Future Favorites — Patric Knowles (1937) 🇺🇸

February 08, 2022

Being one of Hollywood’s young actors who is more than a 4-to-1 bet to reach the top rung of movieland’s ladder of fame isn’t enough for Patric Knowles.

by Hal Whitehead

...Pat and his wife also want to be American citizens... so the two young Britishers hiked themselves to Mexico a few weeks ago and secured quota numbers as the first step toward taking out naturalization papers... that in itself isn’t unusual... but the change in Pat’s attitude is...

A year ago when he was here playing in “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” Pat thought Hollywood was the worst place in which he ever had lived... his wife, the former Enid Percival of London stage fame, didn’t share Pat’s ideas completely... but she did think it would be very nice to return to British soil again...

They had been back in London only a few weeks when both experienced a decided change of mind... during a rainy spell both went to bed with very bad colds which they were unable to shake... and it wasn’t long before they were longing for some California sunshine... with the result that they came back to Hollywood a month before Pat was needed for his next picture, fully determined to make Hollywood their permanent home... primarily occupied with the business of making pictures...

He recently completed “It’s Love I’m After” and “Expensive Husbands” and is now working in the big color special, Robin Hood...

Pat still finds time for his favorite hobby — flying... Knowles is a licensed pilot with 85 solo hours to his credit... when he’s not at the studio, you nearly always can find him either in the air or hanging around some airport... From the time, he was a small boy Pat wanted to be either an actor or a train driver... but up to the time he was 18 he had to be satisfied with being a typesetter in his father’s print shop...

He finally ran away to London where, after literally starving for three months, he got a job with a repertory company... once in a while he got a job of doing a walk-on-walk-off-the-stage part... but never attained much prominence until after starting his film career... that, in itself, was an accident, caused by a lack of stage jobs that made it necessary for Pat to either try the studios or start dieting... almost immediately he clicked in pictures and played leads in nine British films before coming to Hollywood...

A 26-year-old six-footer, he has made a tremendous hit with Hollywood girls to whom he pays practically no attention... he has time for only one girl, his wife... but the fact that other girls would like to attract his attention is a good indication of how feminine fans are going to feel about him.

Source: Motion Picture Magazine, December 1937