Philip Dorn (born Hein van der Niet, 30 September 1901 – 9 May 1975), sometimes billed as Frits van Dongen (his screen name for German films prior to World War II), was a Dutch actor who had a career in Hollywood. He was best known for portraying the father in the film I Remember Mama (1948).
from the trailer The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
Hein van der Niet
30 September 1901
|Died||9 May 1975 73) (aged|
Los Angeles, California, US
|Resting place||Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Other names||Frits van Dongen|
|Spouse(s)||Cornelia Maria Twilt (1921-1930)|
Marianne van Dam (1933-1975)
Dorn made his debut under the name of Frits van Dongen in Op Hoop van Zegen (1934) directed by Alex Benno. He had lead roles in De Big van het Regiment (1935), The Cross-Patch (1935), Op Stap (1936), and Rubber (1936). He appeared on stage in Camille, Ghosts and Journey's End. He also toured Java with a theatrical company.
Dorn moved to Germany where he appeared in The Tiger of Eschnapur (1938) and its sequel The Indian Tomb (1938). He was also in Waltz Melodies (1938), Covered Tracks (1938), The Jumping Jack (1938), and The Journey to Tilsit (1939).
Warners borrowed him to play the lead in Underground (1941). At MGM he had a support in Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941) and they put him in a Dr. Kildare film, Born to be Bad, that had to be reshot when star Lew Ayres was fired due to being a conscientious objector. Dorn replaced him as a new doctor and the film was called Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942).
At Warner Bros he was fourth billed in Passage to Marseille (1944). MGM gave him the lead in a B, Blonde Fever (1944). At Warners he starred in Escape in the Desert (1945), a remake of The Petrified Forest replacing Zachary Scott.
At Republic, Dorn had the lead in I've Always Loved You (1946), an expensive musical.
In 1946 he appeared in a play with Claire Trevor, The Big Two.
He was going to feature in Singapore but had to pull out when he fell ill with pneumonia.
He was married twice. His first wife was Cornelia Maria Twilt (1921–1930). He was married to Dutch actress Marianne van Dam until his death (1933–1975).
Dorn died of a heart attack at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, on May 9, 1975. He was 73 years old. He was survived by his wife and a daughter.
as Frits van Dongen
- Op hoop van zegen (1934) - Geert - haar zoon
- De Big van het Regiment (1935) - Berkhage
- The Cross-Patch or De Kribbebijter (1935) - Willy
- Op Stap (1935) - George van Reen
- Rubber (1936) - John van Laer
- The Tiger of Eschnapur (1938) - Maharadscha von Eschnapur
- Waltz Melodies (1938) or Immer wenn ich glücklich bin..! - Hans v. Waldenau
- The Indian Tomb (1938) or Das indische Grabmal - Maharadscha von Eschnapur
- Covered Tracks (1938) or Verwehte Spuren - Dr. Fernand Morot
- The Jumping Jack or Der Hampelmann (1938) - Peter
- The Journey to Tilsit or Die Reise nach Tilsit (1939) - Endrik Settegast
as Philip Dorn
- Enemy Agent (1940) - Doctor Jeffry Arnold
- Ski Patrol (1940) - Lt. Viktor Ryder
- Diamond Frontier (1940) - Jan Stafford De Winter
- Escape (1940) - Dr. Ditten
- Ziegfeld Girl (1941) - Franz Kolter
- Underground (1941) - Eric Franken
- Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941) - Vandermeer
- Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942) - Dr. John Hunter Gerniede
- Random Harvest (1942) - Dr. Jonathan Benet
- Reunion in France (1942) - Robert Cortot
- Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas (1943) - General Draza Mihailovic
- Paris After Dark (1943) - Jean Blanchard
- Passage to Marseille (1944) - Renault
- Blonde Fever (1944) - Peter Donay
- Escape in the Desert (1945) - Philip Artveld
- I've Always Loved You (1946) - Leopold Goronoff
- I Remember Mama (1948) - Papa
- The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) - Col. Georges Geraud
- Spy Hunt (1950) - Paul Kopel
- Sealed Cargo (1951) - Konrad
- Behind Monastery Walls (1952) - Thomas Holinka
- The Unholy Intruders (1952, or Hinter Klostermauern) - Thomas Holinka
as Frits van Dogen
- Ingo Schiweck/Hans Toonen Maharadscha, Tschetnik, Kriegsheimkehrer : der Schauspieler Frits van Dongen oder Philip Dorn , Osnabrück 2003. ISBN 3-89959-058-9
- Hans Toonen "Nederlands Eerste Hollywood-Ster
- Leo Deege "From Nazi Occupied Holland to the Jungles of Vietnam-An Immigrant Story, Denver, Colorado, 2015. ISBN 978-1-4787-6470-0
- Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 53.
- Dumont, Hervé (2009). Frank Borzage: The Life and Films of a Hollywood Romantic. McFarland. p. 324. ISBN 9781476613314. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
- Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 204. ISBN 9781476625997. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
- "Philip Dorn, Movie Actor, Dies At 73". The Tampa Tribune. Florida, Tampa. Associated Press. 11 May 1975. p. 34. Retrieved 30 November 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Dutch-born actor Philip Dorn dies". The Tampa Times. Florida, Tampa. United Press International. 10 May 1975. p. 2-A. Retrieved 30 November 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Actor Wants to Join Dutch". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. 12 May 1940. p. 2. Retrieved 30 November 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- Philip Dorn, 73, Film, Stage Actor The Washington Post 10 May 1975: C8.
- Philip Dorn, Film Actor, Dies; Co-Star in 'I Remember Mama' New York Times 10 May 1975: 32.
- PHILIP DORN Picture Show; London Vol. 45, Iss. 1148, (Apr 26, 1941): 10.
- THE LIFE STORY OF Philip Dorn Picture Show; London Vol. 47, Iss. 1199, (Dec 5, 1942): 11.
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Peter Lorre Signed for Lead in RKO Picture 'Stranger on the Third Floor' 'WOMEN IN WAR' OPENING Elsie Janis Starred in Picture at Loew's Criterion Today --'Torrid Zone' Continues Philip Dorn in "Escape" Kurt Bernhardt Gets Post By DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILL Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. New York Times 29 May 1940: 26.
- STUDIO WILL REMAKE LEW AYRES FILM PLAY: 'Born to Be Bad' Will Have Philip Dorn as Physician Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. New York Times 17 Apr 1942: 19.
- Actor From the Netherlands Learned English From Films: Hollywood Letter By Frank Daugherty Special to The Christian Science Monitor.13 June 1941: 14.
- DORN TOOTIN! LOOKING AT HOLLYWOOD With HEDDA HOPPER Chicago Daily Tribune 18 July 1943: C3.
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Philip Dorn Named for Lead in a Warner Remake -- Three Pictures Arrive Today Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. New York Times 10 May 1944: 16.
- Claire Trevor, Philip Dorn Starring in Romantic Comedy By Edwin F. Melvin. The Christian Science Monitor 24 Dec 1946: 5.
- Philip Dorn Has Pneumonia New York Times 6 Mar 1947: 34.
- Philip Dorn, 73, Dies; Acted on Stage, in Films Los Angeles Times (10 May 1975: a24
- "Actor Philip Dorn Dies". Greeley Daily Tribune. Colorado, Greeley. Associated Press. 12 May 1975. p. 21. Retrieved 30 November 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 214. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
- "Heart Attack Kills Actor Philip Dorn". The Palm Beach Post-Times. Florida, West Palm Beach. Associated Press. 10 May 1975. p. B10.
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