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Will Hay (1888–1949)


William Thompson Hay was probably one of the most versatile of entertainers. He was not only a character comedian of the first rank, but was also an astronomer of high repute - he discovered the spot on the planet Saturn in 1933 - and a fully qualified air pilot; he was once an engineer. Born at Stockton on Tees in 1888, he became interested in ... See full bio »

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Known For

Oh, Mr. Porter!
Oh, Mr. Porter! William Porter
(1937)
Boys Will Be Boys
Boys Will Be Boys Dr. Alec Smart
(1935)
The Goose Steps Out
The Goose Steps Out William Potts / Muller
(1942)
Windbag the Sailor
Windbag the Sailor Captain Ben Cutlet
(1936)

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He and his company performed at the "Twice Nightly Variety Show," at the Holborn Empire Theatre in Holborn, London, England with The Bells; Eddie Hanley; The 3 Australian Boys; Billy & Elsa Newell; Danny Lipton Three; Will Somers; the Houston Sisters; G.S. Melvin; and Laurel Brothers in the cast. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 3 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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His love of astronomy since boyhood led to his discovery on August 3rd 1933 of a spot on Saturn which attracted widespread attention at the time. He was a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and a member of the British Astronomy Association. An old friend, Dr. W.H. Steavenson represented the RAS at his funeral. See more »

Trademark:

Distinctive raspy voice See more »

Nickname:

Bill

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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