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Encyclopedia > John Boles (actor)
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John Boles (October 28, 1895 - February 27, 1969) was a United States actor. He was born in Greenville, Texas into a middle class family. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas in 1917 and also married Marielite Dobbs in that same year. Although his parents wanted him to a doctor, John Boles preferred acting and singing and he demonstrated talents for them from an early age. During World War I, he was a US spy in Germany, Bulgaria, and Turkey. He started out in Hollywood in the silent movie era, 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 play 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. October 28 is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 64 days remaining. ... 1895 (MDCCCXCV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Flag of Greenville Greenville is a city located in Hunt County, Texas. ... ... original theatrical poster Silent Movie is a 1976 comedy film directed by and starring Mel Brooks. ...


He was hired by MGM to appear in 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 Hollwood to star in "The Love Of Sunya" (1927) which was a huge 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, the 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 (1929 film), opposite Bebe Daniels. Audiences were entralled by his beautiful voice and John Boles suddendly found himself in huge demand. RCA Victor even hired him to make phonograph records of songs which he had sung in his films. The Desert Song was a notable 1926 operetta with music by Sigmund Romberg and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto Harbach, respectively. ... Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary. ... Rio Rita is a 1929 RKO musical starring the comedy team of Wheeler & Woolsey. ...


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). His best-known role today remains his portrayal of Victor Moritz in the 1931 version of Frankenstein which is due to the fact that the film has been so widely available for so many years while the majority of his other films have been unavailable for viewing. Warner Bros. ... Advertisment for the film. ... The King of Jazz premiered on April 20, 1930, starring Paul Whiteman and his orchestra. ... Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel by Mary Shelley. ...


John Boles retired from the screen and stage in 1952. On February 27th, 1969, John suffered a stroke and died. He left behind his wife and two daughters.


 
 

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