Al St. John

Al St. John
Film: North side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Sept. 10, 1893 in Santa Ana, CA
Died Jan. 21, 1963 of heart attack in Lyons, GA

Al St. John used his alter ego Fuzzy Q. Jones to essentially define the "comical sidekick" to cowboy heroes.

Born in Santa Ana, St. John got his start in silent films around 1912 playing bit parts. He eventually landed costarring and starring roles in short comic films.

His uncle, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, helped him snag roles and they appeared together frequently. St. John usually played Arbuckle's rival. He teamed with his uncle and Charles Chaplin in "The Rounders" (1914).

Arbuckle, St. John and Buster Keaton soon created a comedy trio and St. John took on leading man status with films such as "The Iron Mule" (1925) and "Bridge Wives" (1932).

St. John died of a heart attack in the arms of his wife, Flo Bell Moore. He died as arrangements were being made to reissue the films he made in 1914 to 1916 with his uncle. Dozens of St. John's early films were screened during the 56-film Arbuckle retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2006.

Over his four-decade career, St. John acted in 346 movies.

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