DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Percy Kilbride (aged 76)
-Actor (Pa Kettle in the Ma and Pa Kettle)
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.
DEATH: On September 21, 1964, Kilbride and another actor, Ralf Belmont, were struck by a car while crossing the street in Hollywood.
Belmont died instantly; Kilbride died three months later from atherosclerosis and terminal pneumoniawhich were caused by head injuries, having undergone brain surgery at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles on November 11, aged 76.
A veteran of World War I, Kilbride was buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California. Kilbride, who never married, left his estate to four nephews and a sister-in-law.