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Unkempt, rough and tough looking members of the gang, or lynch mob, or vigilantes, or posse riders, or cow herders. They had minimal or no dialog, not much screen time, and were generally not listed in the film credits. Some would show up as a face in the crowd, portraying townspeople, barflys, deputies, wagon drivers, ranch hands, etc. We tend to recognize some of their faces, but have no clue as to their real names.


George Hazel
AKA 'Arizona Slim'

Full name:
George Jonathan Hazel

1890-1952

appeared in at least 50 westerns and 1 serial ... and still counting


Another face that shows up in 1930s-1940s B westerns is George Hazel.

Most all of his roles were typical of the background performers of that period - he was an unbilled/uncredited henchman, townsman, barfly, etc.

Ken Jones, co-author of Heroes, Heavies and Sagebrush, had info on Hazel: The real name of 'Arizona Slim' was George Hazel and he was born July 30, 1890 in Purcell, Oklahoma. He died January 29, 1952 as a result of a skull fracture after falling off of a bicycle in Palm Springs, California.

In the 1920 census (below), George is in Los Angeles and his occupation is "Cowboy - Motion Pictures". He probably appeared in some/many silents, but the films are lost, unavailable ... or no one has identified him as yet.

And George is on the payroll of the Universal Pictures police/security service when he registered for the World War II draft in 1942.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above - Blackie Whiteford on the left and George Hazel on the right in FIGHTING BILL FARGO (1941), one of the Johnny Mack Brown oaters for Universal. At the time this was filmed, Hazel and Whiteford were both about fifty years old.


  Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on George Hazel: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0371933/

The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), and California Death Index have information on George Hazel:

  • Ancestry had a record from the "U.S., Native American Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914" by the Dawes Commission. There is an entry for 12 year old George Hazel, born about 1890, enrolled September 25, 1902, Dawes Roll #14209, census card 169, and Tribal affiliation is Choctaw. In addition to George, the Dawes Roll includes his father Jonathan and several sisters and brothers.
  • 1910 census: 58 year old Johathan Hazel (born Texas), his 54 year old wife Evaleen (born Texas), 33 year old daughter Carrie (born Oklahoma), and 19 year old son George (born Oklahoma) are living in San Antonio, Texas: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M29R-KSF
    Ancestry had the 1910 census takers worksheet: no occupation listed for George, but father Jonathan is "Dealer - Live Stock".
  • World War I draft registration: George J. Hazel was born July 30, 1890 in Purcell, Oklahoma. He is single; home address is 319 Army Boulevard, San Antonio, Texas; occupation is "Cattleman"; employer is J. Hazel (his father) at 319 Army Boulevard, San Antonio; he has prior military service of 3 years as an Infantry Corporal in an un-named military unit: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-25121-28174-18?cc=1968530
  • 1920 census: 29 year old George J. Hazel (born Oklahoma) is one of many boarders at a rooming house/hotel in Los Angeles, California. There are other movie people living there including Gilbert 'Pee Wee' Holmes and Jacob W. Lundell [sic] (better known as Jack Lindell, the trainer of Rex, King of the Wild Horses): https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHQX-Q7R
    Ancestry had the 1920 census takers worksheet: Hazel is boarding at a rooming house/hotel at 1725-1727 Allessandro [sic] Street, Los Angeles. He is single and occupation is "Cowboy - Motion Pictures".
    (The 1700 block of Alessandro Street was in the Edendale section of Los Angeles, home of the old Bison studio, Mack Sennett/Keystone studio, and many other production companies.)
  • 1942 World War II draft registration: George Jonathan Hazel was born July 30, 1890 in Purcell, Oklahoma. His residence is Universal Studio (Police Department); contact is that Police Department; and his occupation/employer is "Motion Picture Studios (actor)": https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-16506-2937-36?cc=1861144
  • You may want to go to the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral and then to the California Death Index. There you will find a record for: George Jonathan Hazel, born July 30, 1890 in Oklahoma, Mother's maiden name of Irwin, and he passed away on January 29, 1952 in the Riverside, California area.

Info on the Dawes Rolls (or Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes, or Dawes Commission of Final Rolls): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawes_Rolls

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has George Slim Hazel interred at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Orange County, California: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=58969390




(Courtesy of Les Adams)

In the foreground are Nell O'Day and Ted Adams, and George Hazel is ready to pounce ... also from FIGHTING BILL FARGO.



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