He had little intention of becoming an actor, but when the principal of his high school - who was also a minister with great love for the theatre- saw him act in the senior class play, he urged him to take up acting.
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.
Front Page Farrell, Carleton Young , became the second actor, after
Richard Widmark to play (1942-54)
David Farrell. He took over from Hugh Marlowe as
in 1942-43, according to an article in Variety he left the series
around August to take up
his contract with 20th-Fox.
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
|This actor profile is a part of the Ellery Queen a website on deduction. The actor above played Ellery Queen in an Ellery Queen radio series.|
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