Stan Laurel

Stan Laurel


6/16/1890, Ulverston, Cumbria, England



Birth Name

Arthur Stanley Jefferson



Also Known As

Stan Jefferson, Laurel
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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


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • 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

  • Quotes

    • 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.

  • A gifted clown with a knack for writing and directing.

    A comic genius and a witty fellow. Stan Laurel, the brains behind the antics of the greatest comedy duo of all time. It's amazing how he can play the fool on-camera, and be such a smart man off. Of course, some of his writing and acting was redundant and repetitive, but even a genius has his off periods. His expressive face really helped him out, mainly his wide smile and crying face. He also had a very distinct voice, which worked in perfect conjunction with his mannerisms. In short, a comic mastermind who, like Charlie Chaplin, was capable of almost anything.moreless
  • well known for his partnership with Oliver Hardy, a great comedian from an early time


    Stan Laurel was born in 1890, it’s a shame that he and his well known partner Oliver

    Hardy (Oliver Norvell Hardy) didn’t reach such a proud age, like Hal Roach has reached.

    They might have lifted many unknown facts concerning the time when they played in films.

    Stan started in 1917. In \'\'A lucky dog\'\' he and Hardy appeared (just by accident) together

    On screen (the film is dated 1917, several clues, licence plates, imply that the film was made at least not before 1921. From 1926 on they appeared regular together, in some of their early films - all of them Hal-Roach-comedies- they didn-t have equal parts. Their older comedies were two reels or three reels long. Later they made also features, Stan worked as a writer and also as a producer. In the Fourties they made films by MGM. In their last film

    Atoll K they shaen for crying out.

    Stan was five times married. He lost his partner Oliver in 1957, Stan died in 1965. In Austria and Germany they are also known as \'\'Dick and Doof\'\', but true fans do not like that nick names.