Ulverston, Cumbria, England
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Santa Monica, California
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Laurel & Hardy
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Stan Laurel was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson on the 16th of June in Ulverston, Cumbria in England, 1890. His father was a vaudeville performer and this led Arthur to being a stage performer too. He didn`t get much schooling and this led to the joining of Fred Karno`s Troupe where Arthur understudied the future star, Charles Chaplin. In 1912 they went on a tour to America where Chaplin remained, but Stan went straight back to England. In 1916 he returned to the States and did an impersonation of Charlie Chaplin and the act was called "The Keystone Trio" and it was quite successful.
In 1917 Stan made his first movie entitled Nuts in May (1917) and at the first screening among the people in the audience were Chaplin himself and producer Carl Laemmle who were both impressed. This led onto more short comedies with such greats as `Gilbert M. `Broncho Billy` Anderson` , Larry Semon, and Hal Roach. Stan now changed his surname to Laurel thus given the name Stan Laurel. In 1917 Laurel had in fact appeared in a film called The Lucky Dog (1921) with an actor in the cast by the name of Babe Hardy. They formed a friendship but not a very good one. Stan later said they did not see each other for another 2 or 3 years.
It was in 1925 that Hardy and Laurel had met again at the Hal Roach studios and at that point in time Laurel was directing movies at the studio with Hardy in the cast for a couple of years. Among these films were Yes, Yes, Nanette (1925) and Wandering Papas (1926) written & directed by Stan Laurel and starring Babe who now acted under his real name, Oliver Hardy. In 1926 they began appearing together but not yet as a team. One of the directors at the Hal Roach studio known around the world as director of such great movies The Bells of St. Mary`s (1945) and Going My Way (1944), Leo McCarey joined these comic geniuses and an immediate partnership unfolded. Laurel & Hardy had appeared as funny as they could be in Putting Pants on Philip (1927) which led them to stardom. They made films for another 20 years. Laurel & Hardy are now known as one of the best comedy teams. They retired from films in 1950 but Stan & Oliver went on a tour of England and appeared in many stage shows for years.
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Arthur Stanley Jefferson
Usually played a childish, innocent looking man., Wide, "hanger-in-my-mouth" smile., Spikey hair, sported at all times., Whiny face" for which he is famous.
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King James 1 Grammar School, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, The Kings School, Tynemouth, Rutherglen Academy
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Authur Jefferson (managed Glasgow's Metropole Theatre)
Margaret (Madge) Jefferson
Sarah Metcalfe (Grandmother)
Charlie Chaplin, Fred Karno, Alice Cooke, Baldwin Cooke, Oliver Hardy
Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; 16 June 1890 â€“ 23 February 1965) was an English comic actor, writer and film director, most famous for his role in the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. With his comedy partner Oliver Hardy he appeared in 107 short films, feature films and cameo roles.
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Deceased||Stan Laurel passed away on 23rd Feb 1965 aged 74.|||
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