Tuesday, August 28, 2018


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Croton has been home to many screen and theatre stars.  One of these was matinee idol, stage and film actor Holbrook Blinn (of Bliin Road fame).

Courtesy of the Everything Croton Elves, some bits and pieces about Holbrook's career...Click on the photos and links.

Wikipedia: Blinn was born in San Francisco. His father was Charles H. Blinn, a Civil War veteran and his mother Nellie Hollbrook was an actress. He appeared on the legitimate stage as a child, and played throughout the United States and in London. 

He also appeared in silent films, and was the director of popular one-act plays at New York's Princess Theatre. 

In 1900, he appeared in London in Ib and Little Christina. His Broadway stage successes include The Duchess of Dantzic (1903, as Napoleon), Salvation Nell (1908) in a breakout performance as the brutish husband of Mrs. Fiske.

Other performances were in Within the Law (1912), Molière (1919), A Woman of No Importance (1916), The Lady of the Camellias (1917), and Getting Together (1918). 

Some of his finest silent screen accomplishments are in: 

McTeague (1916)
The Bad Man (1923)
Rosita (1923),
Yolanda (1924)
and Janice Meredith (1924), the latter two films both starring Marion Davies.  

Blinn died from complications of a fall off his horse near Journey's End, his Croton-on-Hudson, New York home.

He is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York.  

You can read and see more about Blinn here and here.

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  1. Thank you for this information!

  2. In the 70's-80's, Childhood friends lived in Mr. Blinn's house on Blinn Rd. It was a beautiful old house with many fireplaces, set on a pretty lot with beautiful stone walls and stone work surrounding the property. When they purchased the house (60's?) they found some of his personal belongings, a wooden box with his initials on it. If those walls could talk.