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Philip Dorn

from the trailer The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
Born Hein van der Niet
30 September 1901(1901-09-30)
Scheveningen South Holland
Died 9 May 1975 (aged 73)
Los Angeles
Other name(s) Frits van Dongen
Spouse(s) Cornelia Maria Twilt (1921-1930)
Marianne van Dam (1933-1937)

Philip Dorn, born Hein van der Niet and sometimes billed as Frits van Dongen, (30 September 1901 - 9 May 1975) was a Dutch actor who had a career in Hollywood.

Dorn was born in Scheveningen, South Holland and made his stage debut at age 14 in Dutch productions. By the 1930s, he was a popular matinee 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 in 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.

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. He was married to the Dutch actress Marianne van Dam.

Partial filmography


  • Ingo Schiweck/Hans Toonen Maharadscha, Tschetnik, Kriegsheimkehrer : der Schauspieler Frits van Dongen oder Philip Dorn , Osnabrück 2003. ISBN 3-89959-058-9

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