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Original Name
John Forest
Birth
Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia, USA
Death
23 Feb 1976 (aged 74)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot
Evergreen Area (block J), lot 1, section 9820.
Memorial ID
6725725 View Source

Actor. Born John Forest Knight, he joined a traveling minstrel show as a musician at age 15. While attending the University of West Virginia, he supported himself as the drummer in his own band and also was the composer of the West Virginia University, "WVU Fight Song". Because of his musicianship, he left school, started playing on the cabaret circuits and appeared in Earl Carroll's Vanities on Broadway in 1927. He was appearing with Mae West in vaudeville stage musicals when he broke into films. He appeared with her in "She Done Him Wrong" (1933). His comic style had given him the nickname 'Fuzzy' and over the next thirty years, he appeared in nearly 200 films. He was in scores of Western films and was listed among the Top Ten Money-Making Western Stars of the 1940s. His credits include "Moulin Rouge" (1934), "The Cat's Paw" (1934), "The Oregon Trail" (1939), "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" (1941) and "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1951). For television, he was a regular on "The Gene Autry Show", Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok", "Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legend", "Lawman" and "The Joey Bishop Show". After he retired in early 1960s, he continued to make occasional appearances.

Actor. Born John Forest Knight, he joined a traveling minstrel show as a musician at age 15. While attending the University of West Virginia, he supported himself as the drummer in his own band and also was the composer of the West Virginia University, "WVU Fight Song". Because of his musicianship, he left school, started playing on the cabaret circuits and appeared in Earl Carroll's Vanities on Broadway in 1927. He was appearing with Mae West in vaudeville stage musicals when he broke into films. He appeared with her in "She Done Him Wrong" (1933). His comic style had given him the nickname 'Fuzzy' and over the next thirty years, he appeared in nearly 200 films. He was in scores of Western films and was listed among the Top Ten Money-Making Western Stars of the 1940s. His credits include "Moulin Rouge" (1934), "The Cat's Paw" (1934), "The Oregon Trail" (1939), "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" (1941) and "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1951). For television, he was a regular on "The Gene Autry Show", Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok", "Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legend", "Lawman" and "The Joey Bishop Show". After he retired in early 1960s, he continued to make occasional appearances.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Cinnamonntoast4
  • Added: 27 Aug 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 6725725
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6725725/fuzzy-knight: accessed ), memorial page for Fuzzy Knight (9 May 1901–23 Feb 1976), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6725725, citing Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .