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Fred 'Snowflake' Toones

Highest Rated: 100% The Lost Weekend (1945)

Lowest Rated: 80% Here Comes the Navy (1934)

Birthday: Jan 5, 1906

Birthplace: Not Available

During Hollywood's pre-"politically correct" era, it was not uncommon for African-American performers to be saddled with such demeaning professional monikers as "G. Howe Black," "Stepin Fetchit," and "Sleep 'n' Eat." One of the more egregious racially oriented nicknames was bestowed upon a talented black character actor named Fred Toones. From 1931 until his retirement in 1948, Toones was usually billed as "Snowflake," often playing a character of the same name. His standard characterization, that of a middle-aged "colored" man with high-pitched voice and childlike demeanor, was nearly as offensive as his character name. True to the Hollywood typecasting system of the 1930s and 1940s, "Snowflake" was generally cast as redcaps, bootblacks, and janitors. He appeared in dozens of two-reelers (including the Three Stooges' first Columbia effort, 1934's Woman Haters) and scores of B-Westerns. During the early '40s, Fred Toones was a semi-regular in the zany comedies of producer/director/writer Preston Sturges.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Bells of San Angelo The Cook 1947
No Score Yet Fool's Gold Speed 1947
No Score Yet The Hoodlum Saint Pullman Porter 1946
100% The Lost Weekend Washroom Attendant 1945
No Score Yet The Yellow Rose of Texas Actor 1944
No Score Yet Meet the People Pullman Porter 1944
No Score Yet Spy Train Porter 1943
No Score Yet Land of Hunted Men Snowflake 1943
No Score Yet Haunted Ranch Sam 1943
No Score Yet Silver Queen Butler 1942
97% The Palm Beach Story Bartender 1942
No Score Yet Give Out, Sisters Valet 1942
No Score Yet Queen of Broadway Actor 1942
No Score Yet The Great Man's Lady Fogey 1942
No Score Yet Sun Valley Serenade Porter 1941
No Score Yet The Great American Broadcast Porter 1941
94% Penny Serenade Train Porter 1941
No Score Yet Back in the Saddle Porter 1941
95% Christmas in July Porter 1940
No Score Yet Ride Tenderfoot Ride Train Porter 1940
No Score Yet The Biscuit Eater Sermon 1940
100% Remember the Night Rufus 1940
No Score Yet Speed Limited Porter 1940
No Score Yet Gaucho Serenade New York City Pier Worker 1940
No Score Yet Days of Jesse James Actor 1939
95% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Porter 1939
No Score Yet Hollywood Cavalcade Porter 1939
No Score Yet Mexicali Rose The Cook 1939
No Score Yet Daredevils of the Red Circle Snowflake 1939
No Score Yet Rovin' Tumbleweeds Porter 1939
No Score Yet Red River Range Bellhop (uncredited) 1938
No Score Yet Hawaiian Buckaroo Flash 1938
No Score Yet Gold Mine in the Sky Snowflake 1938
No Score Yet Under the Big Top Juba 1938
No Score Yet Hawk of the Wilderness George 1938
No Score Yet Saratoga Train Porter 1937
No Score Yet Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge Sam 1937
No Score Yet Gunsmoke Ranch Snowflake 1937
100% A Star Is Born Black Prisoner 1937
100% Way Out West Janitor 1937
No Score Yet Aces Wild Himself 1937
No Score Yet Oh, Susanna! Train Porter (as Snowflake) 1937
No Score Yet College Holiday Porter 1936
No Score Yet Racing Blood Sad Sam 1936
No Score Yet The Gorgeous Hussy Horatius 1936
No Score Yet Born to Fight Snowflake 1936
No Score Yet The Lonely Trail Snowflake 1936
No Score Yet The Lawless Nineties Mose 1936
No Score Yet Black Gold Snowflake 1936
No Score Yet Desert Justice Snowflake (bank janitor) 1936
No Score Yet Hell-Ship Morgan Pittsburgh 1936
No Score Yet Hair-Trigger Casey Actor 1936
No Score Yet The Singing Cowboy Entertainer 1936
No Score Yet Wildcat Saunders Actor 1936
No Score Yet Riddle Ranch Snowflake 1935
No Score Yet Hands Across the Table Porter 1935
No Score Yet Ladies Love Danger Lewis 1935
No Score Yet Alibi Ike Elevator Operator 1935
No Score Yet Go Into Your Dance Al's Valet 1935
100% Gold Diggers of 1935 Snowflake 1935
No Score Yet Mississippi Valet 1935
No Score Yet Frontier Justice Snowflake 1935
No Score Yet Social Error Actor 1935
No Score Yet Stolen Harmony Henry 1935
No Score Yet The Gay Bride Bootblack 1934
89% Imitation of Life Person at Funeral 1934
No Score Yet Lady by Choice Mose 1934
80% Here Comes the Navy Sailor 1934
No Score Yet Murder in the Private Car Titus, Porter 1934
No Score Yet Palooka Smokey 1934
88% Twentieth Century Porter 1934
No Score Yet Dames Porter 1934
No Score Yet The Mayor of Hell Hemingway 1933
100% Gold Diggers of 1933 Black Couple 1933
No Score Yet Wayne Murder Case Jeff 1932
No Score Yet Cabin in the Cotton Ezzy Daniels 1932
No Score Yet Hat Check Girl Fred Driver 1932
No Score Yet The Galloping Ghost Actor 1931


No Score Yet The Three Stooges
Baggage Man 1934

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