Clifton Webb

Clifton Webb

Highest Rated: 100% The Man Who Never Was (1956)

Lowest Rated: 60% Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)

Birthday: Nov 19, 1889

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

With his trademark pencil mustache and attitude of thinly-veiled disdain, Clifton Webb was a blast of asexual sophistication during Hollywood's testosterone-fueled postwar epoch. A ballroom dancer and stage actor who contributed appearances to some silent and early sound films, Webb made a belated return to cinema with an Oscar-nominated performance in Otto Preminger's "Laura" (1944), as acidic murder suspect Waldo Lydecker. Character and actor were so well-matched that Webb would go on to play a string of similarly supercilious supporting and principal characters in a film career as brilliant as it was brief. Effete to the extreme, he was nonetheless an imposing screen presence whose haughty mien could overshadow such manly leads as William Holden, Dana Andrews, Alan Ladd and Tyrone Power while stealing focus from the luscious likes of Gene Tierney, Ginger Rogers, Lauren Bacall and Sophia Loren. The actor's barely concealed homosexuality precluded him from playing many Hollywood husbands, but he proved a surprisingly persuasive paterfamilias, most notably in the family comedy "Cheaper by the Dozen" (1950) and in the proto disaster flick "Titanic" (1953), in which Webb and onscreen wife Barbara Stanwyck put aside their differences in a desperate bid to save their children from death at sea. Long devoted to his aging mother, with whom he lived and who passed away in 1960, Webb retired from acting in 1962. His death in 1966 robbed Hollywood of one of its most unforgettable characters, both on and offscreen.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 33% Satan Never Sleeps Father Bovard (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker Mr. Horace Pennypacker (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Holiday for Lovers Robert Dean (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 45% Boy on a Dolphin Victor Parmalee (Character) - 1957
100% 84% The Man Who Never Was Lt. Cmdr. Ewen Montagu (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 64% A Woman's World Ernest Gifford (Character) - 1954
60% 43% Three Coins in the Fountain John Frederick Shadwell (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Scoutmaster Robert Jordan (Character) - 1953
91% 66% Titanic Richard Ward Sturges (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 77% Stars and Stripes Forever John Philip Sousa (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 38% Dreamboat Thornton Sayre/Dreamboat/Bruce Blair (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell Lynn Belvedere (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Elopement Howard Osborne (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet For Heaven's Sake Charles/Slim Charles (Character) - 1950
80% 66% Cheaper by the Dozen Frank Bunker Gilbreth (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Belvedere Goes to College Lynn Belvedere (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 76% Sitting Pretty Lynn Belvedere (Character) - 1948
71% 72% The Razor's Edge Elliott Templeton (Character) - 1946
100% 70% The Dark Corner Hardy Cathcart (Character) - 1946
100% 90% Laura Waldo Lydecker (Character) - 1944

QUOTES FROM Clifton Webb CHARACTERS

Waldo Lydecker says: Goodbye, Laura. Goodbye... my Love.

Waldo Lydecker says: You seem to be completely disregarding something more important than your career: my lunch.

Laura Hunt says: Do you really believe that?

Waldo Lydecker says: Implicitly.

Laura Hunt says: I never heard of anything so selfish.

Waldo Lydecker says: In my case, self absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention.

Laura Hunt says: But, you write about people with such - real understanding and sentiment. That's what makes your columns so good.

Waldo Lydecker says: The sentiment comes easy at fifty cents a word.

Laura Hunt says: If that's the way you really feel - you must be very lonely.

Waldo Lydecker says: Will you kindly continue this character analysis elsewhere? You begin to bore me.

Waldo Lydecker says: I don't use a pen. I write with a goose quill dipped in venom.

Shelby Carpenter says: Waldo for your own good, I'm warning you to stop implying that I had anything to do with Laura's death.

Waldo Lydecker says: Very well I'll stop implying: I'll make a direct statement.

Waldo Lydecker says: Would you please stop dawdling with that infernal puzzle! It's getting on my nerves.

Mark McPherson says: I know; but it keeps me calm.

Waldo Lydecker says: Young woman, either you have been raised in some incredible rustic community where good manners are unknown, or you suffer from the common feminine delusion that the mere fact of being a woman exempts you from the rules of civilized conduct.

Waldo Lydecker says: "Haven't you heard of science's newest triumph, the doorbell?"

Waldo Lydecker says: Haven't you heard of science's newest triumph, the doorbell?

Waldo Lydecker says: "I'm not kind. I'm vicious. It's the secret of my charm."

Waldo Lydecker says: In my case, self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject so worthy of my attention.