Born Robert H. Young, the child actor played "Bonedust" in nineteen Our Gang films from 1925 to 1931, his most notable film being School"s Out. As an adult, to avoid confusion with established star Robert Young, he took his mother"s maiden name, Clifton (Eva Clifton) as his screen name. Young became a contract player at Warner Brothers, landing small parts in a number of 1940s film noir and western films.
Notable credits include Nora Prentiss, Pursued, Possessed, Dark Passage, and Blood on the Moon.
While at Warners Young was featured prominently in the Joe McDoakes comedy shorts. Young often displayed excellent comedy timing in these films.
One of Young"s last films was the Roy Rogers western Trail of Robin Hood, in which he played a sneering villain. September 10, 1951, Young died five days before his 34th birthday in a hotel fire that started when he fell asleep while smoking.