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Overview (4)

Born in San Francisco, California, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (road accident)
Birth NamePercy William Kilbride
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

He had a long career in theater before making movies, playing hundreds of roles, mostly rustic bumpkins, in stage and stock. His film career included two isolated early films: White Woman (1933) and Soak the Rich (1936). It began in earnest with the part of Orion Peabody in the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn wartime drama Keeper of the Flame (1942); Kilbride was already fifty-four by then. The movie public really came to recognize him when he played the part of Pa Kettle (against Marjorie Main's Ma) in The Egg and I (1947), a role he reprised for seven more "Ma and Pa Kettle" movies, the last of which, and the last of his career, was in 1955.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Trivia (4)

Starred in "Ma and Pa Kettle" movies as Pa Kettle.
Percy Kilbride and actor Ralph Belmont were walking through Kilbride's neighborhood at night when they were struck by a car. Belmont died instantly, while Kilbride died over two months later from head injuries.
Buried in the beautiful Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California. Section 2B near chain linking fencing bordering the freeway. Located in Northern California just a few miles from San Francisco, CA.
Unmarried.

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