Full Name at Birth
William Gilbert Barron
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S
Actor | Soundtrack | Director, Comic
Place of Death
Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death
William "Billy" Gilbert (Born William Gilbert Barron; September 12, 1894 – September 23, 1971) was an American comedian and actor known for his comic sneeze routines. He appeared in over 200 feature films, short subjects and television shows starting in 1929.
Claim to Fame
The Great Dictator
Brown - Dark
Actor/Actress, Soundtrack, Director
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Wiki Bio Text
Date of Birth 12 September 1894, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Date of Death 23 September 1971, Hollywood, California, USA (stroke)
Birth Name William Gilbert Barron
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)
Mini Bio (1)
The son of singers in the Metropolitan Opera, Billy Gilbert began performing in vaudeville at age 12. He developed a drawn-out, explosive sneezing routine that became his trademark (he was the model for, and voice of, Sneezy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)). Gilbert's exquisite comic timing made him the perfect foil for such comedians as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and he was especially memorable as the dim-witted process server Pettibone in His Girl Friday (1940).
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Ella McKenzie (1937 - 23 September 1971) (his death)
Trade Mark (1)
His exaggerated sneeze
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 178-179. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Worked often as a character actor in comedy shorts with comics like The Three Stooges, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, as did his contemporary, James C. Morton.
Versatile actor who performed on the legitimate stage, vaudeville, movies, radio, television and burlesque.
Had worked on Broadway as an actor, playwright, director and producer.
Was born in a dressing room at the Hopkins Opera House in Louisville, Kentucky.
His father was a tenor, his mother a dancer for the Metropolitan Opera Company.
In his youth he quit school to join a successful children's singing troupe.
Was a middleweight prizefighter.
Briefly performed as a female impersonator.
Hal Roach brought him to Hollywood to act, direct and write.
Known as a comedian, he also played a number of dramatic roles.
13-year-old adopted son, Barry, committed suicide after being scolded by his grandmother for letting his pet parrot escape from its cage.
He was cremated and his ashes scattered in the rose garden of the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
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Actor (227 credits)
Soundtrack (18 credits)
Director (2 credits)
Writer (2 credits)
Self (14 credits)
Archive footage (24 credits)
Starring: Billy Gilbert
Panisse - Replacement
Nov 04, 1954 - Dec 16, 1956
[Musical, Play, Original]
Performer: Billy Gilbert [Pappa Mario]
Book by Billy Gilbert
Oct 14, 1952 - Oct 18, 1952
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
Staged by Billy Gilbert
May 06, 1948 - Jun 05, 1948
The Chocolate Soldier
[Musical, Operetta, Revival]
Performer: Billy Gilbert [Col. Kasimer Popoff]
Mar 12, 1947 - May 10, 1947
[Musical, Operetta, Original]
Performer: Billy Gilbert
Boris - Replacement
Sep 17, 1946 - Nov 23, 1946
The Red Mill
Stage direction by Billy Gilbert
Oct 16, 1945 - Jan 18, 1947
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