Clarence Muse

  1. Dooley Wilson, Casablanca,  1941.
  2. Fred “Snowflake” Toones, Lost Weekend, 1944.   Actually, Charles R Jackson called his novel The Lost Weekend –  someone mis-typed it. (Not me). (Which may surprise you). There are winners and losers even for the lowliest of roles.  As proved by director Billy Wilder replacing the usually uncredited Clarence Muse (from Jam Session, Stars on Parade) with “Snowflake” from everything else… Toones made more than 220 films, usually uncredited and anonymous, during 1928-1947, suffering the racial stereotyping of his era. He was a porter 50-plus times, plus bartender, bellhop, boot-black, butler, cook, doorman,  janitor, stable groom, valet. And waiter.  Among his few named roles was one called… Clarence!


 Birth year: 1889Death year: 1979Other name: Casting Calls:  2