Fuzzy Knight

Biography

Born: John Forrest Knight May 9, 1901 in Fairmont, West Virginia, USA Died: February 23, 1976 (age 74) in Hollywood, California, USA American character actor primarily of Western "sidekick" roles. Born John Forest Knight in Fairmont, West Virginia, Knight joined a traveling minstrel show as a musician at age 15. He attended The University of West Virginia as a law student, supporting himself as the drummer in his own band. Finding music more rewarding, he left school and played on the vaudeville and cabaret circuits. He appeared in Earl Carroll's Vanities of 1927 and on Broadway as a musical performer in "Here's Howe" and "Ned Wayburn's Gambols." He also played drums for the Irving Aaronson and George Olsen big bands. According to Knight's "Variety" obituary, he appeared in a number of short films for MGM and Paramount from 1928 to 1931, though the titles of these films are apparently unknown. Mae West saw Knight in vaudeville and championed him for her film She Done Him Wrong (1933) and gave him his first substantive film role. His comic style and the soft voice which had given him his nickname stood him in good stead in movies, and he appeared in nearly 200 films over the next thirty years. His singing was a memorable part of the films The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936) and The Shepherd of the Hills (1941), but it was as a Western sidekick that he gained his greatest fame. He played the comic pal of Johnny Mack Brown and other cowboy heroes in scores of Westerns, and was listed among the Top Ten Money-Making Western Stars in 1940. In the 1950s, he gained new audiences with his sidekick role on Buster Crabbe's TV series Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion (1955). He retired in 1960, but continued to make occasional appearances. He died in his sleep at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California at 74, survived by his wife, actress Patricia Ryan (née Thelma de Long). He is buried in an unmarked grave next to the grave of comedian Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom at Valhalla Memorial Park in Burbank, California. Spouse (1) Thelma de Long (aka Patricia Ryan) (? - 23 February 1976) (his death)

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To The Last Man

Jeff Morley

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Song of the Gringo

Slim

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Horror Island

Stuff Oliver

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Adventures of Gallant Bess

Woody

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Frontier Gal

Fuzzy

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Oklahoma Frontier

Frosty

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Boss of Bullion City

Burt Pennypacker

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Oklahoma raiders

Banjo Bonner

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Raiders of San Joaquin

Eustace Clairmont

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The old Chisholm Trail

Alvin Pendergast

Starring In
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Amateur Crook

Jape, the Gas-Station Attendant

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Vaudeville

Himself (archive footage)

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Hostile Guns

Buck, Reno Cowboy

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Bounty Killer

Captain Luther

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These Thousand Hills

Jacob Smith (uncredited)

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The Naked Hills

Pitch Man

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Wild Bill Elliott: Der Mann von Topeka

Pop Harrison

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Oklahoma Annie

Larry

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Feudin' Fools

Traps

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The Gunman

Blinkey

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Rancho Notorious

The Barber (uncredited)

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Show Boat

Trocadero Piano Player (uncredited)

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Gold Raiders

Sheriff

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Apache Chief

Sergeant Nevada

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Seemannslos

Lern Sykes (uncredited)

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Adventures of Gallant Bess

Woody

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The Egg and I

Cab Driver

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Frontier Gal

Fuzzy

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Cowboy and the Senorita

Fuzzy

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Oklahoma raiders

Banjo Bonner

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Corvette K-225

Cricket

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Raiders of San Joaquin

Eustace Clairmont

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The old Chisholm Trail

Alvin Pendergast

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Lady in a Jam

Govt. Man's Cabbie (uncredited)

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Juke Girl

Ike Harper

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Stagecoach Buckaroo

Clem

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The Shepherd of the Hills

Mr. Palestrom

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Badlands of Dakota

Hurricane Harry

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Horror Island

Stuff Oliver

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WC Fields: My Little Chickadee

Cousin Zeb

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Brigham Young

Pete

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Boss of Bullion City

Burt Pennypacker

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Bad Man From Red Butte

Spud

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Johnny Apollo

Cellmate

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Remember the Night

Bandleader at Barn Dance (uncredited)

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Union Pacific

Cookie

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Oklahoma Frontier

Frosty

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The Cowboy and the Lady

Buzz

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Spawn of the North

Lefty Jones

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Joy of Living

Sideshow Pianist and Singer (uncredited)

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Flying Fists

Spider

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Song of the Gringo

Slim

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The Plainsman

Dave

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The Sea Spoilers

Hogan

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The Trail of the Lonesome Pine

Tater

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Bars of Hate

Montague

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Top Flat

Fuzzy, Patsy's friend

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Danger Ahead

Fred Klein

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George White's 1935 Scandals

Sam Fogel (uncredited)

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Belle of the Nineties

Comedian

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Behold My Wife!

Photographer (uncredited)

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Music in the Air

Nick

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She Had to Choose

Wally

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The Girl from Missouri

Photographer with O'Sullivan (uncredited)

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Operator 13

Private Sweeney

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To The Last Man

Jeff Morley

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She Done Him Wrong

Ragtime Kelly

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Hell's Highway

Society Red

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