June 18, 1898
Beardstown, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||March 26, 1950
Burbank, California, U.S.
Francis "Dink" Trout (June 18, 1898 – March 26, 1950) was an American actor and radio personality.
Much of his career involved playing characters in American radio shows. His most famous radio roles were as Mr. Anderson in The Dennis Day Show and as Luke Spears in Lum and Abner. He was also heard in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, the Cass Daley Show, The Life of Riley, and The Nebbs.
In 1936 Trout made his first (uncredited) film appearance in Under Your Spell. Later in 1941 he appeared in Scattergood Baines as Plinky Pickett. Trout reprised this role for the next two films in the Scattergood Baines chronology. He made several other film appearances throughout his life, though he was generally uncredited. In 1947 he voiced the title role in Disney's Bootle Beetle. For the next three years he continued to voice Disney characters. His recurring awards film was Disney's Alice in Wonderland where he played the role of the King of Hearts.
- Under Your Spell (1936) - Small Man (uncredited)
- Scattergood Baines (1941) - Pliny Pickett
- Scattergood Baines Pulls the Strings (1941) - Pliny Pickett
- Miss Polly (1941) - Postman Wilbur Boggs
- Cinderella Swings It (1943) - Pliny Pickett
- Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943) - Otis (uncredited)
- It's a Great Life (1943) - Little Man (uncredited)
- Food and Magic (1943, Documentary short) - Meek Butcher Customer (uncredited)
- Up in Arms (1944) - Startled Man in Cable Car (uncredited)
- The Doughgirls (1944) - Young Husband (uncredited)
- Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944) - Meek Husband (uncredited)
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) - Undetermined (uncredited)
- Sudan (1945) - Bedai the Potter (uncredited)
- The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) - Trumpet Player (uncredited)
- Notorious (1946) - Court Clerk (uncredited)
- Bootle Beetle (1947, short) - Bootle Beetle (voice)
- So Dear to My Heart (1948) - Bob Peters - Station Agent (uncredited)
- Sea Salts (1949, short) - 'Mac' Bootle Beetle (voice, uncredited)
- The Greener Yard (1949, short) - Bootle Beetle (voice)
- Morris the Midget Moose (1950, short) - Old Bootle Beetle / Balsam (voice, uncredited)
- Alice in Wonderland (1951) - King of Hearts (voice) (final film role)
- Felts, David V. (March 31, 1950). "Second Thoughts". Illinois, Carbondale. Southern Illinoisan. p. 4. Retrieved February 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "(radio listing)". New York, Canandaigua. The Daily Messenger. February 15, 1927. p. 6. Retrieved February 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 705.
- "Dink Trout". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
- "Studio Notes". Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. The Evening News. January 5, 1939. p. 18. Retrieved February 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Trout, Radio Player, Dies After Operation". North Dakota, Bismarck. The Bismarck Tribune. March 28, 1950. p. 2. Retrieved February 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
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