Billy Gilbert

Actor, Vaudevillian, Playwright
Billy Gilbert's career cuts a wide swathe: from vaudeville and Laurel & Hardy comedies to Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator". Born in 1894 to a pair of opera singers ... Read more »
Born: 09/12/1894 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Actor (65)

Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Five Weeks in a Balloon 1962 (Movie)

Sultan/Auctioneer (Actor)

Jack and the Beanstalk 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Down Among the Sheltering Palms 1953 (Movie)

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The Kissing Bandit 1948 (Movie)

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Fun and Fancy Free 1947 (Movie)

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Anchors Aweigh 1945 (Movie)

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1943 (Movie)

of Sneezy (Voice)

His Girl Friday 1940 (Movie)

Silas F Pinkus (Actor)

The Great Dictator 1940 (Movie)

Herring (Actor)

The Villain Still Pursued Her 1940 (Movie)

Announcer (Actor)

Seven Sinners 1939 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Women in War 1939 (Movie)

Pierre, the Cobbler (Actor)

Destry Rides Again 1938 (Movie)

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Army Girl 1937 (Movie)

Cantina Pete (Actor)

Block-Heads 1937 (Movie)

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Breaking the Ice 1937 (Movie)

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100 Men and a Girl 1936 (Movie)

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The Life of the Party 1936 (Movie)

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The Music Box 1931 (Movie)

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Broadway Melody of 1938 (Movie)

George Papaloopas (Actor)

Cockeyed Cavaliers (Movie)

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Crazy House (Movie)

Stone (Actor)

Crazy Knights (Movie)

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Cross Country Romance (Movie)

Orestes (Actor)

Dangerous Waters (Movie)

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Escapade (Movie)

Singer (Actor)

Evelyn Prentice (Movie)

Barney, the Cafe Owner (Actor)

Ever Since Venus (Movie)

Tiny Lewis (Actor)

Forged Passport (Movie)

Nick Mendoza (Actor)

Happy Landing (Movie)

Counter Man (Actor)

Joy of Living (Movie)

Cafe Owner (Actor)

Kelly the Second (Movie)

Fur Trader (Actor)

Live, Love and Learn (Movie)

Newsboy (Actor)

Love on the Run (Movie)

Cafe Manager (Actor)

Lucky Partners (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Million Dollar Legs (Movie)

Dick Schultz (Actor)

Mistaken Identity (Movie)

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Model Wife (Movie)

Dominic (Actor)

Music for Madame (Movie)

Krause (Actor)

New Wine (Movie)

Poldi (Actor)

Night Waitress (Movie)

Torre Cafe Owner (Actor)

No, No Nanette (Movie)

Styles (Actor)

On the Avenue (Movie)

Joe Papalopoulos (Actor)

One Rainy Afternoon (Movie)

Court Clerk (Actor)

Pack up Your Troubles (Movie)

Mr. Hathaway (Actor)

Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus (Movie)

Mr. Boggs (Actor)

Queen of the Mob (Movie)

Caterer (Actor)

Rosalie (Movie)

First Officer Oloff (Actor)

Safari (Movie)

Trader Mondehare (Actor)

Sea Devils (Movie)

Cop (Actor)

Skyscraper Souls (Movie)

Ticket agent (Actor)

Sleepytime Gal (Movie)

Chef Acropolis (Actor)

Song of the Islands (Movie)

Palola's father (Actor)

Spanky (Movie)

The Kids' Father (Actor)

Sutter's Gold (Movie)

Gen. Ramos (Actor)

The Bride Walks Out (Movie)

Donovan (Actor)

The Firefly (Movie)

Innkeeper (Actor)

The Outcasts of Poker Flat (Movie)

Charley (Actor)

The Toast of New York (Movie)

Photographer (Actor)

This Day and Age (Movie)

Manager of Night Club (Actor)

Three of a Kind (Movie)

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Tin Pan Alley (Movie)

Sheik (Actor)

Valley of the Sun (Movie)

Judge Homer Burnaby (Actor)

Weekend in Havana (Movie)

Arbalado (Actor)

Biography

Billy Gilbert's career cuts a wide swathe: from vaudeville and Laurel & Hardy comedies to Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator". Born in 1894 to a pair of opera singers, Gilbert began working on stage when he was just a boy. He soon became known for a unique ability: being able to sneeze on cue. Pudgy as an adult, Gilbert's size made him perfect as the imposing and bumbling villain of 1930s comedy shorts. In 1937 Gilbert brought his childhood talent to the animated classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", as the voice (and "achoo") of dwarf Sneezy. Into the 1940s, Gilbert was occupied with small parts in comedies, including turns in the screwball "His Girl Friday", the musical "Anchors Aweigh", and the Fred MacMurray vehicle "One Night in Lisbon". However his biggest role of the period, and perhaps of his career, was as Herring (a thinly veiled portrait of Nazi war minister Hermann Göring) in Chaplin's Third Reich satire "The Great Dictator". After transitioning to TV in the 1950s, Gilbert retired from performing in 1962.

Relationships

Lolly McKenzie

Wife
survived her

Milestones

1952

playwright "Buttrio Square"

1906

actor

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