Philip Dorn

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Philip Dorn
The Fighting Kentuckian Philip Dorn.jpg
from the trailer The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
Born Hein van der Niet
(1901-09-30)30 September 1901
Scheveningen, The Hague, Netherlands
Died 9 May 1975(1975-05-09) (aged 73)
Los Angeles, California, US
Resting place Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Other names Frits van Dongen
Occupation Actor
Years active 1934–1955
Spouse(s) Cornelia Maria Twilt (1921-1930)
Marianne van Dam (1933-1975)

Philip Dorn (30 September 1901 – 9 May 1975), born Hein van der Niet and sometimes billed as Fritz van Dungen[1] (or variants thereof), was a Dutch actor who had a career in Hollywood.

Dorn was born in Scheveningen, The Hague, Netherlands in 1901 and made his stage début at age 14 in Dutch productions. By the 1930s, he was a popular matinée idol and was acting in films. From Germany, where he had worked with the likes of Veit Harlan, he moved to United States when World War II broke out and acted in a number of films, starting with Enemy Agent (1940). He was usually cast as Continental lovers, anti-Nazi Germans or refugees. In the 1950s, he returned to Europe and acted in German films.[citation needed]

Dorn suffered from phlebitis, requiring surgery and causing a number of strokes. After an accident on stage, he retired in 1955 and spent the next 20 years of his life in his home in California. He died of a heart attack in Los Angeles on May 9, 1975.[citation needed]

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).

Partial filmography[edit]


  • 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


  1. ^ Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 53. 

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