Carleton Young

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Carleton Young
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Carleton Young (left) and Dave O'Brien in Reefer Madness (1936)
Carleton Scott Young

(1905-10-21)October 21, 1905
DiedNovember 7, 1994(1994-11-07) (aged 89)
Other namesGordon Roberts, Carleton G. Young, Carlton Young
Years active1935–73
(m. 1945; his death 1994)

Carleton Scott Young (October 21, 1905 – November 7, 1994) was an American character actor born in New York City, New York and known for his deep voice.[1]


Young appeared in 235 American television and film roles with his first being The Fighting Marines (1935). He ended his career in the 1973 television series The Magician which starred Bill Bixby. He was a member of the John Ford Stock Company.


Other films Young was cast in are: Reefer Madness (1936), Navy Blues (1937), Dick Tracy (1937), Valley of the Sun (1942), Flying Leathernecks (1951), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), From Here to Eternity (1953), Walt Disney's adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) as John Howard, and The Horse Soldiers (1959). He also played Billy the Kid's sidekick Jeff Travis in the first five entries in the B-movie "Billy the Kid" film series from 1940 to 1941.[2]

Portraying a newspaper editor in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), his memorable[3][4][5] line was: "No Sir, this is the West: When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."[citation needed] The same year, Young appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959).


His radio career included a brief star turn as the title role in a short-lived crime drama, The Whisperer (1951),[6] somewhat loosely derived from the longtime crime hit The Whistler. Young played attorney Philip Gault, whose voice was destroyed in an accident, and who developed a sardonic whisper to compensate until his voice was restored, using a whispering persona to infiltrate the underworld where he steered unsuspecting mobsters into the clutches of the law as represented by his real identity as a lawyer.

Young's other roles in radio programs included those shown in the table below.

Program Role
The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantes[7]
The Adventures of Ellery Queen Ellery Queen[7]:108
Front Page Farrell David Farrell[7]:125
Hollywood Mystery Time Jim Laughton[7]:153
Life Begins Winfield Craig[7]:198
Second Husband Bill Cummings[7]:299
Stella Dallas Dick Grosvenor[7]:314


Other television programs on which Young was cast include: Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951), Boston Blackie (1953), ABC Album (1953), Racket Squad (1953), The Whistler (1954), The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1955), and The Donna Reed Show (1959).

Other activities[edit]

Young had a few interests beyond acting, forming the Los Angeles Smog Corp. to manufacture cans of "Genuine Los Angeles Smog", which reportedly were sold in the "Fun Shop" at Farmers Market. Hal Tamblin was listed as a vice president of the corporation, according to a 1962 item in The Times, and Art Ryon, author of The Times' "Ham on Ryon" column, claimed to be an executive of the whimsical outfit. Salesman Stan Goodman of Baldwinsville, NY, a longtime friend of Mr. Young and his wife Noel, came up with the idea to sell the city's notoriously polluted air so tourists could take an authentic "slice" of Hollywood back home. Goodman's grandson, attorney Robert C. Goodman of San Francisco, still owns one of the few extant cans of vintage LA smog captured in time by Young's Los Angeles Smog Corp.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Young was married from 1945 until his death in 1994 to Noel Toy (the "Chinese Sally Rand"), an exotic dancer and actress whom he met when he caught her dance act at New York's Latin Quarter and was smitten.[9]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Cozad, W. Lee. More Magnificent Mountain Movies. Lake Arrowhead, California: Sunstroke Media. p. 168. ISBN 9780972337236. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  2. ^ Boggs, Johnny D. (2013). Billy the Kid on Film, 1911-2012. McFarland & Co. p. 38. ISBN 978-0786465552. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  3. ^ Gallo, Phil (30 March 2006). "Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl". Variety. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (28 December 2011). "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance : review". Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  5. ^ Eyman, Scott (March 2015). Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781476797724.
  6. ^ "The Whisperer". The Digital Deli Too. Archived from the original on 26 May 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
  8. ^ "For Sale on ebay"
  9. ^ Noel Toy on IMDb

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