Sidney Toler

Actor
During his long career in New York's theatre scene, Sidney Toler acted with a host of future screen luminaries, including Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. He also wrote and directed extensively for the stage, in ... Read more »
Born: 04/28/1874 in Warrensburg, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

King of Chinatown 1938 (Movie)

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The Gorgeous Hussy 1935 (Movie)

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The Call of the Wild 1934 (Movie)

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Spitfire 1933 (Movie)

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Blonde Venus 1932 (Movie)

Detective Wilson (Actor)

Speak Easily 1932 (Movie)

Stage Manager (Actor)

Strictly Dishonorable 1930 (Movie)

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Black Magic (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

Castle in the Desert (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

Charlie Chan in Honolulu (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

Charlie Chan in Reno (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

Charlie Chan in Rio (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

Dangerous Money (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

Dark Alibi (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

Dark Hazard (Movie)

Bright (Actor)

Dead Men Tell (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

Double Wedding (Movie)

Keough (Actor)

Gold Is Where You Find It (Movie)

Harrison McCoy (Actor)

Here Comes the Groom (Movie)

Detective Weaver (Actor)

Heritage of the Desert (Movie)

Nosey (Actor)

Isle of Forgotten Sins (Movie)

Krogan (Actor)

It's in the Bag (Movie)

Detective Sully (Actor)

Law of the Pampas (Movie)

Don Fernando Rameriez (Actor)

Madame X (Movie)

Merivel (Actor)

Massacre (Movie)

Thomas Shanks (Actor)

Murder over New York (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

One Wild Night (Movie)

Lawton (Actor)

Operator 13 (Movie)

Maj. Allen (Actor)

Our Relations (Movie)

Ship Captain (Actor)

Registered Nurse (Movie)

Sylvestrie (Actor)

Romance in Manhattan (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

Shadows over Chinatown (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

That Certain Woman (Movie)

Det. Neely (Actor)

The Billion Dollar Scandal (Movie)

Carter B. Moore (Actor)

The Chinese Cat (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

The Jade Mask (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

The Kid from Kokomo (Movie)

Judge Bronson (Actor)

The Narrow Corner (Movie)

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The Phantom President (Movie)

Prof. Aikenhead (Actor)

The Red Dragon (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

The Scarlet Clue (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

The Shanghai Cobra (Movie)

Charlie Chan (Actor)

The Way to Love (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

The World Changes (Movie)

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Tom Brown of Culver (Movie)

Maj. Wharton (Actor)

White Savage (Movie)

Wong (Actor)

White Shoulders (Movie)

William Sothern (Actor)

Wide Open Faces (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Biography

During his long career in New York's theatre scene, Sidney Toler acted with a host of future screen luminaries, including Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. He also wrote and directed extensively for the stage, in both the US and Canada. Toler made his own transition into the movies in 1929. Over the ensuing decade he appeared in some 50 films, playing alongside the superstars of the day, including Marlene Dietrich and Cary Grant in Joseph von Sternberg's "Blonde Venus", Clark Gable in "The Call of the Wild", and Bette Davis and Henry Fonda in "That Certain Woman". The role that would bring Toler lasting fame, however, was an improbable one for a Missouri native of Scottish extraction: that of the Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan. Toler took on the role after the death of Warner Oland, who had completed sixteen films for Twentieth Century-Fox as Charlie. Toler would make a further eleven films in the role before Fox, constrained by wartime rigours and winding up its production of "B"ù pictures, dropped the option. But Toler had not seen the last of Charlie Chan: he returned to the role when the smaller Monogram Pictures picked up the franchise in 1944. In total, Sidney Toler made twenty-two Charlie Chan movies. After his death in 1947, the role was taken up by Roland Winter.

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