Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Boleses in:
 • Westwood Memorial Park
 • Los Angeles
 • Los Angeles County
 • California
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
John Boles
Birth: Oct. 28, 1895
Hunt County
Texas, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 1969
San Angelo
Tom Green County
Texas, USA

Actor and Singer. He is probably best remembered for his role as 'Victor Moritz' in the 1931 original film "Frankenstein." His career spanned from 1924 to 1952, during which he appeared in over 50 films. Born John Love Boles in Greenville, Texas to a middle-class family, his father was a banker. He studied medicine at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas where he graduated with honors in 1917 and married Marcelite Dobbs in that same year, and they remained together until his death. During World War I, he served as a US spy in Germany, Bulgaria, and Turkey. After the war, he relocated to New York City, 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" and soon became an established star on Broadway and attracted the attention of Hollywood producers. In 1924 he was hired by MGM Studios in Hollywood, California to appear in the silent film "The Sixth Commandment" and appeared in two more films for MGM before returning to New York City and the Broadway stage. In 1927 he returned to Hollywood to star in "The Love of Sunya" (1927, with Gloria Swanson), which became a huge success for him. In 1929 the Warner Brothers Studios signed him to star in their lavish musical operetta "The Desert Song," which featured sequences in Technicolor and was a box-office success. Soon afterward, 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, with Bebe Daniels). Audiences were enthralled by his beautiful voice and he suddenly found himself in huge demand and RCA Victor hired him to make phonograph records of songs that he had sung in his films. After completing "Rio Rita," he returned 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, he accepted a contract with Universal Pictures and 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). The following year he starred in "One Heavenly Night" (1931), which would prove to be his last major musical. He then starred with Irene Dunne in the film adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 novel "The Age of Innocence" (1934) and also took the role of 'Edward Morgan' in "Curly Top" (1935) with Shirley Temple. In 1936 he became the first leading actor to command a $50,000 salary for his role in "Rose of the Rancho." In 1937 he starred alongside Barbara Stanwyck in the successful King Vidor classic "Stella Dallas." His other films during this time include "Romance in the Dark" (1938), "Sinners in Paradise" (1938), "Road to Happiness" (1942), "Between Us Girls" (1942), and "Thousands Cheer" (1943). In 1943 he appeared in his biggest role on the Broadway stage, co-starring with Mary Martin and Kenny Baker in "One Touch of Venus." His last film was "Babes in Bagdad" (1952), after which he retired from acting. He died of a heart attack in San Angelo, Texas at the age of 73. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
Family links: 
  John Monroe Boles (1867 - 1952)
  Mary Jane Love Boles (1869 - 1950)
  Marcelite Dobbs Boles (1896 - 1982)*
  John Boles (1895 - 1969)
  Jacob Woodley Boles (1898 - 1954)*
*Calculated relationship
Westwood Memorial Park
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Sanctuary of Serenity
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: May 21, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 5506
John Boles
Added by: Anonymous
John Boles
Added by: A.J. Marik
John Boles
Added by: A.J. Marik
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Blue Lady
 Added: Feb. 27, 2015

- sjm
 Added: Feb. 27, 2015
In loving memory...
 Added: Feb. 27, 2015
There are 256 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.1 after 92 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service