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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. When Arbuckle formed his own production company, he brought St. John with him and recruited stage star Buster Keaton into his films, creating a formidable roughhouse trio. After Arbuckle was victimized by a trumped-up scandal and prevented from appearing in movies, he pseudonymously directed his nephew Al as a comic leading man in silent and sound films such as The Iron Mule (1925) and Bridge Wives (1932). Dozens of St. John's early films were screened during the 56-film Arbuckle retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2006. During the sound era St. John was mainly seen as an increasingly scruffy and bearded comic character. He played this rube role in Buster Keaton's 1937 comedy Love Nest on Wheels. That same year he began supporting cowboy stars Fred Scott and later Jack Randall, but most of his films were made for Poverty Row studio Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC). For that studio, he played "Fuzzy Q. Jones" in the Billy the Kid series starring Bob Steele, the Lone Rider series (starring former opera singer George Houston and later Bob Livingston), and the Billy the Kid/Billy Carson series starring Buster Crabbe. 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. Exhibitors loved Fuzzy, who could be counted on to attract moviegoers. The Fuzzy character was the main box-office draw in these films when shown in England and Europe. In fact, in Germany the film titles always featured Fuzzy, rather than whatever cowboy hero he was paired with. These ultra-low-budget Westerns took only a bit more than a week to film, so that Crabbe and St. John made 36 films together in a surprisingly short time. 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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Born:
Sep 10, 1893 In Santa Ana, CA
Movie/TV Credits:
204
First Appeared:
In the movie Her Birthday Present 1913-02-14
Latest Project:
Pelicula Buster Keaton: From Silents to Shorts 2006-03-07
Known For
Poster of The Thundering Trail
Poster of Friendly Neighbors
Poster of Melody of the Plains
Poster of Aloha
Filmography
Pelicula Buster Keaton: From Silents to Shorts (archive footage) 2006-03-07
Pelicula Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (archive footage) 1976-05-01
Pelicula Days of Thrills and Laughter 1961-03-21
Pelicula The Black Lash Fuzzy Q. Jones 1952-01-02
Pelicula The Frontier Phantom Fuzzy Q. Jones 1952-02-02
Pelicula The Thundering Trail Fuzzy Q. Jones 1951-07-02
Pelicula The Vanishing Outpost Fuzzy Q. Jones (as 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1951-11-01
Pelicula The Daltons' Women Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Fuzzy St.John) 1950-02-25
Pelicula King of the Bullwhip Deputy Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Fuzzy St. John) 1950-12-20
Pelicula Son of Billy the Kid Sheriff Fuzzy (as 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1949-04-02
Pelicula Outlaw Country Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Fuzzy St.John) 1949-01-07
Pelicula Son of a Badman Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Fuzzy St. John) 1949-04-15
Pelicula Dead Man's Gold Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Fuzzy St. John) 1948-09-09
Pelicula Mark of the Lash Fuzzy Jones (as Fuzzy St. John) 1948-08-15
Pelicula Frontier Revenge Fuzzy Q. Jones 1948-12-26
Pelicula Border Feud Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1947-05-10
Pelicula Law of the Lash Fuzzy 1947-02-28
Pelicula Pioneer Justice Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1947-06-28
Pelicula Stage to Mesa City Fuzzy Jones 1947-09-13
Pelicula Cheyenne Takes Over Al 'Fuzzy' St. John 1947-12-17
Pelicula Ghost Town Renegades Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1947-07-26
Pelicula Return of the Lash 'Fuzzy' Q. Jones (as Al. 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1947-10-10
Pelicula Terrors on Horseback Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1946-05-01
Pelicula Ghost Of Hidden Valley Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1946-06-04
Pelicula Prairie Badmen Fuzzy (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1946-07-16
Pelicula Outlaws of the Plains Fuzzy Q. Jones 1946-09-22
Pelicula My Dog Shep Deputy Sheriff 1946-11-01
Pelicula Overland Riders Fuzzy Jones 1946-08-21
Pelicula Shadows of Death Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1945-04-19
Pelicula His Brother's Ghost Andy Jones / Jonathan Fuzzy Jones 1945-02-03
Pelicula Lightning Raiders Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1945-01-07
Pelicula Gangster's Den Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1945-06-14
Pelicula Stagecoach Outlaws Fuzzy Jones 1945-08-17
Pelicula Prairie Rustlers Deputy Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1945-11-07
Pelicula Border Badmen Fuzzy Jones 1945-10-10
Pelicula Fighting Bill Carson Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1945-10-31
Pelicula Rustlers' Hideout Fuzzy Jones 1945-09-02
Pelicula Valley Of Vengeance Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1944-05-05
Pelicula Thundering Gun Slingers Doc Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1944-03-25
Pelicula Frontier Outlaws Fuzzy Jones 1944-03-04
Pelicula The Drifter Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St.John) 1944-06-13
Pelicula Oath of Vengeance Fuzzy Jones 1944-12-09
Pelicula Fuzzy Settles Down Fuzzy Jones 1944-06-25
Pelicula I'm from Arkansas Farmer (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1944-10-31
Pelicula Wild Horse Phantom Fuzzy Jones 1944-10-28
Pelicula Dead Men Walk Townsman Who Finds Kate's Body 1943-04-12
Pelicula Death Rides the Plains Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-05-06
Pelicula Fugitive Of The Plains Fuzzy (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-04-01
Pelicula The Kid Rides Again Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-01-27
Pelicula Western Cyclone Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-05-14
Pelicula Wild Horse Rustlers Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-02-12
Pelicula The Renegade Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-08-25
Pelicula Blazing Frontier Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-09-04
Pelicula Raiders of Red Gap Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al "Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-09-30
Pelicula Devil Riders Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-11-05
Pelicula Wolves of the Range Fuzzy Q. Jones 1943-06-21
Pelicula Cattle Stampede Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1943-08-16
Pelicula Law of the Saddle Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St.John) 1943-07-28
Pelicula The Lone Rider in Cheyenne Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1942-03-20
Pelicula Jesse James, Jr. Pop Sawyer 1942-03-25
Pelicula Stagecoach Express Dusty Jenkins 1942-03-06
Pelicula Valley of the Sun Bearded Man Hurrying to Wedding 1942-02-06
Pelicula Billy The Kid's Smoking Guns Fuzzy (as Al {Fuzzy} St.John in opening credits also) 1942-05-01
Pelicula The Lone Rider and the Bandit Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1942-01-16
Pelicula Billy the Kid Trapped Fuzzy Jones 1942-02-27
Pelicula Texas Justice Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1942-06-05
Pelicula Overland Stagecoach Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1942-10-10
Pelicula Outlaws of Boulder Pass Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1942-11-28
Pelicula Border Roundup Fuzzy (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1942-09-18
Pelicula The Mysterious Rider Fuzzy Q. Jones 1942-11-20
Pelicula Prairie Pals Hank Stoner 1942-09-04
Pelicula Law and Order Fuzzy Jones 1942-08-21
Pelicula Sheriff Of Sage Valley Fuzzy Jones 1942-09-02
Pelicula The Apache Kid Stage Guard Dangle 1941-04-11
Pelicula Billy The Kid's Fighting Pals Fuzzy (as Al 'Fuzzy' St.John) 1941-04-17
Pelicula The Lone Rider Crosses the Rio Fuzzy Jones 1941-02-28
Pelicula Billy the Kid's Range War Fuzzy 1941-01-24
Pelicula The Lone Rider Rides On Fuzzy 1941-01-10
Pelicula The Lone Rider in Ghost Town Fuzzy 1941-05-16
Pelicula A Missouri Outlaw Dan Willoughby 1941-11-25
Pelicula Billy the Kid in Santa Fe Fuzzy Jones 1941-07-11
Pelicula Billy The Kid Wanted Fuzzy (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John) 1941-10-03
Pelicula Billy The Kid's Round-Up Fuzzy Jones (as Al Fuzzy St.John) 1941-12-12
Pelicula The Lone Rider Ambushed Fuzzy Jones 1941-08-29
Pelicula The Lone Rider in Frontier Fury Fuzzy 1941-08-08
Pelicula Billy the Kid in Texas Fuzzy 1940-09-29
Pelicula Murder on the Yukon Bill Smithers 1940-02-25
Pelicula Marked Men Gimpy - a thug 1940-09-30
Pelicula Billy the Kid Outlawed Fuzzy Jones 1940-07-20
Pelicula Li'l Abner Joe Smithpan 1940-11-09
Pelicula Friendly Neighbors Smokey 1940-11-17
Pelicula Billy the Kid's Gun Justice Fuzzy 1940-12-27
Pelicula Texas Terrors Frosty Larson 1940-11-22
Pelicula Trigger Pals Fuzzy 1939-01-13
Pelicula Oklahoma Terror Fuzzy Glass 1939-08-24
Pelicula Knight of the Plains Fuzzy 1938-05-07
Pelicula Call of The Yukon Joe 1938-04-18
Pelicula Songs and Bullets Fuzzy Martin 1938-05-14
Pelicula Start Cheering Station Master 1938-03-03
Pelicula Gunsmoke Trail Fuzzy 1938-05-26
Pelicula Exposed Flophouse Bum 1938-11-05
Pelicula Frontier Scout Whiney Roberts 1938-09-16
Pelicula Love Nest on Wheels Uncle Jed 1937-03-26
Pelicula The Roaming Cowboy Fuzzy 1937-01-04
Pelicula Melody of the Plains Fuzzy 1937-04-01
Pelicula Sing Cowboy Sing Duke Evans 1937-05-22
Pelicula A Lawman Is Born Eli Root 1937-06-21
Pelicula The Outcasts of Poker Flat Uncle Billy 1937-04-16
Pelicula The Fighting Deputy Fuzzy 1937-12-05
Pelicula A Face in the Fog Elmer 1936-02-01
Pelicula Millionaire Kid Matthews 1936-03-13
Pelicula Hopalong Cassidy Returns Luke (credit only) 1936-10-16
Pelicula West of Nevada Walla Walla Wiggins 1936-07-21
Pelicula Midnight Phantom Radio Officer Jones 1935-11-26
Pelicula The Law of 45's Stoney Martin 1935-12-01
Pelicula Bar 20 Rides Again Henchman Cinco 1935-12-06
Pelicula Trigger Tom Stub Macey 1935-12-14
Pelicula Buzzin' Around Al 1933-02-03
Pelicula From Headquarters Detainee Touching Cigarette Pack (uncredited) 1933-11-06
Pelicula His Private Secretary Tom - Garage Owner 1933-06-10
Pelicula Police Court Skid 1932-02-19
Pelicula Bridge Wives Al Smith 1932-02-21
Pelicula Harem Scarem 1932-04-10
Pelicula Aloha Sailor 1931-04-26
Pelicula Mlle. Irene The Great 1931-04-15
Pelicula The Door Knocker The Door Knocker 1931-11-07
Pelicula Hell Harbor Bunion 1930-03-14
Pelicula Western Knights 1930-04-20
Pelicula Two Fresh Eggs 1930-07-05
Pelicula The Land of Missing Men Buckshot - Steve's sidekick 1930-10-14
Pelicula She Goes to War Bill 1929-06-07
Pelicula The Dance of Life Bozo 1929-08-16
Pelicula Hot or Cold 1928-12-01
Pelicula Painted Post Joe Nimble 1928-07-01
Pelicula Listen Lena Al Adams 1927-02-12
Pelicula American Beauty Waiter 1927-10-09
Pelicula Jungle Heat 1927-04-24
Pelicula His Taking Ways 1926-02-02
Pelicula El maquinista de La General Officer on Horseback (uncredited) 1926-12-31
Pelicula Dynamite Doggie Al 1925-03-21
Pelicula The Iron Mule The Engineer 1925-04-12
Pelicula Fair Warning Jay Walker 1925-09-26
Pelicula Fire Away 1925-11-08
Pelicula Curses Buttonshoe Bill 1925-05-16
Pelicula Lovemania 1924-12-24
Pelicula A Studio Rube 1922-03-19
Pelicula All Wet 1922-09-02
Pelicula Out of Place 1922-11-18
Pelicula El guardaespaldas Man on beach during target practice 1921-04-18
Pelicula El espantapájaros (C) Man with Motorbike 1920-12-22
Pelicula Trouble 1920-03-08
Pelicula Love Al Clove - Fatty's Rival (uncredited) 1919-03-01
Pelicula Keaton entre bastidores Machiniste / Stagehand 1919-09-07
Pelicula El sheriff Wild Bill Hickup 1918-01-20
Pelicula A Scrap of Paper The Crown Prince 1918-10-13
Pelicula Fatty y las estrellas Mountain Man 1918-05-12
Pelicula El botones Desk Clerk 1918-03-18
Pelicula Buenas noches, enfermera Surgeon's Assistant 1918-06-30
Pelicula Fatty en la cocina Holdup Man 1918-09-15
Pelicula A Reckless Romeo The Pretty Girl's Boyfriend 1917-05-21
Pelicula El carnicero Alum 1917-04-23
Pelicula Noche de bodas Rival employee 1917-08-20
Pelicula Tres pies al gato Cook 1917-06-25
Pelicula A Country Hero City Gent 1917-12-10
Pelicula Fatty en la feria Old Friend of Fatty's Wife 1917-10-29
Pelicula Oh, Doctor Gambler 1917-09-30
Pelicula Fatty and Mabel Adrift Hiram Perkins' Son 1916-01-09
Pelicula He Did and He Didn’t The Bounding Burglar 1916-01-29
Pelicula The Waiters' Ball The Waiter 1916-06-25
Pelicula His Wife's Mistakes 1916-04-02
Pelicula A Bird's a Bird 1915-02-08
Pelicula Mabel and Fatty’s Married Life Lead Cop (uncredited) 1915-02-10
Pelicula Fatty and Mabel’s Simple Life The Squire's Son 1915-01-17
Pelicula That Little Band Of Gold Waiter (uncredited) 1915-03-14
Pelicula El nuevo trabajo de Fatty Cop (uncredited) 1915-02-01
Pelicula Fatty’s Faithful Fido Fatty's Rival 1915-03-19
Pelicula Crossed Love and Swords A Bosom Friend 1915-05-12
Pelicula Fatty’s Plucky Pup Dog Catcher (uncredited) 1915-06-27
Pelicula When Love Took Wings Hank Perkins, Fatty's Rival 1915-04-01
Pelicula Droppington's Family Tree Waiter 1915-04-11
Pelicula Mabel, vendedora ambulante Policeman 1914-06-13
Pelicula Charlot, en la vida conyugal Delivery Boy 1914-06-20
Pelicula Those Country Kids Mr. Reddy 1914-08-19
Pelicula Charlot, árbitro Boxer, Pug's Rival 1914-06-11
Pelicula Aventuras extraordinarias de Mabel Bellboy (uncredited) 1914-02-14
Pelicula In the Clutches of the Gang Cop 1914-01-17
Pelicula Charlot en el baile Guest in Convict Costume (uncredited) 1914-03-09
Pelicula Charlot, huesped ideal Boarder (uncredited) 1914-04-04
Pelicula Charlot en el cabaret Singer (uncredited) 1914-04-27
Pelicula Charlot y Fatty en el café Bellhop / Waiter 1914-09-07
Pelicula Charlot conserje Elevator boy 1914-09-14
Pelicula Charlot, prehistórico Caveman 1914-12-07
Pelicula Fatty's Magic Pants Party Guest (uncredited) 1914-12-13
Pelicula Fatty's Jonah Day Fatty's Rival 1914-11-15
Pelicula Leading Lizzie Astray Cafe Patron / Bouncer (uncredited) 1914-11-30
Pelicula El romance de Charlot Water Policeman (uncredited) 1914-11-14
Pelicula Lover's Luck Fatty's Rival 1914-09-15
Pelicula Mabel's Blunder Mabel's brother 1914-10-14
Pelicula Shot in the Excitement The Daughter's Suitor 1914-10-26
Pelicula Her Birthday Present 1913-02-14
Pelicula A Noise from the Deep 1913-07-17
Pelicula His Sister's Kids Cop 1913-12-13
Pelicula Mother's Boy Cop 1913-09-25
Pelicula The Riot Man in Pool Hall 1913-08-07