Some confusion about his birthplace, Fulton and Manhattan all in N.Y. are mentioned but Carleton Garrettson Young was born in Westfield, N.Y. as the son of William Young and Floss Carri.
He received his preliminary training as an actor in Pittsburg. He attended Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he became "one of the most promising of its group of youthful Thespians".
He played leading roles in stock productions in Buffalo,
Atlanta, and New York, and appeared in principal roles in productions on
Broadway before coming West.
appeared in the motion pictures Bud Abbott and Lou
Costello in Hollywood (1945),
Bandit” (1948) opposite Frank
Sinatra, “His Kind of Woman”
Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951) and Close-Up
He portrayed Philip Gault (The Whisperer) on NBC Radio's "The Whisperer" (1951) Lawyer Philip Galt, due to a college football injury, lost his voice and can only speak in an eerie whisper. Galt infiltrates "the syndicate" in his native Central City to bring down organized crime from within; to the underworld, he becomes known as the Whisperer. Later, his voice is restored through surgery, but he continues to lead a double life as the Whisperer, relaying instructions by telephone from the syndicate bosses in New York (who don't know he's a mole) to their lackeys in Central City, whom Galt is actually setting up...
Blessed with both the good looks and an 'air' of a gentlemen, which only increased through the years, Carleton made a smooth transition to TV. Starting with The Unexpected (1952) and the earliest TV adaptation of Superman he made his first steps for the new medium.
In March 1955 Barbara Britton, Jan
Merlin and Carleton were in a three-character drama called The Woman with
Red Hair, at the Circle Theater in Hollywood. Carleton’s teenaged son,
Tony, attended rehearsals before the play was launched, and it was easy to see
he’d follow in his father’s footsteps when he grew older, choosing to perform as
“Tony Young” for his film and tv appearances.
television roles were on The Loretta Young Show, Annie Oakley,
Sheriff of Cochise, How to Marry a Millionaire, Perry Mason,
M Squad, The Rebel, and Bourbon Street Beat. In 1960, he
portrayed the character George McKean in "A Murderer's Return" of the ABC
western series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, starring Hugh O'Brian.
(1) Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
(4) The Great Radio Soap Operas, Jim Cox
Additional video & audio sources
(1) The Whisperer: Hippity Hoppy episode 7-22-51
(2) The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Season 5 Ep 19 - A Murderer's Return
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