September 10, 1892 ~ January 21, 1963
Al St. John was a pioneer of Old Hollywood and a native Californian. He started his film career over 100 years ago in 1912. He worked with Mack Sennett then was joined by his Uncle Roscoe Arbuckle in the teen years often playing a villain a kop or a foil. When looked at today Al’s stunts and acrobatics seem impossible to have been done without threat to life or limb. All for fun, making the audience laugh was his main objective. He appeared as a lead actor (in shorts as they were called) in early talkies in the 20’s and early 30’s or as a character actor sometimes with Classic Hollywood Stars, before they were stars: Clark Gable, Jean Arthur, William Powell, and Humphrey Bogart to name a few. Later in the 30’s and 40’s he found his niche as the comedy sidekick in Saturday morning Westerns starring Buster Crabbe then Lash La Rue. In the 1950’s he would often show up as a guest on the Gabby Hayes show in early television. Once described as ‘an angel unaware’ by co-star Lash La Rue there has been a resurgence of interest in Al St. John and his Silent Movies…Al has a Fan Club on Facebook, and has a huge following for his Fuzzy character from the group Western Trails Stars of the Silver Screen on Face Book. If you get a chance scope out his YouTube Channel, three of my favorite shorts can be seen there. Thank You Annichen for all of your hard work and dedication!
Happy Birthday Cousin Al!