Stan Laurel

Stan Laurel

Highest Rated: 100% March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)

Lowest Rated: 50% The Hollywood Revue (1929)

Birthday: Jun 16, 1890

Birthplace: Ulverston, England, UK

Stan Laurel was a British-born actor, writer, and director who helped revolutionize comedy on film during the silent era and beyond, alongside his beloved comedic partner, Oliver Hardy. Together, they made up perhaps the most iconic comedy team in history: Laurel and Hardy. Born Arthur Stanley Jefferson on June 16, 1890 in the town of Ulverston, Lancashire, UK, Laurel was one of five children born to Arthur Jefferson, a theatre manager, and Margaret Metcalfe Jefferson, an actress. Both of his parents were highly active in the theater, so Laurel spent much of his early years being raised by his maternal grandmother, Sarah Metcalfe. When Laurel was a teen, the family moved to Glasgow, Scotland, where the young man began to work in theater. His hero was the legendary music hall comedian Dan Leno, and he based many of his early acts on Leno's work. Laurel gave his first professional performance at the Panopticon in Glasgow when he was sixteen years old, proving to be quite adept at pantomime and music hall sketches. In 1910, he joined Fred Karno's troupe of actors, and took the stage name "Stan Jefferson." For a time, he was an understudy for the group's star performer, Charlie Chaplin. Laurel would later credit Karno with teaching both him and Chaplin the ins and outs of slapstick comedy. In 1917, the entire troupe toured America for the first time, and Laurel decided to stay. He even registered for military service during World War I, as required at the time under the Selective Service Act, but was not called up due to his resident alien status and deafness in one ear. Laurel broke into film in 1917, making his onscreen debut in "Nuts in May" (1917). He often appeared alongside Alice Cooke and Baldwin Cooke, two performers who would later become lifelong friends. In 1921, he starred alongside Oliver Hardy in the short "The Lucky Dog" (1921), though the pair would not officially become Laurel and Hardy for another six years. Around this time, he also met Australian actress Mae Dahlberg, who was to become his partner in both comedy and romance. It was Dahlberg who suggested that he change his last name to Laurel, as "Stan Jefferson" had thirteen letters, and was therefore unlucky. They appeared in a number of films together, most notably the parody "Mud and Sand" (1922), but her headstrong temperament also cost Laurel a contract with Universal Studios. Laurel gave up stage work in 1924, when he signed a deal with producer Joe Rock to make 12 two-reel comedies, which eventually included such early silent comedy classics as "Mandarin Mix-Up" (1924), "Monsieur Don't Care" (1924), "West of Hot Dog" (1924), and "Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde" (1925). Once again, however, Dahlberg began inserting herself into Laurel's career, and became such a nuisance that Rock added a stipulation to Laurel's contract that she could not appear in any of Laurel's films. The situation did not improve, and by 1925, Rock was at the end of his rope, and offered Dahlberg a cash settlement and a one-way ticket back to Australia, which she accepted. After the deal with Rock was up, Laurel decided that he was done with acting for the time being, and set out to write and direct films for Hal Roach Studios. He next worked with Hardy again, directing him in the film "Yes, Yes, Nanette!" (1925). Hardy was next scheduled to star in "Get 'Em Young" (1926), but when he was burned in an onset accident, Hal Roach decided to bring in Laurel to replace him. This marked Laurel's return to acting, and later that year, the pair also appeared in "45 Minutes From Hollywood" (1926), though they didn't share any scenes. By 1927, Roach Studios supervising director Leo McCarey realized that the pair had great comedic rapport, what with Laurel's extreme deadpan playing perfectly against Hardy's flustered anger, and began casting them to appear together in a number of shorts, including "Slipping Wives" (1927), "Duck Soup" (1927), and "With Love and Hisses" (1927). Starting with "Putting the Pants on Phillip" (1927), the duo was billed as Laurel and Hardy, and before long set off on a highly prolific run of short films, including "The Battle of the Century" (1927), "Should Married Men Go Home?" (1928), "Two Tars" (1928), "Unaccustomed As We Are" (1929)(their first talkie), "Berth Marks" (1929), "Blotto" (1930), "Brats" (1930), "Another Fine Mess" (1930), and "Be Big!" (1931), amongst many others. Laurel and Hardy made their feature debut in "The Hollywood Revue of 1929" (1929), and starred in their first full-length movie, "Pardon Us" (1931), two years later. They won their first and only Academy Award for the short film "The Music Box" (1932), the next year. Their winning streak was interrupted, however, when Laurel and Hal Roach got into a nasty contractual dispute, effectively breaking up his and Hardy's partnership for a time. Eventually, Laurel took Roach to court over the contractual dispute, but the case was dropped, and Laurel returned to Roach Studios in 1939, the same year he and Hardy reunited for "The Flying Deuces" (1939), released by General Service Studios. That same year, he and Laurel made their two final films for Hal Roach, "A Chump at Oxford" (1940), and "Saps at Sea" (1940). After leaving Roach Studios, the duo made films with 20th Century Fox and MGM, but found less creative control than they had enjoyed in the past, and decided to part ways with the studios following the release of "The Bullfighters" (1945). Their next major project was a six-week tour of the United Kingdom in 1947. Neither men were sure how they would be received, but they were mobbed wherever they went, played to sold out theaters every night, and even performed for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Due to the rapturous response, the tour was extended to include stops in Scandinavia, Belgium, and France. The duo would embark on similar tours over the next few years, until 1954, but unfortunately they were marred by both men's declining health. During this time, Laurel was diagnosed with diabetes, and encouraged Hardy to work without him when he could. While Laurel got his health under control, Hardy appeared in films alongside John Wayne and Bing Crosby when the duo weren't on tour. The final Laurel and Hardy film, "Atoll K" (1951), began production in 1950, and the process was arduous. The film was funded by a shady crew of European interest men, the cast and crew all came from different countries and could not speak to one another due to the language barrier, Laurel was forced to rewrite the entire script, and both men were ill during most of the production. No surprise, then, that "Atoll K" was an ignominious ending to the pair's career in film. Due to Hardy's appearance on the popular series "This Is Your Life" (NBC, 1952-1961) in December of 1954, he and Laurel decided to give television a try, working with Hal Roach Jr. to develop a TV show based on the Mother Goose fables, set to begin airing in the fall of 1955. However, the series was put on hold indefinitely when Laurel suffered a stroke, and while he was recovering, Hardy was felled by a heart attack and a stroke. Hardy would suffer a number of strokes after this, until he died, on August 7, 1957, at the age of 65, of cerebral thrombosis. Laurel was too ill to attend his friend and partner's funeral, and calling Hardy by his childhood nickname, said that "Babe would understand." According to those closest to him, Laurel was devastated by Hardy's death, and never fully recovered from the grief. With Hardy gone, Laurel refused to perform ever again. He passed the time in his modest Santa Monica apartment with his fifth wife, Ida Kitaeva Raphael, answering fan mail, and talking to fans on the phone, as his number was listed in the yellow pages, and he was apparently more than happy to carry on chatting with whomever happened to call, sometimes for hours on end. In 1960, Laurel received an honorary Academy Award for his contributions to film comedy. That same year, after a lifetime of heavy smoking, he decided to quit cold turkey, but it proved to be too little too late. On February 23, 1965, four days after suffering a major heart attack, Stan Laurel died. He was 74 years old.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Die Stummfilm Mafia Unknown (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Clowns Unknown (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 83% The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy Unknown (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy's Laughing '20s Himself (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet MGM's Big Parade of Comedy Unknown (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Days of Thrills and Laughter Unknown (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 31% Utopia Stan (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 38% The Bullfighters Stan/Don Sebastian (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 57% The Big Noise Stan (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 42% Nothing but Trouble Stan (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 41% Air Raid Wardens Stanley Laurel (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 25% The Tree in a Test Tube Unknown (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 39% Jitterbugs Stan (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 46% The Dancing Masters Stan (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 56% A-Haunting We Will Go Stan (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 55% Great Guns Stan (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 85% A Chump at Oxford Himself (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 77% Saps at Sea Stan (Character) - 1940
83% 65% The Flying Deuces Stan (Character) - 1939
60% 55% Swiss Miss Stan (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 87% Block-Heads Stan (Character) - 1938
100% 91% Way Out West Stanley (Character),
Producer
- 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Movie Struck Stan Laurel (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 59% The Bohemian Girl Stan (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 84% Our Relations Stan/Alf Laurel (Character),
Producer,
Screenwriter
- 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tit For Tat Stanley (Character),
Writer
- 1935
No Score Yet 83% The Fixer Uppers Stan (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 69% Thicker Than Water Stanley (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1935
No Score Yet 63% Bonnie Scotland Stanley MacLaurel (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Going Bye-Bye! Mr. Laurel (Character) - 1934
100% 78% March of the Wooden Soldiers Stannie Dum (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 86% The Live Ghost Stan (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 31% Hollywood Party Stan (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oliver the Eighth Stan (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 95% Them Thar Hills Stan (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1934
No Score Yet 64% Dirty Work Stan (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 71% The Devil's Brother Stanlio (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 71% Twice Two Mr. Stan Laurel/Mrs. Sandy Hardy (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Midnight Patrol Officer Stanley Laurel (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1933
No Score Yet 69% Busy Bodies Stan (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Me and My Pal Stan Laurel (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1933
100% 86% Sons of the Desert Stanley (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 71% Pack Up Your Troubles Stan (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 71% County Hospital Stan (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 50% Scram! Mr. Laurel (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 70% Towed In A Hole Stan (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Any Old Port! Stan (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 67% Their First Mistake Stan (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1932
No Score Yet 91% Music Box Stan (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 69% The Chimp Mr. Laurel (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 75% Helpmates Stan (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Be Big! Stan (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Come Clean Stan (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Los Calaveras Señor Laurel (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 81% Our Wife Stan (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 77% Chickens Come Home Mr. Laurel (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Politiquerías Stan (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 66% Pardon Us Mr. Stanley Laurel (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Les Carottiers M. Laurel (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 60% Beau Hunks Stan (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet De Bote En Bote De Bote En Bote (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 61% One Good Turn Stanley (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 67% The Stolen Jools Policeman (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Below Zero Stanley (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 75% Night Owls Mr. Laurel (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 60% Another Fine Mess Stan (Character) - 1930
86% No Score Yet The Rogue Song Ali-Bek (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet La Vida Nocturna Stan (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 79% Brats Stan Sr. / Stanley Jr. (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case Stan (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 83% Blotto Stan (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Noche de Duendes Stan (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 75% Hog Wild Unknown (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 60% Angora Love Stan (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Berth Marks Stan (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet 86% The Finishing Touch Stan (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1929
No Score Yet 47% Double Whoopee Stan (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet 56% Wrong Again Unknown (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet 75% Liberty Stan (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet 91% Unaccustomed as We Are Stan (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet 80% That's My Wife Stan (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet 73% They Go Boom! Stan (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perfect Day Stan (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Men o' War Stan (Character) - 1929
50% 22% The Hollywood Revue Stan (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet 81% Big Business Stan (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bacon Grabbers Stan (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet 71% Early to Bed Unknown (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet 71% Two Tars Stanley (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet 60% Leave 'Em Laughing Stan (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet 43% Should Married Men Go Home? Stan (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet 69% You're Darn Tootin' Stanley (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet 56% From Soup to Nuts Mr. Laurel (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet 40% Flying Elephants Little Twinkle Star (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet 71% Their Purple Moment Mr. Pincher (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet 56% Habeas Corpus Stan (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet 55% We Faw Down Stan (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet With Love and Hisses Cuthbert Hope (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet 57% Why Girls Love Sailors Willie Brisling (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet 50% Love 'Em and Weep Romaine Ricketts (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1927
No Score Yet 20% Putting Pants on Philip Philip (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sailors Beware Chester Chaste (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Second 100 Years Little Goofy (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet 57% The Battle of the Century Prize fighter (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet 50% Sugar Daddies Brittle's lawyer (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet 36% Do Detectives Think? Ferdinand Finkleberry (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet 43% Duck Soup Agnes (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Call of the Cuckoo Asylum inmate (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet 45 Minutes from Hollywood Hotel Guest (Character) - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet Raggedy Rose Director - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charley My Boy Screenwriter - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet Get `Em Young Summers, the butler (Character) - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yes, Yes, Nanette Director - 1925
No Score Yet 71% Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde Dr. Pyckle / Mr. Pryde (Character) - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sleuth Webster Dingle (Character) - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pie-Eyed Drunk (Character) - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chasing the Chaser Director,
Screenwriter
- 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stick Around Unknown (Character) - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Half a Man Unknown (Character) - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Short Kilts McPherson's son (Character) - 1924
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zeb vs. Paprika Dippy Donawho (Character) - 1924
No Score Yet No Score Yet West of Hot Dog Stan, a Tenderfoot (Character) - 1924
No Score Yet No Score Yet Smithy Smithy (Character) - 1924
No Score Yet No Score Yet Detained Unknown (Character) - 1924
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rupert of Hee Haw Unknown (Character) - 1924
No Score Yet 38% Oranges and Lemons Unknown (Character) - 1923
No Score Yet No Score Yet White Wings Unknown (Character) - 1923
No Score Yet No Score Yet Collars and Cuffs Laundry Worker (Character) - 1923
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Soilers Bob Canister (Character) - 1923
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frozen Hearts Olaf (Character) - 1923
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man About Town Unknown (Character) - 1923
No Score Yet No Score Yet Roughest Africa Prof. Stanislaus Laurello (Character) - 1923
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Noon Whistle Unknown (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1923
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mud & Sand Rhubarb Vaselino (Character) - 1922
No Score Yet 53% The Lucky Dog Brash young man (Character) - 1921
No Score Yet No Score Yet Do You Love Your Wife? Unknown (Character) - 1919
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hustling for Health Unknown (Character) - 1919

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet This Is Your Life Himself (Character),
Guest
2019-2020 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy Unknown (Character) 1951 1939-1941

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