One of the best supporting actors of the 1930s and 40s was Guy Kibbee, a veteran performer who could be funny or deadly serious.
He definitely ranks high in our “In Support” category of familiar classic movie faces — even though you may not be able to recall the names. It’s the “who IS that guy” syndrome.
A Texas native, Kibbee began his career at the tender age of 13 working shows aboard Mississippi river boats. Then came the stage and in 1930 when Guy was in his late Forties, the movies. He was, of course, never considered as a leading man. He was a first class character actor from day one.
He became a full fledged member of what was informally known as the Warner Brothers “stock company” of veteran supporting players who turned up (and sparked) many a western or gangster film. Over Guy’s 20-year career he racked up some 115 movie and tv credits including 1939’s Mr. Smith Goes To Washington and 1935’s Captain Blood with Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHavilland.
Kibbee was in line for the Friar Tuck role in 1938’s The Adventures of Robin Hood with Flynn and DeHavilland but lost out to Eugene Pallette.
Kibbee was aces playing thick-headed businessmen, clueless government officials, and he particularly excelled as a lecherous lawyer in 1933’s Gold Diggers. He worked right up until 1950, six years before he died at age 74.
Kibbee is one of the few actor’s whose onscreen culinary preparations in character resulted in a dish named for him — “Guy Kibbee eggs.” Just cut a hole in the center of a bread slice and crack an egg in the opening. Then fry in a skillet.
Kibbee as “Sam Preston” cooked this concoction in 1935’s Mary Jane’s Pa, and it caught on with audiences. Thus a new breakfast treat was born. Thank you, Guy.