

Sex Symbol and Italian Cinema
With his tall, handsome appearance (standing at 6'5") and piercing blue eyes, Law quickly became a sex symbol of the 1960s. He was a sought-after guest at Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion and a popular figure in Hollywood. Although he never achieved superstar status, Law was highly regarded and played numerous leading roles. He particularly gained popularity among Italian fans and starred in a wide range of Italian films, including comedies, westerns, contemporary dramas, and war movies.

Later Career and Personal Life
Law appeared in Roger Corman's film "Von Richthofen and Brown" (1971), portraying Manfred von Richthofen, with Don Stroud playing Arthur Roy Brown. Law received flight training from an instructor to enhance the realism of his scenes involving replica World War I planes. He had other notable films that became cult classics, such as "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" (1974), "Death Rides a Horse" (1967), and "Attack Force Z" (1982).

In 2001, Law made his directorial debut with the film "CQ," directed by Roman Coppola. This film paid homage to the Italian spy and science fiction films in which Law frequently appeared during the 1960s. Law's final film was the historical drama "Chinaman's Chance" (2008).

Law was married to model and actress Shawn Ryan, with whom he had a daughter named Dawn Law in 1974. In late 2007, doctors informed Law that he had pancreatic cancer and had only six months to live. He passed away on May 13, 2008, at the age of 70, in his Los Angeles home.