John Cecil Holm

John Cecil Holm (November 4, 1904, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – October 24, 1981, in Westerly, Rhode Island) was an American dramatist, theatre director and actor. He is best known for his 1935 play Three Men on a Horse, co-written with George Abbott.[1] He was often billed as Cecil Holm as an actor, reserving his full name for his writing credits.[2]

John Cecil Holm
Born(1904-11-04)4 November 1904
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died24 October 1981(1981-10-24) (aged 76)
Westerly, Rhode Island
OccupationPlaywright, theatre director, actor
SpouseDolores L. Boland
Faith Brown

Holm was educated at West Philadelphia High School and Perkiomen School[3] and was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he acted in productions of the Mask and Wig organization. He worked in stock theater for three years before moving to New York and acting there.[2]

On October 24, 1981, Holm died in Westerly, Rhode Island, at age 76.[3]

Broadway roles

Film roles

Year Title Role Notes
1959It Happened to JaneAaron Caldwell
1970Cauliflower Cupids


  1. George Abbott and John Cecil Holm (1935). Three Men on a Horse. S. French.
  2. "John Cecil Holm Actor Who Wrote Successful Play". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. March 1, 1936. p. 61. Retrieved 21 June 2019 via
  3. "John C. Holm, 76, actor, director and playwright". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. October 27, 1981. p. 41. Retrieved 22 June 2019 via
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