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Philip Dorn

Philip Dorn
from the trailer The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
Born Hein van der Niet
(1901-09-30)30 September 1901
Scheveningen, The Hague, South Holland
Died 9 May 1975(1975-05-09) (aged 73)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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 Frits van Dongen, was a Dutch actor who had a career in Hollywood.

Dorn was born in Scheveningen, The Hague, 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.


  • Last years 1
  • Marriages 2
  • Partial filmography 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • External links 5

Last years

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 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


  • 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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