Clifton Webb (1889–1966)


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Already trained in dance and theater, he quit school at age 13 to study music and painting. By 19 he was a professional ballroom dancer in New York, and by his mid-twenties he was performing in musicals, dramas on Broadway and in London, and in silent movies. His first real success in film came in middle age as the classy villain Waldo Lydecker in ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Known For

Laura Waldo Lydecker
(1944)
The Razor's Edge Elliott Templeton
(1946)
Cheaper by the Dozen Frank Bunker Gilbreth
(1950)
Titanic Richard Ward Sturges
(1953)

Filmography

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 1962 Satan Never Sleeps
Father Bovard
 1959 Holiday for Lovers
Robert Dean
 1959 The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
Mr. Horace Pennypacker
 1957 Boy on a Dolphin
Victor Parmalee
 1956 The Man Who Never Was
Lt. Cmdr. Ewen Montagu
 1954 Woman's World
Ernest Gifford
 1954 Three Coins in the Fountain
John Frederick Shadwell
 1953 Mister Scoutmaster
Robert Jordan
 1953 Titanic
Richard Ward Sturges
 1952 Stars and Stripes Forever
John Philip Sousa
 1952 Dreamboat
Thornton Sayre / Dreamboat / Bruce Blair
 1952 Belles on Their Toes
Frank Bunker Gilbreth (uncredited)
 1951 Elopement
Howard Osborne
 1951 Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell
Lynn Belvedere
 1950 For Heaven's Sake
Charles / Slim Charles
 1950 Cheaper by the Dozen
Frank Bunker Gilbreth
 1949 Mr. Belvedere Goes to College
Lynn Belvedere
 1948 Sitting Pretty
Lynn Belvedere
 1946 The Razor's Edge
Elliott Templeton
 1946 The Dark Corner
Hardy Cathcart
 1944 Laura
Waldo Lydecker
 1930 The Still Alarm (Short)
 1925 The Heart of a Siren
Maxim
 1925 New Toys
Tom Lawrence
 1924 Let Not Man Put Asunder
Maj. Bertie (uncredited)
 1920 Polly with a Past
Harry Richardson (uncredited)
 1917 National Red Cross Pageant
Dancer, The Pavane - French episode
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Stage: Appeared in "The Little Show" on Broadway, Musical revue. Songs primarily by Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz. Sketches by George S. Kaufman, Fred Allen, Newman Levy, Marya Mannes, Earle Crooker, Paul James, Kay Swift and Grace Henry. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Directed by Dwight Wiman. Music Box Theatre: 30 Apr 1929-Feb 1930... See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 10 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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After Fred Astaire's success at RKO, MGM believed it could make a dancing star out of Webb. The studio gave him an 18-month contract at $3000/week to do a musical entitled "Elegance" based on the life of famous ballroom dancer Maurice and his partner Florence Walton. Joan Crawford was initially excited to play Walton but lost interest when she realized that Webb had the better part and she had ... See more »

Trademark:

Suave, dandy villains

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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