Al Forbes • Another Nice Mess
Al Forbes

born: 05 April 1891
Halifax, Nova Scotia,
Canada
died: ?
?
?

Tall, slender Canadian-born actor who previously co-starred in L-KO comedies with Merta Sterling (1917-18), only to pop up again in a handful of Hal Roach comedies (1923-24). The 1901 Canada Census and his 1927 naturalization record both give 5 April as Al's birth date, but his World War I draft registration card says 15 April.
Real name: John Alastair Forbes
Height: 6'0"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.

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1923
The Soilers
[?]

1924
Postage Due
[?]

1924
The Cake Eater
Representative

1924
Zeb vs. Paprika
[?]

1924
Rupert Of Hee Haw
[?]

1924
Wide Open Spaces
General Custer

1924
Short Kilts
[?]

1926
The Old War-Horse
Union soldier

Acknowledgements:
https://www.familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/1:1:MWK1-293 ([unnamed] "Forbs" [sic] in 1891 Canada Census)
http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/. item/?app=Census1891&op=img& id=30953_148116-00349 (1891 Canada Census sheet, line 22)
https://www.familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-BQ1 (1901 Canada Census, with parents & Margaret, claims born in Scotland)
http://data2. collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/ z001/jpg/z000011133.jpg (1901 Canada Census sheet, line 24)
https://www.familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/1:1:MGVD-GP8 (1910 Census, line 99 - with Helen & Margaret)
https://www.familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/1:1:MHQK-FHC (1920 Census, line 17 - as "Albert")
https://www.familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/1:1:QGP2-1Z83 (1927 naturalization)
https://archive.org/stream/ movingpicturewee59movi_1#page/ n168/mode/1up/search/%22al+ forbes%22 (Moving Picture Weekly, 8 Sep 1917)
https://archive.org/stream/ movingpicturewee59movi_1#page/ n433/mode/1up/search/%22al+ forbes%22 (Moving Picture Weekly, 13 Oct 1917)
https://www.familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/1:1:FLP2-QNS (mother Helen's death)
https://www.findagrave.com/ memorial/79177965 (mother Helen at Find a Grave)
https://www.familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/1:1:QVRF-VPN7 (sister Margaret's birth)
https://www.familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/1:1:QKNY-1GRV (Margaret's 1922 marriage)
https://www.familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/1:1:FLV2-M8V (Margaret's death)
https://www.familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/1:1:MHF5-JGD (Helen, Margaret & stepfather Wm C. Roope in 1920 Census)
https://www.familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/1:1:N355-ZCZ (Wm C. Roope's death)
Jim Jarvis (information)
Jesse Brisson (research and help; identification in The Old War-Horse)

This page was last updated on: 15 July 2018