Philip Dorn

IMDB entry:

A former matinee idol in Holland and Germany, he fled to America before WWII and portrayed anti-Nazi patriots and continental romancers in Hollywood. Forced to retire after suffering an injury while on stage in Holland 1955, he lived out the rest of his life in relative seclusion. Dogged by ill health (phlebitis) in post-war years, he suffered the first of a series of heart attacks in 1945.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: burrell_dale

New York Times obituary in 1975:

LOS ANGELES, May 9 (AP) —Philip Dorn, handsome, deep‐voiced leading man in films from 1939 to 1953, died today at the Motion Picture Country House and Hospital. He was 75 years old.

Mr. Dorn, who was born in the Netherlands, died of a heart attack, but he had been incapacitated for nearly 10 years after a head injury on stage in Europe. He began acting at the age of 14 and came to this country in 1939.

He appeared in such films as “Ski Patrol,” “Paris After Dark,” “Love You,” “Sealed Cargo,” “Tarzan’s Secret Treasure,” “Calling Dr. Gillespie” and “Random Harvest.”

Surviving are his widow, Marianne; and a daughter, Femia Laurey of Encino.

Opposite Irene Dunne

Mr. Dorn was a well‐known stage actor in the Netherlands, appearing in “Camille,” “Ghosts.” “Journey’s End” and other plays.

One of his most successful films was “I Remember Mama,” in which he played Papa to Irene Dunne’s Mama. Others included “The Fighting Kentuckian,” in support of John Wayne; “Gaunt Woman,” about submarine warfare; “Spy Hunt” and “Blonde Fever.”

In his career in the Netherlands, Mr. Dorn toured the Dutch colonies for four years and once traveled 16,000 miles with a company of Dutch players to perform in repertory for amusement‐starved plantation owners in Java. He was a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in The Hague.

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