John Phillip Law
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|John Phillip Law|
|Born|| September 7, 1937|
|Died||May 13, 2008 (aged 70)|
Los Angeles, California
|Occupation||Film, television actor|
|Spouse(s)||Shawn Ryan (divorced)|
John Phillip Law (September 7, 1937 – May 13, 2008) was an American film actor with over one hundred movie roles to his credit. He was best known for his roles as the blind angel Pygar in the science fiction cult classic Barbarella (1968) with Jane Fonda, and as news anchor Robin Stone in the The Love Machine (1971). The latter reteamed him with Alexandra Hay, his co-star from the 1968 "acid comedy" Skidoo.
Law was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actress Phyllis Sallee and the brother of actor Thomas Augustus Law (also known as Tom Law).
Law gained attention in the thriller Danger: Diabolik (1968), in The Sergeant (1968) with Rod Steiger, and as a Russian sailor stranded in a New England village in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966) with Alan Arkin.
Tall (six-foot-five) and handsome, with steel blue eyes, Law became a male sex symbol in the 1960s. He was a VIP guest at Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion and in Hollywood society. While he never achieved superstar status, he became a popular action hero, particularly in the Italian movie market, with movies ranging from science fiction, and fantasy to comedy, westerns, drama, and war movies.
Law co-starred in Roger Corman's film Von Richthofen and Brown (1971), playing Manfred von Richthofen opposite Don Stroud's Roy Brown. Corman used Lynn Garrison's Irish aviation facility, complete with replica World War I aircraft. Garrison taught Law the basics of flying so that he could take off and land, making some of the footage more realistic.
In 2001 he appeared in Roman Coppola's directorial debut CQ, an homage to the Italian spy/sci-fi B-movies in which Law often starred during the 1960s. Law's final credited film role was in 2008's Chinaman's Chance.
 Personal life
He was at one time married to actress Shawn Ryan, with whom he had a daughter named Dawn.
His doctors told him in late 2007 that he had pancreatic cancer and only six months to live. Law died May 13, 2008, at his Los Angeles home. His remains were cremated and the ashes remain with his daughter, Dawn and his grandson, Ryan.
- High Infidelity (1964)
- Three Nights of Love (1964)
- The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966)
- Death Rides a Horse (1967)
- Barbarella (1968)
- Danger: Diabolik (1968)
- Skidoo (1968)
- The Sergeant (1968)
- Certain, Very Certain, As a Matter of Fact... Probable (1969)
- The Hawaiians (1970)
- Strogoff (1970)
- The Love Machine (1971)
- The Last Movie (1971)
- Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)
- Stardust (1973)
- The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)
- Open Season (1974)
- The Spiral Staircase (1975)
- A Whisper in the Dark (1976)
- The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
- Target of an Assassin (1976)
- Eyes Behind the Wall (1977)
- Ring of Darkness (1979)
- Der Schimmelreiter (1978)
- Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981)
- Attack Force Z (1982)
- Tin Man (1983)
- Night Train to Terror (1985)
- Striker (1987)
- Blood Delirium (1988)
- Space Mutiny (1988)
- Day of the Pig (1992)
- Free Willy 2 (1995)
- My Magic Dog (1998)
- CQ (2001)
- The Three Faces of Terror(2004)
- I Am Somebody: No Chance in Hell (2008) (original title: Chinaman's Chance)
- John Phillip Law at the Internet Movie Database
- John Phillip Law at AllRovi
- John Phillip Law at the Internet Broadway Database
- John Phillip Law at Find a Grave
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