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Laurel, Stanlocked

(16 June 1890–23 February 1965)
  • James Ross Moore

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Laurel, Stan (16 June 1890–23 February 1965), and Oliver Hardy (18 January 1892–07 August 1957), comic actors, were born, respectively, in Ulverston, Lancashire, England, and Harlem, Georgia. Stan, born Arthur Stanley Jefferson, was the son of Arthur J. Jefferson, an actor-manager, and Madge Metcalfe, an actress in Jefferson’s troupe. Oliver, born Norvell Hardy, was the son of Oliver Hardy, a lawyer, and Emily Norvell. Joining together as Laurel and Hardy in 1927, the duo became the first important comedy team in American film history....

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