Philip "Phil" Van Zandt (October 4, 1904 – February 15, 1958) was a Dutch-American actor of film, stage and television. He made over 220 film and television appearances between 1939 and 1958.
Philip Van Zandt
October 4, 1904
|Died||February 15, 1958 (aged 53)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Suicide by drug overdose|
Born Philip Pinheiro in Amsterdam, he was brought to the United States when he was five months old in March 1905. Van Zandt made his acting debut in 1927. He eventually landed on Broadway, appearing in ten different productions between 1931 and 1938, none of which were hits.
Van Zandt made his Hollywood debut in 1939 and, in the two decades that followed, appeared in over 140 films. However, he was usually cast in bit parts and also found himself typecast in villainous roles as a Nazi, criminal, or mad scientist. For instance, he appeared as a villain in two Laurel and Hardy films in the 1940s. The few films in which he got more considerable screen time were mostly comedy shorts, including several Three Stooges short subjects. In 1941, he played a small but important part as magazine editor Rawlston in Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane.
By 1958, Van Zandt had become depressed with his flagging career, and had spent practically all his income on compulsive gambling. This led to his committing suicide by overdosing on Hypnotic. His last film appearance was in the Three Stooges comedy Fifi Blows Her Top, released nearly two months after his death.