He grew up on a rural farm outside of Greenville, in Hunt county, Texas. He and his family can be found enumerated on the 1900, and 1910 census records.
In 1914, John left home to attend the University of Texas, in Austin. He entered into the Pre-Med program, with the intention of becoming a Doctor. This was more John's parents dream than his own.
Residence 5 Jun 1917 • Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Graduates from the University of Texas with a BA. He was in Pre Med studies. -
He returned to Greenville, where he was selected by an out-of-town producer to act in an opera at the King Opera House. This experience convinced John that he preferred music and the stage to the preference of his parents, who had wanted him to pursue a medical degree. The allure of the stage, kept him from ever returning to his medial studies.
Marriage 21 Jun 1917 • Harrison, Mclennan, Texas, USA to Mary Marcelite Dobbs.
John and Marcelite had two daughters: Frances Marcelite Boles and Janet Boles.
1917 - During WWI, John enlisted and because of his knowledge of French was placed as a spy in the Army Intelligence and was stationed under General Pershing in Germany, Bulgaria and Turkey and was wounded twice. After the war, he returned to Texas.
For the next couple of years, John and Marcelite resided in Dallas, Texas, where he was active in the local theater, both acting and singing.
John now 24 and Marcelite 23, are both enumerated in the 15 Jan 1920 census as residing in a boarding house in Dallas.
Residence 15 Jan 1920 • Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA Household consists of: John 24, and Marcelite 23. They reside in a boarding house. His occupation is listed as a "cotton officer" in a Cotton Warehouse.
By the later part of 1922, John and Marcelite along with their new daughter Frances apply for passports. It's time to experience Europe.
Departure 22 Apr 1923 • Cherbourg, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France --John, Marcelite, and Frances depart from Cherbourg France on 22 Apr 1923 aboard the ship President Van Buren
Arrival 1 May 1923 • New York, New York, aboard the ship President Van Buren ---John, Marcelite, and Frances arrive in New York aboard the ship President Van Buren. Their destination is 1706 Park Avenue in Greenville, Hunt, Texas, USA
After their travels, John decided it was time to leave Texas, and follow his acting and singing dreams to New York City.
He started out in Hollywood in silent movies, but became a huge star with the advent of talkies. After, Boles moved to 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. He became an established star on Broadway and attracted the attention of Hollywood producers and actors.
He was hired by MGM to appear in a silent film in 1924. He starred in two more films for that studio before returning to New York and the stage. In 1927, he returned to Hollywood to star in The Love of Sunya (1927) opposite Gloria Swanson, which was a huge success for him.
Unfortunately, because the movies were still silent he was unable to show off his singing ability until late in the decade. In 1929, Warner Brothers hired him to star in their lavish musical operetta The Desert Song (1929). This film featured sequences in Technicolor and was a box-office success. Soon after, 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, opposite Bebe Daniels. Audiences were enthralled by his beautiful voice, and John Boles suddenly found himself in huge demand. RCA Victor even hired him to make phonograph records of songs that he had sung in his films.
John continued to act in over 30 movies and stage productions until his retirement in 1952.
"So This Is Marriage?" 1924 • John makes his first movie "So This Is Marriage?". He plays the role of Uriah. It also Stars: Conrad Nagel, Eleanor Boardman, Lew Cody
"The Love Of Sunya" 1927 • John Love Boles stars with Gloria Swanson in "The Love of Sunya". This film premiered at the grand opening of the Roxy Theater in New York City on 11 March 1927
"The Water Hole" 1928 • John Boles stars with Jack Holt, and Nancy Carroll, in "The Water Hole". It was adapted from a Zane Grey book. The film was shot in California's Death Valley
"The Shepherd of The Hills" 1928 • John plays the role of Young Matt in "The Shepherd of The Hills". It was a remake that starred Alec B. Francis, and Molly O'Day
"Romance of The Underworld" 1928 • John Boles stars with Mary Astor, Ben Bard, and Robert Elliott in "Romance of the Underworld". He plays the role of Stephen Ransome
"Fazil" 1928 • John plays the role of John Clavering . It also Stars: Charles Farrell, Greta Nissen.
"The Last Warning" 1929 • John Boles plays the role of Richard Quayle in "The Last Warning". It also stars Laura La Plante, Montagu Love, and Roy D'Arcy
"The Desert Song" 1929 • John Boles stars as The Red Shadow in "The Desert Song". Also starring Carlotta King, Louise Fazenda and Myrna Loy.
"Rio Rita" 1929 • John Boles plays the role of Capt. Jim Stewart in "Rio Rita". Also starring Bebe Daniels, and Bert Wheeler. "Rio Rita" was adapted from a Broadway musical produced by Florenz Ziegfeld Jr..
"Captain of The Guard" 1930 • John Boles in the role of Rouget de Lisle, in "Captain of The Guard", with Laura La Plante, and Sam De Grasse. After the film was completed, it was found to contain so many historical inaccuracies the studio inserted an apology in the opening credits
"Seed" 1931 • John Boles stars with Bette Davis and Frances Dade in the romantic comedy "Speed". This was the second movie that Bette Davis made.
"One Heavenly Night" 1931 • John Boles plays the role of Count Mirko Tibor in "One Heavenly Night". Also starring Evelyn Laye, and Leon Errol
"Frakenstein" 1931 • John Boles plays the role of Victor Moritz in the Boris Karloff classic "Frankenstein".
"6 Hours To Live" 6 Aug 1932 • John Boles stars with Warner Baxter, and Miriam Jordan, in the thriller "Six Hours To Live".
"Back Street" 1932 •
"Child of Manhattan" 1933 • John Boles stars with Nancy Carroll, Buck Jones, and Betty Grable in the romantic drama "Child of Manhattan". John took over the role of "Paul Vanderkill" from Neil Hamilton after two weeks of production
"The Life of Vergie Winters" 1934 • John Boles and Ann Harding star in "The Life of Vergie Winters". The movie was placed on the Catholic Church's "to be boycotted" list in July 1934, and was banned in Chicago.
"The Age of Innocence" 1934 • John Boles stars with Irene Dunne in "The Age of Innocence"
"The Littlest Rebel" 1935 • John stars with Shirley Temple in "The Littlest Rebel".
"Curly Top" 1935 • John Boles stars with Shirley Temple in the classic "Curly Top".
"Craig's Wife" 1936 • John stars along side Rosalind Russell in "Craig's Wife". This was the film that really launched Rosalind's career.
"Stella Dallas" 1937 • John is the leading man in "Stella Dallas". Also starring Barbara Stanwyck, Anne Shirley, Alan Hale, Barbara O'Neil, and Tim Holt.
"Fight For Your Lady" 1937 • Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA John stars with Jack Oakie, Ida Lupino, and Billy Gilbert in the romantic comedy "Fight For Your Lady".
"Sinners In Paradise" 1938 • John stars with Bruce Cabot, Marion Martin, Gene Lockhart, and Marion Martin in "Sinners of Paradise".
"Between Us Girls" 1942 • John stars with Diane Barrymore, Robert Cummings, and Kay Francis in the comedy "Between Us Girls".
"Road To Happiness" 1942 • John Boles stars with Mona Barrie and Billy Lee in the drama "Road To Happiness". This film was considered to be the finest "emotional drama" of his career.
"Thousands Cheer" 1943 • John Boles stars in the romantic comedy "Thousands Cheer". Also starring Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, Mary Astor, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Eleanor Powell, and Red Skeleton.
"Babes In Bagdad" 1952 • John stars along with Gypsy Lee Rose, Paulette Goddard, and Sebastian Cabot in the farce "Babes In Bagdad". This was the last movie that John made.
After retiring from the film industry, John and Marcelite returned to Texas. He bought a cattle ranch outside of San Angelo. Not content with the cattle, John started his own Oil Drilling business.
John died 27 Feb 1969 • San Angelo, Tom Green Co., Texas, USA --- COD: Acute Posterior Myocardial Infarction and Arteriosclerotic Coronary Thrombosis. Essential Hypertension for several years.
Burial 3 Mar 1969 • Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA ----- Westwood Memorial Park ----- Plot: Sanctuary of Serenity ---- Find A Grave Memorial# 5506
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