Fred 'Snowflake' Toones

Birthday:
01/05/1906
Place of birth:
North Carolina, USA:
Biography:
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.

Credits

Where There's Life (1947)
as Department Store Mover (uncredited)
Bells of San Angelo (1947)
as The Cook
Two Sisters from Boston (1946)
as Porter (uncredited)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
as Washroom Attendant at Harry & Joe's (uncredited)
Barbary Coast Gent (1944)
as Train Porter
Hidden Valley Outlaws (1944)
as Snowflake (as Fred Toones)
The Mystery of the 13th Guest (1943)
as Valet
Spy Train (1943)
as Pullman Car Porter (as Snowflake)
Land of Hunted Men (1943)
as Snowflake (as Fred Toones)
Haunted Ranch (1943)
as Sam (as Snowflake)
Who's Superstitious? (1943)
as Dice Player
Queen of Broadway (1942)
as Mose (as Snowflake)
Silver Queen (1942)
as Butler
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
as Colored Bartender
The Great Man's Lady (1942)
as Pogey
Obliging Young Lady (1942)
as George - Train Porter (uncredited)
A Missouri Outlaw (1941)
as Snowflake (as Snowflake)
Death Valley Outlaws (1941)
as Snowflake (as Snowflake)
The Apache Kid (1941)
as Snowflake (as Snowflake)
Two Gun Sheriff (1941)
as Snowflake (as Snowflake)
Repent at Leisure (1941)
as Rufe
Sleepers West (1941)
Golden Hoofs (1941)
as Snowflake
Texas Terrors (1940)
as Snowflake (as Snowflake)
Christmas in July (1940)
as Sam (uncredited)
Frontier Vengeance (1940)
as Snowflake (as Snowflake)
I Want a Divorce (1940)
as Porter
Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride (1940)
as Train Porter
The Tulsa Kid (1940)
as Snowflake - the Cook (as Snowflake)
One Man's Law (1940)
as Snowflake (as Snowflake)
The Biscuit Eater (1940)
as Sermon
Gaucho Serenade (1940)
as New York City Pier Worker
Pardon My Berth Marks (1940)
as Train Porter
Seventeen (1940)
as Genesis
Remember the Night (1940)
as Rufus
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
as Porter (uncredited)
Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)
as Train Porter
Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939)
as Snowflake
Dodge City (1939)
as Willie (uncredited)
Navy Secrets (1939)
as Steve's Shoe-Shiner
Red River Range (1938)
as Bellhop (uncredited)
Hawk of the Wilderness (1938)
as George
Under the Big Top (1938)
as Juba
Riders of the Black Hills (1938)
as Snowflake (as Snowflake)
She Loved a Fireman (1937)
as Joe
Wild Horse Rodeo (1937)
as Snowflake
The Duke Comes Back (1937)
as Snowflake
Youth on Parole (1937)
as Train Station Porter
Range Defenders (1937)
as Cook
Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge (1937)
as Sam
Gunsmoke Ranch (1937)
as Snowflake (unconfirmed)
A Star Is Born (1937)
as Black Witness (uncredited)
Fair Warning (1937)
as Porter
Smart Blonde (1937)
as Redcap Getting Tip (uncredited)
Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
as Snowflake (uncredited)
Aces Wild (1936)
as Snowflake
College Holiday (1936)
as Porter (uncredited)
Racing Blood (1936)
as Sad Sam
Come and Get It (1936)
as Snowflake
Born to Fight (1936)
as Snowflake
Frontier Justice (1936)
as Snowflake
The Girl on the Front Page (1936)
The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)
as Horatius (uncredited)
Palm Springs (1936)
as Porter
The Lonely Trail (1936)
as Snowflake
Wildcat Saunders (1936)
as Snowflake - the Handyman (as Snowflake)
Hair-Trigger Casey (1936)
as Snowflake
The Lawless Nineties (1936)
as Moses
Black Gold (1936)
as Snowflake
Freshman Love (1936)
as Mose (uncredited)
Valley of Wanted Men (1935)
as Snowflake
Hands Across the Table (1935)
as Snowflake (uncredited)
Cheers of the Crowd (1935)
Social Error (1935)
as Shadow
Love, Honor and Obey (The Law!) (1935)
as Phone operator (uncredited)
Go Into Your Dance (1935)
as Snowflake
Stolen Harmony (1935)
as Henry (uncredited)
A Night at the Ritz (1935)
as Porter
Speed Limited (1935)
as Vegas Station Pullman Porter
The Gay Bride (1934)
as 1st bootblack (uncredited)
You Bring the Ducks (1934)
as Snowflake
Imitation of Life (1934)
as Man at Funeral (uncredited)
Lady by Choice (1934)
as Mose (uncredited)
Death on the Diamond (1934)
as Porter
Murder in the Private Car (1934)
as Titus
Half a Sinner (1934)
as Snowflake
Twentieth Century (1934)
as George Washington Jones (uncredited)
Woman Haters (1934)
as Baggage Handler
Riptide (1934)
as Slick
Palooka (1934)
as Smokey (as Snowflake)
Sleepers East (1934)
as Porter (uncredited)
King for a Night (1933)
as Masseur
Before Midnight (1933)
as 1st Taxi Driver
Only Yesterday (1933)
as Wall Street Bootblack (Uncredited)
Meet the Baron (1933)
as Stable Groom (uncredited)
Saturday's Millions (1933)
as Porter
Goodbye Again (1933)
as Train Porter (uncredited)
Deluge (1933)
as Townsman
The Mayor of Hell (1933)
as Mr. Hemingway (uncredited)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
as Man in "Pettin' in the Park" Number (uncredited)
Central Airport (1933)
as Hotel Porter
The Mind Reader (1933)
as Black Man - Shill at Hair Tonic (uncredited)
Fast Workers (1933)
as Mike (Uncredited)
Robbers' Roost (1932)
as Snowflake
A Strange Adventure (1932)
as Jeff
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
as Marine on Ship (uncredited)
The Cabin in the Cotton (1932)
as Ezzy Daniels (uncredited)
Out of Singapore (1932)
as Snowball, the Ship's Cook
The Hurricane Express (1932)
as Sam (uncredited)
The County Fair (1932)
as Curfew
Police Court (1932)
as "Snowflake"
A Private Scandal (1931)
as Snowflake
The Galloping Ghost (1931)
as Football Fan

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