Dink Trout

Dink Trout
Born Francis Trout
(1898-06-18)June 18, 1898
Beardstown, Illinois, U.S.
Died March 26, 1950(1950-03-26) (aged 51)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation Film actor
Radio personality
Voice actor
Years active 1936-1950

Francis "Dink" Trout (June 18, 1898 – March 26, 1950) was an American actor and radio personality.

Early years

Trout was born in 1898 in Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois.[1]


In 1927, Trout had his own musical program on WOR in Newark, New Jersey.[2]

Much of his career involved playing characters in American radio shows. His most famous radio roles were as Mr. Anderson in The Dennis Day Show and as Luke Spears in Lum and Abner. He was also heard in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, the Cass Daley Show, The Life of Riley, and The Nebbs.[3]


On Broadway, Trout had the role of Zappo in The Wild Rose (1926).[4]


Trout played marimba and trombone for Ben Bernie and his orchestra.[5]


In 1936 Trout made his first (uncredited) film appearance in Under Your Spell. Later in 1941 he appeared in Scattergood Baines as Plinky Pickett. Trout reprised this role for the next two films in the Scattergood Baines chronology. He made several other film appearances throughout his life, though he was generally uncredited. In 1947 he voiced the title role in Disney's Bootle Beetle. For the next three years he continued to voice Disney characters. His recurring awards film was Disney's Alice in Wonderland where he played the role of the King of Hearts.


Trout died March 26, 1950, in Hollywood, after having had major surgery.[6]



  1. Felts, David V. (March 31, 1950). "Second Thoughts". Illinois, Carbondale. Southern Illinoisan. p. 4. Retrieved February 5, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  2. "(radio listing)". New York, Canandaigua. The Daily Messenger. February 15, 1927. p. 6. Retrieved February 5, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  3. Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 705.
  4. "Dink Trout". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  5. "Studio Notes". Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. The Evening News. January 5, 1939. p. 18. Retrieved February 5, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  6. "Trout, Radio Player, Dies After Operation". North Dakota, Bismarck. The Bismarck Tribune. March 28, 1950. p. 2. Retrieved February 5, 2016 via Newspapers.com.

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