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Oliver Hardy is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Thanks American born on 18 january 1892 at Harlem (USA)

Oliver Hardy

Oliver Hardy
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Birth name Norvell Hardy
Nationality USA
Birth 18 january 1892 at Harlem (USA)
Death 7 august 1957 (at 65 years) at Hollywood (USA)

Oliver "Ollie" Hardy (born Norvell Hardy) (January 18, 1892 – August 7, 1957) was an American comic actor famous as one half of Laurel and Hardy, the classic double act that began in the era of silent films and lasted 25 years, from 1927 to 1951. He was credited with his first film, Outwitting Dad, in 1914. In some of his early works, he was billed as Babe Hardy, using his nickname.

Biography

Avant sa carrière d'acteur
À l'âge de 2 ans, Hardy perd son père, juriste d'origine anglaise, et sera élevé par sa mère Emilly Norvell qui, elle, a des racines écossaises. Il suit une scolarité normale et se passionne pour le chant lyrique. Sa mère l’encourage, mais la perspective de devenir chanteur professionnel ne l'enchante guère. Il poursuit son cursus scolaire et décroche son diplôme d'avocat — profession qu'il n'exercera pas.

En 1910, Hardy découvre le cinéma, il ouvre dans la foulée une salle de cinéma.
La nuit « Babe » (surnom de Hardy) chante dans les cabarets.


Sa carrière d'acteur en solo
Les débuts
Avec Bobby Burns
Avec Billy West
Avec Jimmy Aubrey et Larry Semon
En 1919 Oliver Hardy rejoint les Studios de la Vitagraph Company of America où il va seconder Jimmy Aubrey dans ses comédies. Ce dernier est l'acteur phare du studio et tourne à un rythme effréné. En un peu plus d'un an, Babe (son nom de scène) joue à ses côtés dans près de 25 films, d'abord réalisés par Noel M. Smith, puis Jess Robbins lorsque le premier quitte la Vitagraph.


Il retrouve aussi Charley Chase, rencontré à la King-Bee et qu'il avait suivi à la L-KO.


C'est aussi à la Vitagraph qu'il rencontre Larry Semon. Larry Semon écrit, réalise et joue ses propres comédies. Engagé comme scénariste puis réalisateur en 1916 à la Vitagraph, c'est lui qui à l'époque fait tourner Jimmy Aubrey. En 1919, il ne tourne plus que ses propres films et donne souvent un rôle à Oliver Hardy. Il jouera ainsi le rôle de "Tin Woodman" (le bûcheron en fer blanc) dans le Sorcier d'Oz (The Wizard of Oz), une adaptation cinématographique long métrage du Magicien d'Oz sortie en 1925.


Aux Studios Hal Roach
Sa carrière d'acteur avec Stan Laurel


C'est en 1919 qu'il tourne pour la première aux côtés de Stan Laurel. Le Veinard (The Lucky Dog) est une comédie muette de Jess Robbins, un film d'essai en vue de réaliser une série de courts métrages dont Stan Laurel serait le rôle titre et il ne sera diffusé qu'en 1922. Oliver Hardy y interprète un voleur qui par méprise se fait déposséder par Stan Laurel du fruit de son larcin et tente de se venger.


Avant la formation officielle du duo
Avec Laurel et Hardy
Vie personnelle
Oliver Hardy s'est marié à trois reprises :


Madelyn Saloshin du 7 novembre 1913 jusqu'en 1921
Myrtle Reeves (1897-1983) du 24 novembre 1921 jusqu'au 18 mai 1937
Virginie Lucille Jones du 7 mars 1940 jusqu'à son décès le 7 août 1957.

Il n'a pas eu d'enfant.

Oliver Hardy était franc-maçon.

Oliver Hardy est victime d'une première crise cardiaque en 1955 suivie d'une seconde l'année suivante qui le plonge dans le coma à la suite duquel il souffre d'une hémiplégie du côté droit. Il meurt le 7 août 1957.
il repose au cimetiére de valhalla mémorial park qui a été fondé en 1923 et qui se trouve a l'adresse 10621 victory boulevard au nord de hollywood.

Best films

The Great Race (1965)
(Thanks)
The Music Box (1932)
(Actor)
The Rogue Song (1930)
(Actor)

Usually with

Stan Laurel
Stan Laurel
(134 films)
Hal Roach
Hal Roach
(117 films)
H. M. Walker
H. M. Walker
(91 films)
Arthur Hotaling
Arthur Hotaling
(67 films)
Larry Semon
Larry Semon
(27 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Oliver Hardy (399 films)

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Actor

That's Entertainment! III, 1h53
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities, Musical films, Documentary films about films
Actors Gene Kelly, June Allyson, Cyd Charisse, Lena Horne, Howard Keel, Esther Williams
Roles (archive footage)
Rating75% 3.7902053.7902053.7902053.7902053.790205
Troisième volet de "Il était une fois Hollywood", "That's Entertainment III" nous propose un nouveau panorama de l'age d'or de la MGM mais aussi des chutes rarissimes, des séquences coupées lors de la sortie des films et des essais d'autres stars que celles qui furent finalement choisies.
Cocoon
Cocoon (1985)
, 1h53
Directed by Ron Howard
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Vieillesse, Films based on science fiction novels, Comedy science fiction films, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films set in Atlantis
Actors Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg
Roles Himself, film clip from 'Flying Deuces' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating66% 3.349173.349173.349173.349173.34917
About 10,000 years ago, peaceful aliens from the planet Antarea set up an outpost on the planet Earth, on an island later known to mankind as Atlantis. When Atlantis sank, twenty aliens were left behind, kept alive in large rock-like cocoons at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Now a group of Antareans have returned to Earth to collect them. Disguising themselves as humans, they rent a house with a swimming pool, and charge the water with "life force" to give the cocooned Antareans energy to survive the trip home. They charter a boat from a local captain named Jack (Steve Guttenberg) who helps them retrieve the cocoons. Jack likes Kitty (Tahnee Welch), a beautiful woman from the team who chartered his boat. When he spies on her while she undresses in her cabin, Jack is shocked when he discovers she is an alien. After the aliens reveal themselves to him and explain what's going on, he decides to help them.
4 Clowns
4 Clowns (1970)
, 1h37
Directed by Robert Youngson
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase, Buster Keaton, Jean Arthur, Bartine Burkett
Roles (archive footage)
Rating72% 3.6148253.6148253.6148253.6148253.614825
The film is divided into three sections. The first section deals with early silent film works of Laurel and Hardy prior to the two becoming a team as well as their later work as a team. The second section deals with the career of Charlie Chase. The third section deals with Buster Keaton, The film is a compilation of excerpts from some of these actor's more notable projects.
Hollywood Without Make-Up
Directed by Ken Murray
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities
Actors Kirk Douglas, Ken Murray, Cary Grant, June Allyson, George K. Arthur, Eddie Albert
Rating72% 3.6246753.6246753.6246753.6246753.624675
The film consists of archive footage of famous Hollywood stars, mostly home movies showing the stars as themselves instead of playing a role in front of the camera.
The Slappiest Days of Our Lives, 1h29
Directed by Claude Accursi
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Actors Monty Banks, Stan Laurel, Marjorie Beebe, Mack Sennett, Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde
Roles (archive footage)
Rating47% 2.383442.383442.383442.383442.38344
Film de montage de scènes du cinéma muet, sonorisées, prenant pour trame une enquête menée par Stan Laurel.
Riding High, 1h52
Directed by Frank Capra, George Marshall
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Films about horses, Musical films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Horse sports in film, Sport hippique
Actors Bing Crosby, Coleen Gray, Charles Bickford, William Demarest, Frances Gifford, James Gleason
Roles Sucker (uncredited)
Rating61% 3.051253.051253.051253.051253.05125
Yale grad Dan Brooks is expected to marry wealthy boss J.L. Higgins' daughter Margaret and join the family box-making business. He is far more interested in racing a horse he owns, Broadway Bill.
Utopia
Utopia (1950)
, 1h33
Directed by Léo Joannon, Alfred J. Goulding, Tim Whelan, John Berry
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, La provence, Transport films, Buddy films
Actors Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Suzy Delair, Suzet Maïs, Paul Frees, Vittorio Caprioli
Roles Ollie
Rating56% 2.80192.80192.80192.80192.8019
Stan learns that he is to receive an inheritance left by a wealthy uncle. Unfortunately, most of the inheritance is consumed by taxes and legal fees, and he is left with only a rickety but fully provisioned yacht and a private island in the Pacific Ocean. Stan and Ollie leave for the island, accompanied by Antoine, stateless refugee (Max Elloy) and Giovanni Copini, a stowaway (a malcontent Italian bricklayer) (Adriano Rimoldi).
The Fighting Kentuckian, 1h40
Directed by George Waggner
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure, Romance, Western
Actors John Wayne, Oliver Hardy, Vera Ralston, Philip Dorn, Marie Windsor, John Howard
Roles Willie Paine
Rating64% 3.245353.245353.245353.245353.24535
John Breen, a Kentucky militiaman, falls in love with French exile Fleurette De Marchand (Vera Ralston). He discovers a plot to steal the land that Fleurette's exiles plan to settle on. Throughout the film, Breen's soldiers sing:
The Bullfighters, 1h1
Directed by Malcolm St. Clair, Stan Laurel
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Musical
Themes Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Ralph Sanford, Richard Lane, Diosa Costello, Rory Calhoun
Roles Ollie
Rating63% 3.1966853.1966853.1966853.1966853.196685
Private detectives Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy travel to Mexico City in pursuit of an infamous female larcenist named Hattie Blake (Carol Andrews), who is publicly known as ”Larceny Nell”. Meanwhile, an American sports promotor, Richard K. Muldoon (Ralph Sanford) meets with publicity man ”Hot Shot” Coleman (Richard Lane), and his assistant (Irving Gump) to discuss an upcoming bullfight featuring famed Spanish matador Don Sebastian. But when Muldoon sees a picture of the bullfighter he is enraged: Don Sebastian looks exactly like Laurel. Eight years before, Laurel and Hardy testified against Muldoon in a criminal case, and Muldoon was wrongfully convicted until the real criminal confessed and Muldoon was released but had during his time in prison lost his wife and business and had to start all over in Mexico.
Nothing But Trouble, 1h9
Directed by Sam Taylor
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Cooking films, Buddy films
Actors Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mary Boland, Philip Merivale, Henry O'Neill, John Warburton
Roles Oliver
Rating64% 3.2471453.2471453.2471453.2471453.247145
Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel return to America after ten years of voluntary exile to find jobs. Oliver has worked as a mediocre cook and Stan has served as a butler for many years. Upon their return they find that there is plenty of positions to apply to, unlike when they left ten years earlier.
The Big Noise, 1h12
Directed by Malcolm St. Clair
Origin USA
Genres War, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Arthur Space, Doris Merrick, Veda Ann Borg, Robert Blake
Roles Ollie
Rating64% 3.242823.242823.242823.242823.24282
While cleaning the office of a detective agency, janitors Laurel and Hardy answer a telephone call from an inventor who claims to have created a destructive bomb he calls "The Big Noise." Posing as detectives, the duo move into the inventor's home, where they must contend with his eccentric behavior, oddball widowed aunt (who takes a fancy to Hardy) and his misbehaving nephew. The inventor's neighbors are crooks who are eager to steal the new bomb.