Date of Birth: 16 July 1888
Percy Kilbride biography:
He had a long career in theatre 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 Tracy- 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.