Oliver Hardy

Although his Scottish-English parents were never in show business, as a young boy Oliver Hardy was a gifted singer and, by age eight, was performing with minstrel shows. In 1910 he ran a movie theatre, which he preferred to studying law. In 1913 he became a comedy actor with the Lubin Company in Florida and began appearing in a long series of shorts; his debut film was Outwitting Dad (1914). He appeared in he 1914-15 series of "Pokes and Jabbs" shorts, and from 1916-18 he was in the "Plump and Runt" series. From 1919-21 he was a regular in the "Jimmy Aubrey" series of shorts, and from 1921-25 he worked as an actor and co-director of comedy shorts for Larry Sermon. In addition to appearing in two-reeler comedies, he found time to make westerns and even melodramas in which he played the heavy. He is most famous, however, as the partner of British comic Stan Laurel, with whom he had played a bit part in The Lucky Dog (1921). in the mid-1920s both he and Laurel were working for comedy producer Hal Roach, although not as a team. In a moment of inspiration Roach teamed them together, and their first film as a team was 45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926). Their first release for Roach through MGM was Sugar Daddies (1927) and the first with star billing was From Soup to Nuts (1928). They became a huge hit as a comedy team, and after several years of two-reelers, Roach decided to star them in features, their first of which was Pardon Us (1931). They clicked with audiences in features, too, and starred in such classics as Way Out West (1937), Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (1933) and Block-Heads (1938). They eventually parted ways with Roach and in the mid-1940s signed on with Twentieth Century-Fox. Unfortunately, Fox did not let them have the autonomy they had at Roach, where Laurel basically wrote and directed their films, though others were credited, and their films became more assembly-line and formulaic. Their popularity waned and less popular during the war years, and they made their last film for Fox in 1946. Several years later they made their final appearance as a team in a French film, a troubled and haphazard production eventually, after several name changes, called Utopia (1951), generally regarded to be their worst film. Hardy appeared without Laurel in a few features, such as Zenobia (1939) with Harry Langdon, The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) in a semi-comedic role as a frontiersman alongside John Wayne and Riding High (1950), in a cameo role. He died in 1957. IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan

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1944 The Big Noise

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1943 Jitterbugs

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1937 Way Out West

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1936 Our Relations

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1935 Bonnie Scotland

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1934 The Live Ghost

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1933 Busy Bodies

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1933 Twice Two

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1932 Towed in a Hole

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1932 County Hospital

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1932 The Chimp

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1932 The Music Box

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1932 Any Old Port!

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1931 Beau Hunks

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1931 Be Big!

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1930 Below Zero

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1930 Blotto

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1930 Night Owls

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1929 Berth Marks

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1929 Big Business

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1929 Liberty

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1928 Two Tars

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1921 The Lucky Dog

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1024 * 734 Babes in Toyland 1934

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1600 * 1248 A Chump at Oxford 1940

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1600 * 1263 A Chump at Oxford 1940

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1600 * 1453 A Chump at Oxford 1940

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1600 * 1231 A Chump at Oxford 1940

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2524 * 1984 Be Big! 1931

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2521 * 1932 A-Haunting We Will Go 1942

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2545 * 1998 Air Raid Wardens 1943

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2546 * 1848 Air Raid Wardens 1943

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2546 * 2004 Air Raid Wardens 1943

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1776 * 2546 Any Old Port! 1932

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2567 * 1862 Any Old Port! 1932

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2535 * 1890 Any Old Port! 1932

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2539 * 2010 Below Zero 1930

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2539 * 2016 Below Zero 1930

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2539 * 1976 Berth Marks 1929

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2567 * 1998 Big Business 1929

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2555 * 1958 Blotto 1930

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2553 * 1948 The Bullfighters 1945

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2596 * 1882 Busy Bodies 1933

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2034 * 2529 The Chimp 1932

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2610 * 2034 The Chimp 1932

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2617 * 1904 The Chimp 1932

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2531 * 1968 A Chump at Oxford 1940

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2524 * 1862 A Chump at Oxford 1940

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2619 * 2002 A Chump at Oxford 1940

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2585 * 2018 A Chump at Oxford 1940

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2603 * 1934 County Hospital 1932

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2538 * 1968 County Hospital 1932

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2509 * 2010 The Lucky Dog 1921

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1600 * 1197 A Chump at Oxford 1940

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