Clifton Young

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Clifton Young
Clifton Young as Bonedust in his first sound film School's Out.
Born Robert Howard Young
(1917-09-15)September 15, 1917
Schenectady, New York
Died September 10, 1951(1951-09-10) (aged 33)
Los Angeles, California
Cause of death Hotel fire
Occupation child actor
Years active 1925-1951

Robert Howard "Clifton" Young (September 15, 1917 – September 10, 1951) was an American film actor.


Born Robert H. Young, the child actor 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.[1]

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.


One of Young's last films was the Roy Rogers western Trail of Robin Hood, in which he played a sneering villain.

September 10, 1951, Young died five days before his 34th birthday in a hotel fire that started when he fell asleep while smoking.[1]


  1. ^ a b 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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