Will Hay

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Birthday: Dec 6, 1888
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With his supercilious sniff, ill-fitting pince-nez and overall air of pompous ineptitude, Will Hay was one of the great British character comedians of his time. A former bookkeeper, Hay began his music-hall career in 1909, performing a sketch in which he impersonated a seedy, incompetent schoolmaster. He would continue to play this character, or variations thereof, for the rest of his professional life; his familiar catchphrase "Good Morning, Boys" served as the title of Ray Seaton and Roy Martin's 1978 biography of Hay. In films from 1934, Hay generally shared the screen with his two favorite foils, rotund Graham Moffatt and toothless Moore Marriott. His best film was Oh, Mr. Porter (1937), in which he played a bumbling stationmaster who manages to round up a nest of smugglers. Hay collaborated on the screenplays of most of his films, and co-directed his last two efforts, The Goose Steps Out (1942) and My Learned Friend (1943). These final films weren't quite as successful as Hay's earlier vehicles, possibly because of his ill-advised decision to divest himself of stooges Moffatt and Marriot. When he wasn't convulsing audiences, Will Hay was a serious student of astronomy; in 1935 he published a book on the subject, Through My Telescope.

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet To See Such Fun Actor 1977
No Score Yet My Learned Friend Director William Fitch 1943
No Score Yet The Goose Steps Out William Potts / Muller Director 1942
No Score Yet The Ghost of St. Michael's Will Lamb 1941
No Score Yet Hey! Hey! U.S.A. Dr. Benjamin Twist 1938
No Score Yet Convict 99 Dr. Benjamin Twist 1938
No Score Yet Ask a Policeman Sgt. Dudfoot 1938
No Score Yet Old Bones of the River Prof. Benjamin Tibbetts 1938
No Score Yet Oh, Mr Porter! William Porter 1937
No Score Yet Good Morning, Boys Dr. Benjamin Twist 1937
No Score Yet Windbag the Sailor Screenwriter Capt. Ben Cutlet 1936
No Score Yet Where There's a Will Screenwriter Benjamin Stubbins 1936
No Score Yet Boys Will Be Boys (Narkover) Dr. Alec Smart Dr Alec Smart Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Radio Parade of 1935 (Radio Follies) William Garland 1935

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