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Stanley Holloway was an accomplished vocalist and acting professional, a disarmingly funny comedian, and an excellent monologist. The boy of the lawyer’s clerk, he was created Stanley Augustus Holloway in London’s East End on Oct 1, 1890. After employed in the office of the fish marketplace in Billingsgate, the lad started his performing profession as “Get better at Stanley Holloway — THE BEAUTIFUL Boy Soprano.” At age 17 he sang using a concert-party offering entertainment at East Coastline seaside resorts. In 1913 he journeyed to Milan, Italy, where he received tone of voice training in planning for a profession in opera. Holloway offered within the infantry through the First Globe Battle, spending four years within the Connaught Rangers (“The Devil’s Very own”). Although around 2,500 people of the regiment had been slain through the Great Battle, Holloway survived and instantly began performing and performing in London’s music halls and theaters, executing at the wintertime Backyard as Captain Wentworth in Man Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse’s Kissing Amount of time in 1919, so when Rene within a PARTICULAR DATE in 1920. Holloway produced his film debut in 1921, showing up within a silent film engagingly entitled The Rotters. That same season, working in cooperation with fellow performing comedian Leslie Henson, Holloway helped to create a London-based touring musical revue known as the Co-Optimists. This troupe would practically reinvent itself each year through 1929, plus they had been filmed in 1930. Holloway set up himself being a BBC radio character in 1923 and created his single act through the entire 1920s while carrying on his involvement using the musical movie theater. He was ensemble as Costs Smith within the London creation of Vincent Youmans’ musical humor Strike the Deck (1927), in Tune of the ocean (1928), and in Coo-ee (1929). He started documenting his monologues for the phonograph marketplace in the first ’30s. Peopled with colourful “North Nation” characters called Albert, Sam Little, as well as the Ramsbottoms, these amazing recitations had been couched in rhyming stanzas cautiously crafted by George Marriott Edgar, Greatrex Newman, Robert Patrick Weston, and Bert Lee, and in addition by Holloway himself, who sometimes sang the verses instead of declaiming them. Holloway participated in several stage revues through the 1930s. These included The Savoy Follies (1932), Three Sisters (1934), Right here We Are Once again (1935), All Influx (1936), London Rhapsody (1938), Up and Performing (1940), and Good and Dandy (1942). He arrived in a reliable stream of English films including Sing once we Proceed (1934); Squibs (1935); The Vicar of Bray (1936); a film version of George Bernard Shaw’s Main Barbara (1941); Champagne Charlie, JUST HOW Ahead, which Happy Breed of dog (1944); Caesar and Cleopatra, Short Encounter, and The best way to the Superstars (1945); Match Me at Dawn (1946); Nicholas Nickelby (1947); and Another Shoreline, The Winslow Youngster, and Hamlet, wherein he performed the Gravedigger opposing Sir Lawrence Olivier (1948). He made an appearance within the films AN IDEAL Girl and Passport to Pimlico (1949); The Magic Container as well as the Lavender Hill Mob (1951); The Titfield Thunderbolt as well as the Beggars Opera (1952); Match Mr. Lucifer (1953); An Alligator Called Daisy (1955); No Tree in the pub and Hello, London (1959); no Like for Johnnie (1961). On-stage in NY he played Bottom level in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Desire and personified Alfred P. Doolittle in both stage (1956, 1958) and display (1964) variations of My Good Woman. In 1957 Holloway produced a few of his all-time funniest and greatest recordings together with Beatrice Lillie and Cyril Ritchard (non-sense Verse of Carroll and Lear, Cadmon Literary Series LP TC 1078). His dramatic readings of “The Pig-Tale” from Lewis Carroll’s Sylvie and Bruno and Edward Lear’s heart-rending existential opus The Dong using the Luminous Nose had been unequalled triumphs of theatrical timing, artful delivery, and seasoned wit. In 1960 Stanley Holloway became an official of the very most Excellent Order from the English Empire, and toured like a single act beneath the billing Laughs along with other Occasions. In 1962 he was cast as an British butler within the U.S. tv sitcom Our Guy Higgins, while 1964 discovered him on-stage in Philadelphia in COOL-DOWN!, a Faustian spoof. Wiv a bit o Fortune: THE LIFE SPAN Tale of Stanley Holloway as informed to Dick Richards was released in 1967 and reprinted in 1981. Holloway toured Asia and Australia in 1977 using the Pleasure of His Organization, a Noël Coward tribute display, offered a Royal Control Overall performance in 1980, and passed away at age 91 inside a nursing house in Littlehampton (Sussex) Britain on January 30, 1982.

Quick Facts


Full Name Stanley Holloway
Died January 30, 1982, Littlehampton, United Kingdom
Profession Singer, Poet, Comedian, Monologist
Nationality British
Spouse Violet Lane, Alice Foran
Children Julian Holloway, Joan Holloway, John Holloway, Patricia Holloway, Mary Holloway
Parents Florence May, George Augustus Holloway
Siblings Millie Holloway
Music Songs Albert And The Lion, Get Me To The Church On Time, With a Little Bit of Luck, The Lion and Albert, My Word! You Do Look Queer!, Three Ha'Pence A Foot, My Fair Lady: Get Me to the Church on Time, Brahn Boots, Runcorn Ferry, Albert Comes Back, Sam's Christmas Pudding, With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm, The Return of Albert, Uppards, The Recumbent Posture, Gunner Joe, Albert And The Headsman, Where Did You Get That Hat, Jubilee Sovereign, Yorkshire Pudden!, Any Old Iron?, My Fair Lady: With a Little Bit of Luck, Sam's Medal, Penny on the Drum, Macbeth: Act III - Scene 1, Sweeney Todd The Barber, Old Sam, The Parson Of Puddle, Wot Cher!, The Battle Of Hastings, Two Lovely Black Eyes, My Lord Tomnoddy
Albums 'ere's 'olloway, Join in the Chorus, Oliver!, The Original Stanley Holloway, Life in the Old Dog Yet, The Classic Monologues (Digitally Remastered), My Fair Lady: Original Cast - 20th Anniversary Production, Blue Grass Breakdown, Vol. 1, Brahn Boots, His Famous Adventures with Old Sam and The Ramsbottoms, Blue Grass Breakdown, Vol. 2, The Stanley Holloway Collection, Vol. 2, The Stanley Holloway Collection, Vol. 1, The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Guarding The Gasworks, The Essential Collection (Digitally Remastered), Three Ha'pence A Foot, Macbeth, The Magic Monologues of Stanley Holloway, Keep Smiling, His Greatest Performances, Champagne Charlie, Rock & Roll Hits, Down At The Old Bull And Bush, The Essential Collection, The Best of Stanley Holloway, Penny On The Drum, The Very Best Of, 40 Timeless Songs, Forever Gold - The Lion And Albert (Remastered), The Classic Monlogues, Ello Stanley… Stanley Holloway Sings the Best of Broadway, in2Stanley Holloway - Volume 1, At His Best, At His Very Best
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Movies My Fair Lady, Brief Encounter, The Lavender Hill Mob, Passport to Pimlico, The Titfield Thunderbolt, The Way Ahead, Hamlet, In Harm's Way, This Happy Breed, The Way to the Stars, Champagne Charlie, No Love for Johnnie, Ten Little Indians, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Meet Mr. Lucifer, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, Another Shore, Flight of the Doves, Up the Front, On the Fiddle, Journey into Fear, The Vicar of Bray, An Alligator Named Daisy, The Perfect Woman, Sing As We Go, One Wild Oat, Jumping for Joy, The Happy Family, Wanted for Murder, Meet Me at Dawn, A Day to Remember, No Trees in the Street, Meet Me Tonight, Run a Crooked Mile, Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter, The Girl from Maxim's, Alive and Kicking, Fast and Loose, Noose, Snowbound, Salute John Citizen, Midnight Episode, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Cotton Queen, The Co-Optimists, Play Up the Band, Squibs, D'Ye Ken John Peel?, Target: Harry, Song of the Forge, Third Sam
TV Shows Our Man Higgins, Thingumybob


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#Fact
1 He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1960 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama.
2 He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Hamlet (1948) and My Fair Lady (1964).
3 Made his New York debut as Bottom in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1954.
4 The son of a law clerk, he sang as a soloist in a choir at the age of 14. He later harboured ambitions to become an opera singer, but World War I intervened and he enlisted as a private in the army.
5 After World War I he served in Ireland for a few months as one of the hastily-recruited British trench veterans as Royal Irish Constabulary "Temporary Constables", better known as the "Black and Tans".
6 He was almost not asked to repeat his stage performance as Alfred Dolittle in My Fair Lady (1964) because producer Jack L. Warner thought that Holloway was too old at 73, and not a big enough star. However, after James Cagney turned the part down, Holloway was cast.
7 Prior to going into show business, he worked as a porter on the Billingsgate fish market.
8 In My Fair Lady (1964), he was the only member of the main cast to do his own singing. Rex Harrison and Wilfrid Hyde-White talked their way through their songs, while Audrey Hepburn and Jeremy Brett were dubbed.
9 He almost backed out of the original Broadway production of "My Fair Lady" during rehearsals when he felt that director Moss Hart wasn't paying enough attention to his character. Finally Hart took him aside and said, "Look, Stanley, I am rehearsing a girl who has never played a major role in her life, and an actor who has never sung on the stage in his life. You have done both. If you feel neglected it is a compliment." Holloway burst out laughing and never brought up the subject again.
10 Holloway appeared with Rex Harrison in the stage production of "My Fair Lady". Harrison had a reputation for being very abrupt with his fans. One night after a performance of the show, Holloway and Harrison left by the stage door. It was late, cold and pouring rain and there was an old woman standing alone outside the door. When she saw Harrison, she asked him for his autograph. He told her to "Sod off", and she was so enraged at this that she rolled up her program and hit Harrison with it. Holloway congratulated him on not only making theater history, but, for the first time in world history, "the fan has hit the shit."
11 Was nominated for Broadway's 1957 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) in "My Fair Lady" as Alfred P. Doolittle, a role he recreated in an Oscar-nominated performance in the film version, My Fair Lady (1964).
12 Grandfather of actress Sophie Dahl
13 Father of Julian Holloway.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Journey Into Fear 1975 Mr. Mathews
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1973 TV Movie Poole
Up the Front 1972 The Great Vincento
Flight of the Doves 1971 Judge Liffy
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes 1970 Gravedigger
The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens 1970 TV Movie Mr. Vuffin
Run a Crooked Mile 1969 TV Movie Caretaker
Target: Harry 1969 Jason Carlyle
Thingumybob 1968 TV Series Bob Bridge
Armchair Theatre 1968 TV Series Norman Dodd
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter 1968 G.G. Brown
The Red Skelton Hour 1965-1967 TV Series Sir Whitecliff of Dover / Eggcup Tycoon
Blandings Castle 1967 TV Series Beach
The Sandwich Man 1966 Park Gardener
Ten Little Indians 1965 William Blore
In Harm's Way 1965 Clayton Canfil
My Fair Lady 1964 Alfred P. Doolittle
The Fantasticks 1964 TV Movie Bellamy
Our Man Higgins 1962-1963 TV Series Higgins / Higgans
Operation Snafu 1961 Mr Cooksley
No Love for Johnnie 1961 Fred Andrews
An Arabian Night 1960 TV Movie Ibrahim
The Bell Telephone Hour 1960 TV Series Pooh Bah
Alive and Kicking 1959 MacDonagh
No Trees in the Street 1959 Kipper
Jumping for Joy 1956 Captain Jack Montague
An Alligator Named Daisy 1955 The General
Fast and Loose 1954 Major George Crabb
Meet Mr. Lucifer 1953 Mr. Hollingsworth / Mr. Lucifer
A Day to Remember 1953 Charley Porter
The Beggar's Opera 1953 Mr. Lockit
The Titfield Thunderbolt 1953 Valentine
Tonight at 8:30 1952 Henry Gow: Fumed Oak
Mr. Lord Says No 1952 Henry Lord
The Magic Box 1951 Broker's Man
Bikini Baby 1951 Mr. Clark
The Lavender Hill Mob 1951 Pendlebury
One Wild Oat 1951 Alfred Gilbey
Midnight Episode 1950 Professor Prince
The Perfect Woman 1949 Ramshead
Passport to Pimlico 1949 Arthur Pemberton
Another Shore 1948 Alastair
The Silk Noose 1948 Insp. Kendall
The Winslow Boy 1948 Comedian
Hamlet 1948 Gravedigger
One Night with You 1948 Tramp
Snowbound 1948 Joe Wesson
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby 1947 Vincent Crummles
Meet Me at Dawn 1947 Emile Pollet
The Ballad of the Battered Bicycle 1947 Short Narrator
Carnival 1946 Charlie Raeburn
Wanted for Murder 1946 Sgt. Sullivan
Caesar and Cleopatra 1945 Belzanor
Brief Encounter 1945 Albert Godby
Johnny in the Clouds 1945 Mr Palmer
Champagne Charlie 1944 The Great Vance
The Way Ahead 1944 Pvt. Ted Brewer
This Happy Breed 1944 Bob Mitchell
Worker and Warfront No. 8 1943 Short Narrator
Salute John Citizen 1942 Oskey
Major Barbara 1941 Policeman
Sam Goes Shopping 1939 Short Narrator
Sam Small Leaves Town 1937 Richard Manning
Cotton Queen 1937 Sam Owen
The Vicar of Bray 1937 The Vicar of Bray
Song of the Forge 1937 Joe / Sir William Barrett
Three Ha'pence a Foot 1937 Short Narrator (voice)
The Lion and Albert 1937 Short Narrator (voice)
Co-operette 1937 Short Sam Small
Gunner Sam 1937 Short Narrator (voice)
Our Island Nation 1937 Documentary Chief Petty Officer George Barber
Beat the Retreat 1936 Short Narrator (voice)
Halt, Who Goes There? 1936 Short Narrator (voice)
Sam's Medal 1936 Short Narrator (voice)
Play Up the Band 1935 Sam Small
Squibs 1935 Constable Charley Lee
D'Ye Ken John Peel? 1935 Sam Small
Drummed Out 1935 Short Narrator
Sam and His Musket 1935 Short Narrator (voice)
Road House 1934 Donovan
Sing As We Go! 1934 Policeman
The Girl Thief 1934 PC
The Bride of the Lake 1934 Father O'Flynn
The Girl from Maxim's 1933 Mongicourt
Sleeping Car 1933 Francois
The Co-Optimists 1929
The Rotters 1921 Arthur Wait

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Roswell 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Little of What You Fancy 1968 Documentary performer: "I Live in Trafalgar Square", "Let's All Go Down the Strand"
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter 1968 performer: "Lemon and Lime", "The World Is for the Young"
My Fair Lady 1964 performer: "With a Little Bit of Luck" 1956, "Get Me to the Church on Time I'm Getting Married in the Morning" 1956 - uncredited
The Fantasticks 1964 TV Movie performer: "Never Say No", "Happy Ending", "Plant a Raddish" - uncredited
The Winslow Boy 1948 performer: "Wait and See' - uncredited / writer: "Wait and See' - uncredited
Hoots Mon 1940 writer: "Rags, Bottles Or Bones" - uncredited
Sing As We Go! 1934 performer: "Love, Wonderful Love" - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Teen-Age Show 1948 TV Series narrative script - 2 episodes
Halt, Who Goes There? 1936 Short written by
Sam and His Musket 1935 Short written by

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Looks Familiar 1980 TV Series Himself - Guest
Fifty Bighearted Years: The Variety Club of Great Britain's Tribute to Arthur Askey 1974 TV Movie Himself
The David Frost Show 1970-1971 TV Series Himself
The 25th Annual Tony Awards 1971 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Himself
Cilla 1971 TV Series
If It Moves It's Rude: The Story of the Windmill Theatre 1969 Documentary On-screen Participant
The Dean Martin Show 1966-1967 TV Series Himself
The Danny Kaye Show 1966 TV Series Himself
BBC Show of the Week 1966 TV Series Himself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1961-1966 TV Series Himself - Singer / Himself
The 37th Annual Academy Awards 1965 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Fairest Fair Lady 1964 Documentary short Himself
Time to Remember 1959-1964 TV Series Narrator / Himself
The Third Sam 1962 Short Himself - Narrator
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1957-1962 TV Series Himself
The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe 1962 TV Movie Himself / Alfred P. Doolittle
Meet Mr. Holloway 1961 TV Mini-Series Himself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1960-1961 TV Series Himself
The Jo Stafford Show 1961 TV Series Himself
Hello London 1960 Documentary Himself
The Julie Andrews Show 1959 TV Mini-Series Himself
Riverside One 1958 TV Series Himself
Lancashire Coast 1957 Documentary short Himself
The Big Record 1957 TV Series Himself
The DuPont Show of the Month 1957 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1957 TV Series Himself
Washington Square 1956 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1956 TV Series documentary Himself
Max Liebman Presents: The Maurice Chevalier Show 1956 TV Movie Himself
There's Always Music 1955 TV Short Himself
Stars in Your Eyes 1949 TV Series Himself
The Teen-Age Show 1948 TV Series Himself - Presenter
Albert's Savings 1940 Short Himself
Cabaret 1939 TV Series Himself
Intimate Cabaret 1938 TV Series Himself - Performer
The White Coons Concert Party 1937 TV Short Himself
In Town Tonight 1935 Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Native Hue of Resolution 2013 Documentary Himself - Mace advertisement
Heroes of Comedy 2002 TV Series documentary
The Very Best of Sid James 1996 Video documentary
The Making of 'My Fair Lady' 1995 Video documentary Himself / Alfred P. Doolittle (uncredited)
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 2 1991 TV Special Himself
Omnibus 1988 TV Series documentary Himself
A Little of What You Fancy 1968 Documentary Himself
Lionpower from MGM 1967 Short Mr. Brown (uncredited)
Highlight: The Singing Cinema 1964

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1965 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role My Fair Lady (1964)
1965 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor My Fair Lady (1964)
1965 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Supporting Performance, Male My Fair Lady (1964)


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