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Frits van Dongen

1901 - 1975

The actor Frits van Dongen was born as Hein van der Niet in Scheveningen, Holland. He was the first Dutchman who was able to launch a successful Hollywood career.

He began his film career in Holland with movies like "Op hoop van zegen" (34), "De Kribbebijter" (35) and "Rubber" (36).
When he was engaged for the role of the grand duke in the German two-parter "Der Tiger von Eschnapur" (38) and "Das indische Grabmal" (38) this marked his great breakthrough in Europe and the heigth of his career.

Because the political circumstances changes quickly in Germany he could only continue his promising career for a short time with the movies "Verwehte Spuren" (38) and "Die Reise nach Tilsit" (39). 
When the war broke out he fled to the USA where he became a busy actor with his pseudonym Philip Dorn - often in anti Nazi movies - in low budget movies.
To his movies in the USA belong "Enemy Agent" (40), "Escape" (40), "Underground" (41), "Tarzan's Secret Treasure" (41), "Random Harvest" (42), "Blonde Fever" (44) and "Escape in the Desert" (46).

He continued his career in the USA after World War II and from time to time he also appeared in German movies again. To his last works belong "I Remember Mama" (48), "In letzter Sekunde" (49), "Spy Hunt" (50), "Türme des Schweigens" (52) and "Salto Mortale" (53).

When Frits van Dongen caught a serious injury on a stage in Holland in 1955 he had to withdraw from acting and spent the rest of his life more or less isolated.

Other movies with Frits van Dongen/Philip Dorn:
De big van het regiment (35) Op stap (35) Der Hampelmann (38) Immer, wenn ich glücklich bin (38) Ski Patrol (40) Diamond Frontier (40) Ziegfeld Girl (41) Calling Dr. Gillespie (42) Reunion in France (42) Chetniks (43) Paris After Dark (43) Passage to Marseille (44) I've Always Loved You (46) The Fighting Kentuckian (49) Sealed Cargo (51) Hinter Klostermauern (52) Der träumende Mund (53)