John Philbin

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John Philbin
Born (1960-04-27) April 27, 1960 (age 61)
Carmel, California, United States

John Philbin (born April 27, 1960) is an American actor who is best known for his appearances in the films North Shore, 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 February 28, 2015 after he brandished a loaded gun to his girlfriend. 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.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Children Of The Corn Amos
1984 Grandview, U.S.A. Cowboy
1985 The New Kids Gideon
1985 The Return of the Living Dead Chuck
1987 Shy People Tommy
1987 North Shore Turtle
1987 Under Cover Officer Vic Fieldson
1988 The Boost Tim Uncredited
1988 Honor Bound Sergeant Max Young
1989 Martians Go Home Donny
1991 Point Break Nathanial
1993 Tombstone Tom McLaury
1994 The Crew Alex
1996 Blossom Time Arthur Steele
1997 The Killing Jar Pete Lawrence
1997 Levitatio The Police Officer
1997 Moonbase Lucas
1998 Girl Mr. Jones
2001 The Edge of the Midway Dan
2001 Perfect Fit Monty
2002 Blue Crush
2007 Zombie Farm Agent Richardson
2011 Soul Surfer Fuel TV Reporter #2
2013 The Perfect House Jeff
2015 Bikini Inception
2015 Ovation Party Guest #7


  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 - Vaya con Dios, Brah! - I Got 30 Days for Loaded Gun". Retrieved 2015-04-05.

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