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      Sidney Toler

      Sidney Toler

      Highest Rated: 80% Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)

      Lowest Rated: 50% Three Godfathers (1936)

      Birthday: Apr 28, 1874

      Birthplace: Warrensburg, Missouri, USA

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      80% Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum
      65% Blonde Venus
      50% Three Godfathers

      Photos

      CHARLIE CHAN IN HONOLULU, Sidney Toler, 1938. ©20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright OUR RELATIONS, from left: Stan Laurel, Sidney Toler, Oliver Hardy, 1936 CHARLIE CHAN IN RIO, Sidney Toler, 1940. ©20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright CHARLIE CHAN'S MURDER CRUISE, Sidney Toler, 1940. ©20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright CHARLIE CHAN'S MURDER CRUISE, Sidney Toler, 1940. ©20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright CHARLIE CHAN AT THE WAX MUSEUM, Sidney Toler, 1940. ©20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright CHARLIE CHAN IN HONOLULU, Sidney Toler, 1938. ©20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright ONE WILD NIGHT, Sidney Toler, 1938, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved CHARLIE CHAN IN HONOLULU, Sidney Toler, 1938, TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. CHARLIE CHAN IN THE SECRET SERVICE, Sidney Toler, 1944 CHARLIE CHAN IN PANAMA, Sidney Toler, 1940, TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. CHARLIE CHAN IN HONOLULU, Sidney Toler, 1938. ©20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright CASTLE IN THE DESERT, Sidney Toler, 1942. © 20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright CHARLIE CHAN IN HONOLULU, Sidney Toler, 1938, TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. WIDE OPEN FACES, Sidney Toler, Jane Wyman, Joe E. Brown, Alison Skipworth, 1938 BLONDE VENUS, Sidney Toler, Marlene Dietrich, 1932 CHARLIE CHAN IN THE SECRET SERVICE, Arthur Loft, Sidney Toler, 1944 THE RED DRAGON, Benson Fong, Sidney Toler, Fortunio Bonanova, 1945 SHADOWS OVER CHINATOWN, Mantan Moreland, Harry Depp, Jack Norton, John Gallaudet, Victor Sen Youn, John Hamilton, Sidney Toler (center), 1946 DARK ALIBI, from left, Teala Loring, Sidney Toler, (as Charlie Chan), George Holmes, 1946

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadows Over Chinatown Charlie Chan (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 25% The Trap Charlie Chan (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 25% Dark Alibi Charlie Chan (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 0% Dangerous Money Charlie Chan (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Dragon Charlie Chan (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shanghai Cobra Charlie Chan (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 66% The Jade Mask Charlie Chan (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 44% The Scarlet Clue Charlie Chan (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 29% Meeting at Midnight Charlie Chan (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 35% The Chinese Cat Charlie Chan (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 36% Charlie Chan in the Secret Service Charlie Chan (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 29% Monsoon Capt. Krogan/Carruthers (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventures of Smilin' Jack Gen. Kai Ling (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 47% A Night to Remember Inspector Hankins (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 56% Castle in the Desert Charlie Chan (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 30% Dead Men Tell Charlie Chan (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 62% Charlie Chan in Rio Charlie Chan (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 60% Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise Charlie Chan (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 60% Murder Over New York Charlie Chan (Character) - 1940
      80% 60% Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum Charlie Chan (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 71% Charlie Chan in Panama Charlie Chan (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Law of the Pampas Don Fernando "Ferdy" Maria Lopez Ramirez (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heritage of the Desert Nosey (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 38% City in Darkness Charlie Chan (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 50% Charlie Chan in Reno Charlie Chan (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 63% Charlie Chan at Treasure Island Charlie Chan (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mysterious Rider Frosty (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 23% Gold Is Where You Find It Harrison "Harry" McCooey (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 75% If I Were King Robin Turgis (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 53% Charlie Chan in Honolulu Charlie Chan (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wide Open Faces Sheriff (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 42% That Certain Woman Detective Lieutenant Neely (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 65% Double Wedding Mr. Keough (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 32% The Gorgeous Hussy Daniel Webster (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 82% Our Relations Captain of SS Periwinkle (Character) - 1936
      50% 75% Three Godfathers Prof. Amos Snape (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 20% The Longest Night Captain Holt (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Give Us This Night First Carabiniere (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 53% Call of the Wild Joe Groggins (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 57% Romance in Manhattan Police Sergeant (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 67% This Is the Life Prof. Breckenridge (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daring Young Man Warden Palmer (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 50% Operator 13 Maj. Allen (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 34% Spitfire Mr. Jim Sawyer (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 30% Upperworld Officer Moran (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 36% Dark Hazard John Bright (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Registered Nurse Frankie Sylvestrie (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Billion Dollar Scandal Carter B. Moore (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Narrow Corner Ryan (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Is My Face Red? Tony Mugatti (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 43% Blondie of the Follies Pete (Character) - 1932
      65% 70% Blonde Venus Det. Wilson (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 26% Speak Easily Stage Director (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Over the Counter Mr. Drake (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tom Brown of Culver Unknown (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strictly Dishonorable Mulligan (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 26% Madame X Dr. Merivel (Character) - 1929