Edit

Biography

Jump to: Overview (3) | Mini Bio (1) | Spouse (3) | Trivia (8)

Overview (3)

Date of Birth 15 September 1917Schenectady, New York, USA
Date of Death 10 September 1951Los Angeles, California, USA  (smoke asphyxiation)
Birth NameRobert H. Young

Mini Bio (1)

Clifton "Bobby" Young gained notoriety as a child actor playing "Bonedust" during Our Gang's sound transition period. Of all the graduates of Our Gang (with the exception of Jackie Cooper and arguably Dickie Moore), Clifton had the greatest shot at adult stardom - at least as far as strong character roles were concerned. With his Kirk Douglas cleft chin, Clifton was active in several top-drawer postwar pictures: Dark Passage (1947), especially memorable as a weasely blackmailer that picks up escaped convict Humphrey Bogart, Pursued (1947), directed by Raoul Walsh, Possessed (1947) and Blood on the Moon (1948). He was also a semi-regular in Warner Bros.' popular "Joe McDoakes" comedy shorts and played a bad guy in two 'Roy Rogers' Republic oaters. Clifton hit a rough personal period in 1951 and had moved into a hotel after a painful divorce, where he died smoking in bed.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jack Backstreet

Spouse (3)

Winifred Young (? - ?) (1 child)
Lois Roberta Dempsey (? - ?) (divorced)
Inez James (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (8)

Clifton (or Cliffton) was his mother's maiden name.
Died in a hotel fire in Los Angeles after falling asleep while smoking in bed.
On the night of the fatal fire, Young apparently had a spat with his wife Winifred and went to stay with a friend at a Los Angeles hotel. He died of fire burns after falling asleep in bed with a lit cigarette in his hand.
His father, Edward A. Young, was a vaudevillian. He joined his father at age 5. His real name was Robert (Howard) Young and changed his first name to Clifton, his mother Eva's maiden name, in order to avoid confusion with well-known actor Robert Young.
His career was interrupted by WWII and served in the Army. He spent three years in the South Pacific his honorable discharge and return to films.
First wife was songwriter Inez James. Had one son, Frederick, by third wife Winifred.
Featured in several of the Joe McDoakes comedy shorts (1946-1949) first in various roles and then as Homer Hotbox, Joe's wild-eyed, wide-grinning, motor-mouthed friend.
Playing the snaggle-toothed bad kid "Bonedust" starting at age 7 with the "Our Gang" comedies (billed as Bobby Young). He played the role for six years (1925-1931). Eventually moved into films as a slimy character heavy in the tradition of Dan Duryea and appeared opposite the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Roy Rogers in several film noir and westerns.

See also

Other Works | Publicity Listings | Official Sites | Contact Info

Contribute to This Page