Al St. John

Al St. John

  • Born on
    • September 10th, 1893
  • Died on
    • January 21st, 1963
​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Al St. John (September 10, 1893 – January 21, 1963) in his persona of Fuzzy Q. Jones basically defined the role and concept of "comical sidekick" to cowboy heroes from 1930 to 1951. St. John also created a character, "Stoney," in the first of a continuing Western film series, The Three Mesquiteers, that was later played (at a low point in his own career) by John Wayne. Born in Santa Ana, California, St. John entered silent films around 1912 and soon rose to co-starring and starring roles in short comic films from a variety of studios. His uncle, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, may have helped him in his early days at Mack Sennett Studios, but talent kept him working. He was slender, sandy-haired, handsome and a remarkable acrobat. St. John frequently appeared as Arbuckle's mischievously villainous rival for the attentions of leading ladies like Mabel Normand, and worked with Arbuckle and Charles Chaplin in The Rounders (1914). The most critically praised film from St. John's period with Arbuckle remains Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916) with Normand. The name Fuzzy originally belonged to a different actor, John Forrest “Fuzzy“ Knight, who took on the role of cowboy sidekick before St. John. As the studio first intended to hire Knight for the western series but then gave the role to St. John instead, he took on the nickname of his rival for his screen character. In most of his films, screen time was set aside for St. John to do a sort of solo comedy act, emphasizing amazing pratfalls and acrobatics. He might "find" a bicycle on a fairground set, and do an astonishing sequence of acrobatic stunts on the cycle, or he might try to capture a rat, bat, skunk, gopher, or bug with hilarious and chaotic consequences. Another stunt which he used in nearly every Western was virtually his trademark: he would mount his horse in apparently the standard manner, but somehow wind up sitting facing backward, and often would ride off with the hero in this unusual orientation. When Crabbe left PRC (according to interviews, in disgust at their increasingly low budgets), St. John was paired with new star Lash LaRue. Ultimately, St. John made more than 80 Westerns as Fuzzy. His last film was released in 1952. From that time on until his death in 1963 in Lyons, Georgia, he made personal appearances at fairs and rodeos, and travelled with the Tommy Scott Wild West Show. Altogether, Al St. John acted in 346 movies, spanning four decades from 1912 to 1952. Description above from the Wikipedia article Al St. John, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Acting (31 Credits)

1947Law of the Lash as Fuzzy
1947Pioneer Justice as Fuzzy Q. Jones
1943Dead Men Walk as Townsman Finding Kate's Body
1942Billy the Kid Trapped as Fuzzy Jones
1933Riders of Destiny as Bert - Henchman
1933His Private Secretary as Tom - Garage Owner
1926The General as Officer on Horseback (uncredited)
1921The 'High Sign' as Man On Beach
1920The Scarecrow as Man with Motorbike (uncredited)
1919Back Stage as Machiniste / Stagehand
1918The Bell Boy as Desk Clerk
1918Out West as Wild Bill Hickup
1918Moonshine as Mountain Man
1918The Cook as Holdup Man
1918Good Night, Nurse! as Surgeon's Assistant
1917His Wedding Night as Rival employee
1917Coney Island as Old Friend of Fatty's Wife
1917The Rough House as Cook
1917Oh Doctor! as Gambler
1917The Butcher Boy as Alum
1914The New Janitor as Elevator boy
1914The Rounders as Bellhop / Waiter
1914The Knockout as Boxer - Pug's Rival / Desk Sergeant / Cop (uncredited)
1914His Prehistoric Past as Caveman
1914Mabel's Strange Predicament as Bellboy (uncredited)
1914Mabel's Busy Day as Policeman
1914Tillie's Punctured Romance as The Keystone "Kops"
1914Mabel's Married Life as Delivery Boy (uncredited)
1914The Star Boarder as Boarder (uncredited)
1914Caught in a Cabaret as Singer (uncredited)
1914Tango Tangle as Guest in Convict Costume (uncredited)

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