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Overview (4)

Born in Ulverston, Lancashire, England, UK
Died in Santa Monica, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameArthur Stanley Jefferson
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Stan Laurel came from a theatrical family, his father was an actor and theatre manager, and he made his stage debut at the age of 16 at Pickard's Museum, Glasgow. He traveled with Fred Karno's vaudeville company to the United States in 1910 and again in 1913. While with that company he was Charles Chaplin's understudy, and he performed imitations of Chaplin. On a later trip he remained in the United States, having been cast in a two-reel comedy, Nuts in May (1917) (not released until 1918). There followed a number of shorts for Metro, Hal Roach Studios, then Universal, then back to Roach in 1926. His first two-reeler with Oliver Hardy was 45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926). Their first release through MGM was Sugar Daddies (1927) and the first with star billing was From Soup to Nuts (1928). Their first feature-length starring roles were in Pardon Us (1931). Their work became more production-line and less popular during the war years, especially after they left Roach and MGM for Twentieth Century-Fox. Their last movie together was The Bullfighters (1945) except for a dismal failure made in France several years later (Utopia (1951)). In 1960 he was given a special Oscar "for his creative pioneering in the field of cinema comedy". He died five years later.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Stan Laurel was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson on the 16th of June in Ulverston, Lancashire in England, 1890. His father was a vaudeville performer and this led Arthur to being a stage performer too. He didn't get much schooling and this led to the joining of Fred Karno's Troupe where Arthur understudied the future star, Charles Chaplin. In 1912 they went on a tour to America where Chaplin remained, but Stan went straight back to England. In 1916 he returned to the States and did an impersonation of Charlie Chaplin and the act was called "The Keystone Trio" and it was quite successful.

In 1917 Stan made his first movie entitled Nuts in May (1917) and at the first screening among the people in the audience were Chaplin himself and producer Carl Laemmle who were both impressed. This led onto more short comedies with such greats as Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, and Hal Roach. Stan now changed his surname to Laurel thus given the name Stan Laurel. In 1917 Laurel had in fact appeared in a film called The Lucky Dog (1921) with an actor in the cast by the name of Babe Hardy. They formed a friendship but not a very good one. Stan later said they did not see each other for another 2 or 3 years.

It was in 1925 that Hardy and Laurel had met again at the Hal Roach studios and at that point in time Laurel was directing movies at the studio with Hardy in the cast for a couple of years. Among these films were Yes, Yes, Nanette (1925) and Wandering Papas (1926) written & directed by Stan Laurel and starring Babe who now acted under his real name, Oliver Hardy. In 1926 they began appearing together but not yet as a team. One of the directors at the Hal Roach studio known around the world as director of such great movies The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) and Going My Way (1944), Leo McCarey joined these comic geniuses and an immediate partnership unfolded. Laurel & Hardy had appeared as funny as they could be in Putting Pants on Philip (1927) which led them to stardom. They made films for another 20 years. Laurel & Hardy are now known as one of the best comedy teams. They retired from films in 1950 but Stan & Oliver went on a tour of England and appeared in many stage shows for years.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Daniel Dopierala

Spouse (5)

Ida Kitaeva (6 May 1946 - 23 February 1965) ( his death)
Virginia Ruth Rogers (11 January 1941 - 30 April 1946) ( divorced)
Vera Ivanova Shuvalova (1 January 1938 - 1 February 1940) ( divorced)
Virginia Ruth Rogers (28 September 1935 - 31 December 1937) ( divorced)
Lois Nelson (23 August 1926 - 28 September 1935) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Usually played a childishly innocent man who always looked up to his good friend Oliver Hardy, whether it was deserved or not. Common schticks included crying in cases of great predicaments, taking instructions literally at all times and mixing up his lines. He and Hardy often had a scene in their films where they would get into a fight with another person that consisted solely of destroying property. The duo would destroy something the opponent values while the opponent looks on and does not resist. When they are done, the opponent does the same to them, while they refrain from resisting, and so on.
Wide, "hanger-in-my-mouth" smile, spiky hair sported in all of his films, and of course, the "whiny face" for which he is famous.
Completely vacant stare into the camera, accentuated by white pancake makeup.
Gaze into the camera with arms up and palms out in a "What now?" gesture.

Trivia (107)

His light blue eyes almost ended his movie career before it began. Until the early 1920s, filmmakers used black-and-white Orthochromatic film stock, which was "blue blind". Hal Roach cameraman George Stevens (the same George Stevens who would later become an acclaimed producer/director) knew of panchromatic film and was able to get a supply of it from Chicago. This new film was sensitive to blue and recorded Laurel's pale blue eyes in a more natural way. Stevens became Laurel's cameraman on his short films at Roach. When Laurel teamed with Oliver Hardy, the team made Stevens their cameraman of choice.
Had two children with his first wife, Lois: a daughter, Lois Laurel; and a son, Stanley Robert (born May 7, 1930; died May 16, 1930), who was born two months prematurely and died nine days later.
Laurel first appeared with his future partner, Oliver Hardy, in The Lucky Dog (1921), which was filmed in 1919, but not released until 1921.
He always thought that his "whining face" was humiliating, but the producers forced him to do it in most of his movies since the public loved it.
Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA.
Suffered a nervous breakdown on the death of his longtime film partner and friend, Oliver Hardy, and according to his friends, never fully recovered.
Turned down a cameo role in Stanley Kramer's gigantic farce It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963).
Had always been a huge fan of westerns, and after he became a success, his company, Stan Laurel Productions, financed a series of low-budget musical westerns starring singing cowboy Fred Scott. The films were made for and released by the independent Spectrum Pictures rather than Hal Roach Studios, which made Laurel's and Oliver Hardy's films, or MGM, which released them. The Scott westerns seldom, if ever, made any money, but Laurel's enthusiasm for them never waned until his accountants showed him that they were getting to be a major drain on his finances, at which time he reluctantly dropped his participation.
Subject on one of five 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating famous comedians, issued in booklet form 29 August 1991. He is shown with his partner Oliver Hardy. The stamp designs were drawn by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. The other comedians honored in the set are Edgar Bergen (with alter ego Charlie McCarthy); Jack Benny; Fanny Brice; and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.
Appears on sleeve of The Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".
He and Mae Laurel lived as a common-law couple, as Mae was legally married to someone in her native Australia when she met Stan in 1918. They parted in 1925 by mutual consent and Mae returned to Australia.
At the time of Oliver Hardy's death in 1957, Stan was too ill to attend his late partner's funeral.
Had said that out of all the impersonations done of him, he liked actor Dick Van Dyke's the best. Van Dyke even got to perform that impersonation on one of the episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) and after it premiered, he called Laurel to ask his opinion. Laurel said he liked everything but one detail, the hat wasn't right. Van Dyke said he found Laurel's number in a Santa Monica, California, phone book.
His and Oliver Hardy's films had and still have great success in Italy where they are known as "Stanlio e Ollio".
He was voted, along with comedy partner Oliver Hardy, the 45th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
The death of his partner Oliver Hardy left him a broken man, so much so that he fell into a deep depression and swore never to do comedy again. He didn't. In the eight years between Hardy's death and his own, he repeatedly turned down offers to do public appearances.
He and Oliver Hardy have been and continue to be very popular in Germany under the name of "Dick und Doof" (Fatty and Stupid).
Fell off a platform and tore ligaments in his right leg during the filming of March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934).
An extra named John Wood from the film March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) sued him and his stunt double, Ham Kinsey, claiming back injuries after Laurel and Kinsey threw him in the ducking pond on the set. The lawsuit specified $40,500 in damages, but was settled out-of-court.
Is portrayed by Jim Plunkett in Harlow (1965).
In his later years, he was a close friends with Dick Van Dyke. Dick delivered the eulogy at Stan's funeral.
He was greatly admired by Jerry Lewis. When Lewis had his own production company in the early 1960s, he repeatedly tried to hire Stan for his creative team. Stan refused, despite the impressive salary. According to Lewis, he would send scripts to Stan who would read them and write suggestions in the margins.
Is portrayed by Matthew Cottle in Chaplin (1992).
Stan was greatly admired by Peter Sellers. Sellers claimed that the "Laurel" character was his inspiration when he created the "gardener" character in Being There (1979).
While rarely credited as a writer or director, he was the driving creative force behind the team of he and Oliver Hardy--whenever Hardy was asked a question about a gag, story idea, plotline, etc., he always pointed to Laurel and said, "Ask Stan." Laurel often worked well into the night, writing and editing their films.
In his later years, he was arguably the most approachable of all movie stars, keeping his phone number in the phone book, welcoming all sorts of visitors, and responding to his fan mail personally.
His partner Oliver Hardy was an inveterate golfer, often setting up his own little putting green on the set so he could practice between takes. Laurel once joked to a reporter interviewing him that golf was Hardy's only "bad habit". When the reporter asked if he had any bad habits, Laurel--who had been married and divorced five times--replied, "Yes, and I married them.".
Suffered a stroke in June 1955.
Although Stan is recorded as being born in Ulverston Cumbria, he never knew it. He was actually born in Ulverston Lancashire. Ulverston became part of Cumbria under the "Local Government Act 1972" and became part of Cumbria two years later in 1974; nine years after Stan died.
A comedian until the very last, Stan Laurel, just minutes away from death on February 23, 1965, told his nurse he would not mind going skiing right at that very moment. Somewhat taken aback, the nurse replied that she was not aware that he was a skier. "I'm not," said Stan, "I'd rather be doing that than have all these needles stuck into me!" A few minutes later, the nurse looked in on him again and found that Stan had quietly passed away.
He was a staunch Democrat.
He was a heavy smoker until he suddenly gave up when he was about seventy.
Laurel insisted that the quote attributed to him, "You know my hobbies; I married them all." was actually dreamed up by the publicity department.
Because the Roach studio was smaller than the majors, the indoor sets were relatively close to each other, and the actors often visited other sets between takes. Matthew "Stymie" Beard picked up Stan's Irish children's derby and wore it whenever Stan put it down. Stan eventually gave Stymie a hat, which became Stymie's trademark as much as it was Stan's.
Stan removed the heels from his shoes while filming. It helped him accent his already humorous walk.
Stan's famous hairstyle was created by accident. He and Babe had shaved their heads to play convicts in The Second 100 Years (1927), and it grew back very unevenly and refused to stay down. Others on the Roach lot laughed, so Stan began to cultivate the new look. Offscreen, he combed it straight back, as did Oliver Hardy.
The character Mickey in Maurice Sendak's book "Mickey in the Night Kitchen" is a caricature of Stan Laurel, while the bakers are caricatures of Oliver Hardy.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
In Germany, Stan and Ollie were known as Dick und Doof.
In Holland, Stan and Ollie were known as Dikke und Dunne.
In Spain, Stan and Ollie were known as El Gordo y El Flaco.
David Jason is one of his, along with Oliver Hardy's biggest fans. When Jason put on weight after playing Pop Larkin in The Darling Buds of May (1991), he couldn't fit into a dinner jacket for the BAFTA Awards; he claimed he looked like Hardy wearing something belonging to Laurel.
As his old friend Hardy, who was broke by the end of his career because of his horse track bets, Stan Laurel also knew financial difficulties because of his many ailments.
His brother Edward Jefferson appeared in small roles in Laurel's early films.
He is often thought of as being very short and skinny. He was actually around normal height (about 5' 8") and weight. Next to his partner, Oliver Hardy, who was about six foot tall and nearly double Stan's body weight, he appeared short and skinny by comparison.
When Stan started his film career, motion pictures were being shot on orthochromatic film which did not record blue. This became a problem for performers who, like Stan, had blue eyes. He was able to turn this to his advantage. At appropriate times, he would stare directly into the camera and his blue eyes would record as very pale or white which gave his character a vacuous appearance.;.
Stan and Ollie made their first comic appearance in issue 46 of the American The Realm of Fun and Fiction in December 1929. In 1949 they had their own comic - the Laurel and Hardy Comic- produced by Jubilee publications and Archer St John Press. They made their first appearance in the centre spread of the English comic Film Fun in issue 564 dated November 1930 which moved to the front page in March 1934 and remained there until 1957. The popularity of the strip found it syndicated abroad where in Italy it appeared in Bombolo in 1934 and Cine Comico, a film weekly. The same year a rival company produced the Mastro Remo comic with them on the cover in a strip in colour called Stan e Oli. In France in 1934 there was a colour strip of them in Cri-Cri. After the war an Italian publisher produced an all Laurel and Hardy comic called Criche e Croc.
When asked why he had his name and number in the telephone directory he's reputed to have said that ' How would people find him if he didn't'. At the apartment block where he lived in later years he even went down to the lobby to collect his mail rather than phone down and ask for it to be taken up to him.
Surprisingly he has something in common with Rock and Roll singer BIll Haley in that Bill's mother, like Stan, was born in Ulverston, Cumbria, U.K.
Scottish actor Alex Norton wrote a television play 'Stan's First Night, screened 22 June 1987, in which Stan was played by Paul Oldham and his father by William Hoyland.
Stan was instrumental in the career of Marcel Marceau. After seeing him perform in Paris in 1950 he praised him as an unsung genius and helped him gain attention in the French press.
Educated at Bishop Auckland Grammar School 1902 - 1903 where he was often in the staff room entertaining the teachers. Gainford Academy (outside Darlington) Queens Park Secondary School, Glasgow (New Victoria Infirmary now stands on the site.
Due to Stan's delicate health he was unable to attend the Screen Actor's Guild in 1963 so Dana Andrews, the Guild's president and Charlton Heston, the 2nd Vice President visted Stan at his home to present him with a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award 'For Outstanding Achievement in Fostering the Finest Ideals of the Acting Profession' This was only the second such award given, the first had been to Eddie Cantor, the comedian and former Guild president the previous year.
According to Movie Mirror (1933) Ollie bought the rights to their signature tune 'Cuckoo' from composer Marvin Hatley for $25. Stan said he thought it funny'.
On his death Buster Keaton said 'Forget Chaplin. Stan was the greatest'.
In 1934 he fell out with Hal Roach over the script of Babes in Toyland and their close working relationship never recovered.
Outside of filming Stan's interests were fishing, raising ducks, and hydroponic gardening (a process of growing plants in chemical solutions rather than soil} and once cross bred a potato and an onion but couldn't get anyone to sample the results.
Stan was working as a writer and director for Leo McCarey when he was persuaded to take over Ollie's role in a film after he'd burnt his arm while cooking a leg of lamb.
Jerry Lewis once offered Stan $100,000 to write for him in a part time basis but Stan turned him down.
Stan's first wife, Lois, was also his agent and handled all of his business dealings with Hal Roach. Of his five marriages his stormiest was that to Illiana Shufvalova which only lasted a year.
By the time they produced their first true Laurel and Hardy film Stan was 37 and Ollie 35.
When Stan's daughter, Lois, was little she hated Ollie because she always saw him bullying her father in their films which persuade Stan to incorporate a revenge scene in their film One Good Turn.
Abbott and Costello weren't getting what they wanted from the scriptwriters at Universal so would take the scripts to Stan for the three of them to work on together.
After their appearance on This Is Your Life The Boys were contracted by Hal Roach to star in a series of hour long TV specials but they were never made.
Billy Wilder planned on doing a film with him and Oliver Hardy in the 1950s. The film would have opened with each of them sleeping in one of the letter O's of the Hollywood sign. The plot centered on a woman coming between them. The project was aborted owing to Ollie's failing health.
When he and Chaplin went to America in 1910 they did so on a cattle boat.
One of Stan's favourite practical jokes was built into the bathroom of one of his homes and consisted of a trick toilet. When it was flushed the toilet sank into the floor.
As Arthur Stanley Jefferson he joined Levy and Cardwell's Juvenile Pantomime Company as an assistant stage manager and by 1907 he had been promoted to actor. In a production of The Sleeping Beauty he was promoted from supporting actor to be the featured comedian . The production included Wee Georgie Wood, who was then 12.
For the ear wiggling that Stan does particularly in A Chump at Oxford he would be filmed with his ears as normal then they'd be held forward with putty or similar material and the camera restarted. The two sections would be joined together then copied and joined many times for repetition. Filmed in slow motion then projected at normal speed the ears would wave vigorously. This would be why Stan's face is fixed in one position for a relatively long time.
In 1934 he lived at 10353 Glenbarr Avenue, Cheviot Hills, California near the house that was featured in Big Buiness. In 01/02 it was up for sale at $2,450,000.
Some titles of Laurel & Hardy films are subtly written into the dialogue of their other films. In 'Brats' Stan says "Blood's 'thicker than water'", 'Perfect Day' is mentioned in "Two Tars", 'Habeas Corpus' is mentioned in "The Big Noise", In "Saps at Sea" the Boys are repeatedly referred to as 'Jitterbugs' and in "The Flying Deuces" Ollie says 'I'm as fidgety as a 'jitterbug'. 'Scram is mentioned in "Chickens Come Home", 'The Big Noise' is mentioned in "Great Guns". In "Bonnie Scotland" Stan says "Why don't we go somewhere 'way out West'" and in that film Stan calls Fin a "toad (Towed) in the hole" 'From Soup to Nuts' is mentioned in "A Chump at Oxford" In "Tit For Tat" a written on a sign is 'Open for 'big business' which also comes up in "Pack Up Your Troubles" when someone says" He's not familiar with these 'big business' deals". In "Bonnie Scotland" Stan says to the landlady "You're 'darn tootin'" In "Sons of the Desert" Stan says "Oliver I want you to 'be big' and a conventioneer says "You know 'that's my wife'". In "Midnight Patrol" Ollie says" 'Pardon us' chief" During the scene with the safe in "The Dancing Masters" Stan says "'One good turn' deserves another". and Ollie says the same thing in "Babes in Toyland" and in "On the Wrong Trek" Bonita says "Here's 'another fine mess' you've gotten us into".
Never appeared in a film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.
As a boy his early education took place at a kindergarten in a house in Dockwray Square, North Shields, near to where his family lived, a private school in Tynemouth College, a boarding school Stan said he thought this was because he was always getting into mischief and trouble at home.
Charlotte Mae Dahlberg (Dahlberg was her maiden name) was part of a double act with Stan and claimed that she gave Stan his surname. She was supposedly looking through a book and saw a picture of a Roman general with a laurel wreath on his head. As Stan was superstitious and his name had 13 letters in it he was more than happy to take up her suggestion of adopting the name of Laurel.
The first film Stan produced was Way Out West which was followed by Songs and Bullets (1938).
He bought a yacht in 1935 for $120,000 and renamed it Ruth L after his then wife. Later he renamed it Ida Mae after his last wife.As at 1966 it was listed in the National Park Service, Department of Interior as one of the Historic Ships to visit and is listed as a Large Historic Preserbed Vessel in the Maritime Heritage Programme.
Peter Sellers talking about the voice he used for Chance the gardener in 'Being There' " ........very clear enunciation, slightly American with a touch of Stan Laurel mixed in".
There were 156 laurel and Hardy cartoons by Larry Harmon with Larry providing the voice of Stan and Jim McGeorge that of Ollie.
Before he left Ulverston, Stan was a founder member of Barrow Central Wheelers (a cycling club in Barrow in Furness- the largest town nearest Ulverston) and was the club's first time trial champion.
A short film called 'M-G-M's Galaxy of Stars' was a promotional reel of scenes from forth coming films to be released Europe in the 1935 -36 season but it begins and ends with scenes of Stan and Ollie and James Finlayson. While their voices were dubbed into French Ollie can be heard in his own voice saying 'Ooooh' and Finn saying 'Dooh!'.
An animated version of him and Ollie appear twice in the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon The Merry Old Soul. along with Charlie Chaplin , Joe E Brown and others.
Stan was only the second honoree to receive a Screen Actors Guild Award for their contribution to entertainment.
Educated at Queens Park School, Glasgow.
King James Grammar School in Bishop Auckland, Co Durham where Stan was partly educated was seriously damaged by an arson attack in 2007 and over 10 years later the ruins remain surrounded by scaffolding and tarpaulin sheets waiting for some kind of decision to be made on what to do with it.
His will signed in 1947 showed he had an estate worth $55,062.
Cartoon images of Stan and Ollie were used in the cartoon Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Merry Old Soul.
HIs first short film, Nuts in May won him a contract with Universal but soon after his film career seemed to be at an end and he returned to vaudeville. Hal Roach, who he would make many of his films let him go twice. By 1926 Stan had come to think that his true gift lay in writing and directing rather than in performing.
Stan and Ollie believed that they got most of their laughs by combining dumbness with dignity making the audience feel that they were superior to them.
As children actor Alan Young's father and an aunt ran away from home to audition for Stan's father in Glasgow.
He didn't find out until he met Alan Young late in life that their families lived near each other in North Shields, Tynemouth.
As a child in Glasgow, his family lived at 17 Craigmillar Road.
Stan's mother Margaret died 1st December 1908 and is buried in grave L203 in Cathcart Cemetary in Glasgow.
In 1896 when the Jeffersons were in North Shields Stan's father was presented with with an entree dish engraved with ' Presented to Mr and Mrs Arthur Jefferson as a mark of esteem from the management and staff of the Theatre Royal, North Shields, Christmas 1896.
In 1905 the Jeffersons were living at 57 Buchanan Drive, Rutherglen, Glasgow and in 1908/09 at Craigmillar Road, Glasgow while Stan's father was running the Metropole Theatre.
In 1935 Stan bought a motor Yacht the Ida May, built in 1926, for $120,000 and renamed it Ruth L after his 2nd wife. It's listed in the National Park Service Department of Interior as one of the historic ships to visit and is listed as a large historic preserved vessel.
'Nuts in May' (1917) won him a contract with Universal but not long after his film career seemed to be at an end and he returned to vaudeville.
Hal Roach let him go twice.
By 1926 he'd come to think that his true gift was in writing and directing instead of performing comedy.
Film director Ray Bradbury, best known for his science fiction films was a big fan of Stan and Ollie attending Sons meetings when he could and wrote a number of short stories about them including - The Laurel and Hardy Love Affair, The Laurel and Hardy Alpha Centauri Farewell Tour, and Another Fine Mess, which was set on the Music Box Steps.
In their films Stan wore a Bowler hat a size or two smaller so that it sat higher on his head. In the films where they mix up their hats Ollie wore a larger size than normal so that it would look humorously oversized on Stan while Stan's was substituted for an even smaller size to go on Ollie's head. Although they were identified with Bowlers they actually wore more other hats in their many films and when they were on their European tours they eagerly donned the appropriate national hat of the country they were in- Berets in Paris, Tam O Shanter in Scotland .After Ollie's death Stan never publicly wore another Bowler.
Following his appearance with Ollie on 'This is Your Life' Hal Roach contracted them to star in a series of hour long TV specials but they were never made.
He and Ollie were contracted by Hal Roach Jr to star in a series of TV specials but they were never made.
In the films where they mixed up their hats Ollie's was usually substituted for a larger size so that it would look over sized on Stan while Stan's hat was substituted for a smaller size when placed on Ollie's head. They could go through as many as a dozen hats in a month of filming. Although Stan wore a traditional bowler in their early films he soon switched to a flat brimmed one. After the death of Ollie Stan never publicly wore one again and no photographs are known to exist of him in one from that time. His daughter, Lois, said that from the time he moved into the Oceanna apartment in the late 50's he no longer owned one. Although The Boys were known for wearing Bowlers film for film they wore them less often than believed. Stan loved wearing different hats and when they were on their theatre tours they would wear ones appropriate to the country they were in -berets in France, tam 'o' shanters in Scotland, etc.
Stan's chronology of companies and groups that he worked in up to pairing up with Ollie is Levy and Cardwell's Juvenile Panto. Fred Karno, Keystone Trio, Three Comique, Stan Jefferson Trio, Stan and Mae Laurel. Somewhere amongst these was Bob Martini & Max Millian (a conjuring act in which assistant Max unintentionally exposed how the tricks were done. At some point they parted company but with the act being so successful Bob found another partner - Stan, who later reworked the act with Ollie in the film Hollywood Review of 1929).
8 Dockwray Square, North Shields, which was where Stan and and his family lived for a time, was demolished in the 60's and replaced by flats which were also demolished. The family moved from Dockwray Square to Ayton House in Ayres Terrace, North Shields.
His English manor-style home at 718 Bedford Dr. in Beverly Hills where he lived in the early 1930s is shown in Hollywood Mouth (2008).
He and Ollie were inducted into the British show business organisation The Grand Order of Water Rats on 30th March 1947.

Personal Quotes (13)

If any of you cry at my funeral, I'll never speak to you again!
A friend once asked me what comedy was. That floored me. What is comedy? I don't know. Does anybody? Can you define it? All I know is that I learned how to get laughs, and that's all I know about it. You have to learn what people will laugh at, then proceed accordingly.
[on Oliver Hardy's death] The world has lost a comic genius. I've lost my best friend.
Crazy humor was always my type of humor, but it's the quiet kind of craziness I like. The rough type of nut humor like The Marx Brothers I could never go for.
[about the eight films he and Oliver Hardy made at 20th Century-Fox in the 1940s] We had no say on those films, and it sure looked it.
What business do we have telling people who to vote for? They probably know more about it than we do.
[on Dick Van Dyke] Dick is a very clever comic, very talented, he does resemble me facially but thats about all, firstly, he is much taller and his mannerisms are entirely his own style. I enjoyed very much meeting him, a very interesting chap.
[on the death of Oliver Hardy] Ben Shipman called me the day before and told me Babe had taken a turn for the worse and the end was expected any hours, even knowing this, the final news came as a shock to me. However, I think it was a blessing - poor fellow must have been really suffering (they discovered recently he had a bad cancer condition), so under the circumstances there was no hope of his ever recovering. What a tragic end to such a wonderful career.
[on Charles Chaplin]: Just the greatest.
[on a comic he refused to name]: Very funny when he's not being dirty. I can't stand him.
People have always loved our pictures. I guess that's because they saw how much love we put into them.
[on Oliver Hardy] He really is a very funny fellow, isn't he?
I don't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with Charles Chaplin.

Salary (4)

The Devil's Brother (1933) $3,500 /week
The Midnight Patrol (1933) $3,500 /week
Bonnie Scotland (1935) $80,000
Our Relations (1936) $80,000

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