Monday, May 9, 2011

Celebrity Grave: Actor Philip Dorn 1975

 
Philip Dorn, born Hein van der Niet and sometimes billed as Frits van Dongen, (30 September 1901 - 9 May 1975) was a Dutch actor who had a career in Hollywood.

 
Dorn was born in Scheveningen, South Holland and made his stage debut at age 14 in Dutch productions. By the 1930s, he was a popular matinee idol and was acting in films. From Germany, where he had worked with the likes of Veit Harlan, he moved to United States when World War II broke out and acted in a number of films, starting with Enemy Agent in 1940. He was usually cast as Continental lovers, anti-Nazi Germans or refugees. In the 1950s, he returned to Europe and acted in German films.

 
Dorn suffered from phlebitis, requiring surgery and causing a number of strokes. After an accident on stage, he retired in 1955 and spent the next 20 years of his life in his home in California.

 
He died of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was married to the Dutch actress Marianne van Dam.

Partial filmography

Op hoop van zegen (1934)
Op Stap (1935)
The Cross-Patch or De Kribbebijter (1935)
Rubber (1936)
De Big van het Regiment (1939)
Escape (1940)
Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
Underground (1941)
Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941)
Random Harvest (1942)
Reunion in France (1942)
Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas (1943)
Passage to Marseille (1944)
I Remember Mama (1948)
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
Sealed Cargo (1951)

Philip Dorn is entombed at Westwood Cemetery.

EscapeUndergroundCHETNIKS! - DVD - Philip Dorn, Anna Sten, John ShepperdSPY HUNT - DVD - Howard Duff, Marta Toren, Philip DornZiegfeld GirlRandom HarvestI Remember MamaThe Fighting KentuckianDreaming Lips

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