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Clifton Webb (1889–1966)


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 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Laura Waldo Lydecker
(1944)
The Razor's Edge Elliott Templeton
(1946)
Titanic Richard Ward Sturges
(1953)
Sitting Pretty Lynn Belvedere
(1948)

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 "Flying Colors" on Broadway. Musical revue. Music / lyrics / book by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz (also director). "On the American Plan" written in collaboration with George S. Kaufman. "Bon Voyage" and "The Salesman" written in collaboration with Corey Ford. "Lost in the Crowd" written in collaboration with ... 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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In 1892, his formidable mother, Mabelle (1869-1960), moved to New York with her beloved "little Webb," as she called him for the remainder of her life. She dismissed questions about his father, Jacob Grant Hollenbeck, a railroad ticket clerk, by saying; "we never speak of him. He didn't care for the theater." Webb and Maybelle lived together until her death at age 91. When Clifton's obsessive ... See more »

Trademark:

Suave, dandy villains

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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