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Saddle Pals & Sidekicks



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Above from left to right are Allan Lane, I. Stanford Jolley and Eddy Waller in a lobby card from LEADVILLE GUNSLINGER (Republic, 1952).

Eddy C. Waller (1889-1977) started his filmwork in the mid 1930s and wound up being typecast in B western supporting roles and bit parts.  He is best remembered as 'Nugget Clark', the sidekick in many Republic films starring Allan 'Rocky' Lane.  In the early 1950s, Waller was 'Rusty Lee', the saddle pal to Douglas Kennedy in the short-lived TV series STEVE DONOVAN, WESTERN MARSHAL and then he portrayed the train conductor on the CASEY JONES TVer with Alan Hale, Jr.

Les Adams has Waller identified in about 200 sound films - that number includes 116 westerns and 6 cliffhangers.

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a picture of the grave marker for Eddy and Doris Waller at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6687

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Eddy Waller: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0909040/



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Above - Doris and Eddy Waller.




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Above is a portrait shot of John Forest 'Fuzzy' Knight (1901-1976). Below, Knight helps out Bob Baker (left) and Johnny Mack Brown (right) in their short-lived trio western series at Universal in the late 1930s. After a half dozen, Baker was out and Johnny Mack and Knight were a duo in over a dozen Universal oaters. Then Tex Ritter joined JMB and Fuzzy for seven.


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From L-to-R: Bob Baker, Knight and Johnny Mack Brown

In addition to JMB, Baker and Ritter, Knight was also the range pal to Kermit Maynard, Jack Randall, Rod Cameron, Kirby Grant and Whip Wilson (there's sections on all these cowboys in the Heroes section on the Old Corral and you'll find some further info and photos on Fuzzy Knight).

In the 1950s, he appeared in the TV show, CAPTAIN GALLANT OF THE FOREIGN LEGION which starred Buster Crabbe. He also occasionally popped up in A grade films. Examples: Knight is the leader of the musicians in the barn dance sequence in the Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck REMEMBER THE NIGHT (Paramount, 1940); and Fuzzy (and Walter Brennan) are the saddle pals to Gary Cooper in THE COWBOY AND THE LADY (Samuel Goldwyn, 1938).

Les Adams has Knight identified in nearly 200 sound films - that number includes 115 westerns and 2 cliffhangers.

You may want to go to the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral and check the California Death Index. There you will find a record for: John F. Knight, born 5/9/1901 in West Virginia, and he passed away on 2/23/1976. There is a corresponding record in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a picture of the grave marker for Knight at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6725725&pt=Fuzzy%20Knight

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on 'Fuzzy' Knight: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0460906/




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Above, Lee Roy 'Lasses' White (1888-1949) was the sidekick to Tim Holt (early 1940s) as well as Jimmy Wakely (late 1940s).  Above from L-to-R are Ray Whitley, White and a young Tim Holt at RKO prior to Holt entering World War II service. White also did some A grade movies and one of his better roles was as the singing U.S. Mail rider in the beginning of the Gary Cooper SERGEANT YORK (Warners, 1941).

Les Adams has White identified in 59 sound films, which includes 37 westerns and 1 serial.

Death certificate information: 61 year old Lee Roy White was born August 28, 1888 in Texas and his parents were Edmond White and Penola King. His occupation was "Actor - Stage and Radio", and he was not a military veteran. He and wife Norma White lived at 200 Thurston Avenue, Los Angeles and she was the death certificate informant. White had suffered from lymphatic leukemia for about three years and passed away at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, Los Angeles on December 16, 1949. Burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, California.

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a photo of White's grave marker at Forest Lawn - Glendale, California: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10370

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on 'Lasses' White: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0925113/




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Above from L-to-R are Dave 'Tex' O'Brien, Tex Ritter and Guy Wilkerson (1899 - 1971), the final three members of PRC's Texas Rangers trio series. His real name was Guy Owen Wilkerson, and his role with the Texas Rangers was as 'Panhandle Perkins'. He and O'Brien had worked together earlier - Wilkerson was sidekick 'Ichabod Mudd' to O'Brien who had the lead in the CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (Columbia, 1942) cliffhanger.

Les Adams has Wilkerson identified in 107 sound films - that number includes 73 westerns and 3 cliffhangers.

In his later years, he did a significant quantity of film and TV work in both westerns and non-westerns. Examples: he was the restaurant counterman (clean shaven and sans moustache) in the 1960 Twilight Zone episode "Nick of Time" which starred William Shatner and Patricia Breslin; and he was the jury foreman in the Gregory Peck TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Universal, 1962).

You may want to go to the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral and check the California Death Index. There you will find a record for: Guy O. Wilkerson, born 12/21/1899 in Texas, and he passed away on 7/8/1971. There is a corresponding record in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a photo of Wilkerson's grave marker at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11486

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Guy Wilkerson: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0929116/

There's a production still from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Liam's United States of Cinema blog. On the left is Jess Cavin with white hair and mustache and white suspenders sitting next to clean shaven jury foreman Guy Wilkerson. On the far right is presiding judge Paul Fix, a close friend to John Wayne and director John Ford: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_34acDXkrjGI/TCys4PbtjxI/AAAAAAAAAAc/_Hei-PKCLfA/s1600/tkam1.jpg


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