Stan and Ollie Bio's
Oliver Norvell Hardy
(January 18, 1892 - August 7, 1957)
Oliver Norvell Hardy was born on January 18, 1892 in Harlem Georgia. He was named after his father Oliver Hardy and took his mothers name Norvell. He had three brothers and two sisters. His mother owned a hotel. He like to sit and study the people who came to his mothers hotel. His parents were of English and Scottish descent.Unlike Laurels family there were no traces of acting anywhere in his history.
(June 16, 1890 - February 23, 1965)
Stan Laurel was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson on June 16, 1890 in the town of Ulverston, Lancashire, England. His father embraced writing, acing, and managing theaters as a career in the late 1800's, and Stanley had a desire to go on stage ever since childhood. His ultimate goal at the time was to achieve success as a comedian in the music halls. As soon as he was finished with his cursory education, which he attained mostly from the King James Grammar School in Bishop Auckland, Stan made his debut at Pickard's Museum which was a small Glasgow theater. He was just sixteen at the time. Lupino Lane, slightly ahead of Laurel in his rise to fame, was one of his contemporaries on the boards at this time, and Lane too, though his greatest fame would be on the London stage, would eventually become a popular Hollywood comedian of the 1920's. Eventually Laurel joined Fred Karno's famous theatrical troup and after two or three years, the troup came to America in 1910. Karno's best-loved routine was "Mumming Birds," or "A Night in an English Music Hall" The troup continued on wth Laurel all over America. By now Laurel was an accomplished pantomimist and he had no trouble working up other comedy acts and touring the popular American vaudeville houses. It was during this period, infact, that he changed his show business name to Stan Laurel, and while performing a comedy routine in 1917, he was noticed by a small independent producer and was invited to make a film. A comedy two-reeler, Nuts in may, was the result of his efforts, and it was funny enough to convince Laurel that his future lay in film. Stardom came fairly rapidly, though front-rank stardom was still almost a decade away, awaiting his fortuitous teaming with Oliver Hardy.