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Percy Kilbride is ...

Born 16 Jul 1888 in San Francisco
Died 11 Dec 1964 in Los Angeles
Age76 years, 4 months
Percy Kilbride
Percy Kilbride
Cropped screenshot of Percy Kilbride from the trailer for the film George Washington Slept Here

About Percy Kilbride

Percy William Kilbride (July 16, 1888 – December 11, 1964) was an American character actor. He made a career of playing country hicks, most memorably as Pa Kettle in the Ma and Pa Kettle series of feature films.


On September 17, 1964, Kilbride and his partner, Italian-born actor Ralf Belmont, were struck by a car while walking near their home, at the corner of Yucca and Cherokee Streets, in Hollywood. Belmont died instantly; Kilbride died three months later from atherosclerosis and terminal pneumonia which were caused by head injuries, having undergone brain surgery at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles on November 11. He was 76 years old and a veteran of World War I. Kilbride was buried near his hometown, San Francisco, at Golden Gate National Cemetery, in San Bruno, California. Kilbride left his estate to four nephews and a sister-in-law.