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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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Born:
Jan 18, 1892 In Harlem, Georgia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
210
First Appeared:
In the movie The Servant Girl's Legacy 1914-11-27
Latest Project:
Movie A Tribute to Laurel & Hardy 2011-10-25
Known For
Poster of That's That
Poster of Going Bye-Bye!
Poster of Hey, Taxi!
Poster of The Serenade
Filmography
Movie Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films Himself (archive footage) 2011-04-03
Movie A Tribute to Laurel & Hardy Himself (archive footage) 2011-10-25
Movie Chaplin's Goliath Himself (archive footage) 1996-01-01
Movie That's Entertainment! III 1994-07-01
Movie A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel and Hardy Ollie / Fanny / Bert (archive footage) 1992-04-05
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II 1976-05-17
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Himself 1975-08-06
Movie 4 Clowns (archive footage) 1970-09-01
Movie The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy 1967-12-01
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy Oliver in 'Hollywood Party' (archive footage) 1964-09-02
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie Days of Thrills and Laughter 1961-03-21
Movie When Comedy Was King edited from 'Big Business' (archive footage) 1960-03-29
Movie The Golden Age of Comedy 1957-12-26
Movie The Slappiest Days of Our Lives 1953-06-15
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Utopia Ollie 1951-10-17
Movie Riding High Sucker (uncredited) 1950-04-12
Movie The Fighting Kentuckian Willie Paine 1949-09-15
Movie The Bullfighters Ollie 1945-05-01
Movie The Big Noise Ollie 1944-09-22
Movie Nothing but Trouble Oliver 1944-12-06
Movie Air Raid Wardens Ollie 1943-04-04
Movie Jitterbugs Ollie 1943-06-05
Movie The Tree in a Test Tube Oliver 1943-12-31
Movie The Dancing Masters Ollie 1943-11-19
Movie A-Haunting We Will Go Ollie 1942-08-07
Movie Great Guns Oliver 1941-10-10
Movie A Chump at Oxford Ollie 1940-02-16
Movie Saps at Sea Ollie 1940-05-03
Movie Zenobia Dr. Henry Tibbett 1939-04-21
Movie The Flying Deuces Ollie 1939-10-29
Movie Swiss Miss Ollie 1938-05-20
Movie Block-Heads Ollie 1938-08-18
Movie That's That Himself 1937-01-01
Movie Pick a Star Oliver Hardy 1937-03-21
Movie Way Out West Ollie 1937-04-16
Movie The Bohemian Girl Ollie 1936-02-14
Movie On the Wrong Trek Cameo appearance (hitchhiker) 1936-04-18
Movie Our Relations Ollie / Bert Hardy 1936-10-30
Movie Tit for Tat Ollie 1935-01-05
Movie The Fixer Uppers Ollie 1935-02-09
Movie Bonnie Scotland Oliver 'Ollie' Hardy 1935-08-23
Movie Thicker Than Water Ollie 1935-03-16
Movie Hollywood Party Ollie 1934-06-01
Movie Going Bye-Bye! Mr. Hardy 1934-06-22
Movie Oliver the Eighth Ollie 1934-01-13
Movie Them Thar Hills Ollie 1934-07-21
Movie Babes in Toyland Ollie Dee 1934-12-14
Movie The Live Ghost Ollie 1934-12-08
Movie Twice Two Ollie / Mrs. Laurel 1933-02-25
Movie The Devil's Brother Ollio 1933-01-01
Movie Me and My Pal Ollie 1933-04-22
Movie The Midnight Patrol Officer Oliver Hardy 1933-08-03
Movie Sons of the Desert Ollie 1933-12-29
Movie Wild Poses Baby 1933-10-28
Movie Dirty Work Ollie 1933-11-25
Movie Busy Bodies Ollie 1933-10-07
Movie The Music Box Ollie 1932-04-16
Movie Any Old Port! Ollie 1932-03-05
Movie Helpmates Ollie 1932-01-23
Movie The Chimp Ollie 1932-05-21
Movie Pack Up Your Troubles Ollie 1932-09-16
Movie County Hospital Ollie 1932-06-25
Movie Towed in a Hole Ollie 1932-12-31
Movie Their First Mistake Ollie 1932-11-05
Movie Scram! Ollie 1932-09-10
Movie The Stolen Jools Police Driver 1931-04-04
Movie Do a service Ollie 1931-04-13
Movie Laughing Gravy Ollie 1931-04-04
Movie Be Big! Ollie 1931-02-07
Movie Los calaveras Señor Hardy 1931-04-18
Movie Les Carottiers M. Hardy 1931-02-07
Movie Chickens Come Home Mr. Oliver Hardy 1931-02-21
Movie Our Wife Ollie 1931-05-16
Movie Beau Hunks Ollie 1931-12-12
Movie Politiquerías Oliver 1931-05-01
Movie One Good Turn Ollie 1931-10-31
Movie On the Loose New Suitor (uncredited) 1931-12-26
Movie Come Clean Ollie 1931-09-19
Movie Pardon Us Ollie 1931-08-14
Movie Ladrones 1930-02-07
Movie Blotto Ollie 1930-02-08
Movie Noche de duendes Ollie 1930-01-01
Movie Brats Ollie Sr. / Oliver Jr. 1930-03-22
Movie Tiembla y Titubea Ollie 1930-01-01
Movie Night Owls Ollie 1930-01-04
Movie La vida nocturna Ollie 1930-04-19
Movie Below Zero Ollie 1930-04-26
Movie Another Fine Mess Ollie 1930-11-29
Movie The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case Ollie 1930-09-06
Movie Hog Wild Ollie 1930-05-30
Movie The Rogue Song Murza-Bek 1930-05-09
Movie Unaccustomed As We Are Oliver Hardy 1929-05-04
Movie Double Whoopee Ollie 1929-05-18
Movie Big Business Ollie 1929-04-29
Movie Liberty Ollie 1929-01-26
Movie Wrong Again Ollie 1929-02-23
Movie Berth Marks Ollie 1929-06-01
Movie That's My Wife Ollie 1929-03-23
Movie Angora Love Ollie 1929-12-14
Movie Men o'War Ollie 1929-06-29
Movie The Hollywood Revue of 1929 Ollie 1929-11-23
Movie The Hoose-Gow Ollie 1929-11-26
Movie Bacon Grabbers Oliver 1929-10-19
Movie They Go Boom! Ollie 1929-09-21
Movie Perfect Day Ollie 1929-08-10
Movie You're Darn Tootin' Ollie, French horn player 1928-04-21
Movie The Finishing Touch Ollie 1928-02-25
Movie Flying Elephants Mighty Giant 1928-02-12
Movie Leave 'Em Laughing Ollie 1928-01-28
Movie Their Purple Moment Ollie 1928-05-19
Movie From Soup to Nuts Hired butler 1928-03-24
Movie We Faw Down Ollie 1928-12-29
Movie Should Married Men Go Home? Ollie 1928-09-08
Movie Two Tars Ollie 1928-11-03
Movie Habeas Corpus Ollie 1928-12-01
Movie Early to Bed Ollie 1928-10-06
Movie Crazy to Act Gordon Bagley 1927-05-15
Movie Love 'Em and Weep Judge Chigger 1927-06-12
Movie Fluttering Hearts Big Bill 1927-06-19
Movie No Man's Law Sharkey Nye 1927-05-01
Movie Baby Brother Ice Man 1927-06-26
Movie Should Men Walk Home? Party Guest at Punch Bowl 1927-01-29
Movie Why Girls Love Sailors First Mate 1927-07-17
Movie Two-Time Mama 1927-01-29
Movie Why Girls Say No Policeman 1927-02-21
Movie Slipping Wives Butler 1927-03-03
Movie Duck Soup Maltravers 1927-03-13
Movie With Love and Hisses Top Sergeant Banner 1927-08-28
Movie Hats Off Ollie 1927-11-05
Movie Do Detectives Think? Sherlock Pinkham 1927-11-20
Movie Putting Pants on Philip J. Piedmont Mumblethunder 1927-12-03
Movie The Battle of the Century Manager 1927-12-31
Movie Call of the Cuckoo Asylum Inmate 1927-10-15
Movie Love 'em and Feed 'em 'Happy' Hopey 1927-11-12
Movie The Second Hundred Years Big Goofy 1927-10-08
Movie Sailors, Beware! Purser Cryder 1927-09-25
Movie Sugar Daddies Brittle's butler 1927-09-10
Movie Now I'll Tell One Policeman 1927-10-04
Movie Say It with Babies Hector - the Floorwalker 1926-05-16
Movie Long Fliv the King The Prime Minister's Assistant 1926-06-13
Movie Madame Mystery Captain Schmaltz 1926-03-12
Movie Wandering Papas The foreman 1926-02-21
Movie Thundering Fleas Officer (as Oliver Babe Hardy) 1926-07-04
Movie A Bankrupt Honeymoon The Taxi Driver 1926-02-06
Movie Bromo and Juliet Cab Driver 1926-09-19
Movie Along Came Auntie Mr. Vincent Belcher - the First Husband 1926-07-25
Movie 45 Minutes from Hollywood Hotel Detective 1926-12-26
Movie Be Your Age Oswald Schwartzkopple 1926-11-13
Movie The nickel-hopper Jazz band drummer 1926-12-04
Movie Crazy Like a Fox Charley's Victim (uncredited) 1926-08-26
Movie Hey, Taxi! A Rival Taxi Driver 1925-04-01
Movie The Joke's on You Wilbert Perkins 1925-06-14
Movie Stick Around Paperhanger (as Babe Hardy) 1925-03-01
Movie The Wizard of Oz Farmhand 1925-01-01
Movie Fiddlin' Around Theatre manager 1925-06-14
Movie Yes, Yes, Nanette Her former sweetheart (as Babe Hardy) 1925-07-19
Movie Hop to It! A bellhop (as Babe Hardy) 1925-07-01
Movie The Perfect Clown Babe Mulligan 1925-12-14
Movie They All Fall 1925-08-01
Movie Isn't Life Terrible? Remington - the Brother-in-Law (as 'Babe' Hardy) 1925-07-05
Movie Her Boy Friend Killer Kid 1924-09-27
Movie Kid Speed Dangerous Dan McGraw 1924-11-16
Movie The Midnight Cabaret Oliver, an Impetuous Suitor 1923-05-09
Movie No Wedding Bells The Girl's Father 1923-01-09
Movie The Barnyard Farm Hand 1923-06-11
Movie Horseshoes Dynamite Duffy 1923-12-09
Movie The Gown Shop Store manager 1923-08-13
Movie Lightning Love Oliver, the Other Suitor 1923-10-22
Movie The Sawmill The foreman 1922-01-01
Movie A Pair of Kings General Alarm 1922-06-10
Movie The Counter Jumper Gaston Gilligan 1922-12-08
Movie Golf The neighbor 1922-09-03
Movie The Bakery Foreman 1921-06-19
Movie The Fall Guy Gentleman Joe, alias Black Bart 1921-07-15
Movie The Rent Collector The big boss 1921-05-22
Movie The Bell Hop Hotel manager 1921-09-17
Movie The Lucky Dog Masked bandit who confronts Laurel 1921-10-01
Movie The Decorator Babe, a millionaire 1920-09-03
Movie Squeaks and Squawks 1920-03-28
Movie Married to Order Her Father 1920-10-29
Movie His Jonah Day The Life Saver 1920-11-26
Movie Dull Care A Janitor 1919-10-05
Movie Bungs and Bunglers Al K. Hall 1919-11-24
Movie The Stranger Oliver, the saloonkeeper 1918-01-01
Movie He's In Again Head Waiter 1918-12-15
Movie The Rogue Cafe Owner 1918-02-14
Movie His Day Out Ollie 1918-01-14
Movie Bright and Early The Boss 1918-05-14
Movie The King of the Kitchen A German customer 1918-10-30
Movie The Villain Nell 1917-07-14
Movie Cupid's Rival Poor Artist 1917-07-01
Movie The Chief Cook Babe 1917-09-30
Movie The Hero 1917-04-01
Movie The Candy Kid Rival Proprietor 1917-10-14
Movie The Pest 1917-11-15
Movie The Hobo Harold (as Babe Hardy) 1917-11-01
Movie One Too Many Plump 1916-02-16
Movie Oliver Hardy : 10 courts métrages, 1916-1927 1916-01-01
Movie The Battle Royal Plump 1916-04-12
Movie The Serenade 1916-03-02
Movie Hungry Hearts Plump 1916-06-16
Movie Love and Duty Pvt. Plump 1916-09-21
Movie The Lottery Man Maggie Murphy 1916-06-25
Movie They Looked Alike Pedestrian 1915-01-05
Movie An Expensive Visit Jack 1915-03-22
Movie Something in Her Eye The Grocer 1915-11-09
Movie It May Be You Paul Simmons 1915-07-07
Movie The Servant Girl's Legacy Cy 1914-11-27