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Clarence William Kolb (July 31, 1874 – November 25, 1964) was an American vaudeville performer and actor.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the only child of second generation Austrian parents who owned a local meat company.

Kolb started out as one half of a vaudeville comedy team, Kolb and Dill, with Max Dill. They styled their act on the famous team of Weber and Fields. In addition to their stage work, they appeared in a series of short films and a feature length movie in 1917. Afterwards, Kolb made a return to vaudeville, and he only returned to the movies in the late 1930s.

He became famous for portraying the same type of character in many films, namely a politician or businessman. He is best remembered for his role as the grumpy father in the multi-Academy Awards nominated hit comedy film Merrily We Live (1938), the corrupt mayor in the comedy His Girl Friday (1940), and as Mr. Honeywell in the television sitcom My Little Margie (1952). Kolb played himself in his last movie appearance, Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), opposite Danny Beck (who played the late Max Dill).

Clarence Kolb died at age 90 of a stroke at the Orchard Gables Sanitarium in Hollywood. He is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Clarence William Kolb (July 31, 1874 – November 25, 1964) was an American vaudeville performer and actor.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the only child of second generation Austrian parents who owned a local meat company.

Kolb started out as one half of a vaudeville comedy team, Kolb and Dill, with Max Dill. They styled their act on the famous team of Weber and Fields. In addition to their stage work, they appeared in a series of short films and a feature length movie in 1917. Afterwards, Kolb made a return to vaudeville, and he only returned to the movies in the late 1930s.

He became famous for portraying the same type of character in many films, namely a politician or businessman. He is best remembered for his role as the grumpy father in the multi-Academy Awards nominated hit comedy film Merrily We Live (1938), the corrupt mayor in the comedy His Girl Friday (1940), and as Mr. Honeywell in the television sitcom My Little Margie (1952). Kolb played himself in his last movie appearance, Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), opposite Danny Beck (who played the late Max Dill).

Clarence Kolb died at age 90 of a stroke at the Orchard Gables Sanitarium in Hollywood. He is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 51

Birthday 1874-07-31

Day of Death 1964-11-25

Place of Birth Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Also Known As

  • C. William Kolb
  • William Kolb

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1956 Shake, Rattle and Rock! as Judge McCombs
1952 The Rose Bowl Story as Gramps Burke
1952 My Little Margie (39 episodes) as Mr. Honeywell (5 episodes)
1949 Adam's Rib as Judge Reiser
1949 Impact as Darcy
1947 Christmas Eve as Judge Alston
1947 Blondie in the Dough as J.T. Thorp
1947 Fun on a Weekend as Quigley Quackenbush
1947 Lost Honeymoon as Mr. Evans
1946 The Kid from Brooklyn as Mr. Austin
1945 Road to Alcatraz as Philip Angreet
1945 What a Blonde as Charles DaFoe
1944 Three Is a Family as Mr. Steele
1944 Something for the Boys as Colonel Grubbs (uncredited)
1944 Irish Eyes Are Smiling as Leo Betz
1944 Standing Room Only as Glen Ritchie
1943 True to Life as Mr. Huggins
1943 The Falcon in Danger as Stanley Harris Palmer
1943 The Sky's the Limit as Harvey J. Sloan (uncredited)
1942 True to the Army as Gen. Marlowe
1941 Hellzapoppin' as Andrew Rand
1941 Bedtime Story as Collins
1941 You're in the Army Now as General Winthrop
1941 The Night of January 16th as Tilton
1941 Nothing But the Truth as Mr. Van Dusen
1941 Blossoms in the Dust as Senator
1941 Caught in the Draft as Col. Peter Fairbanks
1940 Michael Shayne: Private Detective as Hiram P. Brighton
1940 Tugboat Annie Sails Again as J.B. Armstrong
1940 No Time for Comedy as Richard Benson
1940 Five Little Peppers at Home as J.H. King
1940 His Girl Friday as Mayor
1939 The Amazing Mr. Williams as McGovern
1939 Beware Spooks! as Lester Lewis
1939 Our Leading Citizen as Jim Hanna
1939 Five Little Peppers And How They Grew as J.H. King
1939 Good Girls Go to Paris as Ted Dayton Sr.
1939 It Could Happen to You as Alfred Wiman
1939 Society Lawyer as Mr. Leonard
1939 I Was a Convict as John B. Harrison
1939 Honolulu as Mr. Horace Grayson
1938 The Law West of Tombstone as Samuel 'Sam' Kent
1938 Carefree as Judge Travers
1938 Give Me a Sailor as CaptainTallant
1938 Merrily We Live as Henry Kilbourne
1938 Gold Is Where You Find It as Senator Walsh
1937 Wells Fargo as John Butterfield
1937 Portia on Trial as John Condon
1937 The Toast of New York as Cornelius Vanderbilt
1936 A Girl's Best Years as Doctor (uncredited)
1936 Fury as Durkin's Friend (uncredited)

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