Phillips Holmes

Actor
A tall, handsome, blue-eyed blond leading man of the early 1930s, Phillips Holmes hailed from a famed theatrical family. While still a a student at Princeton, he made his feature acting debut at age 19 in "Varsity" ... Read more »
Born: 07/22/1907 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (16)

General Spanky 1935 (Movie)

Marshall Valient (Actor)

An American Tragedy 1930 (Movie)

Clyde Griffiths (Actor)

Beauty for Sale (Movie)

Burt Barton (Actor)

Broken Lullaby (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Confessions of a Co-Ed (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Her Man (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Make Me a Star (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Million Dollar Ransom (Movie)

Stanton Casserly (Actor)

Paramount on Parade (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Penthouse (Movie)

Tom Siddall (Actor)

Private Scandal (Movie)

Cliff Barry (Actor)

Stage Mother (Movie)

Lord Aylesworth (Actor)

Stolen Heaven (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

The Big Brain (Movie)

Terry Van Sloan (Actor)

The Devil's Holiday (Movie)

David Stone (Actor)

The Secret of Madame Blanche (Movie)

Leonard St. John (Actor)

Biography

A tall, handsome, blue-eyed blond leading man of the early 1930s, Phillips Holmes hailed from a famed theatrical family. While still a a student at Princeton, he made his feature acting debut at age 19 in "Varsity" (1928) and went on to appear in several films (including Dorothy Arzner's "The Wild Party" 1929). Holmes had perhaps his best role as the protagonist Clyde Griffiths in Josef von Sternberg's adaptation of "An American Tragedy" (1931). He also delivered strong turns as a guilt-ridden soldier in Ernst Lubitsch's "Broken Lullaby/The Man I Killed" (1932) and Arzner's "Nana" (1934). His career quickly fizzled, though, and by the mid-1930s he was reduced to playing small parts. Retiring in the late 30s after a handful of undistinguished British films (i.e., "The Divine Spark" 1935), Holmes joined the Royal Canadian Flying Corps when WWII broke out and died in a 1942 plane accident.

Relationships

Taylor Holmes

Father
born in 1872 died in 1959

Ralph Holmes

Brother
born in 1915 committed suicide in 1945

Madeleine Holmes

Sister

Edna Phillips

Mother

EDUCATION

Princeton University

Princeton , New Jersey

Trinity College

Hartford , Connecticut

Milestones

1938

Final film, "Housemaster"

1936

Last American film, "General Spanky"

1934

Reunited with Arzner for "Nana"

1934

Starred as Pip in "Great Expectations"

1933

Appeared in "Dinner at Eight"

1932

Offered a terrific turn as a war veteran in "Broken Melody"

1931

Played Clyde Griffiths in the film adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy"

1929

Directed by Dorothy Arzner in "The Wild Party"

1928

Film acting debut at age 19 in "Varsity"

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