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Sidney Toler (1874–1947)

The son of Colonel H.G. Toler, breeder of trotting horses, Sidney Toler acted on stage by the time he was seven years old. He was an established star of the theater by the 1890s, long before his career in motion pictures began. He was also active as a playwright and had a good enough voice to be cast as a lead baritone with an operatic stock ... See full bio »

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Charlie Chan in Panama Charlie Chan


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 1946 The Trap
Charlie Chan
 1946 Dangerous Money
Charlie Chan
 1946 Shadows Over Chinatown
Charlie Chan
 1946 Dark Alibi
Charlie Chan
 1945 The Red Dragon
Charlie Chan
 1945 The Shanghai Cobra
Charlie Chan
 1945 The Scarlet Clue
Charlie Chan
 1945 It's in the Bag!
Detective Sully
 1945 The Jade Mask
Charlie Chan
 1944 Black Magic
Charlie Chan
 1944 Charlie Chan in the Chinese Cat
Charlie Chan
 1943 Isle of Forgotten Sins
Capt. Krogan - aka Carruthers
 1943 White Savage
 1943 The Adventures of Smilin' Jack
Gen. Kai Ling
 1942 A Night to Remember
Inspector Hankins
 1942 Castle in the Desert
Charlie Chan
 1941 Charlie Chan in Rio
Charlie Chan
 1941 Dead Men Tell
Charlie Chan
 1940 Murder Over New York
Charlie Chan
 1940 Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum
Charlie Chan
 1940 Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise
Charlie Chan
 1940 Charlie Chan in Panama
Charlie Chan
 1939 City in Darkness
Charlie Chan
 1939 Law of the Pampas
Fernando Ramirez
 1939 Charlie Chan at Treasure Island
Charlie Chan
 1939 Heritage of the Desert
Nosey Naab
 1939 Charlie Chan in Reno
Charlie Chan
 1939 The Kid from Kokomo
Judge William 'Gashouse' Bronson
 1939 King of Chinatown
Dr. Chang Ling
 1939 Disbarred
G.L. 'Mardy' Mardeen
 1938 Charlie Chan in Honolulu
Charlie Chan
 1938 Up the River
Jeffrey Mitchell
 1938 If I Were King
Robin Turgis
 1938 The Mysterious Rider
Frosty Kilburn
 1938 One Wild Night
 1938 Wide Open Faces
 1938 Gold Is Where You Find It
Harrison McCooey
 1937 Double Wedding
 1937 That Certain Woman
Detective Neely
 1936 The Longest Night
Capt. Holt
 1936 Our Relations
Captain of SS Periwinkle
 1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
Daniel Webster
 1936 Give Us This Night
First Carabiniere
 1936 Three Godfathers
Prof. Snape
 1935 This Is the Life
Prof. Lafcadio F. Breckenridge
 1935 Orchids to You
Nick Corsini
 1935 Call of the Wild
Joe Groggins
 1935 The Daring Young Man
Warden Palmer
 1935 Champagne for Breakfast
The Probate Judge
 1935 Romance in Manhattan
Police Sergeant
 1934 Here Comes the Groom
Detective Weaver
 1934 Operator 13
Maj. Allen Pinkerton
 1934 Upperworld
Officer Moran
 1934 The Trumpet Blows
Pepi Sancho
 1934 Registered Nurse
Frankie Sylvestrie
 1934 Spitfire
Mr. Sawyer
 1934 Dark Hazard
John Bright
 1934 Massacre
Thomas Shanks
 1933 The World Changes
Mr. Hodgens - Banker (uncredited)
 1933 The Way to Love
 1933 Ducky Dear (Short)
 1933 The Narrow Corner
Ryan, the Go-Between
 1933 He Learned About Women
 1933 King of the Jungle
Neil Forbes
 1933 The Billion Dollar Scandal
Carter B. Moore
 1932 Over the Counter (Short)
Mr. Drake
 1932 The Phantom President
Prof. Aikenhead
 1932 Blonde Venus
Detective Wilson
 1932 Union Wages (Short)
 1932 Speak Easily
Stage Director
 1932 Tom Brown of Culver
Maj. Wharton
 1932 Is My Face Red?
Tony Mugatti
 1932 Radio Patrol
Sgt. Tom Keogh
 1932 Strangers in Love
 1931 Strictly Dishonorable
 1931 White Shoulders
William Sothern
 1930 The Devil's Parade (Short)
 1929 In the Nick of Time (Short)
 1929 Madame X
 1929 The Gay Nineties; or, the Unfaithful Husband (Short)
The Policeman
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: Bye, Bye, Barbara. Musical comedy. Book written by Sidney Toler and Alonzo Price. Music and lyrics by Monte Carlo and Alma M. Sanders. Musical Direction by Antonio Bafunno. Music orchestrated by William Redfield. Directed by Alonzo Price. National Theatre: 25 Aug 1924- 6 Sep 1924 (16 performances). Cast: Rita Adams, Jean Benton... See more »

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Did You Know?


Toward the end of his career, he achieved his greatest success playing Charlie Chan as well as other Asian characters. This was despite the fact that the bulky six-footer, who would sometimes tower over other cast members, was most unlike a Chinese man of that generation. See more »

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