John St. Polis

John M. St. Polis (November 24, 1873 – October 8, 1946) was an American actor.[1]

John St. Polis
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St. Polis in Party Girl (1930)
Born(1873-11-24)November 24, 1873
DiedOctober 8, 1946(1946-10-08) (aged 72)
OccupationActor
Years active1909–1943

BiographyEdit

St. Polis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.[2] Before starting his film career, he made a name for himself on the Broadway stage, most notably in the role of Frederik in the original production of The Return of Peter Grimm (1911–12) and the play's revival in 1921, both performed at the Belasco Theatre. He also appeared in a different role in the screen version in 1926.[3]

He appeared in 126 films between 1914 and 1943. In all of his early roles, the actor is billed as John Sainpolis. His best-known performances are as Etienne Laurier in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), and as Comte Phillipe de Chagny in The Phantom of the Opera (1925).

St. Polis successfully made the transition from silent cinema to "talkies" with one of his most praised performances as Dr. John M. Besant, the father of Norma Besant (played by Mary Pickford) in Coquette (1929). He died on October 8, 1946 in Los Angeles, California from undisclosed causes, aged 72.

Selected filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "John St. Polis". NY Times. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  2. ^ Kear, Lynn; King, James (2009). Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook. McFarland. p. 207. ISBN 9780786454686. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "John St. Polis Was Member of Original 'Peter Grimm' Cast". Kenosha News. Wisconsin, Kenosha. July 20, 1926. p. 13. Retrieved October 16, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.

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