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Frederick Henry Kormann

Birthplace: San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States
Death: Died in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Frederick Andrew Kormann and Ida Ruth Kormann
Husband of Rosalind Terry
Ex-husband of Joan Crawford and Helen Murphy
Father of Christopher Crawford (adopted)

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About Phillip Terry

Phillip Terry was an American actor.

He was born Frederick Henry Kormann on March 7, 1909 in San Francisco, California, the only child of German Americans, Frederick Andrew Kormann (1883–1948) and Ida Ruth Voll (1883–1954).

He attended grade school in Glendale, California. His father was a chemical engineer in the oil fields who moved often. To ensure he receive a stable education, his parents sent him to live with relatives in New Jersey and attend school while they travelled.

During the holidays, he would return to his parents in such places as Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Burkburnett, Texas. When he completed high school, he rejoined them for good. He worked for a time in the oil fields as a roustabout, then a tool pusher and rig builder. When he was seventeen, they moved back to San Francisco.

He attended Stanford University, where he played football. He then became interested in theatre. After a brief stay in New York, he went to London, in 1933, where he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

He later went to Hollywood, California and took a job with CBS Radio, where he performed in a number of plays on the air. In 1937, a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer talent scout heard him in one of these broadcasts and arranged an interview. Terry made a screen test and was awarded a contract with the studio. Among his motion picture appearances, he had a bit part in the movie Mannequin starring Joan Crawford and the lead in Seven Keys to Baldpate (1947).

Two years later he signed with Paramount, where he starred in The Parson of Panamint. He then did supporting roles in Wake Island and Bataan, the latter on which was when he was on "loan-out" to MGM.

When he left Paramount, he signed with RKO and was in Music in Manhattan, George White's Scandals and Pan-Americana.

Phillip Terry appeared in more than eighty movies over the span of his career. Many of the early roles were small and often uncredited. But in the 1940s he received bigger and more numerous roles in some quality movies, such as The Lost Weekend (1945) starring Ray Milland, and To Each His Own (1946) starring Olivia de Havilland, who won one of her Oscars for her role in the film.

When his career began to slide in the late 1940s he turned his attention to real estate. He was a good salesman and investor, and eventually became very wealthy.

He was married on July 21, 1942, at the Hidden Valley Ranch in Ventura County, California, to actress Joan Crawford. They were divorced in 1946. During this marriage Crawford adopted her first child, daughter, Christina. He later married a non-actor, Rosalind Lee; they remained married until his death.

Terry never completely abandoned acting. During the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s, he took on occasional movie roles. Some of his better B movies from this period include The Leech Woman (1960), with Grant Williams, and The Navy VS. the Night Monsters (1966), with Mamie Van Doren.

Sometimes he would accept television roles and was in episodes of The Name of the Game and Police Woman.

In 1973, he retired and moved to Santa Barbara, California.

He suffered the first of a series of strokes in 1978. Because of the strokes, he lost his mobility and communication and was an invalid for several years before his death at the age of 83.

Phillip Terry died at his home in Santa Barbara on February 23, 1993. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.

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Phillip Terry's Timeline

March 7, 1909
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States
October 15, 1943
Age 34
February 23, 1993
Age 83
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, United States