Sailor Sharkey

born: 03 August 1891
San Luis Obispo, California,
United States of America
died: 08 December 1951
Salem, Oregon,
United States of America
(congestive heart failure, age 60)

American actor, allegedly a former boxer and purportedly of Native American descent. Also known as Jack Sharkey and Sharkey Weimar.
Not to be confused with the Irish boxer Thomas "Sailor Tom" Sharkey (1873-1953). While "our" Sailor has a wavily-crooked nose that would certainly suggest some possible pugilism, I get the feeling his later tales and boasts as reported in newspaper articles may have been an attempt to conflate himself with the original "Sailor."
Real name: Joseph Stephen Weimer
Height: 6'0"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


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Acknowledgements: (1910 Census) (WWI draft reg. card) (1920 Census) (1925 marriage) (1930 marriage) (1940 Census) (WWII draft reg. card) (death certificate) (Find a Grave) (Social Security Numident File) (Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov 1925) (San Pedro Daily Pilot, 13 Nov 1925) (Oakland Tribune, 13 Nov 1925) (Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 14 Nov 1925) (Billboard, 28 Nov 1925) (Los Angeles Evening Express, 04 Mar 1930) (Illustrated Daily News [Los Angeles, CA], 05 Mar 1930) (Santa Cruz News, 25 Aug 1934) ("Hollywouldn't," 1925 comedy short -- co-starring Sailor)
'The Standard' casting directories of 1927/28.
Steve Rydzewski (information)
Jesse Brisson (bio notes and research)

This page was last updated on: 18 July 2023