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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 Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors 1914-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Crossroads 1942-07-23
Known For
Poster of Mr. Wong, Detective
Poster of The Yellow Ticket
Poster of The Criminal Code
Poster of Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors
Movie Crossroads Professor (uncredited) 1942-07-23
Movie Rocky Mountain Rangers Joseph Manners 1940-05-24
Movie Abe Lincoln in Illinois Minor Role (uncredited) 1940-02-22
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 Saleslady Crane 1938-01-27
Movie International Crime Roger Morton 1938-04-23
Movie The Mysterious Rider Townsman 1938-09-21
Movie Phantom Ranger Pat Doyle 1938-05-27
Movie Mr. Wong, Detective Roemer 1938-10-05
Movie Paradise Isle Coxon 1937-07-21
Movie Borderland Doctor 1937-02-26
Movie Jungle Menace Chandler Elliott 1937-09-01
Movie The Shadow Strikes Caleb Delthern 1937-10-29
Movie Call of the Prairie Jim 1936-03-06
Movie The Dark Hour Dr. Munro 1936-02-17
Movie Below the Deadline Mr. Abrams 1936-06-07
Movie Three on the Trail Sam Corwin 1936-04-14
Movie Death from a Distance Prof. Trowbridge 1935-07-03
Movie The Lady in Scarlet Jerome T. Shelby 1935-10-20
Movie Guilty Parents Defense attorney 1934-04-01
Movie The President Vanishes Unknown 1934-11-17
Movie Terror Trail Colonel Charles Ormsby 1933-02-02
Movie The World Gone Mad Grover Cromwell 1933-04-15
Movie Notorious But Nice John J. Martin 1933-08-04
Movie King of the Arena Governor 1933-06-01
Movie Symphony of Six Million Dr. Schifflen 1932-04-29
Movie Lena Rivers John Nichols 1932-03-27
Movie Alias the Doctor Dr. Niergardt 1932-03-06
Movie The Crusader Robert Henley 1932-10-04
Movie The Match King Banker (uncredited) 1932-12-31
Movie False Faces Dr. McDonald 1932-10-12
Movie Call Her Savage Doctor Consoling Nasa (Uncredited) 1932-11-27
Movie Gambling Sex John Tracy 1932-11-21
Movie Transgression Serafin, Arturo's Butler 1931-06-27
Movie Beau Ideal Judge Advocate (as John M. St. Polis) 1931-01-25
Movie Doctors' Wives Dr. Mark Wyndram 1931-03-14
Movie Men of the Sky Madeleine's Father 1931-06-20
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 The Bad One Judge 1930-05-03
Movie The Melody Man Von Kemper 1930-01-15
Movie A Devil with Women Don Diego 1930-10-17
Movie Party Girl John Rountree 1930-01-01
Movie Kismet The Imam Mahmud 1930-10-30
Movie The Criminal Code Dr. Rinewulf 1930-12-31
Movie Captain Thunder Pedro 1930-12-27
Movie Coquette Dr. John M. Besant 1929-03-30
Movie Why Be Good? Pa Kelly 1929-02-28
Movie Fast Life Andrew Stratton 1929-09-01
Movie The Power of Silence Defense Attorney 1928-10-20
Movie Too Many Crooks Unknown 1927-04-02
Movie The Unknown Surgeon (uncredited) 1927-05-29
Movie The Greater Glory Prof. Leopold Eberhardt (as John Sainpolis) 1926-05-02
Movie The Lily Comte de Maigny 1926-10-03
Movie Paint and Powder Mark Kelsey (as John Sainpolis) 1925-09-16
Movie My Lady's Lips Inspector 1925-07-01
Movie The Phantom of the Opera Comte Philip de Chagny 1925-09-22
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 The Dixie Handicap Dexter 1924-12-29
Movie Folly of Vanity Ridgeway (modern sequence) (as John Sainpolis) 1924-12-21
Movie The Rose of Paris André du Vallois (as John Sainpolis) 1924-11-09
Movie Souls for Sale Himself - Celebrity Actor in Commissary 1923-04-22
Movie The Untameable Dr. Copin 1923-09-09
Movie Three Wise Fools John Crawshay 1923-08-19
Movie Woman-Proof Milo Bleech (as John Sainpolis) 1923-10-28
Movie The Social Code Unknown 1923-10-01
Movie Shadows Nate Snow 1922-11-10
Movie The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Etienne Laurier 1921-03-06
Movie Cappy Ricks Skinner (as John Sainpolis) 1921-08-21
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
Movie The Love That Lives Unknown 1917-07-09
Movie The Salamander Unknown 1916-01-23
Movie Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors Unknown 1914-01-01