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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
Black Sheep of Whitehall
Black Sheep of Whitehall Professor Davis
My Learned Friend
My Learned Friend William Fitch
The Goose Steps Out
The Goose Steps Out William Potts / Muller


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 1943 My Learned Friend
William Fitch
 1942 Go to Blazes (Short)
 1942 The Goose Steps Out
William Potts / Muller
 1942 The Big Blockade
Royal Navy: Skipper
 1942 Black Sheep of Whitehall
Professor Davis
 1941 The Ghost of St. Michael's
Will Lamb
 1940 Where's That Fire?
Captain Benjamin Viking
 1939 Ask a Policeman
Sergt. Dudfoot
 1938 Hey! Hey! USA
Dr. Benjamin Twist
 1938 Old Bones of the River
Prof. Benjamin Tibbetts
 1938 Convict 99
Dr. Benjamin Twist
 1937 Oh, Mr. Porter!
William Porter
 1937 Good Morning, Boys
Dr. Benjamin Twist
 1936 Windbag the Sailor
Captain Ben Cutlet
 1936 Where There's a Will
Benjamin Stubbins
 1935 Boys Will Be Boys
Dr. Alec Smart
 1935 Dandy Dick
Vicar the Rev. Richard Jedd
 1934 Radio Parade of 1935
William Garland
 1934 Those Were the Days
Magistrate Brutus Poskett
 1933 Know Your Apples (Short)
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Show Show Director (3 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
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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 »

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


5' 9½" (1.77 m)

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Personal Quote:

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


Off stage he had a great interest in flying and was one of the first private aircraft owners in the United Kingdom. See more »


Often played incompetent authority figures, most notably in his famous Schoolmaster routines. See more »



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