Stan's father was an actor and a theater manager and his mother was an actress. Stan made his acting debut on stage at the age of 16 at Pickford's Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. He traveled with Fred Karno's vaudeville troupe to the U.S. in 1910 and 1912. On…more
Laurel was a devout member of the Democratic party.
Laurel and his comic partner Oliver Hardy share a spot as the 45th Greatest Movie Star of all Time on Entertainment Weekly's list.
Laurel was 5'8" tall.
Laurel attended the King's School.
Laurel has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
Oliver Hardy died eight years before Stan. Stan got depression after the death of his partner and turned down each role he was offered afterwards.
A few moments before passing away Laurel told his nurse that, although he was not a skier "I'd rather be doing that than have all these needles stuck into him"
Laurel has been involved in nearly 190 movies throughout his life.
Stan Laurel married four women (one of them twice):
1926–35 Lois Nielson
1935–37 Virginia Ruth Rogers (first time)
1938–40 Vera Ivanova Shuvalova
1941–46 Virginia Ruth Rogers (second time)
1946–65 Ida Kitaeva Raphael, who outlived him
Stan: (on the death of his comic partner Oliver Hardy) The world has lost a comic genius. I've lost my best friend.
Stan: 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.
Stan: If any of you cry at my funeral, I'll never speak to you again!
Stan: 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.