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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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 1943 My Learned Friend
William Fitch
 1942 Go to Blazes (Short)
 1942 The Black Sheep of Whitehall
Professor Davis
 1942 The Big Blockade
Royal Navy: Skipper
 1941 The Ghost of St. Michael's
Will Lamb
 1940 Where's That Fire?
Captain Benjamin Viking
 1938 Old Bones of the River
Prof. Benjamin Tibbetts
 1937 Oh, Mr. Porter!
William Porter
 1936 Windbag the Sailor
Captain Ben Cutlet
 1936 Where There's a Will
Benjamin Stubbins
 1934 Radio Parade of 1935
William Garland
 1933 Know Your Apples (Short)
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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 | See more »


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 »

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