An English actor writer and director, famous as part of the comedy double-act Laurel and Hardy
One of the greatest comedians the world has seen.
His father managed a number of different theatres - one of which being the long demolished Eden Theatre in Bishop Auckland.
He and Oliver Hardy were a team with no competition apart from the Marx Brothers but all in all Laurel and Hardy were so much the superior.
Known as the movies greatest comedy team they worked for the Hal Roach Studio’s in the late twenties to 1940.
They appeared in silent movies and took to the talking pictures with
ease and definitely making it easier for them and the audience.
Laurel and Hardy began sharing screen time together in Slipping Wives, Duck Soup and With Love and Hisses.
Laurel's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is situated at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
In 1961, Laurel won a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award for his pioneering work in the field of comedy.
He had achieved his lifelong dream as a comedian and had been involved in nearly 190 films.
They as a team both retired in 1950.
In 1989 a statue of Laurel was erected in Dockwray Square, North Shields, Northumberland, England where he lived at No. 8 from 1897 to 1902.
He spent his final years living in a small apartment in the Oceana Hotel in Santa Monica.
He died on February 23, 1965, several days after suffering a heart attack.
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