Kolb (left) and Max Dill.
|Died||November 25, 1964 90) (aged|
|Spouse(s)||May Cloy (1915–1964, his death)|
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the only child of second generation Austrian parents who owned a local meat company.
Kolb started out as one half of a vaudeville comedy team, Kolb and Dill, with Max Dill. They styled their act on the famous team of Weber and Fields. In addition to their stage work, they appeared in a series of short films and a feature length movie in 1917. Afterwards, Kolb made a return to vaudeville, and he only returned to the movies in the late 1930s.
In 1935, Kolb left the act to work in films as a character actor, eventually appearing in 75 feature films. He became famous for portraying the same type of character in many films, namely a politician or businessman. He is best remembered for his role as the grumpy father in the multi-Academy Awards nominated hit comedy film Merrily We Live (1938), the corrupt mayor in the comedy His Girl Friday (1940), and as Mr. Honeywell in the television sitcom My Little Margie (1952). Kolb played himself in his last movie appearance, Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), opposite Danny Beck (who played the late Max Dill).
- A Million for Mary (1916) - Louie
- The Three Pals (1916) - Louie
- Bluff (1916) - Louie
- Peck o' Pickles (1916) - Rudolph Schlitz
- Lonesome Town (1916) - Louie
- Glory (1917) - Louie Bohn
- Beloved Rogues (1917) - Louie Vandergriff
- Two Flaming Youths (1927) - Kolb - as Kolb and Dill
- Fury (1936) - Durkin's Friend (uncredited)
- After the Thin Man (1936) - Cousin Lucius (uncredited)
- Maid of Salem (1937) - Town Crier (uncredited)
- The Toast of New York (1937) - Cornelius Vanderbilt
- Portia on Trial (1937) - John Condon
- Wells Fargo (1937) - John Butterfield
- Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) - Senator Walsh
- Merrily We Live (1938) - Mr. Kilbourne
- Give Me a Sailor (1938) - CaptainTallant
- Carefree (1938) - Judge Travers
- The Law West of Tombstone (1938) - Sam Kent
- Honolulu (1939) - Mr. Horace Grayson
- I Was a Convict (1939) - John B. Harrison
- Society Lawyer (1939) - Mr. Leonard
- It Could Happen to You (1939) - Alfred Wiman
- Good Girls Go to Paris (1939) - Ted Dayton Sr.
- Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939) - Mr. King
- Our Leading Citizen (1939) - Jim Hanna
- Beware Spooks! (1939) - Commissioner Lester Lewis
- The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939) - Police Captain McGovern
- His Girl Friday (1940) - Mayor
- Five Little Peppers at Home(1940) - Mr. King
- The Man Who Talked Too Much (1940) - E.A. Smith
- No Time for Comedy (1940) - Richard Benson
- Tugboat Annie Sails Again (1940) - J.B. Armstrong
- Michael Shayne, Private Detective (1940) - Brighton
- Caught in the Draft (1941) - Col. Peter Fairbanks
- Blossoms in the Dust (1941) - Texas Senator T.R. Cotton (uncredited)
- Nothing But The Truth (1941) - Mr. Van Dusen
- The Night of January 16th (1941) - Tilton
- Bedtime Story (1941) - Collins
- You're in the Army Now (1941) - General Winthrop
- Hellzapoppin' (1941) - Andrew Rand
- True to the Army (1942) - Gen. Marlowe
- The Sky's the Limit (1943) - Harvey J. Sloan (uncredited)
- The Falcon in Danger (1943) - Stanley Harris Palmer
- True to Life (1943) - Mr. Huggins
- Standing Room Only (1944) - Glen Ritchie
- Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944) - Leo Betz
- Something for the Boys (1944) - Colonel Grubbs (uncredited)
- Three Is a Family (1944) - Mr. Steele
- What a Blonde (1945) - Charles DaFoe
- Road to Alcatraz (1945) - Philip Angreet
- The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) - Mr. Austin
- White Tie and Tails (1946) - Mr. Arkwright
- The Pilgrim Lady (1947) - Prof. Rankin
- Lost Honeymoon (1947) - Mr. Evans
- Fun on a Weekend (1947) - Quigley Quackenbush
- The Hal Roach Comedy Carnival (1947) - Cornelius Belmont Sr., in 'Fabulous Joe'
- The Fabulous Joe (1947) - Cornelius Belmont, II
- Blondie in the Dough (1947) - J.T. Thorpe
- Christmas Eve (1947) - Judge Alston
- Impact (1949) - Darcy
- Adam's Rib (1949) - Judge Reiser
- The Rose Bowl Story (1952) - 'Gramps' Burke
- Shake, Rattle & Rock! (1956) - Judge McCombs
- Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) - Clarence Kolb (final film role)
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- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 732–733. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
- "Clarence Kolb Weds Dancer; Plans Guarded From Friends". The San Francisco Examiner. California, San Francisco. September 2, 1917. p. 13. Retrieved 17 March 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Clarence Kolb; Vaudeville Star, Television Actor". Tampa Bay Times. Florida, St. Petersburg. November 28, 1964. p. 15. Retrieved 17 March 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Clarence Kolb, Veteran Actor, Dies Here at 90." Los Angeles Times. Nov. 26, 1964. p. A 12.
- California Death Index, Name: Clarence W. Kolb, Birth Date: 07-31-1874, Sex: Male, Birth Place: Ohio, Death Place: Los Angeles (70), Death Date: 11-25-1964, Age: 90 yrs.
- Social Security Death Index, Name: Clarence Kolb, Birth: July 31, 1875, Issued: California, Death: Nov 1964, Last Residence: (California).