Many of the great silent clowns were also great comic acrobats — and Al St. John was one of the best in the business. Being ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle’s nephew may have gotten him into the movies, but Al St. John’s natural talent and agility made him a star.
A trick bicycle rider and excellent all around athlete, the teenage St. John was brought to Mack Sennett’s Keystone Studios in 1914, where he played dozens of bit parts and occasional feature roles with Arbuckle. When Arbuckle moved to Paramount in 1917, St. John followed. Together with screen newcomer Buster Keaton, the trio produced some of the funniest comedies of the period.
In the 1930s, St. John grew whiskers and became “Fuzzy Q. Jones”, one of the screens most beloved B-western sidekicks.