Sidney Kibrick

Active - 1935 - 1939  |   Genres - Comedy

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Freckle-faced child actor Sidney Kibrick, like his older brother Leonard Kibrick, made his mark on movies as a member of Hal Roach's Our Gang (aka, Little Rascals) comedy troupe. His older brother Leonard cut a memorable figure in a handful of shorts made between 1934 and 1936 as the gang's resident villain, before being supplanted by Tommy Bond in the role of Butch. Sidney had been in the shorts as well from 1935, in small, barely seen roles, but that transition was his call to near-center stage, as he took on the part of Butch's burly sidekick, The Woim. The subsequent shorts depicting Butch's conflicts with series "leading man" Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer came to define the later -- and, in many ways, best-loved -- period of the Roach-produced shorts, and he became so thoroughly identified with the role that some reference sources refer to him as Sidney "Woim" Kibrick. He continued in the Our Gang shorts through 1939 and "Time Out for Lessons," by which time the series had already seen its best days. There were other roles in slightly bigger pictures, such as It Happened in Flatbush and Flight Lieutenant (both 1942), but Kibrick left pictures after an appearance in the Little Tough Guys/Dead End Kids feature Keep 'Em Slugging (1943).

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