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John Boles (October 28, 1895 – February 27, 1969) was an American singer and actor best known for playing Victor Moritz in the 1931 film Frankenstein. He started out in Hollywood in silent movies, but became a huge star with the advent of talkies. After the war, Boles moved to New York to study music. He quickly became well known for his talents and was selected to replace the leading man in the 1923 Broadway musical Little Jesse James. He became an established star on Broadway and attracted the attention of Hollywood producers and actors.

Boles' Broadway credits include One Touch of Venus (1943), Kitty's Kisses (1925), Mercenary Mary (1924), and Little Jessie James (1923).

He was hired by MGM to appear in a silent film in 1924. He starred in two more films for that studio before returning to New York and the stage. In 1927, he returned to Hollywood to star in The Love of Sunya (1927) opposite Gloria Swanson, which was a big success for him. Unfortunately, because the movies were still silent he was unable to show off his singing ability until late in the decade. In 1929, Warner Brothers hired him to star in their lavish musical operetta The Desert Song (1929). This film featured sequences in Technicolor and was a box-office success. Soon after, Radio Pictures (later known as RKO) selected him to play the leading man in their extravagant production (the last portion of the film was photographed in Technicolor) of Rio Rita, opposite Bebe Daniels. Audiences were enthralled by his beautiful voice, and John Boles suddenly found himself in huge demand. RCA Victor even hired him to make phonograph records of songs that he had sung in his films.

As soon as Rio Rita was completed, Boles went back to Warner Brothers as the leading man in an even more extravagant musical entitled Song of the West (1930) that was filmed entirely in Technicolor. Shortly after this film, Universal Pictures offered John Boles a contract, which he accepted. He starred in a number of pictures for them, most notably the all-Technicolor musical revue entitled The King of Jazz (1930) and a historical operetta entitled Captain of the Guard (1930). In 1931, he starred in One Heavenly Night (1931), which would prove to be his last major musical.

Boles portrayed Victor Moritz in Frankenstein (1931). He starred with Irene Dunne in a 1934 film adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 novel The Age of Innocence directed for RKO Radio Pictures by Philip Moeller, and took the role of Edward Morgan in Curly Top (1935), starring Shirley Temple In 1937, Boles starred alongside Barbara Stanwyck in the King Vidor classic Stella Dallas. In 1943, he co-starred with Mary Martin and Kenny Baker in One Touch of Venus. Description above from the Wikipedia article John Boles, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

John Boles (October 28, 1895 – February 27, 1969) was an American singer and actor best known for playing Victor Moritz in the 1931 film Frankenstein. He started out in Hollywood in silent movies, but became a huge star with the advent of talkies. After the war, Boles moved to New York to study music. He quickly became well known for his talents and was selected to replace the leading man in the 1923 Broadway musical Little Jesse James. He became an established star on Broadway and attracted the attention of Hollywood producers and actors.

Boles' Broadway credits include One Touch of Venus (1943), Kitty's Kisses (1925), Mercenary Mary (1924), and Little Jessie James (1923).

He was hired by MGM to appear in a silent film in 1924. He starred in two more films for that studio before returning to New York and the stage. In 1927, he returned to Hollywood to star in The Love of Sunya (1927) opposite Gloria Swanson, which was a big success for him. Unfortunately, because the movies were still silent he was unable to show off his singing ability until late in the decade. In 1929, Warner Brothers hired him to star in their lavish musical operetta The Desert Song (1929). This film featured sequences in Technicolor and was a box-office success. Soon after, Radio Pictures (later known as RKO) selected him to play the leading man in their extravagant production (the last portion of the film was photographed in Technicolor) of Rio Rita, opposite Bebe Daniels. Audiences were enthralled by his beautiful voice, and John Boles suddenly found himself in huge demand. RCA Victor even hired him to make phonograph records of songs that he had sung in his films.

As soon as Rio Rita was completed, Boles went back to Warner Brothers as the leading man in an even more extravagant musical entitled Song of the West (1930) that was filmed entirely in Technicolor. Shortly after this film, Universal Pictures offered John Boles a contract, which he accepted. He starred in a number of pictures for them, most notably the all-Technicolor musical revue entitled The King of Jazz (1930) and a historical operetta entitled Captain of the Guard (1930). In 1931, he starred in One Heavenly Night (1931), which would prove to be his last major musical.

Boles portrayed Victor Moritz in Frankenstein (1931). He starred with Irene Dunne in a 1934 film adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 novel The Age of Innocence directed for RKO Radio Pictures by Philip Moeller, and took the role of Edward Morgan in Curly Top (1935), starring Shirley Temple In 1937, Boles starred alongside Barbara Stanwyck in the King Vidor classic Stella Dallas. In 1943, he co-starred with Mary Martin and Kenny Baker in One Touch of Venus. Description above from the Wikipedia article John Boles, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 53

Birthday 1895-10-28

Day of Death 1969-02-27

Place of Birth Greenville, Texas, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1952 Babes in Bagdad as Hassan
1943 Thousands Cheer as Colonel Bill Jones
1942 Between Us Girls as Steven J. Forbes
1941 Road to Happiness as Jeff Carter
1938 Sinners in Paradise as Jim Taylor
1938 Romance in the Dark as Antal Kovach
1937 She Married an Artist as Lee Thornwood
1937 Fight for Your Lady as Robert Densmore
1937 Stella Dallas as Stephen Dallas
1937 As Good as Married
1936 Craig's Wife as Walter Craig
1936 Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1)
1936 A Message to Garcia as Lt. Andrew Rowan
1936 Rose of the Rancho as Jim Kearney
1935 The Littlest Rebel as Capt. Herbert Cary
1935 Starlit Days at the Lido
1935 Redheads on Parade as John Bruce
1935 Orchids to You as Thomas Bentley
1935 Curly Top as Edward Morgan
1934 Music in the Air as Bruno Mahler
1934 The White Parade as Ronald Hall III
1934 The Age of Innocence as Newland Archer
1934 The Life of Vergie Winters as John Shadwell
1934 Wild Gold as Steve Miller
1934 Stand Up and Cheer! as John Boles
1934 Hollywood on Parade No. B-9
1934 Bottoms Up as Hal Reed
1934 I Believed in You as Michael Harrison
1934 Beloved
1933 My Lips Betray as King Rupert aka Captain von Linden
1933 Only Yesterday as James Stanton "Jim" Emerson
1933 Child of Manhattan as Paul
1932 6 Hours to Live as Karl Kranz
1932 Back Street as Walter D. Saxel
1932 Careless Lady as Stephen Illington
1931 Good Sport as Boyce Cameron
1931 Frankenstein as Victor Moritz
1931 Seed as Bart Carter
1931 Resurrection as Prince Dmitri Nekhludoff
1931 One Heavenly Night as Count Mirko Tibor
1930 King of Jazz as Vocalist ('Song of the Dawn' / 'It Happened in Monterey')
1930 Captain of the Guard as Rouget de Lisle
1930 Song of the West as Captain Stanton
1929 Rio Rita as Capt. Jim Stewart
1929 The Desert Song as The Red Shadow
1928 The Last Warning as Richard Quayle
1928 Romance of the Underworld
1928 The Water Hole as Bert Durland
1928 Fazil as John Clavering
1928 We Americans
1927 The Love of Sunya as Paul Judson
1924 The Sixth Commandment as John Brant

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