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Holbrook Blinn

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Holbrook Blinn
Blinn in 1916
Born
Died
OccupationActor
Years active1897–1927
Spouse(s)Ruth Benson

Holbrook Blinn was an American stage and film actor.

Biography

Blinn was born in San Francisco, California. His father was Charles H. Blinn, a Civil War veteran and his mother Nellie Hollbrook[citation needed] was an actress. He appeared on the legitimate stage as a child, and played throughout the United States and in London. He appeared in silent films, and was the director of popular one-act plays at New York's Princess Theatre.

In 1900, he appeared in London in Ib and Little Christina. His Broadway stage successes include The Duchess of Dantzic (1903, as Napoleon), Salvation Nell (1908) in a breakout performance as the brutish husband of Mrs. Fiske, Within the Law (1912), Molière (1919), A Woman of No Importance (1916), The Lady of the Camellias (1917), and Getting Together (1918).

Blinn as Chief Rain-in-the-Face in the play The Great Silence (Sunset Magazine, Nov. 1905 - April, 1906)
Blinn as Chief Rain-in-the-Face in the play The Great Silence (Sunset Magazine, Nov. 1905 - April, 1906)

Some of his finest silent screen accomplishments are in McTeague (1916), The Bad Man (1923), Rosita (1923), Yolanda (1924), and Janice Meredith (1924), the latter two films both starring Marion Davies.

In 1928, Blinn was unanimously elected president of the Actors' Fidelity League.[1]

At the time of his death, Blinn was married to the former Ruth Benson.[2]

Death

The gravesite of Holbrook Blinn
The gravesite of Holbrook Blinn

Blinn died from complications of a fall off his horse near Journey's End, his Croton-on-Hudson, New York home, and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Selected filmography

Holbrook with Vivian Martin in The Butterfly on the Wheel (1915)
Holbrook with Vivian Martin in The Butterfly on the Wheel (1915)

Sources

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. Missing or empty |title= (help)

  • Great Stars of the American Stage, Profile #65 by Daniel C. Blum c.1952;1954 edition 2nd printing

References

  1. ^ "Actors' Fidelity elects". The New York Times. May 30, 1928. p. 13. ProQuest 104554803. Retrieved December 26, 2020 – via ProQuest.
  2. ^ "Actor's widow sells Westchester place". The New York Times. July 4, 1941. p. 24. ProQuest 106010100. Retrieved December 26, 2020 – via ProQuest.


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