(November 11, 1889) - October 13, 1966) was an American actor. Born Webb Parmalee Hollenbeck in Indianapolis, Indiana, Webb was sterotyped as an effeminate snob. At the age of 13, he quit school to study dance and acting. At 19 he was a professional ballroom dancer in New York City, and only a few years later, he appeared on Broadway, on the London stage, and in silent films.
His first major role was as the villainous Waldo Lydecker in the 1944 film noir Laura. His next major role was in The Razor's Edge in 1944. His character in the "Mr. Belvedere" series, beginning with Sitting Pretty in 1948, is said to have been very close to his real life -- he lived with his mother until her death (Noel Coward is said to have said, "It must be tough to be orphaned at seventy-one").
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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