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Throughout their partnership Laurel (b. Arthur Stanley Jefferson, 16 June 1890, Ulverston, Lancashire (afterwards Cumbria), Britain, d. 23 Feb 1965, Santa Monica, California, USA) and Hardy (b. Oliver Norvell Hardy, 18 January 1892, Harlem, Georgia, USA, d. 7 August 1957, North Hollywood, California, USA) produced silent and speaking movies. In 1910 and 1912 Laurel toured the united states with Fred Karno, choosing to remain. Between 1917 and 1927 he produced 75 pants, before teaming with Hardy. On the other hand, Hardy sang skillfully from age eight, produced his film debut in 1913, playing minimal assignments until partnering Laurel. After switching to talkies they made an appearance in film revues, like the Hollywood Revue Of 1929, but additionally produced some musical features, like the Rogue Melody (1930, a dropped film based on Franz Lehár’s operetta Gypsy Like, starring opera vocalist Lawrence Tibbett), as well as the Devil’s Sibling (1933, UK name:Fra Diavolo, starring opera vocalist Dennis Ruler). Modified from Daniel Auber’s opera, the rating was organized by Le Roy Shield. In 1934 Babes In Toyland was based on the Broadway musical, as well as the Bohemian Gal (1936) on William Balfe’s operetta. A great many other movies had musical occasions, notably Bonnie Scotland (1935) and Swiss Miss (1938) and film tracks included ‘You WILL BE THE Ideal Of My Dreams’ in Beau Hunks (1931, UK name: Beau Chumps), ‘Lazy Moon’ in Pardon Us (1931, UK name: Jailbirds), ‘Honolulu Baby’ in Sons FROM THE Desert (1933, UK name: Fraternally Yours), ‘The Aged Spinning Steering wheel’ inside them Thar Hillsides (1934), ‘Glow On Harvest Moon’ within the Soaring Deuces (1939), and Laurel takes on concertina for ‘Mairzy Doats’ within the Big Sound (1944). In WAY TO AVOID IT Western (1937), the set dance to ‘The Path FROM THE Lonesome Pine’ before Laurel provides a bass-soprano vocal (dubbed by Chill Wills and Rosina Lawrence). Omnipresent was T. Marvin Hatley’s cheerful theme melody, ‘Ku-Ku’, better referred to as ‘The Dance FROM THE Cuckoos’. Hatley and Shield had written occasional songs and far of the backdrop music for the duo’s movies, Hatley becoming Oscar-nominated for the ratings of WAY TO AVOID IT Western and Block-Heads (1938). Furthermore to their movies, the duo also sang on the occasional trips of the united states and the united kingdom.

Quick Facts


Full Name Stan Laurel
Died February 23, 1965, Santa Monica, California, United States
Height 1.73 m
Profession Comedian, Voice Actor, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter
Education Young Harris College, Georgia Military College
Nationality British, English
Spouse Ida Kitaeva Raphael, Virginia Ruth Rogers, Vera Ivanova Shuvalova, Virginia Ruth Rogers, Lois Neilson, Mae Dahlberg
Children Lois Laurel, Stanley Robert Laurel
Parents Arthur J. Jefferson, Margaret Jefferson
Siblings Olga Laurel
Awards Academy Honorary Award, Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
Music Songs The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, At the Ball, That's All, Shine on Harvest Moon, Honolulu Baby, Dance of the Cuckoos, Hard-Boiled Eggs And Nuts, Lazy Moon, Fresh Fish, Cuckoo, Never Mind Bo Peep, I Want to Be in Dixie, This Is Your Life. C. December, 1954. Nbc-Tv Aircheck. With Ralph Edwards., Fra Diavolo, The Ideal of My Dreams, Hal Roach - Mgm Present Laurel & Hardy. Recorded Aug 18, 1932 in London, Pt. 1, The Mousetrap Song, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, The Cricket Song, I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls, The Curse Of An Aching Heart, Themselves: Part 1, Stan's Voice, Furniture, Dangerous Shoes, I Can't Get Over the Alps, Swing Along Chillun, At The Ball, Themselves: Part 2, Hal Roach - Mgm Present Laurel & Hardy. Recorded August 18, 1932 in London. Includes a Dance Version of Their Theme Song, "The Dance of the Cuckoos", Conducted by Van Phillips, Pt. 2, Life's Biggest Moments, Could You Say No, Convention
Albums Laurel and Hardy's Music Box, Trail of the Lonesome Pine, Laurel & Hardy on the Air and Television, The Classic Cinematic Comedy - Laurel & Hardy Vol 2 (Digitally Remastered), Never Mind Bo Peep, Memories in Music, At the Ball, Laurel & Hardy (Original Motion Picture Soundtracks), The Very Best Of
Movies Sons of the Desert, The Music Box, Way Out West, A Chump at Oxford, Busy Bodies, Block-Heads, The Flying Deuces, Big Business, Another Fine Mess, Pardon Us, The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case, County Hospital, Our Relations, Helpmates, Babes in Toyland, Brats, Pack Up Your Troubles, Saps at Sea, The Finishing Touch, The Battle of the Century, Hog Wild, Blotto, Berth Marks, Twice Two, Laughing Gravy, Chickens Come Home, The Devil's Brother, The Bohemian Girl, Bonnie Scotland, Their First Mistake, Swiss Miss, Them Thar Hills, Beau Hunks, Tit for Tat, Perfect Day, Come Clean, The Lucky Dog, Atoll K, Below Zero, Be Big!, Jitterbugs, Me and My Pal, Night Owls, Unaccustomed As We Are, Towed in a Hole, One Good Turn, The Midnight Patrol, You're Darn Tootin, Dirty Work, Duck Soup, The Fixer Uppers
TV Shows Laurel and Hardy


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#Fact
1 David Jason is one of his, along with Oliver Hardy's biggest fans. When Jason put on weight after playing Pop Larkin in The Darling Buds of May (1991), he couldn't fit into a dinner jacket for the BAFTA Awards; he claimed he looked like Hardy wearing something belonging to Laurel.
2 In Spain, Stan and Ollie were known as El Gordo y El Flaco.
3 In Holland, Stan and Ollie were known as Dikke und Dunne.
4 In Germany, Stan and Ollie were known as Dick und Doof.
5 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
6 The character Mickey in Maurice Sendak's book "Mickey in the Night Kitchen" is a caricature of Stan Laurel, while the bakers are caricatures of Oliver Hardy.
7 Stan's famous hairstyle was created by accident. He and Babe had shaved their heads to play convicts in The Second 100 Years (1927), and it grew back very unevenly and refused to stay down. Others on the Roach lot laughed, so Stan began to cultivate the new look. Offscreen, he combed it straight back, as did Oliver Hardy.
8 Stan removed the heels from his shoes while filming. It helped him accent his already humorous walk.
9 Because the Roach studio was smaller than the majors, the indoor sets were relatively close to each other, and the actors often visited other sets between takes. Matthew "Stymie" Beard picked up Stan's Irish children's derby and wore it whenever Stan put it down. Stan eventually gave Stymie a hat, which became Stymie's trademark as much as it was Stan's.
10 Laurel insisted that the quote attributed to him, "You know my hobbies; I married them all." was actually dreamed up by the publicity department.
11 He was a heavy smoker until he suddenly gave up when he was about seventy.
12 He was a staunch Democrat.
13 A comedian until the very last, Stan Laurel, just minutes away from death on February 23, 1965, told his nurse he would not mind going skiing right at that very moment. Somewhat taken aback, the nurse replied that she was not aware that he was a skier. "I'm not," said Stan, "I'd rather be doing that than have all these needles stuck into me!" A few minutes later, the nurse looked in on him again and found that Stan had quietly passed away.
14 Although Stan is recorded as being born in Ulverston Cumbria, he never knew it. He was actually born in Ulverston Lancashire. Ulverston became part of Cumbria under the "Local Government Act 1972" and became part of Cumbria two years later in 1974; nine years after Stan died.
15 Suffered a stroke in June 1955.
16 His partner Oliver Hardy was an inveterate golfer, often setting up his own little putting green on the set so he could practice between takes. Laurel once joked to a reporter interviewing him that golf was Hardy's only "bad habit". When the reporter asked if he had any bad habits, Laurel--who had been married and divorced five times--replied, "Yes, and I married them.".
17 In his later years, he was arguably the most approachable of all movie stars, keeping his phone number in the phone book, welcoming all sorts of visitors, and responding to his fan mail personally.
18 While rarely credited as a writer or director, he was the driving creative force behind the team of he and Oliver Hardy--whenever Hardy was asked a question about a gag, story idea, plotline, etc., he always pointed to Laurel and said, "Ask Stan." Laurel often worked well into the night, writing and editing their films.
19 Stan was greatly admired by Peter Sellers. Sellers claimed that the "Laurel" character was his inspiration when he created the "gardener" character in Being There (1979).
20 Is portrayed by Matthew Cottle in Chaplin (1992).
21 He was greatly admired by Jerry Lewis. When Lewis had his own production company in the early 1960s, he repeatedly tried to hire Stan for his creative team. Stan refused, despite the impressive salary. According to Lewis, he would send scripts to Stan who would read them and write suggestions in the margins.
22 In his later years, he was a close friends with Dick Van Dyke. Dick delivered the eulogy at Stan's funeral.
23 Is portrayed by Jim Plunkett in Harlow (1965).
24 An extra named John Wood from the film Babes in Toyland (1934) sued him and his stunt double, Ham Kinsey, claiming back injuries after Laurel and Kinsey threw him in the ducking pond on the set. The lawsuit specified $40,500 in damages, but was settled out-of-court.
25 Fell off a platform and tore ligaments in his right leg during the filming of Babes in Toyland (1934).
26 He and Oliver Hardy have been and continue to be very popular in Germany under the name of "Dick und Doof" (Fatty and Stupid).
27 The death of his partner Oliver Hardy left him a broken man, so much so that he fell into a deep depression and swore never to do comedy again. He didn't. In the eight years between Hardy's death and his own, he repeatedly turned down offers to do public appearances.
28 He was voted, along with comedy partner Oliver Hardy, the 45th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
29 His and Oliver Hardy's films had and still have great success in Italy where they are known as "Stanlio e Ollio".
30 Had said that out of all the impersonations done of him, he liked actor Dick Van Dyke's the best. Van Dyke even got to perform that impersonation on one of the episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) and after it premiered, he called Laurel to ask his opinion. Laurel said he liked everything but one detail, the hat wasn't right. Van Dyke said he found Laurel's number in a Santa Monica, California, phone book.
31 At the time of Oliver Hardy's death in 1957, Stan was too ill to attend his late partner's funeral.
32 He and Mae Laurel lived as a common-law couple, as Mae was legally married to someone in her native Australia when she met Stan in 1918. They parted in 1925 by mutual consent and Mae returned to Australia.
33 Appears on sleeve of The Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".
34 Subject on one of five 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating famous comedians, issued in booklet form 29 August 1991. He is shown with his partner Oliver Hardy. The stamp designs were drawn by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. The other comedians honored in the set are Edgar Bergen (with alter ego Charlie McCarthy); Jack Benny; Fanny Brice; and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.
35 Had always been a huge fan of westerns, and after he became a success, his company, Stan Laurel Productions, financed a series of low-budget musical westerns starring singing cowboy Fred Scott. The films were made for and released by the independent Spectrum Pictures rather than Hal Roach Studios, which made Laurel's and Oliver Hardy's films, or MGM, which released them. The Scott westerns seldom, if ever, made any money, but Laurel's enthusiasm for them never waned until his accountants showed him that they were getting to be a major drain on his finances, at which time he reluctantly dropped his participation.
36 Turned down a cameo role in Stanley Kramer's gigantic farce It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963).
37 Suffered a nervous breakdown on the death of his longtime film partner and friend, Oliver Hardy, and according to his friends, never fully recovered.
38 Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA.
39 He always thought that his "whining face" was humiliating, but the producers forced him to do it in most of his movies since the public loved it.
40 Laurel first appeared with his future partner, Oliver Hardy, in The Lucky Dog (1921), which was filmed in 1919, but not released until 1921.
41 Had two children with his first wife, Lois: a daughter, Lois Laurel; and a son, Stanley Robert (born May 7, 1930; died May 16, 1930), who was born two months prematurely and died nine days later.
42 His light blue eyes almost ended his movie career before it began. Until the early 1920s, filmmakers used black-and-white Orthochromatic film stock, which was "blue blind". Hal Roach cameraman George Stevens (the same George Stevens who would later become an acclaimed producer/director) knew of panchromatic film and was able to get a supply of it from Chicago. This new film was sensitive to blue and recorded Laurel's pale blue eyes in a more natural way. Stevens became Laurel's cameraman on his short films at Roach. When Laurel teamed with Oliver Hardy, the team made Stevens their cameraman of choice.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Busy Bodies 1933 Short Stan
The Midnight Patrol 1933 Short Officer Stanley Laurel
The Devil's Brother 1933 Stanlio
Me and My Pal 1933 Short Stan Laurel
Twice Two 1933 Short Mr. Stan Laurel / Mrs. Sandy Hardy
Towed in a Hole 1932 Short Stan
Les carottiers 1932 M. Laurel
Their First Mistake 1932 Short Stan
Pack Up Your Troubles 1932 Stan
Scram! 1932 Short Mr. Laurel
County Hospital 1932 Short Stan
The Chimp 1932 Short Mr. Laurel
The Music Box 1932 Short Stan
Any Old Port! 1932 Short Stan
Helpmates 1932 Short Stan
Zwei Ritter ohne Furcht und Tadel 1932 3 Shorts
On the Loose 1931 Short New Suitor (uncredited)
Beau Hunks 1931 Short Stan
One Good Turn 1931 Short Stan
Come Clean 1931 Short Stan
Hinter Schloss und Riegel 1931 Short Stan
Pardon Us 1931 Stan Laurel
Sous les verrous 1931 Stan Laurel
Spuk um Mitternacht 1931 Short Stan
Our Wife 1931 Short Stan
Politiquerías 1931 Stan
Los calaveras 1931 Señor Laurel
The Stolen Jools 1931 Short Policeman
Los presidiarios 1931 Stanley 'Stan' Laurel
Chickens Come Home- 1931 Short Mr. Laurel
Glückliche Kindheit 1931 Short Stan Stan jr.
Be Big! 1931 Short Stan
Another Fine Mess 1930 Short Stan
Laughing Gravy 1930 Short Stan
Noche de duendes 1930 Stan Laurel
Feu mon oncle 1930 Stan
The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case 1930 Short Stan
Radiomanía 1930 Short Stan
Une nuit extravagante 1930 Short Stan
Hog Wild 1930 Short Stan
The Rogue Song 1930 Ali-Bek
Tiembla y Titubea 1930 Short Stan
Below Zero 1930 Short Stan
La vida nocturna 1930 Short Stan
Brats 1930 Short Stan Sr. Stanley Jr.
Blotto 1930 Short Stan
Ladrones 1930 Short Stan
Night Owls 1930 Short Mr. Laurel
Pêle-Mêle 1930 Short Stan Laurel
Angora Love 1929 Short Stan
The Hoose-Gow 1929 Short Stan
Bacon Grabbers 1929 Short Stan (process server)
They Go Boom! 1929 Short Stan
Perfect Day 1929 Short Stan
Men O'War 1929 Short Stan
Berth Marks 1929 Short Stan
Double Whoopee 1929 Short Stan
Unaccustomed As We Are 1929 Short Stan
Big Business 1929 Short Stan
That's My Wife 1929 Short Stan
Wrong Again 1929 Short Stan
Liberty 1929 Short Stan
We Faw Down 1928 Short Stan
Habeas Corpus 1928 Short Stan
Two Tars 1928 Short Stan
Early to Bed 1928 Short Stan
Should Married Men Go Home? 1928 Short Stan
Their Purple Moment 1928 Short Mr. Pincher
You're Darn Tootin' 1928 Short Stanley, clarinet player
From Soup to Nuts 1928 Short Mr. Laurel
The Finishing Touch 1928 Short Stan
Flying Elephants 1928 Short Little Twinkle Star
Leave 'Em Laughing 1928 Short Stan
Should Tall Men Marry? 1928 Short Texas Tommy
The Battle of the Century 1927 Short Prize fighter
Putting Pants on Philip 1927 Short Philip
Do Detectives Think? 1927 Short Ferdinand Finkleberry
Hats Off 1927 Short Stan
Call of the Cuckoo 1927 Short Asylum Inmate (uncredited)
The Second 100 Years 1927 Short Little Goofy
Now I'll Tell One 1927 Short Lawyer
Sailors, Beware! 1927 Short Chester Chaste, cabdriver
Sugar Daddies 1927 Short Brittle's Lawyer
With Love and Hisses 1927 Short Cuthbert Hope
Why Girls Love Sailors 1927 Short Willie Brisling
Love 'Em and Weep 1927 Short Romaine Ricketts
Eve's Love Letters 1927 Short Anatole, the butler
Slipping Wives 1927 Short Ferdinand Flamingo aka Lionel Ironsides
Duck Soup 1927 Short Stan Laurel aka Agnes
Seeing the World 1927 Short English pedestrian
45 Minutes from Hollywood 1926 Short Starving Actor - Hotel Guest (uncredited)
On the Front Page 1926 Short Dangerfield
Get 'Em Young 1926 Short Summers, the butler
What's the World Coming To? 1926 Short The Man in the Window (uncredited)
Half a Man 1925 Short Winchell McSweeney
Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde 1925 Short Dr. Pyckle / Mr. Pryde
The Sleuth 1925 Short Webster Dingle
Navy Blue Days 1925 Short Stan
The Snow Hawk 1925 Short Mountie
Pie-Eyed 1925 Short Drunk
Twins 1925 Short Stan / his twin
Somewhere in Wrong 1925 Short A tramp
Cowboys Cry for It 1925 Short
West of Hot Dog 1924 Short Stan, a tenderfoot
Monsieur Don't Care 1924 Short Rhubarb Vaselino
Detained 1924 Short A convict
Mandarin Mix-Up 1924 Short Sum Sap
Short Kilts 1924 Short McPherson's Son
Wide Open Spaces 1924 Short Gabriel Goober
Rupert of Hee Haw 1924 Short The King / Rudolph Razz
Near Dublin 1924 Short Con
Brothers Under the Chin 1924 Short
Zeb vs. Paprika 1924 Short Dippy Donawho
Postage Due 1924 Short Stan
Smithy 1924 Short Smithy
Mother's Joy 1923 Short Magnus Dippytack / Basil Dippytack, his son
Scorching Sands 1923 Short Stan
The Soilers 1923 Short Bob Canister
Save the Ship 1923 Short Husband
The Whole Truth 1923 Short The husband
Frozen Hearts 1923 Short Olaf - A peasant
Roughest Africa 1923 Short Prof. Stanislaus Laurello (Big Boss)
A Man About Town 1923 Short A Man About Town
Short Orders 1923 Short Waiter
Oranges and Lemons 1923 Short Sunkist
Gas and Air 1923 Short Phillup McCann
Kill or Cure 1923 Short Door to door salesman
Collars and Cuffs 1923 Short Laundry worker
Pick and Shovel 1923 Short Miner
Under Two Jags 1923 Short The Stranger
White Wings 1923 Short Street cleaner
The Noon Whistle 1923 Short Tanglefoot
The Handy Man 1923 Short The handy man
When Knights Were Cold 1923 Short Lord Helpus, a Slippery Knight
The Garage 1923
The Pest 1922 Short Jimmy Smith
Mud and Sand 1922 Short Rhubarb Vaselino
The Weak-End Party 1922 Short The gardener
The Egg 1922 Short Humpty Dumpty
Mixed Nuts 1922 Short Book salesman
The Lucky Dog 1921 Short Brash young man accused of dognapping
Hoot Mon! 1919 Short
Hustling for Health 1919 Short The Man
Do You Love Your Wife? 1919 Toby - the janitor
O, It's Great to Be Crazy 1918 Short Sam Squirrel (as Stanley Laurel)
Frauds and Frenzies 1918 Short Simp, Second Prisoner
Just Rambling Along 1918 Short Nervy Young Man
Bears and Bad Men 1918 Short Pete
No Place Like Jail 1918 Short Convict
Huns and Hyphens 1918 Short Gang member
Phoney Photos 1918 Short Swift (as Stanley Laurel)
Who's Zoo? 1918 Short Stanley (as Stanley Laurel)
Hickory Hiram 1918 Short Hiram (as Stanley Laurel)
Nuts in May 1917 Short Mental Patient (as Stan Jefferson)
Utopia 1951 Stan (as Laurel)
The Bullfighters 1945 Stan Don Sebastian
Nothing But Trouble 1944 Stan
The Big Noise 1944 Stan
The Dancing Masters 1943 Stan
Jitterbugs 1943 Stan
Air Raid Wardens 1943 Stanley
A-Haunting We Will Go 1942 Stan (as Laurel)
Great Guns 1941 Stan
Saps at Sea 1940 Stan
A Chump at Oxford 1940 Stan Lord Paddington
The Flying Deuces 1939 Stan
Block-Heads 1938 Stan
Swiss Miss 1938 Stan
That's That 1937 Short Stan
Pick a Star 1937 Stan Laurel
Way Out West 1937 Stanley
Our Relations 1936 Stan Laurel Alf Laurel
On the Wrong Trek 1936 Short Hitchhiker (uncredited)
The Bohemian Girl 1936 Stan
Bonnie Scotland 1935 Stanley MacLaurel
Thicker Than Water 1935 Short Stanley
The Fixer Uppers 1935 Short Stan
Tit for Tat 1935 Short Stan
The Live Ghost 1934 Short Stan
Babes in Toyland 1934 Stannie Dum
Them Thar Hills 1934 Short Stan
Going Bye-Bye! 1934 Short Mr. Laurel
Hollywood Party 1934 Stan
Oliver the Eighth 1934 Short Stan
Sons of the Desert 1933 Stan
Dirty Work 1933 Short Stan
Wild Poses 1933 Short Baby

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Bullfighters 1945 uncredited
Saps at Sea 1940 uncredited
A Chump at Oxford 1940 contributing writer - uncredited
Swiss Miss 1938 contributing writer - uncredited
Our Relations 1936 contributor to screenplay - uncredited
The Bohemian Girl 1936 uncredited
Bonnie Scotland 1935 contributor to screenplay - uncredited
Thicker Than Water 1935 Short story - uncredited
Tit for Tat 1935 Short uncredited
Babes in Toyland 1934 uncredited
Them Thar Hills 1934 Short uncredited
Going Bye-Bye! 1934 Short uncredited
Sons of the Desert 1933 uncredited
Busy Bodies 1933 Short uncredited
The Midnight Patrol 1933 Short uncredited
Me and My Pal 1933 Short uncredited
Twice Two 1933 Short uncredited
Towed in a Hole 1932 Short contributing writer - uncredited
Their First Mistake 1932 Short uncredited
Pack Up Your Troubles 1932 uncredited
Come Clean 1931 Short uncredited
Pardon Us 1931 uncredited
Our Wife 1931 Short uncredited
Be Big! 1931 Short uncredited
Laughing Gravy 1930 Short uncredited
The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case 1930 Short uncredited
Brats 1930 Short uncredited
Blotto 1930 Short uncredited
Night Owls 1930 Short uncredited
Their Purple Moment 1928 Short uncredited
Galloping Ghosts 1928 Short writer
The Finishing Touch 1928 Short uncredited
Love 'Em and Weep 1927 Short uncredited
Eve's Love Letters 1927 Short story & screenplay
The Honorable Mr. Buggs 1927 Short
Why Girls Say No 1927 Short uncredited
The Nickel-Hopper 1926 Short
On the Front Page 1926 Short
Raggedy Rose 1926
Get 'Em Young 1926 Short
Should Husbands Pay? 1926 Short
Along Came Auntie 1926 Short
The Devil Horse 1926 additional material
Never Too Old 1926 Short
Don Key (Son of Burro) 1926 Short
Scared Stiff 1926 Short
Wife Tamers 1926 Short
Dizzy Daddies 1926 Short
Madame Mystery 1926 Short
Wandering Papas 1926 Short
Your Husband's Past 1926 Short
Charley My Boy! 1926 Short additional material - uncredited
What's the World Coming To? 1926 Short
Starvation Blues 1925 Short story
Moonlight and Noses 1925 Short
Unfriendly Enemies 1925 Short
Chasing the Chaser 1925 Short
The Noon Whistle 1923 Short writer
The Garage 1923 writer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctors 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
It Came from Somewhere Else 1988 performer: "Trail of the Lonesome Pine"
Top of the Pops 1976 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Nothing But Trouble 1944 performer: "The Notre Dame Victory March" 1908 - uncredited
The Big Noise 1944 performer: "Mairzy Doats" 1943 - uncredited
Saps at Sea 1940 performer: "Home, Sweet Home" - uncredited
The Flying Deuces 1939 performer: "Shine On, Harvest Moon" 1908, "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" 1919 - uncredited
Swiss Miss 1938 performer: "The Mousetrap Song" 1938, "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" 1910 - uncredited
Pick a Star 1937 performer: "Old Black Joe" 1860, "Reuben, Reuben, I've Been Thinking", "Listen to the Mockingbird" 1855, "Pop Goes the Weasel" 1853 - uncredited
Way Out West 1937 performer: "At the Ball, That's All" 1913, "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" 1913, "I Want to Be in Dixie" 1912 - uncredited
Tit for Tat 1935 Short "The Old Spinning Wheel" 1933, uncredited / performer: "Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond" - uncredited
Them Thar Hills 1934 Short "The Old Spinning Wheel" 1933, uncredited
Sons of the Desert 1933 performer: "Honolulu Baby" - uncredited
Below Zero 1930 Short performer: "In the Good Old Summertime" 1902 - uncredited
Brats 1930 Short performer: "Go to Sleep, My Baby" - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Bullfighters 1945 uncredited
Flaming Fathers 1927 Short
Get 'Em Young 1926 Short unconfirmed
Wise Guys Prefer Brunettes 1926 Short
Should Husbands Pay? 1926 Short
Madame Mystery 1926 Short co-director
Wandering Papas 1926 Short
Moonlight and Noses 1925 Short
Unfriendly Enemies 1925 Short
Book Bozo 1925 Short
Yes, Yes, Nanette 1925 Short
Chasing the Chaser 1925 Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Two Gun Troubador 1939 executive producer
Songs and Bullets 1938 executive producer
Knight of the Plains 1938 executive producer - uncredited
The Rangers' Round-Up 1938 executive producer
Way Out West 1937 producer - uncredited
Our Relations 1936 producer

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Seeing the World 1927 Short assistant director
Raggedy Rose 1926 assistant director
The Merry Widower 1926 Short assistant director
Never Too Old 1926 Short assistant director
Madame Mystery 1926 Short assistant director

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jewish Prudence 1927 Short gag writer
One Hour Married 1927 Short gag writer
Good Cheer 1926 Short gag writer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The New Bike 2009 Short acknowledgment
The Great Race 1965 dedicatee - as Mr. Laurel

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
One Moment Please 1956 Documentary short Himself
This Is Music Hall 1955 TV Movie Himself
This Is Your Life 1954 TV Series Himself
Face the Music 1953 TV Series Himself
Erskine Johnson's Hollywood Reel 1949 TV Series Himself
The Tree in a Test Tube 1943 Short documentary Stan (as Laurel)
MGM 1935 Promo Reel 1935 Documentary short Cleaner
Stan and Olly 1932 Documentary short Himself
Grand Hotel 1932/II Documentary short Himself
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 1929 Himself / Stan Laurel

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Most Haunted 2016 TV Series
Pioneers of Television 2008-2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Stan - Motion Picture Short Berth Marks / Himself
Britain's Best Loved Double Acts 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself - Double Act
Glasgow: Big Night Out 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Laurel & Hardy)
Bud's Best - Die Welt des Bud Spencer 2012 TV Movie documentary Stanley (uncredited)
Laurel and Hardy: Die komische Liebesgeschichte von 'Dick & Doof' 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Tribute to Laurel & Hardy 2011 Video documentary short Himself
On Location with the Boys 2011 Video documentary short Himself
My Favourite Joke 2011 TV Series Stan
Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series Stan
100 Years of the London Palladium 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Nova 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Hart Van Nederland 2008 TV Series Himself
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases 2008 TV Movie documentary Stan (uncredited)
Hoge bomen: Pioniers 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Laurel & Hardy: The Fox Years 2006 Video short Himself
Silent Clowns 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Stan
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters 2006 Documentary
Laurel & Hardy: Hat's Off 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself / Various roles
Bruce Forsyth's Comedy Heroes 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Comedians' Comedian 2005 TV Movie documentary
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust 2004 Documentary
Room 101 2003 TV Series Stan
Living Famously 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Slaphappy 2001 TV Series Himself (2001)
The 71st Annual Academy Awards 1999 TV Special Laurel (uncredited)
The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Laurel & Hardy U.K. Tours 1995 Video documentary short Himself
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary Performer in Clip from 'Hollywood Party' (uncredited)
Hal Roach: Hollywood's King of Laughter 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
Before the Bowler: Stan's Early Life 1994 Video documentary short as Stan Jefferson
On the Trail of the Comedy Mine: A History of Stan Laurel 1994 Video documentary short
The Our Gang Story 1994 Video documentary Stan
Funny Business 1992 TV Series documentary
A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel & Hardy 1992 TV Special documentary Stan / Sandy / Alf / ...
Legends of Comedy 1992 TV Movie documentary
Sprockets 1991 TV Series Door to door salesman
Moonlighting 1988 TV Series Himself
Muppet Babies 1988 TV Series
Tango Bar 1987 Himself (uncredited)
The Revenge of the Sons of the Desert 1987 Video documentary short Himself
Classic Comedy Teams 1986 Video documentary Himself
The Laurel and Hardy Show 1986 TV Series Stan (1986)
Cocoon 1985 Himself, film clip from 'Flying Deuces' (uncredited)
Going Hollywood: The '30s 1984 Documentary
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1984 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Historia del cine: Epoca muda 1983 Video documentary
Dance of the Cookoos 1982 Himself
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor - 'Another Fine Mess' (uncredited)
Alles oder nichts 1981 TV Series Stan
Brooklyn Bridge 1981 Documentary Himself (clip from "Way Out West") (uncredited)
Rascal Dazzle 1980 Baby
Lachen Sie mit Stan & Ollie 1975-1980 TV Series Stan / Himself
The Hollywood Clowns 1979 Video documentary Stan
Funny Business 1978 TV Movie documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 1976 TV Series Himself
Clapper Board 1976 TV Series
Bob Hope's World of Comedy 1976 TV Movie Himself
America at the Movies 1976 Documentary Stan (as Laurel)
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary Various Film Clips (as Laurel)
Hooray for Hollywood 1975 Documentary Himself
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary Himself
Omnibus 1974 TV Series documentary Himself
Laurel und Hardy auf der Jagd nach dem Mammon 1973 Stan
Die Rudi Carrell Show 1973 TV Series Himself
Another Nice Mess 1972 Stan
4 Clowns 1970
The Best of Laurel and Hardy 1968 Stan / Alf
Dick und Doof, die Unzertrennlichen 1968 Stan
The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy 1967 Documentary
The Crazy World of Laurel and Hardy 1966 Documentary
Salute to Stan Laurel 1965 TV Special documentary Himself
Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's 1965 Stan
Zebra in the Kitchen 1965 Stan Laurel - ( clip from 'Hollywood Party) (uncredited)
The Big Parade of Comedy 1964 Documentary Stan in 'Hollywood Party'
Fractured Flickers 1963 TV Series Sherman Oaks
30 Years of Fun 1963
Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963 Documentary Himself
Nickelodeon Days 1962 Documentary
The DuPont Show of the Week 1961 TV Series Himself
Days of Thrills and Laughter 1961 Documentary Himself
When Comedy Was King 1960 Documentary edited from 'Big Business' (as Laurel)
The Golden Age of Comedy 1957 Documentary Stan (as Laurel)
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957 TV Series Himself
Double Trouble 1953 Short The Twin Laurels
Screen Snapshots: Memories of Famous Hollywood Comedians 1952 Documentary short Himself
Ça c'est du cinéma 1951
¡Qué tiempos aquéllos! 1951 Documentary
The Autobiography of a 'Jeep' 1943 Documentary short Himself - in a Jeep in Parade (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1964 Life Achievement Award Screen Actors Guild Awards
1961 Honorary Award Academy Awards, USA

For his creative pioneering in the field of cinema comedy. Stan Laurel

1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

TitleSalary
Our Relations (1936) $80,000
Bonnie Scotland (1935) $80,000
The Midnight Patrol (1933) $3,500 /week
The Devil's Brother (1933) $3,500 /week

#Quote
1 I don't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with Charles Chaplin.
2 [on Oliver Hardy] He really is a very funny fellow, isn't he?
3 People have always loved our pictures. I guess that's because they saw how much love we put into them.
4 [on a comic he refused to name]: Very funny when he's not being dirty. I can't stand him.
5 [on Charles Chaplin]: Just the greatest.
6 [on the death of Oliver Hardy] Ben Shipman called me the day before and told me Babe had taken a turn for the worse and the end was expected any hours, even knowing this, the final news came as a shock to me. However, I think it was a blessing - poor fellow must have been really suffering (they discovered recently he had a bad cancer condition), so under the circumstances there was no hope of his ever recovering. What a tragic end to such a wonderful career.
7 [on Dick Van Dyke] Dick is a very clever comic, very talented, he does resemble me facially but thats about all, firstly, he is much taller and his mannerisms are entirely his own style. I enjoyed very much meeting him, a very interesting chap.
8 What business do we have telling people who to vote for? They probably know more about it than we do.
9 [about the eight films he and Oliver Hardy made at 20th Century-Fox in the 1940s] We had no say on those films, and it sure looked it.
10 Crazy humor was always my type of humor, but it's the quiet kind of craziness I like. The rough type of nut humor like The Marx Brothers I could never go for.
11 [on Oliver Hardy's death] The world has lost a comic genius. I've lost my best friend.
12 A friend once asked me what comedy was. That floored me. What is comedy? I don't know. Does anybody? Can you define it? All I know is that I learned how to get laughs, and that's all I know about it. You have to learn what people will laugh at, then proceed accordingly.
13 If any of you cry at my funeral, I'll never speak to you again!

#Trademark
1 Subtle substitution of the word "me" for "my", as in the line from Way Out West: "Wait a minute while I spit on me hands."
2 Gaze into the camera with arms up and palms out in a "What now?" gesture.
3 Completely vacant stare into the camera, accentuated by white pancake makeup.
4 Wide, "hanger-in-my-mouth" smile, spiky hair sported in all of his films, and of course, the "whiny face" for which he is famous.
5 Usually played a childishly innocent man who always looked up to his good friend Oliver Hardy, whether it was deserved or not. Common schticks included crying in cases of great predicaments, taking instructions literally at all times and mixing up his lines. He and Hardy often had a scene in their films where they would get into a fight with another person that consisted solely of destroying property. The duo would destroy something the opponent values while the opponent ooks on and does not resist. When they are done, the opponent does the same to them, while they refrain from resisting, and so on.

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