Knight in Adventures of Gallant Bess (1948)
|Born||John Forrest Knight
May 9, 1901
Fairmont, West Virginia
|Died||February 23, 1976
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
|Alma mater||West Virginia University|
John Forrest "Fuzzy" Knight (May 9, 1901 – February 23, 1976) was an American film and television actor. He was also a singer, especially in his early career. He appeared in more than 180 films between 1928 and 1967, usually as a cowboy hero's comic sidekick.
He attended nearby West Virginia University where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, a cheerleader and law student. He wrote a pep song, "Fight Mountaineers," which is still frequently used by the Mountaineer Marching Band 90 years later. He also wrote the melody for a WVU song entitled "To Thee Our Alma Mater," with words by fellow graduate David A. Christopher. He formed his own band in college and played drums, eventually leaving school to perform in vaudeville and in big bands such as Irving Aaronson's and George Olsen's.
Eventually his musical and comedy skills took him to New York, where he appeared in Earl Carroll's Vanities of 1927 and on Broadway in Here's Howe and Ned Wayburn's Gambols. He was billed under his nickname, Fuzzy (given him because of his peculiarly soft voice).:236
While touring with bands, Knight came to Hollywood and appeared in several musical short films for MGM and Paramount between 1928 and 1932. Mae West gave him his first notable film role in She Done Him Wrong, and he went on to play in hundreds of films over the next 30 years. By the 1940s, he was primarily playing in Western movies and was voted one of the Top Ten Money-Making Stars in Westerns in 1940.:236
Knight became famous to a new generation when he co-starred as Buster Crabbe's sidekick (using his own name as Private Fuzzy Knight) on the 1955 television series Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion.:236 In semi-retirement thereafter, Knight continued to make occasional appearances in films and TV shows through 1967.
He died in his sleep at the Motion Picture Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, and was survived by his wife, actress Patricia Ryan (née Thelma de Long).:236 He was buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in Burbank, California. His grave is next to that of the grave of Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom, Knight's two-time co-star, who died less than two weeks after Knight.
|1932||Fighting For Justice||Playing himself||Song singer at piano|
|1933||Her Bodyguard||Danny Dare|
|1935||Home on the Range|
|Danger Ahead||Fred Klein||Delicatessen Owner (singer/pianist)|
|1936||The Trail of the Lonesome Pine||Tater|
|Palm Springs||off screen credit|
|Courage of the West||Hank Givens||First of four as the comic sidekick of Bob Baker|
|The Singing Outlaw||Longhorn||Second with Bob Baker|
|1938||Spawn of the North||Lefty Jones|
|The Cowboy and the Lady||Buzz|
|1940||Chip of the Flying U||"Weary"|
|Law and Order||Deadwood|
|1941||Law of the Range||Chap|
|The Shepherd of the Hills||Mr. Palestrom|
|1945||Song of the Sarong||Pete McGillicutty|
|Renegades of the Rio Grande||Ranger Trigger Bidwell||Alternative title: Bank Robbery|
|1947||The Egg and I||Cab Driver|
|1951||Skipalong Rosenbloom||Sneaky Pete||Alternative title: Square Shooter|
|1965||The Bounty Killer||Captain Luther|
|1950–1951||The Gene Autry Show||Sagebrush - Sidekick||4 episodes|
|1955–1957||Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion||Pvt. Fuzzy Knight||33 episodes|
|1959||The Man and the Challenge||Burro Charlie||1 episode|
|1960||Outlaws||Isaac Miller||1 episode|
|1962||The Tall Man||Johnny Red||"Trial by Fury"|
|The Joey Bishop Show||Charles Porter||2 episodes|
- United States Federal Census 1920; Fairmont Ward 8, Marion, West Virginia; Roll: T625_1961; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 27; Image: 1015.
- "Our Cheer Leader". The Delta of Sigma Nu fraternity. Sigma Nu Fraternity. 39: 527–528. 1922. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
- Corneau, Ernest. Hall of Fame of Western Film Stars. Christopher Publishing, 1969, p. 235
- Fuzzy Knight obituary, Variety, March 3, 1976
- Internet Broadway Database http://ibdb.com/person.php?id=67987
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.