Laurel and Hardy's Male Co - Stars
|Harry Bernard was born on the 13th of January 1878
in California. He appeared in the Keystone comedies from 1915 onwards.
As with most other " bit part actors" he would take on roles without a credit
. Harry died on the 4th of November 1940 of Cancer
Harry appeared in 26 films with Laurel and Hardy .
Laurel and Hardy films that Harry Bernard appeared in
|Charlie Chase was born in 1893 at Baltimore. He began
his film career with Mack Sennett acting in the 'Keystone comedies
. Charlie also directed films using the name Charles
Parrott , his brother James Parrott regulary directed Laurel and Hardy
Charlie appeared in 4 Laurel and Hardy films
He died in 1940
Laurel and Hardy films that Charlie Chase appeared in
|Baldwin Cooke was born on the 10th of March 1888
at New York. He worked with Stan before his partnership with Oliver Hardy,
Baldwin and his wife Alice were members of the Stan Jefferson Trio .[Stan
Jefferson was Stan Laurel's real name ] He also appeared with Charlie Chase
and Our Gang. He appeared in 30 Laurel and Hardy films .
Baldwin died on the 31st of December 1953 in Los Angeles .
Laurel and Hardy films that Baldwin Cooke appeared in
|Peter Cushing was born in 1913 in England .
As a young up and coming actor he jumped at the chance of working
with Laurel and Hardy Peter recalls in his autobiography that when
he had fall into the pool, Laurel and Hardy provided him with hot drinks,
towels and blankets after the scene was shot ...Later in life Peter was famous
for his roles in the 'Hammer House of Horror' films, playing Count
Dracula, and Frankenstein, he even appeared in the classic film 'Star
Laurel and Hardy films that Peter Cushing appeared in
|James Finlayson was born in Falkirk , Scotland on
the 27th of August
1887 .He served his apprentiship as a panel beater.
As well as the Hal Roach Studios, James worked for Mack Sennet and LKO.
Bald-pated, handlebar-mustachioed actor, remembered for his "double take,"
who was often Stan and Ollie's foil in Laurel & Hardy shorts and feature
films for more than a decade through 1940. Dan Castellaneta, the voice of
Homer Simpson, has said that Homer's "D'oh!" was inspired by James Finlayson's
use of the same exclamation. His famous moustache was a phoney that he only
wore in films. He appeared in 33 Laurel and Hardy films. James died on the
9th of October 1953 of a heart attack
Laurel and Hardy films that James Finlayson appeared in
|Billy Gilbert was born on the 12th of September 1894
in Louisville USA . The son of singers in the Metropolitan Opera,
Billy Gilbert began performing in vaudeville at age 12. He developed
a drawn-out, explosive sneezing routine that became his trademark (he was
the model for, and voice of, Sneezy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)).
Gilbert's exquisite comic timing made him the perfect foil for such comedians
as Laurel & Hardy. One of the screen's most beloved character actors,
Billy Gilbert is remembered for two particular talents: his skill as a
dialectician and his ability to stretch a simple sneeze into a hilarious
routine. He played in vaudeville and burlesque prior to going to Hollywood
in the late 1920s. He trouped in dozens of comedy shorts during the 1930s,
supporting Laurel and Hardy, Charley Chase, and the Our Gang kids, and sometimes
starring for producer Hal Roach. The moon-faced, bearlike Gilbert also appeared
in more than 200 feature films, sometimes in prominent support and sometimes
in tiny, unbilled bits, sneaking in his sneezing routine as often as he could
get away with it. He played Greeks, Italians, Spaniards, and Germans with
equal facility. He appeared in 11 Laurel and Hardy films.
Billy died on the 23rd of September 1971 of a stroke.
Laurel and Hardy films that Billy Gilbert appeared in
|Charlie Hall was born in Birmingham, England on the
19th of August 1899. He joined the famous Fred Karno's army
after Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel .He had the nickname of
"The Little Nemesis" . He arrived in America in the early twenties and played
a comic foil to many of the top comics of that time .Charlie is best remembered
for his work in Them Thar Hills and Tit for Tat.
Charlie died on the 7th of December 1959 in California.
For more information on Charlie Hall, I recommend the book, "On The Trail Of Charlie Hall" by Ray Andrew .
Laurel and Hardy films that Charlie Hall appeared in
|Athur Housman was born in New York in 1890. He first
started in the film industry with the Edison Film Company,
during his film career Arthur played alongside Al Joson, Harol
Lloyd, the Marx Brothers, Clark Gable and Gloria Swanson to name a few. He
appeared in 5 Laurel and Hardy films. His roles mainly involved playing the
drunk. Arthur was one of the most famous 'drunk ' actors of his time, in
real life, acording.to Stan Laurel he had a drink problem, which was possibly
the reason for his decline in later years.
Laurel and Hardy films that Arthur Housman appeared in
|Boris Karloff was born on the 23rd of November 1887
in London, England
Boris appeared in 80 films before his breakthrough role in Frankenstein. He suffered from chronic back trouble for most of his adult life, the result of the heavy brace he had to wear as part of his Frankenstein costume. He never let it slow him up, though, and kept active to the end of his life.He had East Indian heritage on this mother's side. This gave Karloff a dark skin tone. In silent films he was cast in roles such as Arabs and American Indians.
In the final years of his life, walking, and even just standing, became a painful ordeal. Some filmmakers would modify his roles so that they could be performed in a wheel chair to make him more comfortable.
In 1956 he was a celebrity contestent on "The $64,000 Question." The category he chose was children's fairy tales. He won the $32,000 level and quit due to tax considerations.
Often thought of as a very large man, he was in actuality a slim man of medium height who more massive lifts and padding to look large as Frankenstein's monser.According to his daughter, Sarah, he had to have 3 major back surgeries in his lifetime, which were first brought on by the scene in the original Frankenstein where he had to carry Colin Clive up several flights of stairs.
Refused to reprise his role as the Frankenstein Monster in Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein, because he felt spoofs wouldn't sell to the audience.
Laurel and Hardy films that Boris Karloff appeared in
|Edgar Kennedy was born on the 26th of April 1890
in Monterey USA. One of the screen's finest comic actors,
and the master of the "slow burn," Kennedy started his movie
career in 1914, working for Mack Sennett; he was reportedly one of the original
Keystone Kops. In the 1920s he moved Hal Roach, supporting Laurel and Hardy
in such classics as Two Tars (1928) and Perfect Day (1929),
and directing them (as E. Livingston Kennedy) in From Soup to Nuts
and You're Darn Tootin' (both 1928). He supported the Our Gang kids
and other Roach stars, occasionally starring in films of his own. By 1931,
Kennedy had launched his own starring series of two-reel comedies for RKO
(initially titled Mr. Average Man), in which he played a henpecked husband
perpetually exasperated by his scatterbrained wife and in-laws, giving him
ample opportunities to do the slow burn.
Edgar died on the 9th of November 1948 of throat cancer .
Laurel and Hardy films that Edgar Kennedy appeared in
|Walter Long was born on the 5th of March 1879 in
Milford USA. He made his film debut in 1909
Shaven-headed tough guy actor who appeared in many DW Griffith movies, but is perhaps now best remembered as a scowling comic villain in several Laurel & Hardy films.
Served as Captain of the Military Police during World War II in Washington DC and Virginia.
Walter died in 1952 in Los Angeles of a heart attack.
Laurel and Hardy films that Walter Long appeared in
|Sam Lufkin was born on the 8th of May 1891 in Utah.
Sam was just a bit part actor who was never going to become a big star.
Most of his roles were uncredited . Sam appeared in 39 Laurel and Hardy films.
He also appeared with Harold Lloyd and The Three Stooges
Sam died on the 19th of February 1952 in California of Uremia.
Laurel and Hardy Films that Sam Lufkin appeared in ;
|Charles Middleton was born on the 3rd of October
1879 in Kentucky. He left school and joined the circus touring America,
later going into vaudville, theatre company productions
and then entering the film business in 1927.
Charles is best know for his work as 'Ming the Merciless' , playing along side Buster Crabb in the' Flash Gordon' series. He appeared in 4 films with Laurel and Hardy.
He passed away on the 22nd of April 1949.
Laurel and Hardy Films that Charles Middleton appeared in ;
|Robert Mitchum was born on the 6th August 1917 in
Connecticut USA . Born to a railroad worker who died in a train
accident when Robert was two, Mitchum were raised by his mother
and step-father (a British army major) in Connecticut, New York, and Delaware.
An early contempt for authority led to discipline problems, and Mitchum spent
good portions of his teen years adventuring on the open road. On one of these
trips, at the age of 14, he was charged with vagrancy and sentenced to a
Georgia chain gang, from which he escaped. Working a wide variety of jobs
(including ghostwriter for astrologist Carroll Righter), Mitchum discovered
acting in a Long Beach, California amateur theatre company. He worked at
Lockheed Aircraft, where job stress caused him to suffer temporary blindness.
About this time, he began to obtain small roles in films, appearing in dozens
within a very brief time. In 1945, he was cast as Lt. Walker in The Story
of G.I. Joe, and received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actorthough
equally adept at Westerns and romantic dramas.. He moved into television
in the Eighties as his film opportunities diminished, winning new fans with
"The Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance".
Laurel and Hardy Films that Robert Mitchum appeared in ;
James C Morton
|James Morton was born on the 25th of August 1884
in Montana. The bald headed actor was a familier face around the Hal Raoch
Studios, he often worked with Laurel and Hardy and Our Gang, often having
un credited roles, he also worked with W C Fields.
James died on the 24th of October 1942 in California .
Laurel and Hardy Films that James C Morton appeared in ;
| "Tiny" Sandford was born Stanley J Sandford
on the 26th of February 1894. He went to work for Mack Sennett in
1910, and then went on to work with Charlie Chaplin in his masterpieces
such as City Lights ,The Gold Rush and The Great Dictator
Tiny appeared in 23 films with Laurel and Hardy , often playing
a police man or a villain. He was originally cast to play the sherrif in
Way Out West but was relpaced by Stanley Fields.
Tiny Sandford died on the 29th of October 1961 in Los Angeles , California .
Laurel and Hardy Films that Tiny Sandford appeared in ;
Ben Turpin was born on the 19th of September 1869 in New Orleans, he began his film career with Essanay working with Charlie Chaplin.Appeared in early Vogue and Keystone comedies, having joined Keystone in 1917, and later in Mack Sennett films and Pathe shorts.
As a gag, Ben Turpin had his eyes insured by "Lloyd's Of London" in case they might come uncrossed.
Ben died in California on the 1st of July 1940 of heart disease
Laurel and Hardy Films that Ben Turpin appeared in ;
|Chill Wills was born on the 18th of July 1903 .
Named "Chill" as an ironic comment on his birthdate being the hottest day of 1903. A musician from his youth, he performed from the age of 12 with tent shows, in vaudeville, and with stock companies. He formed a musical group, Chill Wills and his Avalon Boys. During an appearance at the Trocadero in Hollywood, they were spotted by an RKO executive, subsequently appearing as a group in several low-budget Westerns. After a prominent appearance with the Avalon Boys as both himself and the bass-singing voice of Stan Laurel in Way Out West (1937), Wills disbanded the group and began a solo career as a usually jovial (but occasionally sinister) character actor, primarily in Westerns. His delightful portrayal of Beekeeper in The Alamo (1960) won him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, but his blatant and embarrassing campaign for the Oscar cost him the award and subjected him to a great deal of humiliation - and probably cost the film a number of awards as well. He continued to work in films and television, usually in roguishly lovable good-ol'-boy parts, up until his death in 1978.
Chill died in 1978 in California of cancer .
Laurel and Hardy Films that Chill Wills appeared in ;
|Noah Young was born on the 2nd of February 1887 in
Nevada USA . As well as Laurel and Hardy he appeared alongside Harold Lloyd.
Noah was a champion weightlifter, but was turned down to join the US Navy
because of having not enough teeth. Noah appeared in 5 Laurel and Hardy films
Noah died on the 18th of April 1958 in Los Angeles .
Laurel and Hardy Films that Noah Young appeared in ;
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