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January 16, 2023

30 Handsome Portrait Photos of Phillips Holmes in the 1930s

Born 1907 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, American actor Phillips Holmes became a popular leading man in the early 1930s, playing leads in a few important productions, notably in Josef von Sternberg’s An American Tragedy (1931) and Ernst Lubitsch’s Broken Lullaby (1932).

At Paramount, Holmes starred in melodrama and comedy. In 1933, his contract with Paramount ran out and he moved to MGM for one year. As the decade progressed, Holmes’ career declined, and he appeared in a few box-office failures, including Sam Goldwyn’s poorly received Nana (1934). His last American movie was General Spanky (1936). In 1938, he appeared in two UK movies. Housemaster was his last film, and he returned to acting on stage in the United States.

At the start of World War II, Holmes joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was killed in a mid-air collision in northwest Ontario, Canada in 1942. Holmes has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. These vintage photos captured portraits of a young and handsome Phillips Holmes in the 1930s.


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