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Overview (4)

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Died in Hollywood, California, USA  (stroke)
Birth NameWilliam 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).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (1)

Ella McKenzie (1937 - 23 September 1971) (his death)

Trade Mark (1)

His exaggerated sneeze

Trivia (15)

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, KY.
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.
Barry, his 13-year-old adopted son, 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.
Bore a strong resemblance to character actor Gino Corrado.
By his own account, he was working on stage in Louisville one night, when his straight man was taken ill. He pressed into service the Theatre Manage to substitute. That manager turned out to be Bud Abbott.

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