Billy Gilbert (I) (1894–1971)

Up 4,116 this week
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 ... See full bio »

Hollywood Romances: Our Favorite Couples

Check out some of our favorite couples in Hollywood.

See the entire gallery

Upcoming Reboots & Remakes

Get a peek at all the TV series revivals, live-action movie adaptations, and anticipated remakes currently in the works.

See the full list

Around The Web


Provided by Taboola

On Prime Video

Watch on TV

Mad Love
Sun, Oct 31 9:45 AM PDT on TCM (631)
The Music Box
Mon, Nov 08 3:00 AM PST on TCM (631)

Editorial Lists

Related lists from IMDb editors

a list of 20 images
updated 24 Oct 2013

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 people
created 3 months ago
a list of 48 people
created 21 Oct 2014
a list of 35 images
created 08 May 2014
a list of 34 images
created 05 Mar 2015
a list of 35 images
created 23 Mar 2018

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDb page

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Billy Gilbert's work have you seen?

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »


Known For

His Girl Friday Joe Pettibone
Block-Heads Mr. Gilbert
Fun and Fancy Free Willie the Giant


Hide Hide Show Show Actor (233 credits)
 1962 Five Weeks in a Balloon
Sultan / Auctioneer
 1962 Paradise Alley
Julius Wilson
 1962 Tex & Judy (Short)
 1956-1961 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Dr. Schuman / Mayor Edgar C. Mathews / Uncle Hopper / ...
- Clem the Genius (1961) ... Dr. Schuman
- San Fernando for Governor (1960) ... Mayor Edgar C. Mathews
- Clem, the Photographer (1958) ... Uncle Hopper
 1956-1961 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series)
Mr. Mason (Joey Mason's Father) / Mr. Hofsteader
- Everything Happens to Me (1961) ... Mr. Mason (Joey Mason's Father)
- Danny Goes on USO Tour (1956) ... Mr. Hofsteader
 1961 The Roaring 20's (TV Series)
Gus Weber
- Coney Red Hots (1961) ... Gus Weber
 1958-1960 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Gypsy Father / Able Baker
- Madeline (1960) ... Gypsy Father
- Mother Goose (1958) ... Able Baker
 1957 El coyote (TV Movie)
 1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Giant / Mr. Poopledoop
- Jack and the Beanstalk (1956) ... Giant / Mr. Poopledoop
 1955 The Butcher, the Baker, the Ice Cream Maker (Short)
Baker / Merchant (voice, uncredited)
 1955 Andy's Gang (TV Series)
The Teacher (voice)
 1954 My Little Margie (TV Series)
 1952 Down Among the Sheltering Palms
King Jilouili
 1950-1951 Musical Comedy Time (TV Series)
Don Emilio / Col. Kasimer Popoff
- Revenge with Music (1951) ... Don Emilio
- The Chocolate Soldier (1950) ... Col. Kasimer Popoff
 1949 Bride of Vengeance
Beppo (uncredited)
 1948 The Kissing Bandit
General Felipe Toro
 1948 Billie Gets Her Man (Short)
Suitor (uncredited)
 1947 Fun and Fancy Free
Willie the Giant (voice)
 1947 Mickey and the Beanstalk (Short)
Willie the Giant (voice, uncredited)
 1945 Anchors Aweigh
Cafe Manager
 1945 Trouble Chasers
 1944 Crazy Knights
 1944 Three Is a Family (uncredited)
 1944 Ever Since Venus
Tiny Lewis
 1944 Wedded Bliss (Short)
 1944 Three of a Kind
 1944 Crazy Like a Fox (Short)
 1943 Crazy House
Sid Drake
 1943 Always a Bridesmaid
Nicholas 'Nick' Neopolitan
 1943 Spotlight Scandals
Billy Gilbert
 1943 Shot in the Escape (Short)
 1943 Shantytown
'Papa' Ferrelli
 1942 Arabian Nights
 1942 Sleepytime Gal
Chef Popodopolis
 1942 Mr. Wise Guy
Knobby Duffy
 1942 Valley of the Sun
Judge Homer Burnaby
 1942 Song of the Islands
Palola's Father
 1941 Week-End in Havana
 1941 New Wine
 1941 Angels with Broken Wings
Billy Wilson
 1941 One Night in Lisbon
 1941 Reaching for the Sun
 1941 Model Wife
 1940 No, No, Nanette
 1940 A Night at Earl Carroll's
Machinist's Mate
 1940 Tin Pan Alley
 1940 Seven Sinners
 1940 The Great Dictator
 1940 The Villain Still Pursued Her
Master of Ceremonies
 1940 Sing, Dance, Plenty Hot
 1940 Lucky Partners
Charles (uncredited)
 1940 Scatterbrain
 1940 Cross-Country Romance
 1940 Queen of the Mob
Mr. Reier
 1940 Safari
 1940 Women in War
Pierre, the Cobbler
 1940 Sandy Is a Lady
Billy Pepino
 1940 His Girl Friday
Joe Pettibone
 1939 Chicken Feed (Short)
 1939 Destry Rides Again
 1939 Rio
 1939 The Star Maker
Steel Worker (uncredited)
 1939 The Under-Pup
 1939 Million Dollar Legs
Dick Schultz (uncredited)
 1939 Forged Passport
Nick Mendoza
 1938 The Girl Downstairs
Garage Proprietor
 1938 Once Over Lightly (Short)
Professor Dimitrius Kapouris
 1938 Mr. Doodle Kicks Off
Professor Minorous
 1938 Breaking the Ice
Mr. Small
 1938 My Lucky Star
 1938 Block-Heads
Mr. Gilbert
 1938 Army Girl
Cantina Pete
 1938 Joy of Living
Cafe Owner
 1938 Maid's Night Out
Mr. Papalapoulas
 1938 Happy Landing
Counter Man
 1937 She's Got Everything
 1937 Rosalie
 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Sneezy (voice, uncredited)
 1937 Fight for Your Lady
 1937 Live, Love and Learn
Newsboy (uncredited)
 1937 Music for Madame
 1937 One Hundred Men and a Girl
Garage Owner
 1937 The Life of the Party
Dr. Molnac
 1937 The Firefly
 1937 Broadway Melody of 1938
George Papaloopas
 1937 The Toast of New York
 1937 Swing Fever (Short)
Dr. Van Loon
 1937 Captains Courageous
Soda Steward (uncredited)
 1937 The Outcasts of Poker Flat
Charley - the Bartender
 1937 The Man Who Found Himself
Fat Hobo
 1937 Maytime
Drunk (uncredited)
 1937 China Passage
Ship's Bartender
 1937 Espionage
Turk (as William Gilbert)
 1937 Sea Devils
Billy (policeman)
 1937 When You're in Love
Jose the Bartender (uncredited)
 1937 We're on the Jury
Mr. Ephraim Allen
 1937 On the Avenue
Joe Papaloupas
 1936 Two Lame Ducks (Short)
 1936 Grandma's Buoys (Short)
Von Muller
 1936 Night Waitress
 1936 Love on the Run
Cafe Manager (uncredited)
 1936 No Place Like Rome (Short)
Marcus (uncredited)
 1936 The Big Game
Fisher (uncredited)
 1936 Bulldog Edition
George Poppupoppalas (uncredited)
 1936 Violets in Spring (Short)
Professor Emmanuel Frederick Gottfried Maximillian Wiesenfader (uncredited)
 1936 So and Sew (Short)
 1936 Who's Looney Now (Short)
Dr. Von Blatt
 1936 Pepper
Man Eating Sandwich (uncredited)
 1936 My American Wife
French Chef (uncredited)
 1936 Grand Jury
Otto, Janitor (uncredited)
 1936 The Bride Walks Out
Mr. Donovan
 1936 The Devil-Doll
Matin's Butler (uncredited)
 1936 Kelly the Second
Fur Trader (uncredited)
 1936 Poor Little Rich Girl
Waiter (uncredited)
 1936 Parole!
Salvatore Arriolo (uncredited)
 1936 Early to Bed
 1936 Three of a Kind
The Tailor
 1936 One Rainy Afternoon
Courtroom Doorman (uncredited)
 1936 The First Baby
Italian in Park (uncredited)
 1936 Love on a Bet
New York Policeman (uncredited)
 1936 Sutter's Gold
Gen. Ramos (uncredited)
 1936 Dangerous Waters
Carlos (uncredited)
 1936 The Brain Busters (Short)
 1935 Millions in the Air
Nikolas Popadopolis
 1935 I Dream Too Much
Cook at Cafe (uncredited)
 1935 Coronado
Waiter (uncredited)
 1935 A Night at the Opera
Orchestra Member Asking Fiorello Not to Play Piano (uncredited)
 1935 Hi, Gaucho!
Cappa Rosa - Del Campo's Foreman (uncredited)
 1935 Nurse to You! (Short)
Dr. W.J. Gilbert
 1935 Just Another Murder (Short)
Mr. Quick
 1935 Here Comes the Band
Oswald Carroll (uncredited)
 1935 Pardon My Scotch (Short)
Sr. Luis Balero Cantino (uncredited)
 1935 Curly Top
Morgan's Cook (uncredited)
 1935 Mad Love
Autograph Seeker on Train (uncredited)
 1935 Escapade
Singer (uncredited)
 1935 Paris in Spring
First Chef (uncredited)
 1935 Hail, Brother (Short)
 1935 His Bridal Sweet (Short)
Lesh the Lush
 1935 His Old Flame (Short)
 1934 Evelyn Prentice
Barney - Cafe Owner (uncredited)
 1934 Nifty Nurses (Short)
Dr. Hofbrau
 1934 The Merry Widow
Fat Lackey (uncredited)
 1934 Washee Ironee (Short)
Sneeze dub (voice)
 1934 Men in Black (Short)
Dangerous Patient (uncredited)
 1934 Super Stupid (Short)
 1934 Happy Landing
Husband (uncredited)
 1934 Peck's Bad Boy (uncredited)
 1934 Tripping Through the Tropics (Short)
Fritz, Jack's Dad
 1934 Them Thar Hills (Short)
The Doctor (uncredited)
 1934 Cockeyed Cavaliers
Innkeeper (uncredited)
 1934 Another Wild Idea (Short)
Uncle Percy (voice, uncredited)
 1934 Get Along Little Hubby (Short)
Professor DeSoto - Pianist (uncredited)
 1934 Music in Your Hair (Short)
Meyer Schmaltz
 1934 Movie Daze (Short)
Mr. Schmaltz
 1934 Maid in Hollywood (Short)
Sneezing Man
 1934 Roamin' Vandals (Short)
Doc Gilbert
 1934 Mrs. Barnacle Bill (Short)
Professor William Gilbert
 1934 Apples to You! (Short)
 1934 Soup and Fish (Short)
Count Gustav
 1934 The Caretaker's Daughter (Short)
 1934 Next Week-End (Short)
 1934 The Cracked Ice Man (Short)
Prof. Wm. Gilbert, Dean of School
 1933 Sons of the Desert
Mr. Ruttledge (voice, uncredited)
 1933 Luncheon at Twelve (Short)
Mr. Schmaltz, Betty's Father
 1933 Keg o' My Heart (Short)
 1933 Rhapsody in Brew (Short)
Louie Schmaltz
 1933 This Day and Age
Manager of Nightclub (uncredited)
 1933 The Big Fibber (Short)
 1933 The Rummy (Short)
 1933 One Track Minds (Short)
Train Conductor
 1933 The Girl in 419
Sneezing Patient (uncredited)
 1933 Made on Broadway
Commissioner Jerry Allesandro (uncredited)
 1933 Call Her Sausage (Short)
Heinie Schmaltz
 1933 The Bargain of the Century (Short)
Captain Schmaltz
 1933 Taxi Barons (Short)
Billy / Dutchie
 1933 The Keyhole
Cuban Carriage Driver
 1933 Forgotten Babies (Short)
Radio station NIX announcer / Dr. Nemo, serial character
 1933 Maids a la Mode (Short)
Von Smaltz
 1933 Wreckety Wrecks (Short)
 1933 Fallen Arches (Short)
Mr. Gilbert
 1933 Asleep in the Feet (Short)
Mr. Gilbert - Dance Hall Proprietor
 1933 Bring 'Em Back a Wife (Short)
Billy Gilbert
 1932 Towed in a Hole (Short)
Joe - Junkyard Owner
 1932 Sneak Easily (Short)
Attorney for the Prosecution
 1932 Taxi for Two (Short)
Billy Gilbert
 1932 Their First Mistake (Short)
Process Server
 1932 Yoo-Hoo (Short)
I.M. Sweet, truck driver (uncredited)
 1932 Hot Spot (Short)
 1932 Pack Up Your Troubles
Mr. Hathaway
 1932 Strange Innertube (Short)
 1932 Young Ironsides (Short)
Effeminate Train Passenger (uncredited)
 1932 Blondie of the Follies
Kinskey's Friend (uncredited)
 1932 What Price Taxi (Short)
Jealous Husband
 1932 The Hollywood Handicap (Short)
 1932 Skyscraper Souls
Second Ticket Agent (uncredited)
 1932 Million Dollar Legs
Secretary of the Interior (uncredited)
 1932 County Hospital (Short)
The Doctor
 1932 First in War (Short)
Commanding General
 1932 The Chimp (Short)
Joe - the Landlord (uncredited)
 1932 Strictly Unreliable (Short)
The Actor
 1932 Just a Pain in the Parlor (Short)
 1932 In Walked Charley (Short)
The Doctor (uncredited)
 1932 The Music Box (Short)
Professor von Schwarzenhoffen (uncredited)
 1932 You're Telling Me (Short)
Bill Morgan, Eddie's Father
 1932 Spanky (Short)
Spanky's father
 1932 Red Noses (Short)
Tailor's Customer
 1932 The Nickel Nurser (Short)
Todd's Butler
 1932 Free Eats (Short)
Head of the family of thieves
 1932 Never the Twins Shall Meet (Short)
Mr. Clark
 1932 Sealskins (Short)
Mr. Morton (uncredited)
 1932 The Tabasco Kid (Short)
Mr. Jones, a Rancher
 1931 On the Loose (Short)
Pierre, the Dressmaker (as William Gilbert)
 1931 Hasty Marriage (Short)
Distraught Passenger On Streetcar (uncredited)
 1931 Dogs Is Dogs (Short)
Mr. Brown (uncredited)
 1931 A Melon-Drama (Short)
Fruit Cart Vendor
 1931 One Good Turn (Short)
Drunk (uncredited)
 1931 Use Your Noodle (Short)
Chinese restuarantuer (uncredited)
 1931 Chinatown After Dark
 1931 Fast and Furious (Short)
 1931 Shiver My Timbers (Short)
The Sea Captain
 1931 The Pajama Party (Short)
Van Dyke's Butler (uncredited)
 1931 Catch-As Catch-Can (Short)
Ring Announcer (uncredited)
 1931 The Panic Is on (Short)
Smith - Investment Broker aka The Spot (uncredited)
 1931 First Aid
 1930 Sea Legs
Naval Officer (uncredited)
 1930 The Happy Hottentots (Short)
Stage Manager (uncredited)
 1930 The Doctor's Wife (Short)
The Vampire's Husband
 1930 Railroad Follies (Short)
 1930 The Beauties (Short)
Emilio (as Billie Gilbert)
 1929 The Woman from Hell
Undetermined Secondary Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Show Show Director (2 credits)
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (20 credits)
Show Show Self (19 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (30 credits)

Related Videos


Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Col. Kasimer Popoff, member of the Bulgarian Army") in "The Chocolate Soldier" on Broadway. Musical/operetta (revival). Music by Oscar Straus and Jay Blackton. Revised and additional lyrics by Bernard Hanighen. Music orchestrated by Jay Blackton. Musical Director: Jay Blackton. Based on "Arms and the Man" by ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Billie Gilbert | William Gilbert


5' 11" (1.8 m)


Ella McKenzie  (his death)

Did You Know?


He was cremated and his ashes scattered in the rose garden of the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. See more »


His exaggerated sneeze

Star Sign:


Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed