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 Fred “Snowflake” Toones

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Fred “Snowflake” Toones

Birth
North Carolina, USA
Death 13 Feb 1962 (aged 56)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Carson, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 83372676 View Source

Actor, Comedian, Singer. His standard characterization was that of a middle-aged "colorful" character man with a high-pitched voice and childlike mannerisms in classic B-Westerns, two-reels, and cliffhanger type films with the likes of the Three Stooges, Laurel & Hardy, Bruce Bennett, and John Wayne. He also worked with actor and film director Preston Sturges on four comedies, "Twentieth Century" (1934), "Remember The Night" (1940), "Christmas In July" (1940), and "The Palm Beach Story" (1942). He was best known for playing the character roles of ship cooks, bootblacks, country club locker attendants, garage attendants, waiters, shoeshine boys, caddies, stable grooms, elevator operators, doormen, bartenders, butlers, bellhops, porters, taxi drivers, valets, townsmen, marine, janitors, cabbies, and cooks, but some were uncredited. He was best known for playing the role of 'Moses' in the classic western film, "The Lawless Nineties" (1936). The film which was directed by Joseph Kane, which was written for the screen by Joseph F. Poland and Scott Pembroke, and which also starred John Wayne, Ann Rutherford, and Harry Woods, tells the story of a federal agent named John Tipton who heads for Wyoming to supervise the vote on whether to join the Union. One group of locals is using dynamite to terrorize the populace and a local newspaper editor is killed. He was born in McDonald, North Carolina, on January 5, 1906. He was educated locally and later made his way to Los Angeles, California, where he set up a shoeshine stand outside of Republic Pictures. He was noticed and then went onto make at least forty films for Republic Pictures usually in the role of a bootblack or shoeshine man. Due to the times, he is a prime example of racial and social stereotyping in the Hollywood film industry. He made his actual film debut playing the role of 'Barbershop Attendant' in the film comedy, "Ladies' Night In A Turkish Bath" (1928). The film which was directed by Edward F. Cline, which was written for the screen by Charlton Andrews, Al Boasberg, and Avery Hopwood, and which all starred Dorothy Mackaill, Jack Mulhall, and Sylvia Ashton, tells the story of Ma Slocum and Pa Slocum who sell up their thriving packed-lunch business (based on Ma's home cooking, Pa's packaging design, and pretty daughter Helen's salesmanship), and move 'uptown' to live the life of the idle rich on the proceeds. But Ma starts worrying about her figure, the neighbour's nephew has his roving eye on Helen, and her construction-worker fiancé feels that the family is getting too 'swell' for his touch; events culminate in a family quarrel that sends the men out to seek solace at a raunchy club, while the women resort to the Turkish Baths. But the night isn't over yet...Besides playing the role of 'Barbershop Attendant' in the film comedy, "Ladies' Night In A Turkish Bath" (1928), and playing the role of 'Moses' in the classic western film, "The Lawless Nineties" (1936), his many other film credits include, "The Galloping Ghost" (1931), "Shanghaied Love" (1931), "Who's Who In The Zoo" (1931), "A Private Scandal" (1931), "Human Targets" (1932), "Dream House" (1932), "Shopping With Wifie" (1932), "The Black Ghost" (1932), "Single-Handed Sanders" (1932), "Mark Of The Spur" (1932), "Police Court" (1932), "The County Fair" (1932), "The Arm Of The Law" (1932), "Flames" (1932), "The Loud Mouth" (1932), "The Hurricane Express" (1932), "American Madness" (1932), "Out Of Singapore" (1932), "The Cabin In The Cotton" (1932), "Hat Check Girl" (1932), "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932), "A Strange Adventure" (1932), "Robbers' Roost" (1932, He played the role of 'Snowflake' and he sang the song "All God's Chillun," in the film), "Fast Workers" (1933), "Gabriel Over The White House" (1933), "The Mind Reader" (1933), "Central Airport" (1933), "Gold Diggers Of 1933" (1933), "The Silk Express" (1933), "The Mayor Of Hell" (1933), "Don't Bet On Love" (1933), "Deluge" (1933), "Goodbye Again" (1933), "Saturday's Millions" (1933), "Meet The Baron" (1933), "Only Yesterday" (1933), "Good-Bye Love" (1933), "Before Midnight" (1933), "The Women In His Life" (1933), "King For A Night" (1933), "Fugitive Lovers" (1934), "Palooka" (1934), "Ever Since Eve" (1934), "Riptide" (1934), "Sleepers East" (1934), "Twentieth Century" (1934), "Woman Haters" (1934), "I Hate Women" (1934), "Half A Sinner" (1934), "Operator 13" (1934), "Here Comes The Groom" (1934), "Murder In The Private Car" (1934), "Here Comes The Navy" (1934, He played the role of 'Cookie' and sang the song "Oh, Promise Me," in the film), "Handy Andy" (1934), "Good Morning, Eve!" (1934), "Dames" (1934), "Something Simple" (1934), "Death In The Diamond" (1934), "Lady By Choice" (1934), "Imitation Of Life" (1934), "You Bring The Ducks" (1934), "The Gay Bride" (1934), "A Night At The Ritz" (1935), "Raised And Called" (1935), "Mississippi" (1935), "Stolen Harmony" (1935), "Go Into Your Dance" (1935), "Love, Honor And Obey (The Law!)" (1935), "Social Error" (1935), "$10 Raise" (1935), "What Price Crime" (1935), "Alibi Ike" (1935), "Cheers Of The Crowd" (1935), "Annapolis Farewell" (1935), "Ladies Love Danger" (1935), "The Virginia Judge" (1935), "The Big Broadcast Of 1936" (1935), "King Solomon Of Broadway" (1935), "Frontier Justice" (1935), "Honeymoon Bridge" (1935), "Hands Across The Table" (1935), "Valley Of Wanted Men" (1935), "Speed Limited" (1935), "Riddle Ranch" (1935), "Man of Iron" (1935), "Just My Luck" (1935), "Freshman Love" (1935), "The Invisible Ray" (1936), "Black Gold" (1936), "Just Speeding" (1936), "Hell-Ship Morgan" (1936), "The Music Goes' Round" (1936), "Hair-Trigger Casey" (1936), "Wildcat Saunders" (1936), "Big Brown Eyes" (1936), "Florida Special" (1936), "Desert Justice" (1936), "The Singing Cowboy" (1936, He played the role of the 'Cowhand Trio Leader' and he sang the song, "Scattin," in the film), "The Peppery Salt" (1936), "Romance In The Air" (1936), "The Lonely Trail" (1936), "Palm Springs" (1936), "Poor Little Rich Girl" (1936), "The Green Pastures" (1936), "Born To Fight" (1936, He played the role of the 'Snowflake' and he sang the song, "What Comes Over Me?" in the film), "Oh, Susanna!" (1936), "The Gorgeous Hussy" (1936), "Bulldog Edition" (1936), "The Girl On The Front Page" (1936), "Aces Wild" (1936), "Come And Get It" (1936), "Come Closer, Folks" (1936), "Racing Blood" (1936), "College Holiday" (1936), "Gold Diggers Of 1937" (1936), "A Man Betrayed" (1936), "Smart Blonde" (1937), "Off To The Races" (1937), "Fair Warning" (1937), "Way Out West" (1937), "A Star Is Born" (1937), "Gunsmoke Ranch" (1937), "A Day At Santa Anita" (1937), "Tough To Handle" (1937), "Yodelin' Kid From Pine Ridge" (1937), "Range Defenders" (1937), "Heroes Of The Alamo" (1937), "Youth On Parole" (1937), "The Duke Comes Back" (1937), "Wild Horse Rodeo" (1937), "The Mysterious Pilot" (1937), "She Loved A Fireman" (1937), "Exiled To Shanghai" (1937), "Hawaiian Buckaroo" (1938), "Port Of Missing Girls" (1938), "Jump, Chump, Jump" (1938), "Riders Of The Black Hills" (1938), "Gold Mine In The Sky" (1938), "Under The Big Top" (1938), "Swing That Cheer" (1938), "The Nightshirt Bandit" (1938), "Hawk Of The Wilderness" (1938), "Ride A Crooked Mile" (1938), "Red River Range" (1938), "King Of The Turf" (1939), "Mexicali Rose" (1939), "Dodge City" (1939), "Daredevils Of The Red Circle" (1939), "Hollywood Cavalcade" (1939), "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" (1939), "Rovin' Tumbleweeds" (1939), "Remember The Night" (1940), "Seventeen" (1940), "Pardon My Berth Marks" (1940), "Gaucho Serenade" (1940), "The Biscuit Eater" (1940), "One Man's Law" (1940), "Carolina Moon" (1940), "The Tulsa Kid" (1940), "Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride" (1940), "I Want A Divorce" (1940), "Frontier Vengeance" (1940), "Christmas In July" (1940), "Dancing On A Dime" (1940), "Texas Terrors" (1940), "Tall, Dark And Handsome" (1941), "Ridin' On A Rainbow" (1941), "Golden Hoofs" (1941), "Sleepers West" (1941), "Back In The Saddle" (1941), "Repent At Leisure" (1941), "Two Gun Sheriff" (1941), "Penny Serenade" (1941), "The People vs. Dr. Kildare" (1941), "The Great American Broadcast" (1941), "Sun Valley Serenade" (1941), "The Apache Kid" (1941), "Death Valley Outlaws" (1941), "The Great Man's Lady" (1941), "Tuxedo Junction" (1941), "A Missouri Outlaw" (1941), "Arizona Terrors" (1942), "Obliging Young Lady" (1942), "Raiders Of The West" (1942), "Groom And Bored" (1942), "Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen" (1942), "Give Out, Sisters" (1942), "The Palm Beach Story" (1942), "Silver Queen" (1942), "Queen Of Broadway" (1942), "Haunted Ranch" (1943), "Land Of Hunted Men" (1943), "Who's Superstitious?" (1943), "Spy Train" (1943), "Here Comes Mr. Zerk" (1943), "A Rookie's Cookie" (1943), "The Mystery Of The 13th Guest" (1943), "Whistling In Brooklyn" (1943), "Who's Hugh?" (1943), "Nabonga" (1944), "Hidden Valley Outlaws" (1944), "Meet The People" (1944), "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" (1944), "Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1944), "Barbary Ghost Gent" (1944), "Firebrands Of Arizona" (1944), "Jungle Queen" (1945), "The Lost Weekend" (1945), "Man Alive" (1945), "The Hoodlum Saint" (1946), "Two Sisters From Boston" (1946), "Two Smart People" (1946), "The Runaround" (1946), "Centennial Summer" (1946), "G.I. War Brides" (1946), "No Leave, No Love" (1946), "Fool's Gold" (1946), "The Secret Of The Whisltler" (1946), "The Road To Hollywood" (1947), "Bells Of San Angelo" (1947, He played the role of 'The Cook' and he sang the song, "I Like To Get Up Early In The Morning," in the film), "The Crimson Key" (1947), and "Hectic Honeymoon" (1947). His last film role was playing the 'Department Store Mover' in the comedy thriller film, "Where There's Life" (1947). The film which was directed by Sidney Lanfield, which was written for the screen by Allen Boretz and Melville Shavelson, and which also starred Bob Hope, Signe Hasso, and William Bendix, tells the story of the American son of an Eastern European monarch who is wounded in an assassination attempt and becomes a target for a terrorist organization. His only television appearance was playing the role of 'Selwyn' in the episode entitled, "The Raccoon Hunt," of the crime drama, "Racket Squad," which originally aired October 4, 1951, and which also starred Reed Hadley, Keith Richards, Matt McHugh, John Phillips, Louise Lorimer, Glenn Langan, and John Harmon. He retired from acting shortly thereafter and continued with his shoeshine stand business. During his acting career, he used the names Snowflake, Snow Flake, 'Snowflake' Toones, Fred S. Toones, and Fred Toones. He passed away from a heart ailment at the Los Angeles County General Hospital in Los Angeles, California, on February 13, 1962, at the age of 56. His funeral service was held through the J.S. Williams Funeral Home in Los Angeles, California, and he was buried in Lincoln Memorial Park in Carson, California. He was married twice, first to Theodosia Ophelia Butler in 1935, with whom he had one child, and secondly to Etta May Evans Toones in 1940, but the couple later divorced. They had no children together. On an interesting note, six of his films were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards including, "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932), "Here Comes The Navy" (1934), "Imitation Of Life" (1934), "A Star Is Born" (1937), "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" (1939) and "The Lost Weekend" (1945), with Ray Milland, which won the Academy Award.

Bio by Kris 'Peterborough K' Peterson
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