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Al Ferguson

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Band Wagon (1953)
  • Lowest Rated: 63% Samson and Delilah (1949)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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

Box
Office

Year

86% East of Eden Carnival Person 1955
No Score Yet Rose Marie Woodsman 1954
100% The Band Wagon Stagehand 1953
86% 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
76% A Place in the Sun Bailiff 1951
100% 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
63% 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
80% 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 Salome, Where She Danced Deputy 1945
No Score Yet Lightning Raiders Lorrin 1945
100% Road to Utopia Policeman 1945
No Score Yet Harmony Trail Red 1944
No Score Yet The Pearl of Death Guard 1944
87% Gaslight Bit part 1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington Miner 1944
86% 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
78% 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 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 The Fighting Stallion Steve Mays 1926

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