Stan Laurel

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Stan Laurel
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Arthur Stanley Jefferson

(1890-06-16)16 June 1890
Died23 February 1965(1965-02-23) (aged 74)
Cause of deathHeart attack
  • Actor
  • writer
  • comedian
  • entertainer
  • director
Years active1906–1957

Stan Laurel (16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965), was an English comic actor, writer, and director.

Short films[change | change source]

Stan Laurel in Mud and Sand (1922 short)

Laurel was born in Lancashire, England. He began his career in the late 1910s, to work with Charles Chaplin. Among his first works in this silent comedy short, Nuts in May (1917), Phoney Photos (1918), Just Rambling Along (1918) and Do You Love Your Wife? (1919), by Hal Roach, Mud and Sand (1922), When Knights Were Cold (1923), Smithy (1924), Postage Due (1924), Monsieur Don't Care (1924), and many more.

Stan and Oliver[change | change source]

In 1918 he starred with Oliver Hardy, in the short silent movie The Lucky Dog. That was the beginning of the famous duo, together again years later to form Laurel and Hardy. His first Hal Roach short with Hardy was Duck Soup (1927), followed by Slipping Wives (1927), Love 'Em and Weep (1927), Why Girls Love Sailors (1927), The Second 100 Years (1927), Call of the Cuckoo (1927), The Battle of the Century (1927). Short were a great success and catapulted the duo to stardom. They continued in short movies until 1931, his first feature film Pardon Us, by James Parrott. His biggest movies were The Devil's Brother (1933), Sons of the Desert (1934), Way Out West (1937), The Flying Deuces (1939).

His last film was Utopia (1951).

Television[change | change source]

Stan Laurel also did some work in television as NBC live program This is your Life, together with Oliver Hardy. He also made ​​appearances on the BBC, Grand Order of Water Rats (1955), where they performed a show reliving the old days of Laurel and Hardy.

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