John Philbin

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John Philbin
Born (1960-04-27) April 27, 1960 (age 57)
California, United States
Occupation Actor

John Philbin (born April 27, 1960) is an American actor who is best known for his appearances in the films Return of the Living Dead, Point Break and Tombstone.[1]

Early life[edit]

Philbin began surfing at 12.[2] He studied acting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as being on the university's surf team.[2]


An accomplished surfer, Philbin has used this skill in films such as Point Break,[3] The Boost, and North Shore.[3] Some of his other films include Children of the Corn[2] and The Return of the Living Dead[4]

Surfing instruction[edit]

Philbin gives surf training to actors to prepare them for film roles,[2] one of the most notable being the surf instructor for actors in the film Blue Crush.[5]

Personal life[edit]

2015 Arrest[edit]

Philbin was arrested on Saturday February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California for brandishing a gun after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.[6] He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor weapons charge and was sentenced to 30 days in county jail (credited with 26 days), plus 3 years probation and complete a 52-week AA program and domestic violence classes.[7]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "John Philbin : Biography". Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d Dundas, Noah. "Turtle Talk: An Interview with John Philbin". The Inertia. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "NOBODY LISTENS TO TURTLE The John Philbin Interview | SURFER Magazine". SURFER Magazine. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Comic-Con 2016 Interview: Thom Mathews & John Philbin Reflect on THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD - Daily Dead". Daily Dead. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "About John Philbin". Archived from the original on 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  6. ^ "Point Break' actor John Philbin arrested for brandishing a firearm". Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  7. ^ "Point Break Actor - Vaya con Dios, Brah! - I Got 30 Days for Loaded Gun". Retrieved 2015-04-05. 

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