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Also Known As: Died: November 2, 1992
Born: January 14, 1892 Cause of Death: cardiac arrest complicated by pneumonia
Birth Place: Elmira, New York, USA Profession: Producer ...
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Left home in Elmira, New York, to work as a truck driver in Seattle and a mule skinner and gold prospector in Alaska
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Hired by Universal Studios in Hollywood as a stuntman-extra for $5 a day; became acquainted with another unknown, Harold Lloyd
1914:
Formed the Rolin Company with Lloyd with backing they received from Pathe Pictures
1919:
Bought his own studio with the profits from Lloyd's popular "Lonesome Luke" series of shorts
1921:
Began the famous "Our Gang" series (later sometimes known as "The Little Rascals") of comedy shorts about a prankish group of children
1927:
Most notable career achievement: teaming two comedians under contract to his studio--Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
1939:
Made most famous dramatic feature, "Of Mice and Men", directed by Lewis Milestone
1948:
Formed the Hal Roach Television Corporation
1960:
Lost much of his fortune when his son made a deal with stock trader Alexander Guterma, whose business empire then collapsed
1985:
Appeared as one of the interviewees in the documentary, "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey"

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