John Holland (actor, born 1908)

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Harold Boggess (May 16, 1908 – May 21, 1993[1]), better known by the stage name John Holland, was an American actor and singer.

John Holland
Harold Boggess

(1908-05-16)May 16, 1908
Fremont, Nebraska, United States
DiedMay 21, 1993(1993-05-21) (aged 85)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1937–1986
Notable credit(s)
Chinatown, My Fair Lady


John Holland was born in Fremont, Nebraska.[2] He adopted his grandfather's name John Holland as a stage name.[3] He began acting in Hollywood films in 1937, and later appeared on numerous television series,[4] including Hawaiian Eye, Wagon Train, and Perry Mason. His most notable film credits were My Fair Lady (1964), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967), and Chinatown (1974).

In addition to film and television, Holland acted in musical theater, such as the Broadway production of Peter Pan (1954), and in plays, such as the touring company of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.[1] He received positive reviews for his performance in a concert titled "The California Night of Music" in Los Angeles in September 1937.[2] He often gave free concerts during visits to his parents in Alton, Illinois, accompanied by his father, organist Newton Boggess.[5]

John Holland died on May 21, 1993 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, five days past his 85th birthday.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Willis, John, ed. (1995). Theatre World 1992–1993. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 222. ISBN 9781557832047. Retrieved April 5, 2017 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b "25 and 50 Years Ago". The Telegraph. Alton, Illinois. September 24, 1962. p. 4. Retrieved April 5, 2017 – via
  3. ^ "Harold Boggess Arrives For Holiday Visit". The Telegraph. Alton, Illinois. December 28, 1939. p. 6. Retrieved April 5, 2017 – via
  4. ^ Kear, Lynn; King, James (July 31, 2009). Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook. McFarland. p. 244. Retrieved April 6, 2017 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Boggess Sings For White Hall Lions Meeting, Will Present Full Evening Concert at Presbyterian Church". The Telegraph. Alton, Illinois. January 3, 1941. p. 6. Retrieved April 5, 2017 – via

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