John Paul Getty III died on 5th February, aged 54. When he was 16, his right ear was cut off by kidnappers to confirm their intention to kill him if a ransom was not paid.
In a brief acting career, he was 'Ron' in THE TERRITORY (1981) directed by Raoul Ruiz, and 'Dennis' in THE STATE OF THINGS aka DER STAND DER DINGE (1982) dir. Wim Wenders.
He appeared as himself in the documentary SCHNEEWEIBROSENROT (1991) directed by Rainer Langhans and Christa Ritter.
John Paul Getty III is survived by his son, actor Balthazar Getty, whose screen career began as Miles in THE TURN OF THE SCREW (TV, 1989) and Ralph in LORD OF THE FLIES (1990).