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March 24, 1895
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||December 21, 1962 (aged 67)|
Hollywood, California, U.S.
(m. 1920; div. 1941)
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. In the silent film days of the 1920s, he had his own series of two-reel comedy shorts.
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.
Saylor was also the second television "Bozo the Clown" on KTTV Ch. 11 in Hollywood, California during the early 1950s.
Personal life and deathEdit
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. He died in Hollywood in 1962, aged 67.
The Hawk of Wild River 1952==Selected filmography==
- The Winking Idol (1926) - The Tramp
- The Ridin' Rascal (1926)
- The Runaway Express (1926) - The Tramp
- Red Hot Leather (1926) - 'Noisy' Bates
- The Mystery Rider (1928)
- Just Off Broadway (1929) - Bennie Barnett
- Cat, Dog & Co. (1929, Short) - Pedestrian (uncredited)
- Shanghai Rose (1929) - Xavier Doolittle
- The Border Legion (1930)
- Playthings of Hollywood (1930)
- The Light of Western Stars (1930)
- Men Without Law (1930) - Hank
- No Limit (1931)
- I Take This Woman (1931)
- Law of the Sea (1932)
- Tangled Destinies (1932)
- Lady and Gent (1932) costarring John Wayne
- The Crusader (1932)
- The Nuisance (1933)
- Silent Men (1933)
- Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1934)
- Marrying Widows (1934)
- The Lost Jungle (1934)
- Mystery Mountain (1934)
- The Headline Woman (1935)
- Ladies Crave Excitement (1935)
- Streamline Express (1935)
- The Fighting Coward (1935)
- Wilderness Mail (1935)
- Kelly the Second (1936)
- Prison Shadows (1936)
- The Three Mesquiteers (1936)
- Exiled to Shanghai (1937)
- The Lady Escapes (1937)
- Guns in the Dark (1937) as Oscar
- The Wrong Road (1937)
- Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) - John Johnston
- A Gentleman at Heart (1942)
- The Lone Star Ranger (1942)
- That Other Woman (1942)
- Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) - Star Boarder (uncredited)
- Doughboys in Ireland (1943)
- Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)
- Three of a Kind (1944)
- Ambush Trail (1946)
- Gas House Kids Go West (1947)
- The Arkansas Swing (1948)
- High Noon (1952) - Old Timer on Hotel Porch (uncredited)
- Toughest Man Alive (1955)
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