Syd Saylor (born Leo Sailor; March 24, 1895 – December 21, 1962)[1] was an American comedic actor and movie cowboy sidekick who appeared in 395 films and television series between 1926 and 1962.

Syd Saylor
Syd Saylor in Woman on the Run (1950).jpg
Saylor in Woman on the Run (1950)
Leo Sailor

(1895-03-24)March 24, 1895
DiedDecember 21, 1962(1962-12-21) (aged 67)
Years active1926–1962
Marie Saylor
(m. 1920; div. 1941)

Early yearsEdit

Saylor's father, George Sailor, was in San Francisco when the 1906 San Francisco earthquake hit the area. He was never seen again. Saylor was a member of several local actors' groups and discovered he had a knack for making people laugh. An uncle was a captain in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department—and a former member of Mack Sennett's comedy troupe, The Keystone Kops. Saylor 's uncle used his connections in the Hollywood film industry to get Saylor 's foot in the door to films.[citation needed] In the silent film days of the 1920s, he had his own series of two-reel comedy shorts.[1]

Saylor graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago and worked as an artist before venturing into acting.[2]


Saylor went on to have a prolific career as a character actor, set apart from other character actors by his protruding Adam's apple and unique comedic speaking voice. He appeared in everything from comedies to westerns, usually as the hero's comical sidekick.[1]

Saylor was also the second television "Bozo the Clown" on KTTV Ch. 11 in Hollywood, California during the early 1950s.

Personal life and deathEdit

The Lost Jungle, Studio City Walk of Fame, Ventura Blvd. at Laurel Canyon, Studio City, Calif.

Saylor was married in Chicago in 1920. On September 5, 1941, his wife, Marie, obtained a divorce in Los Angeles. They had a daughter, Jeanne.[3] He died in Hollywood in 1962, aged 67.

The Hawk of Wild River 1952==Selected filmography==

Syd Saylor Diamond, Studio City Walk of Fame


  1. ^ a b c Erickson, Hal. "Syd Saylor". AllMovie. Archived from the original on November 18, 2020. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  2. ^ "(untitled brief)". Shamokin News-Dispatch. Pennsylvania, Shamokin. February 24, 1944. p. 10.
  3. ^ "Wife Divorces Syd Saylor". The New York Times. Associated Press. September 6, 1941. p. 32. Retrieved June 17, 2021.

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