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John St. Polis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia John M. St. Polis (November 24, 1873 – October 8, 1946) was an American actor. St. Polis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 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).

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Nov 24, 1873 In New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie All Woman 1918-06-09
Latest Project:
Movie Crossroads 1942-07-23
Known For
Poster of Crossroads
Poster of The Melody Man
Poster of The Greater Glory
Poster of Woman-Proof
Movie Crossroads Professor (uncredited) 1942-07-23
Movie Abe Lincoln in Illinois Minor Role 1940-02-12
Movie Rocky Mountain Rangers Joseph Manners 1940-05-24
Movie On the Spot Doc Hunter 1940-06-11
Movie Haunted House Simkins 1940-07-21
Movie Boys' Reformatory Superintendent Keene 1939-05-01
Movie They Shall Have Music Davis 1939-08-18
Movie International Crime Roger Morton 1938-04-23
Movie Saleslady Crane 1938-01-27
Movie Phantom Ranger Pat Doyle 1938-05-27
Movie The Mysterious Rider Townsman 1938-09-21
Movie Mr. Wong, Detective Roemer 1938-10-05
Movie Borderland Doctor 1937-02-26
Movie Paradise Isle Coxon 1937-07-21
Movie Jungle Menace Chandler Elliott 1937-09-01
Movie The Shadow Strikes Caleb Delthern 1937-10-29
Movie The Dark Hour Dr. Munro 1936-02-17
Movie Call of the Prairie Banker Jim 1936-03-06
Movie Below the Deadline Mr. Abrams 1936-06-07
Movie Three on the Trail Sheriff Sam Corwin 1936-04-14
Movie Death from a Distance Prof. Trowbridge 1935-09-16
Movie The Lady in Scarlet Jerome T. Shelby 1935-10-20
Movie Guilty Parents Defense attorney 1934-04-01
Movie The President Vanishes 1934-11-17
Movie Terror Trail 1933-02-02
Movie The World Gone Mad Grover Cromwell 1933-04-15
Movie Notorious But Nice John J. Martin 1933-08-04
Movie Symphony of Six Million Dr. Schifflen 1932-04-29
Movie Alias the Doctor Dr. Niergardt 1932-03-06
Movie Lena Rivers John Nichols 1932-03-27
Movie The Crusader Robert Henley 1932-10-04
Movie False Faces Dr. McDonald 1932-10-12
Movie The Match King Banker (uncredited) 1932-12-31
Movie Gambling Sex John Tracy 1932-11-21
Movie The Criminal Code Dr. Rinewulf 1931-01-03
Movie Transgression Serafin, Arturo's Butler 1931-06-27
Movie Beau Ideal Judge Advocate (as John M. St. Polis) 1931-01-25
Movie Their Mad Moment Hotel Manager 1931-07-12
Movie The Yellow Ticket Passport Official at Airport 1931-10-30
Movie The Gay Diplomat General 1931-08-22
Movie Party Girl John Rountree 1930-01-01
Movie The Melody Man Von Kemper 1930-01-15
Movie Kismet The Imam Mahmud 1930-10-30
Movie A Devil with Women Don Diego 1930-10-17
Movie Captain Thunder Pedro 1930-12-27
Movie Why Be Good? Pa Kelly 1929-02-28
Movie Coquette Dr. John M. Besant 1929-03-30
Movie Fast Life Andrew Stratton 1929-09-01
Movie The Greater Glory Prof. Leopold Eberhardt (as John Sainpolis) 1926-05-02
Movie My Lady's Lips 1925-07-01
Movie The Phantom of the Opera Comte Philip de Chagny 1925-09-06
Movie Three Weeks The King 1924-02-10
Movie Mademoiselle Midnight Colonel de Gontran (Prologue) 1924-04-14
Movie The Alaskan Rossland (as John Sainpolis) 1924-09-14
Movie Souls for Sale Himself - Celebrity Actor in Commissary 1923-04-22
Movie Woman-Proof Milo Bleech (as John Sainpolis) 1923-10-28
Movie Three Wise Fools John Crawshay 1923-08-19
Movie Shadows Nate Snow 1922-11-10
Movie The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Etienne Laurier 1921-03-06
Movie The Great Lover Jean Paurel 1920-11-15
Movie All Woman Sam Tupper 1918-06-09
Movie Laughing Bill Hyde Black Jack Burg 1918-09-22