Stan Laurel was an English comic actor, writer, and film director who was part of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. He appeared with his comedy partner Oliver Hardy in 107 short films, feature films, and cameo roles. Laurel began his career in music hall, where he developed a number of his standard comic devices, including the bowler hat, the deep comic gravity, and the nonsensical understatement. His performances polished his skills at pantomime and music hall sketches. He was a member of "Fred Karno's Army", where he was Charlie Chaplin's understudy. He and Chaplin arrived in the United States on the same ship from the United Kingdom with the Karno troupe. Laurel began his film career in 1917 and made his final appearance in 1951. He appeared with his comic partner Oliver Hardy in the film short The Lucky Dog in 1921, although they did not become an official team until late 1927. He then appeared exclusively with Hardy until retiring following his comedy partner's death in 1957.
|Born:||Arthur Stanley Jefferson, June 16, 1890, Ulverston, Lancashire, England|
|Died:||February 23, 1965, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Occupation:||Actor, writer, comedian, entertainer, film director|
|Partner(s):||Mae Charlotte Dahlberg (1919–1925)|
|Website:||Stan Laurel's Official site|
|IMDb:||Stan Laurel's IMDb|
About Stan Laurel
Comedian best known for his 107 films with acting partner Oliver Hardy. Together, he and Hardy starred in such 1930s productions as The Music Box, Way Out West, The Flying Deuces and Sons of the Desert. His comedic devices included nonsensical understatements and a bowler hat.
As a member of Fred Karno's Army, he served as an understudy to Charlie Chaplin. He gave his debut professional performance in a stage play called The Panopticon in Glasgow.
His successful career earned him a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His parents were stage actors Arthur and Margaret Jefferson. He married Virginia Ruth Rogers in 1938 and again in 1941. He had two children, Lois and Stanley.
He helped comedian Jerry Lewis on his 1960 film The Bellboy, and Lewis named his character in the film Stanley to pay tribute to him.
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- Laurel and Hardy
- Comedians from Lancashire
- Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
- English entertainers
- Hal Roach Studios actors
- Silent film comedians
- English stunt performers
- People educated at Stonelaw High School
- 20th Century Fox contract players
- Academy Honorary Award recipients
- Music hall performers
- British expatriate male actors in the United States
- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract players
- English male silent film actors
- Burials at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
- English male comedians
- 19th-century English people