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Oliver Hardy

Oliver Hardy


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Also Known As: Died: August 7, 1957
Born: January 18, 1892 Cause of Death: complications from a stroke
Birth Place: Harlem, Georgia, USA Profession: Cast ...


Toured as boy tenor with Coburn Minstrel Show
Entered show business through "the real business end" as manager of a movie theater in Milledgeville, Georgia
Took off for Jacksonville, Florida to try his luck in the "flickers"
Appeared in an amazing total of over 100 films, working primarily at two Jacksonville studios, the Lubin and Vim companies
Made "Lucky Dog", by chance supporting a young comic named Stan Laurel in the lead role
Appeared as the Tin Woodsman in the silent version of "The Wizard of Oz"
Reunited with Laurel at Roach, acting in "Yes, Yes, Nanette" (co-directed by Laurel and Clarence Hennecke) and "Enough to Do" (helmed by Laurel); Laurel did not act in either film
Replaced by Laurel in "Get 'Em Young" after being sidelined by a cooking accident
Teamed with Laurel by Roach at the insistence of director Leo McCarey who had noticed extra sparks whenever the two appeared in scenes together as members of the Hal Roach Comedy All-Stars; Laurel and Roach considered "Putting Pants on Philip" (screenplay by McCarey) as the first "official" L & H film
First L & H talkie, "Unaccustomed as We Are"
"Pardon Us" marked first feature appearance of Laurel and Hardy
Laurel and Hardy short, "The Music Box", won the first ever Oscar given in the category of Best Short Subjects (Live Action Comedy)
Filmed last shorts for Roach
Acted in "Zenophobia" with Harry Langdon; Laurel's contract had expired, and the pair figured they would have more bargaining power together, thus this appearance (sans Laurel) to fulfill his contract
Enjoyed great success with Laurel on stage, particularly in Great Britain
Made rare solo appearance in "The Fighting Kentuckian", starring John Wayne, registering as a tough albeit corpulent Kentucky backwoods fighter
Also appeared solo in Frank Capra's "Riding High"
Last L & H film, "Atoll K/Utopia"
Suffered minor heart attack
Felled by massive stroke on September 14, never fully recovering but lived nearly another year

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