Percy Kilbride

Highest Rated: 91% The Southerner (1945)
Lowest Rated: 80% Fallen Angel (1945)
Birthday: Jul 16, 1888
Birthplace: Not Available
Familiar to million as the twangy, bucolic Pa Kettle, Percy Kilbride first stepped on the stage in the role of an 18th-century French fop in a San Francisco production of Tale of Two Cities. Interrupting his career to serve in World War I, Kilbride spent the postwar years in regional stock companies. He made a few scattered movie appearances in the 1930s, then returned to Hollywood to stay in 1942, when he re-created his Broadway role in the film version of George Washington Slept Here. Kilbride played a variety of rustic parts until 1947, when he created the Pa Kettle role in The Egg and I. From 1949 through 1955, he starred exclusively in Universal's Ma and Pa Kettle series, retiring from the screen after Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955) (Kilbride's co-star Marjorie Main appeared in two more Kettle films opposite Arthur Hunnicutt and Parker Fennelly). In 1964, Percy Kilbride and his actor friend Ralf Belmont were crossing a Los Angeles street near Kilbride's home when a car struck both of them down; Belmont was killed instantly, but Kilbride survived long enough to undergo brain surgery. He died of his injuries after a long hospital stay.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki Pa Kettle 1955
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Home Pa Kettle 1954
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation Pa Kettle 1953
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair Pa Kettle 1952
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm Pa Kettle 1951
No Score Yet Riding High Pop Jones 1950
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town Frank 'Pa' Kettle 1950
No Score Yet Mr. Soft Touch Rickle 1949
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Pa Kettle 1949
No Score Yet Further Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle Actor 1949
No Score Yet The Sun Comes Up Mr. Willie B. Williegoode 1949
No Score Yet You Gotta Stay Happy Mr. Racknell 1948
No Score Yet Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' Billy Caswell 1948
No Score Yet You Were Meant for Me Mr. Andrew Mayhew 1948
No Score Yet Black Bart Jersey Brady 1948
No Score Yet Riffraff Pop 1947
No Score Yet Welcome Stranger Nat Dorkas 1947
No Score Yet The Egg and I Frank 'Pa' Kettle 1947
80% Fallen Angel Pop 1945
No Score Yet She Wouldn't Say Yes Judge Whittaker 1945
83% State Fair Miller 1945
91% The Southerner Harmie Jenkins 1945
No Score Yet Guest in the House John the Butler 1944
No Score Yet The Adventures of Mark Twain Billings 1944
No Score Yet Knickerbocker Holiday Schermerhorn the Jailer 1944
No Score Yet The Woman of the Town Rev. Samuel Small 1944
No Score Yet Crazy House Col. Merriweather 1943
No Score Yet Keeper of the Flame Orion Peabody 1942
No Score Yet George Washington Slept Here Mr. Kimber 1942
No Score Yet White Woman Jakey 1933

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