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Fred Stone

Fred Stone

A very close friend of both humorist Will Rogers and C.B. Irwin, of the C.B. Irwin Circus and Racing Stable fame. Fred served as an honorary pallbearer for Irwin. Fred and Rogers would sometimes appear on the same vaudeville bill and shared a mutual love of steer roping, polo, flying and even bulldogging. One of Will's children was named Fred Stone Rogers.

Became famous as the Scarecrow in the 1902-1911 stage production of The Wizard of Oz, paired with David Craig Montgomery who played the Tin Woodsman. His performance inspired Ray Bolger, who based his performance on Stone's incredible physical performances.

Brother-in-law of author Rex Beach.

Father of Paula Stone

Father of actress Dorothy Stone.



Father of actress Carol Stone

The black box theater on the Rollins College campus in Winter Park, Florida, is named for him. It is an "experimental" theater which features shows completely put on by the students.

Uncle of "Gunsmoke" actor Milburn Stone.


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