Guy Kibbee

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Guy Kibbee
Guy Kibbee in Mama Steps Out trailer.jpg
from Mama Steps Out (1937)
BornGuy Bridges Kibbee
(1882-03-06)March 6, 1882
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
DiedMay 24, 1956(1956-05-24) (aged 74)
East Islip, New York, U.S.
Resting placeKensico Cemetery
OccupationActor
Years active1931–1950
Spouse(s)Helen Shea (m. 1918–23)
4 children
Esther Reed (m. 1925–56) (his death), 3 children
 
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Guy Kibbee
Guy Kibbee in Mama Steps Out trailer.jpg
from Mama Steps Out (1937)
BornGuy Bridges Kibbee
(1882-03-06)March 6, 1882
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
DiedMay 24, 1956(1956-05-24) (aged 74)
East Islip, New York, U.S.
Resting placeKensico Cemetery
OccupationActor
Years active1931–1950
Spouse(s)Helen Shea (m. 1918–23)
4 children
Esther Reed (m. 1925–56) (his death), 3 children

Guy Bridges Kibbee (March 6, 1882 – May 24, 1956) was an American stage and film actor.

History[edit]

Kibbee was born in El Paso, Texas and began his entertainment career on Mississippi riverboats. He eventually became a successful Broadway actor. In the 1930s, Kibbee moved to California and became part of what became known as "Warner Bros.' stock company", contracted actors who cycled through different productions in supporting roles. Kibbee's specialty was daft and jovial characters and he is best remembered for the films 42nd Street (1933), The Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), Captain Blood (1935), and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), though he gives a deftly subtle performance as the expat inn owner in Joan Crawford's Rain (1932).

Guy Kibbee (left), Irving Leroy Ress (center), ca 1950.

He is also remembered for his performance as Mr. Webb, editor of the Grover's Corners, New Hampshire newspaper, and father of Emily Webb played by Martha Scott in the film version of the classic Thornton Wilder play Our Town.

Kibbee died from complications arising from Parkinson's disease in Long Island, New York in 1956. His younger brother was actor Milton Kibbee.


In popular culture[edit]

Guy Kibbee eggs[1] is the name for a breakfast dish which consists of a hole cut out of the center of a slice of bread, and an egg cracked into it, all of which is fried in a skillet. The actor prepared this dish in the 1935 Warner Bros. film Mary Jane's Pa, hence the eponym. This dish is also known by other names, such as "egg in a basket."

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1931City StreetsPop Cooley
Side ShowColonel Gowdy
New Adventures of Get Rich Quick WallingfordPolice Sergeant McGonigal
1932Union DepotScrap Iron ScratchAlternative title: Gentleman for a Day
Play-GirlFinkelwald
The Crowd RoarsPop Greer
RainJoe Horn
Scarlet DawnMr. Murphy
High Pressure
193342nd StreetAbner Dillon
Lilly TurnerDoc McGill
Footlight ParadeSi Gould
The Gold Diggers of 1933Faneul H. Peabody
The Life of Jimmy DolanPhlaxerAlternative title: The Kid's Last Fight
Lady for a DayJudge Henry G. Blake
1934Convention CityGeorge EllerbeLost film
DamesHorace Peter Hemingway
Big Hearted HerbertHerbert Kalness
Merry Wives Of RenoTom Fraser
BabbittGeorge F. BabbittTitle role
1935Don't Bet on BlondesColonel Jefferson Davis Youngblood
Going Highbrow
Captain BloodHagthorpe
1936Little Lord FauntleroyMr. Silas Hobbs
Captain JanuaryCaptain January
1937The Bad Man of BrimstoneFrancis X. "Eight Ball" Harrison
Riding on AirJ. Rutherford "Doc" Waddington
1938Of Human HeartsGeorge Ames
Three Loves Has NancyPa Briggs
1939It's a Wonderful World"Cap" Streeter
Babes in ArmsJudge John Black
Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonGovernor Hubert 'Happy' Hopper
Bad Little AngelLuther Marvin
1940Our TownMr. Webb
Chad HannaHuguenine
1941It Started with EveBishop Maxwell
Scattergood BainesScattergood Baines
Design for ScandalJudge Graham
1942Miss Annie RooneyGrandpa Rooney
There's One Born Every MinuteLester Cadwalader, Sr.
Whistling in DixieJudge George Lee
1943Learn and LiveAngel
Girl CrazyDean Phineas Armour
1944Dixie JamboreeCaptain Jackson of the Ellabella
1945The Horn Blows at MidnightRadio Director/The Chief
1946Singing on the TrailDusty WyattAlternative title: Lookin' for Someone
Lone Star MoonlightAmos NortonAlternative title: Amongst the Thieves
1947The Romance of Rosy RidgeCal Baggett
The Red StallionEd Thompson
1948Fort ApacheCaptain Dr. WilkensAlternative title: War Party
3 GodfathersJudge
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1948Kraft Television Theatre1 episode
1949–1950The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre4 episodes
1950The Billy Rose Show1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guy Kibbee Eggs". seriouseats.com. Retrieved Dec 16, 2011. 

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