Fuzzy Knight Biography

Place of Birth: Fairmont, West Virginia
Wiki Biography: 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.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Oregon Trail 1939 Action
Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion 1955 Adventure
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
She Done Him Wrong 1933 0, 0
The Murder Man 1935 Crime, Drama, Romance
Sea Spoilers Hogan 1936
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine 1936 Drama, Romance
The Cowboy and the Lady 1938 Biography, 0
Spawn of the North 1938 Action, Romance
The Oregon Trail 1939 Action, Adventure
My Little Chickadee 1940 Comedy
Johnny Apollo 1940 Crime, Drama, Romance
The Shepherd of the Hills 1941 Adventure, Drama
New York Town 1941 Comedy
The Great Alaskan Mystery 1944 Adventure
The Egg and I 1947 0
Gold Raiders 1951 Comedy