Fred 'Snowflake' Toones

Fred 'Snowflake' Toones

  • Born on
    • January 5th, 1906
  • Died on
    • February 13th, 1962
Fred "Snowflake" Toones was a character actor who appeared in over 200 films between 1928 and 1951. He often worked under contract for Republic Pictures, appearing in about 40 of its films. He played a bootblack or shoeshine man in at least six of his movies, and Toones actually ran the shoeshine stand at Republic Studios. He first appeared as a porter in 1932 in The Hurricane Express and was usually typecast as a porter - appearing in over 50 films in such a role. He also played a variety of other service-oriented or domestic worker roles such as stable grooms, janitors, elevator operators, valets, cooks, bellhops, doormen, butlers, and bartenders. Like other actors of the time, i.e. Anna May Wong and Franklin Pangborn, Toones is a prime example of racial and social stereotyping in the Hollywood film industry. His standard characterization was that of a middle-aged "colored" man with a high-pitched voice and childlike mannerisms. "Snowflake" was the stage name Toones was best known by, and he used this name as his credit as early as his third film, 1931's Shanghaied Love. Likewise, in Shanghaied Love and over 35 other films, "Snowflake" was also Toones' character name. He acted in films such as Mississippi (1935), Hawk of the Wilderness (1938), and Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) with Bruce Bennett and in many "B" westerns such as The Lawless Nineties (1936) with John Wayne. He also appeared in dozens of two-reelers such as Columbia's Woman Haters (1934) with the Three Stooges, and had a bit role in Laurel and Hardy's classic feature Way Out West (1937). Toones is also a familiar face in four Preston Sturges comedies: Twentieth Century (1934), Remember the Night (1940), Christmas in July (1940), and The Palm Beach Story (1942). He died on 13 February 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Acting (35 Credits)

1947Bells of San Angelo as The Cook
1946Two Sisters from Boston as Porter (uncredited)
1945The Lost Weekend as Washroom Attendant at Harry & Joe's (uncredited)
1943The Mystery of the 13th Guest as Valet
1942The Palm Beach Story as Colored Bartender
1941The Great Man's Lady as Pogey
1941Sleepers West
1940Remember the Night as Rufus
1940Gaucho Serenade as New York City Pier Worker
1940Christmas in July as Sam (uncredited)
1939Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Porter (uncredited)
1939Dodge City as Willie (uncredited)
1937Way Out West as Janitor
1937A Star Is Born as Black Witness (uncredited)
1937Smart Blonde as Redcap Getting Tip (uncredited)
1936Come and Get It as Snowflake
1936Gold Diggers of 1937 as Snowflake (uncredited)
1936The Gorgeous Hussy as Horatius (uncredited)
1936Big Brown Eyes as Chalky (Uncredited)
1935Hands Across the Table as Snowflake (uncredited)
1934Woman Haters as Baggage Handler
1934Lady by Choice as Mose (uncredited)
1934Here Comes the Navy as Cookie (uncredited)
1934Riptide as Slick
1934Twentieth Century as George Washington Jones (uncredited)
1934The Gay Bride as 1st bootblack (uncredited)
1934Imitation of Life as Man at Funeral (uncredited)
1933Goodbye Again as Train Porter (uncredited)
1933Gold Diggers of 1933 as Man in "Pettin' in the Park" Number (uncredited)
1933Fast Workers as Mike (Uncredited)
1933The Mayor of Hell as Mr. Hemingway (uncredited)
1932The Hurricane Express as Sam (uncredited)
1932The Cabin in the Cotton as Ezzy Daniels (uncredited)
1932American Madness as Sam (uncredited)
1932I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang as Marine on Ship (uncredited)

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