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Oliver Hardy

Highest Rated:   100% Way Out West (1937)
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Birthplace:   Harlem, Georgia, USA
Unlike his future screen partner Stan Laurel, American comedian Oliver Hardy did not come from a show business family. His father was a lawyer who died when Hardy was ten; his mother was a hotel owner in both his native Georgia and in Florida. The young Hardy became fascinated with show business through the stories spun by the performers who stayed at his mother's hotel, and at age eight he ran away to join a minstrel troupe. Possessing a beautiful singing voice, Hardy studied music for a while, but quickly became bored with the regimen; the same boredom applied to his years at Georgia Military College (late in life, Hardy claimed to have briefly studied law at the University of Georgia, but chances are that he never got any farther than filling out an application). Heavy-set and athletic, Hardy seemed more interested in sports than in anything else; while still a teenager, he umpired local baseball games, putting on such an intuitively comic display of histrionics that he invariably reduced the fans to laughter. In 1910, he opened the first movie theater in Milledgeville, Georgia, and as a result became intrigued with the possibilities of film acting. Traveling to Jacksonville, Florida in 1913, he secured work at the Lubin Film Company, where thanks to his 250-pound frame he was often cast as a comic villain. From 1915-25, Hardy appeared in support of such comedians as Billy West (the famous Chaplin imitator), Jimmy Aubrey, Larry Semon (Hardy played the Tin Woodman in Semon's 1925 version of The Wizard of Oz), and Bobby Ray. An established "heavy" by 1926, Hardy signed with the Hal Roach studios, providing support to such headliners as Our Gang and Charley Chase. With the rest of the Roach stock company, Hardy appeared in the Comedy All-Stars series, where he was frequently directed by fellow Roach contractee Stan Laurel (with whom Hardy had briefly appeared on-screen in the independently produced 1918 two-reeler Lucky Dog). At this point, Laurel was more interested in writing and directing than performing, but was lured back before the cameras by a hefty salary increase. Almost inadvertently, Laurel began sharing screen time with Hardy in such All-Stars shorts as Slipping Wives (1927), Duck Soup (1927) and With Love and Hisses (1927). Roach's supervising director Leo McCarey, noticing how well the pair worked together, began teaming them deliberately, which led to the inauguration of the "Laurel and Hardy" series in late 1927. At first, the comedians indulged in the cliched fat-and-skinny routines, with Laurel the fall guy for the bullying Hardy. Gradually the comedians developed the multidimensional screen characters with which we're so familiar today. The corpulent Hardy was the pompous know-it-all, whose arrogance and stubbornness always got him in trouble; the frail Stan was the blank-faced man-child, whose carelessness and inability to grasp an intelligent thought prompted impatience from his partner. Underlining all this was the genuine affection the characters held for each other, emphasized by Hardy's courtly insistence upon introducing Stan as "my friend, Mr. Laurel." Gradually Hardy adopted the gestures and traits that rounded out the "Ollie" character: The tie-twiddle, the graceful panache with which he performed such simple tasks as ringing doorbells and signing hotel registers, and the "camera look," in which he stared directly at the camera in frustration or amazement over Laurel's stupidity. Fortunately Laurel and Hardy's voices matched their characters perfectly, so they were able to make a successful transition to sound, going on to greater popularity than before. Sound added even more ingredients to Hardy's comic repertoire, not the least of which were such catch-phrases as "Why don't you do something to help me?" and "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." Laurel and Hardy graduated from two-reelers to feature films with 1931's Pardon Us, though they continued to make features and shorts simultan

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Putting Pants On Philip
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Unaccustomed As We Are
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Slapstick, Too!
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet 30 Years of Fun
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet A Few Moments with Buster Keaton & Laurel & Hardy
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet When Comedy Was King
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Laurel & Hardy
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet Utopia
  • Actor
1954
No Score Yet Utopia
  • Ollie
1951
No Score Yet Riding High
  • Sucker
1950
No Score Yet The Fighting Kentuckian
  • Willie Paine
1949
No Score Yet The Bullfighters
  • Ollie
1945
No Score Yet The Big Noise
  • Ollie
1944
No Score Yet Nothing but Trouble
  • Oliver
1944
No Score Yet The Dancing Masters
  • Ollie
1943
No Score Yet Jitterbugs
  • Ollie
1943
No Score Yet Air Raid Wardens
  • Himself
1943
No Score Yet The Tree in a Test Tube
  • Oliver
1943
No Score Yet A-Haunting We Will Go
  • Ollie
1942
No Score Yet Great Guns
  • Oliver
1941
No Score Yet Saps at Sea
  • Ollie
1940
No Score Yet A Chump at Oxford
  • Ollie
1940
No Score Yet Zenobia, (Elephants Never Forget)
  • Dr. Henry Tibbett
1939
83% The Flying Deuces
  • Ollie
1939
No Score Yet Block-Heads
  • Ollie
1938
60% Swiss Miss
  • Oliver
1938
No Score Yet Laurel & Hardy: Comedy's Best Duo
  • Actor
1938
100% Way Out West
  • Ollie
1937
No Score Yet Pick a Star
  • Himself
1937
No Score Yet Our Relations
  • Ollie / Bert Hardy
1936
No Score Yet On the Wrong Trek
  • Hitchhiker
1936
No Score Yet The Bohemian Girl
  • Ollie
1936
No Score Yet One Good Turn
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Bonnie Scotland (Heroes of the Regiment)
  • Ollie Hardy
1935
No Score Yet The Fixer Uppers
  • Actor
1935
100% Babes In Toyland
  • Ollie Dee
1934
No Score Yet The Live Ghost
  • Oliver
1934
No Score Yet Them Thar Hills
  • Ollie Hardy
1934
No Score Yet Hollywood Party
  • Himself
1934
No Score Yet Dirty Work
  • Oliver
1933
No Score Yet Busy Bodies
  • Oliver
1933
100% Sons of the Desert
  • Ollie
1933
No Score Yet The Devil's Brother
  • Ollio
1933
No Score Yet Twice Two
  • OliverMrs. Laurel
1933
No Score Yet Towed in a Hole
  • Oliver
1932
No Score Yet Their First Mistake
  • Oliver
1932
No Score Yet Pack Up Your Troubles
  • Ollie
1932
No Score Yet Scram!
  • Oliver
1932
No Score Yet County Hospital
  • Oliver
1932
No Score Yet The Chimp
  • Oliver
1932
No Score Yet The Music Box
  • Oliver
1932
No Score Yet Helpmates
  • Oliver
1932
No Score Yet Beau Hunks
  • Oliver
1931
No Score Yet One Good Turn
  • Oliver
1931
No Score Yet Pardon Us
  • Oliver Norval Hardy
1931
No Score Yet Our Wife
  • Oliver
1931
No Score Yet The Stolen Jools
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy
  • Oliver
1931
No Score Yet Chickens Come Home
  • Oliver
1931
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy
  • Oliver
1931
No Score Yet Another Fine Mess
  • Oliver
1930
No Score Yet The Rogue Song
  • Murza-Bek
1930
No Score Yet Blotto
  • Oliver
1930
No Score Yet La Vida Nocturna
  • Actor
1930
No Score Yet Brats
  • OliverOliver's son
1930
No Score Yet Radiomanía
  • Actor
1930
No Score Yet Night Owls
  • Oliver
1930
No Score Yet Hog Wild
  • Oliver
1930
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy
  • Oliver
1930
No Score Yet Bacon Grabbers
  • Actor
1929
40% The Hollywood Revue of 1929
  • Ollie
1929
No Score Yet Liberty (Criminals at Large)
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet Unaccustomed As We Are
  • Oliver
1929
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy
  • Oliver
1929
No Score Yet Wrong Again
  • Oliver
1929
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy
  • Oliver
1929
No Score Yet Double Whoopee
  • Oliver
1929
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy
  • Oliver
1929
No Score Yet Big Business
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet That's My Wife
  • Oliver
1929
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy
  • Oliver
1929
No Score Yet They Go Boom!
  • Oliver
1929
No Score Yet Angora Love
  • Oliver
1929
No Score Yet Two Tars
  • Oliver
1928
No Score Yet Should Married Men Go Home?
  • Ollie
1928
No Score Yet Their Purple Moment
  • Oliver
1928
No Score Yet From Soup To Nuts
  • Actor
1928
No Score Yet The Finishing Touch
  • Actor
1928
No Score Yet Leave 'Em Laughing
  • Actor
1928
No Score Yet Habeas Corpus
  • Ollie
1928
No Score Yet We Faw Down We Slip Up
  • Actor
1928
No Score Yet Early to Bed
  • Actor
1928
No Score Yet You're Darn Tootin'
  • Ollie
1928
No Score Yet The Second Hundred Years
  • Convict
1927
No Score Yet Why Girls Love Sailors
  • Second Mate
1927
No Score Yet Love 'Em and Weep
  • Party guest
1927
No Score Yet Slipping Wives
  • Butler
1927
No Score Yet Duck Soup
  • Actor
1927
No Score Yet Do Detectives Think?
  • Sherlock Pinkham
1927
No Score Yet Sugar Daddies
  • Butler
1927
No Score Yet The Battle of the Century
  • Manager
1927
No Score Yet Wandering Papas
  • Actor
1926
No Score Yet The Wizard of Oz
  • The Tin Woodsman
1925
No Score Yet The Wizard of Oz (Silent Version and Extras)
  • Actor
1925
No Score Yet Yes, Yes, Nanette
  • Actor
1925
No Score Yet Perfect Clown
  • John Mulligan
1925
100% The Three Ages
  • Actor
1923
No Score Yet The Lucky Dog
  • Actor
1921
No Score Yet American Slapstick
  • Actor
1915
No Score Yet The Second 100 Years
  • Actor

Quotes from Oliver Hardy's Characters