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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 ...


"As a child I got into a habit that I still have. Lobby watching. I sit in the lobby and I watch people. I like to watch people. Once in a while someone will ask me where Stan and I dreamed up the characters we play in the movies. They seem to think that those two fellows aren't like anybody else, but there are plenty of Laurels and Hardys in the world. Whenever I travel, I am still in the habit of sitting in the lobby and watching the people walk by--and I tell you, I see many Laurels and Hardys. I used to see them in my mother's hotel when I was a kid: the dumb, dumb guy who never has anything bad happen to him--and the smart, smart guy who's dumber than the dumb guy only he doesn't know it." --Oliver Hardy to John McCabe in 1954

"[Hardy] was playing the part of a maitre d' who was coming in with a cake to be served. As he steps through a doorway, he falls and finds himself on the floor, his head buried in the cake. I shouted to him, 'Don't move! Above all, don't move! Stay like that, the cake should burn your face!' And for a minute and a half, the public couldn't stop laughing. Hardy remained immobile, his head in the cake!" --Leo McCarey, quoted in "A Biographical Dictionary of Film" by David Thompson (New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1994)

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