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Will Hay (I) (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)
The Goose Steps Out
The Goose Steps Out William Potts / Muller
(1942)
Boys Will Be Boys
Boys Will Be Boys Dr. Alec Smart
(1935)
Windbag the Sailor
Windbag the Sailor Captain Ben Cutlet
(1936)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

He and his company performed at the "Twnice 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 »

Publicity Listings:

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

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

If we were all astronomers, there'd be no more war.

Trivia:

In 1918 he joined the Fred Karno comedy troupe. Will Hay played Nosey Parker in the Karno revue Nosey Knows which toured Britain until the end of 1918. Will Hay then starred in the Karno revue Moonstruck which toured Britian from December 1918 to March 1920.Other former members of the Karno troupe include Stan Laurel and Charles Chaplin, both of whom left the company in 1913. See more »

Trademark:

Distinctive raspy voice See more »

Nickname:

Bill

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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