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Al St. John

​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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Sep 10, 1893 In Santa Ana, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Her Birthday Present 1913-02-14
Latest Project:
Movie Buster Keaton: From Silents to Shorts 2006-03-07
Known For
Poster of Law of the Lash
Poster of Lightning Raiders
Poster of Knight of the Plains
Poster of Hell Harbor
Movie Buster Keaton: From Silents to Shorts (archive footage) 2006-03-07
Movie Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (archive footage) 1976-05-01
Movie Days of Thrills and Laughter 1961-03-21
Movie The Golden Age of Comedy 1957-12-26
Movie The Frontier Phantom Fuzzy Q. Jones 1952-02-02
Movie The Black Lash Fuzzy Q. Jones 1952-01-02
Movie The Thundering Trail Fuzzy Q. Jones 1951-07-02
Movie The Vanishing Outpost Fuzzy Q. Jones (as 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1951-11-01
Movie King of the Bullwhip Deputy Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Fuzzy St. John) 1950-12-20
Movie The Daltons' Women Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Fuzzy St.John) 1950-02-25
Movie Outlaw Country Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Fuzzy St.John) 1949-01-07
Movie Son of a Badman Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Fuzzy St. John) 1949-04-15
Movie Son of Billy the Kid Sheriff Fuzzy (as 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1949-04-02
Movie Mark of the Lash Fuzzy Jones (as Fuzzy St. John) 1948-08-15
Movie Frontier Revenge Fuzzy Q. Jones 1948-12-26
Movie Dead Man's Gold Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Fuzzy St. John) 1948-09-09
Movie Border Feud Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1947-05-10
Movie Law of the Lash Fuzzy 1947-02-28
Movie Ghost Town Renegades Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1947-07-26
Movie Pioneer Justice Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1947-06-28
Movie Stage to Mesa City Fuzzy Jones 1947-09-13
Movie The Fighting Vigilantes Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1947-11-15
Movie Cheyenne Takes Over Al 'Fuzzy' St. John 1947-12-17
Movie Return of the Lash 'Fuzzy' Q. Jones (as Al. 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1947-10-10
Movie Terrors on Horseback Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1946-05-01
Movie Gentlemen With Guns Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1946-03-26
Movie Lightning Raiders Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1946-01-07
Movie Ghost Of Hidden Valley Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1946-06-04
Movie Overland Riders Fuzzy Jones 1946-08-21
Movie Prairie Badmen Fuzzy (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1946-07-16
Movie Outlaws of the Plains Fuzzy Q. Jones 1946-09-22
Movie My Dog Shep Deputy Sheriff 1946-11-01
Movie Shadows of Death Fuzzy Q. Jones 1945-04-19
Movie His Brother's Ghost Andy Jones / Jonathan Fuzzy Jones 1945-02-03
Movie Gangster's Den Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1945-06-14
Movie Stagecoach Outlaws Fuzzy Jones 1945-08-17
Movie Prairie Rustlers Deputy Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1945-11-07
Movie Border Badmen Fuzzy Jones 1945-10-10
Movie Fighting Bill Carson Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1945-10-31
Movie Rustlers' Hideout Fuzzy Jones 1945-09-02
Movie Valley Of Vengeance Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1944-05-05
Movie Thundering Gun Slingers Doc Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1944-03-25
Movie The Drifter Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St.John) 1944-06-13
Movie Frontier Outlaws Fuzzy Jones 1944-03-04
Movie I'm from Arkansas Farmer (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1944-10-31
Movie Fuzzy Settles Down Fuzzy Jones 1944-06-25
Movie Oath of Vengeance Fuzzy Jones 1944-12-09
Movie Wild Horse Phantom Fuzzy Jones 1944-10-28
Movie Dead Men Walk Townsman Who Finds Kate's Body 1943-04-12
Movie Death Rides the Plains Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-05-06
Movie Fugitive Of The Plains Fuzzy (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-04-01
Movie The Kid Rides Again Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-01-27
Movie Western Cyclone Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-05-14
Movie Wild Horse Rustlers Fuzzy Q. Jones 1943-02-12
Movie Blazing Frontier Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-09-04
Movie Devil Riders Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-11-05
Movie Raiders of Red Gap Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al "Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-09-30
Movie The Renegade Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-08-25
Movie Wolves of the Range Fuzzy Q. Jones 1943-06-21
Movie Cattle Stampede Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-08-16
Movie Law of the Saddle Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St.John) 1943-07-28
Movie The Lone Rider in Cheyenne Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1942-03-20
Movie Jesse James, Jr. Pop Sawyer 1942-03-25
Movie Stagecoach Express Dusty Jenkins 1942-03-06
Movie Valley of the Sun Bearded Man Hurrying to Wedding 1942-02-06
Movie Billy the Kid's Smoking Guns Fuzzy (as Al {Fuzzy} St.John in opening credits also) 1942-05-01
Movie The Lone Rider and the Bandit Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1942-01-16
Movie Billy the Kid Trapped Fuzzy Jones 1942-02-27
Movie Texas Justice Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1942-06-05
Movie Overland Stagecoach Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1942-10-10
Movie Outlaws of Boulder Pass Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1942-11-28
Movie Border Roundup Fuzzy (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1942-09-18
Movie The Mysterious Rider Fuzzy Q. Jones 1942-11-20
Movie Prairie Pals Hank Stoner 1942-09-04
Movie Law and Order Fuzzy Jones 1942-08-21
Movie Sheriff Of Sage Valley Fuzzy Jones 1942-09-02
Movie Billy The Kid's Fighting Pals Fuzzy (as Al 'Fuzzy' St.John) 1941-04-17
Movie The Lone Rider in Ghost Town Fuzzy 1941-05-16
Movie The Apache Kid Stage Guard Dangle 1941-04-11
Movie Billy the Kid's Range War Fuzzy 1941-01-24
Movie The Lone Rider Rides On Fuzzy 1941-01-10
Movie Billy the Kid in Santa Fe Fuzzy Jones 1941-07-11
Movie Billy The Kid's Round-Up Fuzzy Jones (as Al Fuzzy St.John) 1941-12-12
Movie The Lone Rider in Frontier Fury Fuzzy 1941-08-08
Movie A Missouri Outlaw Dan Willoughby 1941-11-25
Movie The Lone Rider Fights Back Fuzzy Jones 1941-12-17
Movie Billy the Kid Wanted Fuzzy (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1941-10-03
Movie The Lone Rider Ambushed Fuzzy Jones 1941-08-29
Movie Billy the Kid in Texas Fuzzy 1940-09-29
Movie Murder on the Yukon Bill Smithers 1940-02-25
Movie Marked Men Gimpy - a thug 1940-09-30
Movie Billy the Kid Outlawed Fuzzy Jones 1940-07-20
Movie Li'l Abner Joe Smithpan 1940-11-09
Movie Friendly Neighbors Smokey 1940-11-17
Movie Billy the Kid's Gun Justice Fuzzy 1940-12-27
Movie Texas Terrors Frosty Larson 1940-11-22
Movie Trigger Pals Fuzzy 1939-01-13
Movie Oklahoma Terror Fuzzy Glass 1939-08-24
Movie Knight of the Plains Fuzzy 1938-05-07
Movie Call of The Yukon Joe 1938-04-18
Movie Start Cheering Station Master 1938-03-03
Movie Gunsmoke Trail Fuzzy 1938-05-26
Movie Songs and Bullets Fuzzy Martin 1938-05-14
Movie Exposed Flophouse Bum 1938-11-05
Movie Frontier Scout Whiney Roberts 1938-09-16
Movie Love Nest on Wheels Uncle Jed 1937-03-26
Movie The Roaming Cowboy Fuzzy 1937-01-04
Movie Melody of the Plains Fuzzy 1937-04-01
Movie Sing Cowboy Sing Duke Evans 1937-05-22
Movie The Fighting Deputy Fuzzy 1937-12-05
Movie The Outcasts of Poker Flat Uncle Billy 1937-04-16
Movie A Lawman Is Born Eli Root 1937-06-21
Movie Millionaire Kid Matthews 1936-03-13
Movie A Face in the Fog Elmer 1936-02-01
Movie West of Nevada Walla Walla Wiggins 1936-07-21
Movie Hopalong Cassidy Returns Luke (credit only) 1936-10-16
Movie The Law of 45's Stoney Martin 1935-12-01
Movie Midnight Phantom Radio Officer Jones 1935-11-26
Movie Trigger Tom Stub Macey 1935-12-14
Movie Bar 20 Rides Again Cinco 1935-12-06
Movie Public Stenographer Elmer 1934-01-09
Movie Buzzin' Around Al 1933-02-03
Movie His Private Secretary Tom - Garage Owner 1933-06-10
Movie From Headquarters Detainee Touching Cigarette Pack (uncredited) 1933-11-06
Movie Riders of Destiny Bert - Henchman 1933-10-10
Movie Police Court Skid 1932-02-19
Movie Bridge Wives Al Smith 1932-02-21
Movie Aloha Sailor 1931-04-26
Movie Hell Harbor Bunion 1930-03-14
Movie Western Knights 1930-04-20
Movie Two Fresh Eggs 1930-07-05
Movie The Land of Missing Men Buckshot - Steve's sidekick 1930-10-14
Movie She Goes to War Bill 1929-06-07
Movie The Dance of Life Bozo 1929-08-16
Movie Hot or Cold 1928-12-01
Movie Painted Post Joe Nimble 1928-07-01
Movie Listen Lena Al Adams 1927-02-12
Movie Jungle Heat 1927-04-24
Movie His Taking Ways 1926-02-02
Movie The General Officer on Horseback (uncredited) 1926-12-25
Movie Red Pepper Tom Katt -Pharmacist's assistant 1925-04-05
Movie Fire Away 1925-11-08
Movie The Iron Mule The Engineer 1925-04-12
Movie Dynamite Doggie Al 1925-03-21
Movie Fair Warning Jay Walker 1925-09-26
Movie Curses Buttonshoe Bill 1925-05-16
Movie Stupid, but Brave The Bum 1924-10-25
Movie Lovemania 1924-12-24
Movie A Studio Rube 1922-03-19
Movie Out of Place 1922-11-18
Movie All Wet 1922-09-02
Movie The High Sign Man on beach during target practice 1921-04-18
Movie Trouble 1920-03-08
Movie Love Al Clove - Fatty's Rival (uncredited) 1919-03-01
Movie Out West Wild Bill Hickup 1918-01-20
Movie Moonshine Mountain Man 1918-05-12
Movie Good Night, Nurse! Surgeon's Assistant 1918-06-30
Movie A Scrap of Paper The Crown Prince 1918-10-13
Movie The Cook Holdup Man 1918-09-15
Movie The Butcher Boy Alum 1917-04-23
Movie A Reckless Romeo The Pretty Girl's Boyfriend 1917-05-21
Movie The Rough House Cook 1917-06-25
Movie A Country Hero City Gent 1917-12-10
Movie Oh, Doctor! Gambler 1917-09-30
Movie His Wedding Night Rival employee 1917-08-20
Movie Fatty and Mabel Adrift Hiram Perkins' Son 1916-01-09
Movie He Did and He Didn’t The Bounding Burglar 1916-01-29
Movie The Waiters' Ball The Waiter 1916-06-25
Movie His Wife's Mistakes 1916-04-02
Movie A Bird's a Bird 1915-02-08
Movie A Glimpse of the San Diego Exposition 1915-02-18
Movie Fatty's New Role Cop (uncredited) 1915-02-01
Movie Fatty and Mabel’s Simple Life The Squire's Son 1915-01-17
Movie That Little Band Of Gold Waiter (uncredited) 1915-03-14
Movie Mabel and Fatty’s Married Life Lead Cop (uncredited) 1915-02-10
Movie Fatty’s Faithful Fido Fatty's Rival 1915-03-19
Movie Fatty’s Plucky Pup Dog Catcher (uncredited) 1915-06-27
Movie Crossed Love and Swords A Bosom Friend 1915-05-12
Movie Droppington's Family Tree Waiter 1915-04-11
Movie When Love Took Wings Hank Perkins, Fatty's Rival 1915-04-01
Movie The Knockout Boxer, Pug's Rival 1914-06-11
Movie Mabel's Busy Day Policeman 1914-06-13
Movie Caught in a Cabaret Singer (uncredited) 1914-04-27
Movie Mabel's Strange Predicament Bellboy (uncredited) 1914-02-14
Movie In the Clutches of the Gang Cop 1914-01-17
Movie Mabel's Married Life Delivery Boy 1914-06-20
Movie Tango Tangles Guest in Convict Costume (uncredited) 1914-03-09
Movie The Star Boarder Boarder (uncredited) 1914-04-04
Movie Those Country Kids Mr. Reddy 1914-08-19
Movie The Rounders Bellhop / Waiter 1914-09-07
Movie Fatty's Magic Pants Party Guest (uncredited) 1914-12-13
Movie Fatty's Jonah Day Fatty's Rival 1914-11-15
Movie Leading Lizzie Astray Cafe Patron / Bouncer (uncredited) 1914-11-30
Movie Shot in the Excitement The Daughter's Suitor 1914-10-26
Movie The New Janitor Elevator boy 1914-09-14
Movie Lover's Luck Fatty's Rival 1914-09-15
Movie Her Birthday Present 1913-02-14
Movie A Noise from the Deep 1913-07-17
Movie His Sister's Kids Cop 1913-12-13
Movie Mother's Boy Cop 1913-09-25
Movie The Riot Man in Pool Hall 1913-08-07
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