Francis "Dink" Trout (June 18, 1898 – March 26, 1950) was an American actor, voice artist and radio personality.

Dink Trout
Francis Trout

(1898-06-18)June 18, 1898
DiedMarch 26, 1950(1950-03-26) (aged 51)
Occupation(s)Film actor
radio personality
voice actor
Years active1926–1950

Biography edit

Early years edit

Trout was born in 1898 in Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois.[1]

Radio edit

In 1927, Trout had his own musical program on WOR in Newark, New Jersey.[2]

Much of his career involved playing characters in American radio shows. He was heard as Waldo Binney on The Life of Riley,[3]: 157-158  as Mr. Anderson on The Dennis Day Show and as Luke Spears on Lum and Abner. He was also heard in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, the Cass Daley Show, The Nebbs,[4] and The Jim Backus Show.[3]

Stage edit

On Broadway, Trout had the role of Zappo in The Wild Rose (1926).[5]

Music edit

Trout played marimba and trombone for Ben Bernie and his orchestra.[6]

Film edit

In 1936 Trout made his first (uncredited) film appearance in Under Your Spell. Later in 1941 he appeared in Scattergood Baines as Plinky Pickett. Trout reprised this role for the next two films in the Scattergood Baines chronology. He made several other film appearances throughout his life, though he was generally uncredited. In 1947 he voiced the title character in Disney's Bootle Beetle, a character he continued to voice for the next three years. He also played Phink, the pressure cooker salesman in the unaired Three Stooges TV pilot, Jerks of All Trades.[citation needed] His final performance was as the voice of the King of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, which was released over a year after his death.

Death edit

One year before the release of Alice in Wonderland, Trout died after having had major surgery in Hollywood, on March 26, 1950, at the age of 51.[7]

Filmography edit

References edit

  1. ^ Felts, David V. (March 31, 1950). "Second Thoughts". Southern Illinoisan. Illinois, Carbondale. Southern Illinoisan. p. 4. Retrieved February 5, 2016 – via  
  2. ^ "(radio listing)". The Daily Messenger. New York, Canandaigua. The Daily Messenger. February 15, 1927. p. 6. Retrieved February 5, 2016 – via  
  3. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (1981). Radio's Golden Years :The Encyclopedia of Radio Programs, 1930-1960 (PDF) (1st ed.). San Diego: A.S. Barnes. p. 137. ISBN 0-498-02393-1. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  4. ^ Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 705.
  5. ^ "Dink Trout". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Studio Notes". The Evening News. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. The Evening News. January 5, 1939. p. 18. Retrieved February 5, 2016 – via  
  7. ^ "Trout, Radio Player, Dies After Operation". The Bismarck Tribune. North Dakota, Bismarck. The Bismarck Tribune. March 28, 1950. p. 2. Retrieved February 5, 2016 – via  

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