Tote Du Crow

Tote Du Crow (also known as George Skyrock or Shyroch)[1] was a film actor and circus performer who acted in many silent films during the early days of Hollywood.

Tote Du Crow
Tote Du Crow in The Mark of Zorro.jpg
Du Crow as Bernardo in The Mark of Zorro (1920)
BornJanuary 1, 1858
DiedDecember 12, 1927
Los Angeles, California, USA
Other namesGeorge Skyrock
OccupationFilm actor, circus performer, vaudevillian
Years active1915–1926
Spouse(s)Agathe Winter
Florence Ashbrooke
RelativesDaniel DuCrow (brother)


Tote was born in Watsonville, California, to parents of Castilian and French origins.[2][1] According to some accounts, as children, Tote and his brother Daniel ran away from home to join the circus; other sources say their father apprenticed them out to a circus showman.[3][4][2]

Tote Du Crow portrayed Bernardo in the silent Zorro films. Gene Sheldon later popularized this role for Disney in the late 1950s. Sheldon's depiction of that character was a full-blooded Spaniard.

He played 36 minor roles from 1915 until his death. His last film is The Blue Streak from 1926.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b "Clown Seeks Divorce". The San Francisco Call. 21 August 1909. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Clowns—Their Life, Sorrows, and Work". Oakland Tribune. 13 June 1909. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  3. ^ Lee, Ann (10 June 1928). "Circus Time Brings Memories to Famous Clown of Yesteryear". The Pittsburgh Press. The Pittsburgh Press. p. 16. Retrieved 30 March 2018 – via CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)  
  4. ^ "Screenings". Muncie Evening Press. Indiana, Muncie. 8 March 1924. p. 2. Retrieved 30 March 2018 – via CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)  

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