Edward Hibbert

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Edward Hibbert
Edward Hibbert by David Shankbone.jpg
Edward Hibbert, June 2007
Born (1955-09-09) 9 September 1955 (age 63)
EducationRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActor, literary agent
Years active1977–present
Home townLondon, England
Parent(s)Geoffrey Hibbert

Edward Hibbert (born 9 September 1955) is an Anglo-American actor and literary agent. He played Gil Chesterton in the TV series Frasier. He also voiced Zazu in both The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and The Lion King 1½, replacing Rowan Atkinson.

Early life[edit]

Hibbert was born on Long Island, New York, the son of actor Geoffrey Hibbert. He has one sister.[1] He was brought up in England, where he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He returned to the US in the mid-1980s.


Acting career[edit]

Hibbert had a starring role as Faulconbridge in the BBC's production of The Life and Death of King John, published in 1984. He has appeared on Broadway and in major regional theatre productions,[2] worked in television as a series regular and guest star and also had roles in major films.[2] In 1993 he won an Obie Award for his co-starring role of "Sterling" in Paul Rudnick's Jeffrey.[3] His "Frederick Fellows/Philip Brent" in the National Theatre revival of Noises Off (presented at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre) was called "delightfully discombobulated" by one reviewer.[4] Hibbert was in the Broadway musicals The Drowsy Chaperone and the 2007 premiere of Curtains (which reunited him with his Frasier co-star David Hyde Pierce). He appeared on Broadway as "Mr. Praed" (the architect) in Roundabout Theatre's 2010 production of Mrs. Warren's Profession starring Cherry Jones.[5] He appeared on Broadway in the new musical It Shoulda Been You in 2015, again working with David Hyde Pierce, this time with Pierce as the director.

He guest-starred on TV shows including Cosby, Murder She Wrote and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit[6] but is probably best known for his recurring role on Frasier as Gil Chesterton, KACL's haughty, effeminate restaurant critic.

As a voice actor, Hibbert has been the voice of Evil the Cat on the Earthworm Jim TV series, and the voice of Zazu in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and in The Lion King 1½. His appearances in films include The Prestige, Taking Woodstock, and The First Wives Club.[2]

Literary work[edit]

He is also a literary agent and a partner in the literary agency Donadio & Olson, Inc. He has authors Chuck Palahniuk, Christopher Bram, Steven DeRosa, and Ed Sikov among his clients[5] and has also represented film rights for Fight Club and Gods and Monsters plus others.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Britannia Hospital Theatre Surgeon
1994 The Paper Jerry
1996 Loch Ness Scientist Uncredited[citation needed]
The First Wives Club Maurice
Everyone Says I Love You Harry Winston Salesman
1997 Hudson River Blues Yago
1998 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Zazu (voice) Direct-to-video
2000 It Had to Be You Stanley Uncredited[citation needed]
2001 Friends and Family Richard Grayson
2002 Dummy Unemployed Actor
2003 Uptown Girls Christies' Rep
2004 The Lion King 1½ Zazu (voice) Direct-to-video
Fakers Gordon Fisher
A Different Loyalty Sir Michael Strickland
2006 The Prestige Ackerman
2007 The School Fanfarre Robert / Wellington / Ryan / Joe Pedro (voice) Direct-to-video
2008 Fall Down a School Raphael (voice)
2009 I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell Professor
2013 Seven Psychopaths Raphael (voice)
2018 Mary Poppins Returns Mary Poppins' Parrot Umbrella (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Columbo Bramley Kahn Episode: "Undercover"
1994–2004 Frasier Gil Chesterton Recurring role, 29 episodes
1995 The Nanny Claude Episode: "The Chatterbox"
1995–1996 Earthworm Jim Evil the Cat (voice) Main role, 15 episodes
1998–1999 Fantasy Island Harry Main role, 13 episodes
2006 Gilmore Girls Randall Episode: "Merry Fisticuffs"
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nigel Prestwick Episode: "Shadow"
2012 Partners Lyle Episode: "Troubled Water"
2013 Ambassadors Equerry Episode: "The Prince's Trousers"
2016 2 Broke Girls Bernard Episode: "And the Coming Out Party"
2019 Grace and Frankie Laramie Episode: "The Ceremony"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Lt. Talos Drellik Voice role

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Edward Hibbert Biography" filmreference.com. Retrieved 13 November 2011
  2. ^ a b c "Edward Hibbert (Cue & A)". Playbill. 19 October 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ King, Susan (2 November 1993). "'Jeffrey' Scene-Stealer Making the L.A. Scene". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  4. ^ Sommer, Elyse (7 November 2001). "Noises Off returns to the Piccadilly Theatre, London to celebrate its twenty first birthday". CurtainUp. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  5. ^ a b Kaufman, Joanne (10 September 2010). "Mr. Hibbert's Professions". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  6. ^ Blank, Matthew (19 October 2010). "Playbill.com's Cue & A: Mrs. Warren's Profession's Edward Hibbert". Playbill. Archived from the original on 21 October 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Donadio & Olson(Agents)". Donadio & Olson, Inc. Retrieved 19 October 2010.

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