Young appeared in 235 American television and film roles with his first being The Fighting Marines (1935). He ended his career in the 1973 television series The Magician which starred Bill Bixby. Other films Young was cast in are: Reefer Madness (1936) Navy Blues (1937), Dick Tracy (1937), Valley of the Sun (1942), Flying Leathernecks (1951), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), From Here to Eternity (1953), Walt Disney’s adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) as John Howard, and The Horse Soldiers (1959). His big line in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) was: “This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”
His radio career included a brief star turn as the title role in a short-lived crime drama, The Whisperer (1951), somewhat loosely derived from the longtime crime hit The Whistler. Young played attorney Philip Gault, whose voice was destroyed in an accident, and who developed a sardonic whisper to compensate until his voice was restored, using a whispering persona to infiltrate the underworld where he steered unsuspecting mobsters into the clutches of the law as represented by his real identity as a lawyer. Other television programs on which Young was cast include: Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951), Boston Blackie (1953), ABC Album (1953), Racket Squad (1953), The Whistler (1954), The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1955), and The Donna Reed Show (1959).
Mr. Young had a few interests beyond acting, forming the Los Angeles Smog Corp. to manufacture cans of “Genuine Los Angeles Smog”, which reportedly were sold in the “Fun Shop” at Farmers Market. Hal Tamblin was listed as a vice president of the corporation, according to a 1962 item in The Times, and Art Ryon, author of The Times’ “Ham on Ryon” column, claimed to be an executive of the whimsical outfit. Salesman Stan Goodman of Baldwinsville, NY, a longtime friend of Mr. Young and his wife Noel, came up with the idea to sell the city’s notoriously polluted air so tourists could take an authentic “slice” of Hollywood back home. Goodman’s grandson, attorney Robert C. Goodman of San Francisco, still owns one of the few extant cans of vintage LA smog captured in time by Young’s Los Angeles Smog Corp. Young was married from 1945 until his death in 1994 to Noel Toy (the “Chinese Sally Rand”), an exotic dancer and actress whom he met when he caught her dance act at New York’s Latin Quarter and was smitten.
- October, 21, 1905
- New York, New York
- November, 07, 1994
- Burbank, California
- Hollywood Forever Cemetery
- Hollywood, California