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Syd Saylor
Leo Sailor

24 March 1895
Died21 December 1962(1962-12-21) (aged 67)
Years active1926 - 1962
The Lost Jungle, Studio City Walk of Fame, Ventura Blvd. at Laurel Canyon, Studio City, Calif.
The Lost Jungle, Studio City Walk of Fame, Ventura Blvd. at Laurel Canyon, Studio City, Calif.

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

Early years

Saylor's father, George Sailor, was in San Francisco when the big 1906 San Francisco earthquake hit the area. He was never seen again. Syd 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. Syd's uncle used his connections in the Hollywood film industry to get Syd's foot in the door to films. In the silent film days of the 1920s, he had his own series of two-reel shorts.[citation needed]

Saylor graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago and worked as an artist before venturing into acting.[1]


Saylor went on to have a prolific career as a character actor, set apart from other character actors by his bulging eyes, stuttering speech, and a protruding Adam's apple. He appeared in everything from comedies to westerns, usually as the hero's comical sidekick.[citation needed]

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


Saylor died in Hollywood in 1962, aged 67.

Selected filmography

Syd Saylor Diamond, Studio City Walk of Fame
Syd Saylor Diamond, Studio City Walk of Fame


  1. ^ "(untitled brief)". Shamokin News-Dispatch. Pennsylvania, Shamokin. 24 February 1944. p. 10.

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