Clifton Young as "Bonedust" in his first sound film, School's Out.
Robert Howard Young
September 15, 1917
|Died||September 10, 1951 (aged 33)|
|Cause of death||Hotel fire|
Robert Howard "Clifton" Young (September 15, 1917 – September 10, 1951) was an American film actor.
Young was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Young. His father started him in vaudeville when he was 5 years old. When he was 7, he began acting in Our Gang comedies.
Young played "Bonedust" in nineteen Our Gang films from 1925 to 1931, his most notable film being School's Out. As an adult, to avoid confusion with established star Robert Young, he took his mother's maiden name, Clifton (Eva Clifton) as his screen name.
Young became a contract player at Warner Bros., landing small parts in a number of 1940s film noir and western films. Notable credits include Nora Prentiss, Pursued, Possessed, Dark Passage, and Blood on the Moon.
While at Warners, Young was featured prominently in the Joe McDoakes comedy shorts. He played a variety of roles: a craven mobster in So You Want to Be a Detective, a department-store clerk in So You're Going on Vacation, and memorably as "Homer," Joe's brash, know-it-all office colleague in several McDoakes reels.
Young died on September 10, 1951, in a hotel fire that started when he fell asleep while smoking.
|1927||Three's a Crowd||Minor Role - as Bobby Young||Uncredited|
|1928||The Circus Kid||Boy at Orphanage||Uncredited|
|1931||Sidewalks of New York||Street Gang Member||Uncredited|
|1935||Bright Lights||Piano Player at Party||Uncredited|
|1936||Small Town Girl||Boy in Car in Montage||Uncredited|
|1936||The Lonely Trail||Murdered Rancher's Son||Uncredited|
|1936||Hearts in Bondage||Young man waiting to enlist||Uncredited|
|1936||The President's Mystery||Townsman||Uncredited|
|1945||The Master Key||Loft Building Henchman||Serial, Uncredited|
|1946||Two Guys from Milwaukee||Joe - Motorcycle Cop||Uncredited|
|1946||Cloak and Dagger||American Commander||Uncredited|
|1947||The Unfaithful||Charlie||Voice, Uncredited|
|1947||Nora Prentiss||Policeman arresting Truck Driver||Uncredited|
|1947||That Way with Women||Irate Baseball Fan||Uncredited|
|1947||My Wild Irish Rose||Joe Brennan|
|1948||The Treasure of the Sierra Madre||Flophouse Bum||Uncredited|
|1948||Two Guys from Texas||Announcer||Uncredited|
|1948||Blood on the Moon||Joe Shotten|
|1949||My Dream Is Yours||Schwab's Counterman||Voice, Uncredited|
|1949||Illegal Entry||Billy Rafferty|
|1949||Calamity Jane and Sam Bass||Link|
|1950||Bells of Coronado||Ross|
|1950||Borderline||Suspect Questioned by Whittaker||ncredited|
|1950||A Woman of Distinction||Chet - Photographer||Uncredited|
|1950||Salt Lake Raiders||Luke Condor|
|1950||Union Station||Ambulance Driver||Uncredited|
|1950||The Return of Jesse James||Bob Ford|
|1950||Trail of Robin Hood||Mitch McCall|
|1951||The Redhead and the Cowboy||Southern Spy||Uncredited|
|1952||Zombies of the Stratosphere||Ross - Smuggler Boss [Ch. 4]||Serial, Uncredited, (final film role)|
- "Actor Clifton Young Dies in Hotel Fire". The Gazette. Canada, Montreal. Associated Press. September 11, 1951. p. 14. Retrieved September 10, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Maltin, Leonard and Bann, Richard W. (1977, rev. 1992). The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang, p. 281. New York: Crown Publishing/Three Rivers Press. ISBN 0-517-58325-9
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