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Al Ferguson

Highest Rated:   100% The Band Wagon (1953)
Lowest Rated:   50% Samson and Delilah (1949)
Birthday:   Not Available
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Enjoying one of the longest screen careers on record, Irish-born, English-reared Al Ferguson became one of the silent era's busiest Western villains, his wolf-like features instantly recognizable to action fans everywhere. According to the actor himself, Ferguson had entered films with the American company as early as 1910, and by 1912, he was appearing in Selig Westerns under the name of "Smoke" Ferguson, often opposite action heroine Myrtle Steadman. In 1920, Ferguson played Hector Dion's henchman in the partially extant The Lost City, the first of more than 40 serials, silent and sound, in which he would appear. Still reasonably good-looking by the early '20s, Ferguson even attempted to become an action star in his own right, producing, directing, and starring in a handful of low-budget Westerns filmed in Oregon and released to the States' Rights market by Poverty Row mogul J. Charles Davis. None of these potboilers, which included The Fighting Romeo (1925), with Ferguson as a ranch foreman rescuing his employer's kidnapped daughter, made him a star, however, and he returned to ply his nefarious trade in low-budget oaters featuring the likes of Bob Steele and Tom Tyler. Today, Ferguson is perhaps best remembered as the main heavy in two Tarzan serials, Tarzan the Mighty (1928) and Tarzan the Tiger (1929), both starring Frank Merrill. The later survives intact and Ferguson emerges as a melodramatic screen villain at the top of his game.Like most of his contemporaries, including Bud Osborne and the silent era James Mason, Al Ferguson saw his roles decrease in stature after the advent of sound. Not because of his Irish accent, which had become all but undetectable, but mainly due to changing acting styles. Ferguson, however, hung in there and appeared in scores of sound Westerns and serials, not exclusively portraying villains but also playing lawmen, peaceful ranchers, townsmen, and even a Native American or two. By the 1950s, he had included television shows such as Sky King to his long resumé, but B-Westerns and serials remained Ferguson's bread and butter, the now veteran actor appearing in the cast of both Perils of the Wilderness (1956) and Blazing the Overland Trail (1956), the final chapter plays to be released in America.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Sign of the Wolf
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Phantom
  • henchman
2001
88% East of Eden
  • Carnival Person
1955
No Score Yet Rose Marie
  • Woodsman
1954
100% The Band Wagon
  • Stagehand
1953
85% The War of the Worlds
  • Police Chief
1953
No Score Yet Million Dollar Mermaid
  • London Bobby
1952
89% Son of Paleface
  • Man
1952
No Score Yet Carrie
  • Patrons at Slawson'
1952
75% A Place in the Sun
  • Bailiff
1951
No Score Yet Vengeance Valley
  • Man
1951
No Score Yet Dallas
  • Citizen
1950
98% Sunset Boulevard
  • Phone Standby
1950
No Score Yet My Friend Irma Goes West
  • News vendor
1950
No Score Yet Francis
  • Capt. Dean
1950
No Score Yet Union Station
  • Detective
1950
50% Samson and Delilah
  • Villager
1949
No Score Yet Johnny Stool Pigeon
  • Porter
1949
70% Knock on Any Door
  • Guard
1949
No Score Yet The Accused
  • Judge
1949
No Score Yet Kiss the Blood Off My Hands
  • Marker
1948
No Score Yet Wild Harvest
  • Husky farmer
1947
No Score Yet Unconquered
  • Star of London Crewman
1947
91% Brute Force
  • Guard
1947
No Score Yet Overland Riders
  • Henchman Tug
1946
No Score Yet Prairie Outlaws
  • Henchman Kansas
1946
No Score Yet Saratoga Trunk
  • Cowhand
1946
No Score Yet Northwest Trail
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet Lady on a Train
  • Workman
1945
No Score Yet Wildfire
  • Steve Kane
1945
No Score Yet Lightning Raiders
  • Lorrin
1945
100% Road to Utopia
  • Policeman
1945
No Score Yet Salome, Where She Danced
  • Deputy
1945
No Score Yet Harmony Trail
  • Red
1944
No Score Yet The Pearl of Death
  • Guard
1944
83% Gaslight
  • Bit part
1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington
  • Miner
1944
83% Madame Curie
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Devil Riders
  • Stage Employee
1943
No Score Yet The North Star (Armored Attack)
  • Farmer
1943
No Score Yet Gangway for Tomorrow
  • Ed Gilroy
1943
No Score Yet Journey for Margaret
  • Policeman
1942
No Score Yet Captain Midnight
  • Gardo
1942
93% The Talk of the Town
  • Detective
1942
No Score Yet Valley of the Sun
  • Man on Street
1942
67% Reap the Wild Wind
  • Cutler Men in Barrel Room
1942
No Score Yet Texas to Bataan
  • Tuillax
1942
No Score Yet Dude Cowboy
  • henchman
1941
No Score Yet Saddle Mountain Roundup
  • Henchman (uncredited)
1941
91% My Little Chickadee
  • Train Passenger
1940
No Score Yet The House Across the Bay
  • Prison Guard
1940
No Score Yet Come On, Rangers
  • Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
1938
No Score Yet Rustler's Valley
  • Joe
1937
No Score Yet North of the Rio Grande
  • Plunkett
1937
No Score Yet Round-Up Time in Texas
  • Dunbar Police Captain (uncredited)
1937
No Score Yet Secret Agent X-9
  • henchman
1937
100% Show Boat
  • Gambler
1936
No Score Yet Rocket Ship
  • Soldier
1936
No Score Yet Spaceship to the Unknown
  • Soldier
1936
No Score Yet She Couldn't Take It (Woman Tamer)
  • Prisoner
1935
No Score Yet Desert Trail
  • Pete
1935
No Score Yet The Laramie Kid
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Pirate Treasure: Mutiny
  • Tony
1934
No Score Yet The Three Musketeers
  • Ali
1933
No Score Yet Desert Command
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Hurricane Express
  • Sandy
1932
No Score Yet Mystery Trooper
  • Jean Gregg
1932
No Score Yet Sign of the Wolf
  • Winslow
1931
No Score Yet Near the Rainbow's End
  • Buck Rankin
1930
No Score Yet Tarzan the Tiger
  • Albert Werper
1929
No Score Yet The Fighting Stallion
  • Steve Mays
1926
No Score Yet Hell Hounds of the Plains
  • Actor
1926

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