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Laurel and Hardy , comedy team that is widely regarded as the greatest in film history. Stan Laurel original name Arthur Stanley Jefferson; b. June 16, , Lancashire, England—d. February 23, , Santa Monica , California, U. January 18, , Harlem, Georgia, U.
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Bann Norbert Aping. If you are using a browser that does not support frames, use the browser buttons to navigate back to the main menu. The son of a British showman, Stan Laurel had been raised in English music halls. In he made his first trip to America as a member of the Fred Karno musical-comedy troupe, which also included Charlie Chaplin. Laurel stayed in the United States, touring in vaudeville and landing an occasional movie job. Oliver Hardy had been destined for a military career, but opened a movie theater in Milledgeville, Georgia, instead. He next found work as an actor in Jacksonville, Florida, home of the Lubin film company.
Oliver Norvell Hardy born Norvell Hardy , January 18, — August 7, was an American comic actor and one half of Laurel and Hardy , the double act that began in the era of silent films and lasted from to He appeared with his comedy partner Stan Laurel in short films, feature films, and cameo roles. In most of his silent films before joining producer Hal Roach , he was billed on screen as "Babe Hardy. The elder Oliver Hardy assisted his father in running the vestiges of the family cotton plantation following the Civil War. He then bought a share in a retail business and was elected full-time Tax Collector for Columbia County, Georgia. The elder Hardy and Norvell married March 12, ; it was her second marriage and his third. The family moved to Madison, Georgia in before Norvell's birth.
Laurel and Hardy in a promotional still from their film, Way Out West. Laurel and Hardy are a popular comedy team composed of thin, English-born Stan Laurel — and heavy, American-born Oliver Hardy — They became famous during the early half of the 20th century for their work in motion pictures and also appeared on stage throughout America and Europe. The two comedians first worked together on The Lucky Dog. After a period appearing separately in several short films for the Hal Roach studio during the s, they began appearing in movie shorts together in Laurel and Hardy officially became a team the following year, and soon became Hal Roach's most famous and lucrative stars. The pair left the Roach studio in , then appeared in eight "B" comedies for 20th Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from to