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      Clifton Webb

      Clifton Webb

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

      Lowest Rated: 60% The Razor's Edge (1946)

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      The Man Who Never Was poster
      The Man Who Never Was
      The Dark Corner poster
      The Dark Corner
      Laura poster
      Laura
      Titanic poster
      Titanic
      Cheaper by the Dozen poster
      Cheaper by the Dozen
      Polly with a Past poster
      Polly with a Past
      Three Coins in the Fountain poster
      Three Coins in the Fountain
      The Razor's Edge poster
      The Razor's Edge

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      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% 42% Three Coins in the Fountain John Frederick Shadwell (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Scoutmaster Robert Jordan (Character) - 1953
      92% 65% Titanic Richard Ward Sturges (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 40% Dreamboat Thornton Sayre/Dreamboat/Bruce Blair (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 78% Stars and Stripes Forever John Philip Sousa (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
      83% 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
      100% 71% The Dark Corner Hardy Cathcart (Character) - 1946
      60% 71% The Razor's Edge Elliott Templeton (Character) - 1946
      100% 90% Laura Waldo Lydecker (Character) - 1944
      78% No Score Yet Polly with a Past Harry Richardson (Character) - 1920