Dink Trout

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

Dink Trout
Born
Francis Trout

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

Early yearsEdit

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

RadioEdit

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]

StageEdit

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

MusicEdit

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

FilmEdit

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.

DeathEdit

Trout died March 26, 1950, in Hollywood, after having had major surgery.[7]

FilmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Felts, David V. (March 31, 1950). "Second Thoughts". Illinois, Carbondale. Southern Illinoisan. p. 4. Retrieved February 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)  
  2. ^ "(radio listing)". New York, Canandaigua. The Daily Messenger. February 15, 1927. p. 6. Retrieved February 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)  
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Studio Notes". Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. The Evening News. January 5, 1939. p. 18. Retrieved February 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)  
  7. ^ "Trout, Radio Player, Dies After Operation". North Dakota, Bismarck. The Bismarck Tribune. March 28, 1950. p. 2. Retrieved February 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)  

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