John George (actor)

John George (Arabic: جون جورج; born Tufei Fatella,[1] January 20, 1898 – August 25, 1968) was an actor who appeared in at least 130 movies from 1916 to 1960. George worked in films of all genres alongside countless stars although often for only the briefest of appearances, uncredited.

John George
John George, uncredited, in Mesa of Lost Women (1953). Another little person actor, Angelo Rossitto, also appeared in the film
Native name
جون جورج
Tufei Fatella

(1898-01-20)January 20, 1898
DiedAugust 25, 1968(1968-08-25) (aged 70)
Years active1916-1961

Early years

George was born in Aleppo, Syria. Little is known about his early life but he immigrated to the United States around 1911 and searched for his mother and sisters who seem to have settled in the Nashville, Tennessee, area.[2]


Eventually George found his way to Los Angeles and the early silent film industry. George may have begun his career in the Joseph De Grasse movie Bobbie of the Ballet (1916) as an uncredited "tenement dweller". George may have even appeared earlier than that in the 1915 serial The Broken Coin unbilled, as an actor who strongly favors him appears in a still photo from the chapter play with Francis Ford and Grace Cunard in Daniel Blum's Pictorial History of the Silent Screen.[3]

George went on to appear in Rex Ingram's Gothic melodrama Black Orchids (1917) as a character named Ali Bara. George worked in dozens of movies for Rex Ingram until 1926 when Ingram, tired of George's gambling, sent him home on a bus.

George became a regular in several 1920s silent films with Lon Chaney both at Universal Studios and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, including The Road to Mandalay, The Big City, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Outside The Law and The Unknown[4]. He also appeared in the Warner Brothers production Don Juan (1926) opposite John Barrymore, where he was the cruel dwarf Castle Keeper/Informer who delighted in exposing to Don Jose (Don Juan's father) the infidelities of his wife with another man. He also played Barnaby's minion in the 1934 Babes in Toyland[5]. George continued to appear in movie after movie until some time near his death.[6]


On August 25, 1968, George died from emphysema at age 70 in Los Angeles.[2]

Partial filmography

See also


  1. Cinefania:"Bizarre and Crazy Liliput:; Dwarves on the Screen"
  2. Scott, Tony (2001). The Stars of Hollywood Forever. ISBN 9781312916975. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  3. Pictorial History of the Silent Screen by Daniel Blum (1953) page 81 ("The Broken Coin", still)
  5. Everson, William K. The Complete Films of Laurel and Hardy. New York: Citadel, 2000, (first edition 1967). ISBN 0-8065-0146-4.
  6. John George; Retrieved December 16, 2016
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