The earliest record of their act was when they were in theirtwenties and starring in the 1901 Chicago
company of FiddleDeeDee. On Broadway the same starring roles had been played by the great comedy
team of Webber & Fields, and taking over from such well-known act illustrates how far Kolb & Dill had
come in only a short time. In fact, they took over so many similar parts that they became known in later
years that they became know as the "West Coast Webber & Fields."
They settled in San Francisco but continued to tour, most notably in 1904 to Australia. Eventually, like
many other vaudeville stars, they found themselves drawn to the silent film lots of Los Angeles. They
made five films in one year (1916-17, for Max Sennett) and their careers lasted well into the introduction
of sound film
Of the two, Kolb was the more successful "character actor" and was working well into his eighties. In 1947
the team reunited for the last time in The High Cost of Loving.