John Holland (actor, born 1899)

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John Holland (June 11, 1899 – September 2, 1971) was an American actor who started his career as the male lead in two 1927 silents, Rich But Honest and The Secret Studio, but the advent of sound brought him a mix of occasional male leads, second leads and parts further down the cast list.

John Holland
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Lobby card from The Eyes of the World (1930) with Una Merkel and John Holland
James B. Holland

(1899-06-11)June 11, 1899
Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
DiedSeptember 2, 1971(1971-09-02) (aged 72)
Laguna Beach, California, United States
Other namesClifford Holland
Years active1926–1932
Notable credit(s)
Hell Harbor, She Goes to War


John Holland was born James B. Holland in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He began acting in Hollywood films in 1926, billed as Clifford Holland in his earliest appearances. He later ascribed this to a casting director confusing him with his cousin, civil engineer Clifford Milburn Holland.[1] He was best known for roles in the Pre-Code dramas Hell Harbor[2] and She Goes to War.[1][3] Holland was 33 years old at the time of his final film performance in a 10th-billed supporting role in 1932's The Silver Lining. He died in Laguna Beach, California in 1971 at the age of 72.



  1. ^ a b Soister, James T. (2012). "Black Magic". American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913–1929. McFarland. p. 45. ISBN 9780786487905. Retrieved April 6, 2017 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Missoula Offerings During Coming Week". Missoulian. June 22, 1930. p. 21. Retrieved April 5, 2019 – via
  3. ^ "Popular War Picture To Open At Columbia Theater Tuesday". The Arizona Republic. December 1, 1929. p. 56. Retrieved April 5, 2019 – via

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