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Charlie Hall (19 August 1899 – 7 December 1959) was an English film actor. He is best known as the "Little Nemesis" of Laurel and Hardy and appeared in nearly 50 films with them, so that Hall was the most frequent supporting actor of their films.

Hall was born in Ward End, Birmingham, Warwickshire, and learned carpentry as a trade, but as a teenager, he became a member of the Fred Karno troupe of stage comedians. In his late teens, he visited his sister in New York and stayed there, finding employment as a stagehand. While working behind the scenes, he met the comic actor Bobby Dunn and they became friends; Dunn convinced Hall to take a stab again at acting, which he did. By the mid-1920s, Hall was working for Hal Roach. Stan Laurel, one of Roach's comedy stars, was also a graduate of the Karno troupe.

As an actor, Hall worked with such comedians as Buster Keaton and Charley Chase, but is best remembered as a comic foil for Laurel and Hardy. He appeared in nearly 50 of their films, sometimes in bit parts, but often as a mean landlord or opponent in many of their memorable tit-for-tat sequences. Unlike the usual villains in Laurel and Hardy films, who were big and burly, Charlie Hall (billed as "Charley" Hall in the Roach comedies) was of short stature, standing 5 ft 5 in tall. His height and slight English accent allowed him to be convincingly cast as a college student, despite being 40 years old, in Laurel and Hardy's A Chump at Oxford.

Hall almost never played starring roles; the exception was in 1941, when he was teamed with character comedian Frank Faylen by Monogram Pictures. Hall continued to play bits and supporting roles in short subjects and features through the 1940s and 1950s, occasionally on TV, appearing very briefly in Charlie Chaplin's final American film, Limelight (1952).

In 1956 he played a small but important part in the TV show Cheyenne, season 1, episode 11, "Quicksand", starring Clint Walker, with Dennis Hopper, John Alderson, Wright King and Peggy Webber. His last role was in a Joe McDoakes short film starring George O'Hanlon, So You Want to Play the Piano, in 1956.

Hall died in North Hollywood, California, on 7 December 1959. A J D Wetherspoon's public house in Erdington, is named The Charlie Hall as a tribute to him.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Charlie Hall (19 August 1899 – 7 December 1959) was an English film actor. He is best known as the "Little Nemesis" of Laurel and Hardy and appeared in nearly 50 films with them, so that Hall was the most frequent supporting actor of their films.

Hall was born in Ward End, Birmingham, Warwickshire, and learned carpentry as a trade, but as a teenager, he became a member of the Fred Karno troupe of stage comedians. In his late teens, he visited his sister in New York and stayed there, finding employment as a stagehand. While working behind the scenes, he met the comic actor Bobby Dunn and they became friends; Dunn convinced Hall to take a stab again at acting, which he did. By the mid-1920s, Hall was working for Hal Roach. Stan Laurel, one of Roach's comedy stars, was also a graduate of the Karno troupe.

As an actor, Hall worked with such comedians as Buster Keaton and Charley Chase, but is best remembered as a comic foil for Laurel and Hardy. He appeared in nearly 50 of their films, sometimes in bit parts, but often as a mean landlord or opponent in many of their memorable tit-for-tat sequences. Unlike the usual villains in Laurel and Hardy films, who were big and burly, Charlie Hall (billed as "Charley" Hall in the Roach comedies) was of short stature, standing 5 ft 5 in tall. His height and slight English accent allowed him to be convincingly cast as a college student, despite being 40 years old, in Laurel and Hardy's A Chump at Oxford.

Hall almost never played starring roles; the exception was in 1941, when he was teamed with character comedian Frank Faylen by Monogram Pictures. Hall continued to play bits and supporting roles in short subjects and features through the 1940s and 1950s, occasionally on TV, appearing very briefly in Charlie Chaplin's final American film, Limelight (1952).

In 1956 he played a small but important part in the TV show Cheyenne, season 1, episode 11, "Quicksand", starring Clint Walker, with Dennis Hopper, John Alderson, Wright King and Peggy Webber. His last role was in a Joe McDoakes short film starring George O'Hanlon, So You Want to Play the Piano, in 1956.

Hall died in North Hollywood, California, on 7 December 1959. A J D Wetherspoon's public house in Erdington, is named The Charlie Hall as a tribute to him.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 150

Birthday 1899-08-19

Day of Death 1959-12-07

Place of Birth Birmingham, England, UK

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Also Known As

  • Charles Hall
  • Charley Hall
  • Charles Hill

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1967 The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy
1959 No Hiding Place (2 episodes)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1955 Cheyenne (1 episode)
1946 Abie's Irish Rose as Hotel Porter (as Charles Hall)
1944 Girls! Girls! Girls! as Apartment House Waiter
1944 Radio Rampage as Jack - Radio Repairman
1943 His Butler's Sister as Porter
1943 So's Your Uncle as Waiter
1943 Honeymoon Lodge as Hotel Handyman
1942 Man From Headquarters as Newspaper Photographer
1941 A Quiet Fourth as Edgar's Neighbor
1941 The Mexican Spitfire's Baby as Nightclub Waiter
1941 Top Sergeant Mulligan as Budd Doolittle
1941 I'll Fix It as The Laundry Man
1941 Father Steps Out as Short Hobo 'Nap', aka Napoleon
1941 An Apple in His Eye as Dan - Edgar's Neighbor
1940 One Night in the Tropics as Second S.S. Atlantica Steward
1940 Mexican Spitfire Out West as Elevator Boy
1940 A Trailer Tragedy as Homeless Thief in Washroom
1940 Millionaires in Prison as Cockney Convict Heckler
1940 You Can't Fool Your Wife as Ritz Amsterdam Bellboy
1940 Saps at Sea as Desk Clerk (uncredited)
1940 Curtain Call as Second Waiter
1940 Primrose Path as Man in Diner
1940 A Chump at Oxford as Student
1940 Vigil in the Night as Courtroom Spectator
1940 Mexican Spitfire as Elevator Operator
1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame as Mercury (uncredited)
1939 Man About Town as Stage Pageboy / Bob's Assistant
1939 Bachelor Mother as Dance Hall Official (uncredited)
1939 Five Came Back as Airport Worker (uncredited)
1939 Captain Fury as Gossiping Citizen
1938 Hey! Hey! USA as Leary's pal
1937 Shall We Dance as Ship's Bartender (uncredited)
1936 Our Relations as Man in Pawnshop
1936 An All American Toothache as (uncredited)
1935 Hot Money as Tenant (uncredited)
1935 Twin Triplets as Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
1935 In Love at 40 as Man Getting Shave
1935 Bonnie Scotland as Native Henchman (uncredited)
1935 Thicker Than Water as Bank Teller (uncredited)
1935 Sing Sister Sing as Porter (uncredited)
1935 Treasure Blues as Moving Man (uncredited)
1935 Tit for Tat as Mr. Hall
1934 Babes in Toyland as Townsman (uncredited)
1934 The Live Ghost as Sailor at Table (as Charles Hall)
1934 Opened by Mistake as Intern (uncredited)
1934 One-Horse Farmers as Subway Passenger (uncredited)
1934 Them Thar Hills as Mr. Hall
1934 Cockeyed Cavaliers as Coach Driver
1934 Another Wild Idea as Man Pushed into Fountain
1934 Maid in Hollywood as Cameraman (uncredited)
1934 Rough Necking as Postman
1934 The Undie-World as T.N.T. Room Busboy
1934 Soup and Fish as Second Butler, Announcing Guests (uncredited)
1934 Love on a Ladder as Pool Hall Patron
1934 Babes in the Goods as Spectator (uncredited)
1934 Bridal Bail as Irate Movie Patron
1933 Sons of the Desert as Waiter (uncredited)
1933 Air Fright as Pilot (uncredited)
1933 Backs to Nature as Hunter (uncredited)
1933 Keg o' My Heart as Waiter (uncredited)
1933 Busy Bodies as Shop Worker (uncredited)
1933 Rhapsody in Brew as Waiter (uncredited)
1933 Beauty and the Bus as Theatre Usher (uncredited)
1933 The Midnight Patrol as Tire thief's partner
1933 The Druggist's Dilemma as Charlie Zeno
1933 One Track Minds as Train Passenger (uncredited)
1933 Diplomaniacs as Shaffner the Valet (uncredited)
1933 Me and My Pal as Delivery Boy (uncredited)
1933 Maids a la Mode as Party Guest (uncredited)
1933 Twice Two as Delivery Boy (uncredited)
1932 Cynara as Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
1932 Mr. Bride as Tipsy Ship Passenger
1932 Sneak Easily as Page
1932 The Soilers as Elevator Operator (uncredited)
1932 Pack Up Your Troubles as Janitor (uncredited)
1932 Show Business as Train Passenger (uncredited)
1932 A Slip at the Switch as Second Tramp
1932 Million Dollar Legs as Klopstokian Athlete (uncredited)
1932 Wild Babies! as Explorer's Man, Wellington (as Charley Hall)
1932 Too Many Women as Man on Street (uncredited)
1932 Strictly Unreliable as The Stage Manager (as Charley Hall)
1932 Just a Pain in the Parlor
1932 The Music Box as Postman (uncredited)
1932 Any Old Port! as Stan's Second
1932 Love Pains as Unimpressed Party Guest (uncredited)
1932 Sealskins as Sealnapper's Accomplice (uncredited)
1931 On the Loose as Shooting Gallery Attendant (uncredited)
1931 The Kick-Off! as Man on the Street (uncredited)
1931 War Mamas as Doughboy (uncredited)
1931 Mama Loves Papa as Milkman (uncredited)
1931 The Pajama Party as Inebriated Party Guest (uncredited)
1931 Come Clean as Ice Cream Attendant
1931 The Panic Is On as Man on the Street (uncredited)
1931 Sweepstakes as Little Cook
1931 Let's Do Things as Waiter (uncredited)
1931 Spuk um Mitternacht as Man on Train
1931 Politiquerías as Elevator Operator
1931 Los calaveras as The Landlord
1931 Laughing Gravy as Landlord (uncredited)
1931 The Pip from Pittsburg as Kay's Dancing Partner
1931 Les Carottiers as Bellboy / Landlord
1931 Be Big! as Bellboy
1930 Dollar Dizzy as Bellhop (uncredited)
1930 Let's Go Native as Mover (uncredited)
1930 Fifty Million Husbands as Neighbor
1930 Bear Shooters as Charlie
1930 La vida nocturna as Cabdriver (uncredited)
1930 The Fighting Parson as The Waiter (uncredited)
1930 Blotto as Cabdriver
1930 The Real McCoy as Mountain Man (uncredited)
1930 Noche de duendes as Un pasajero
1930 Tiembla y Titubea as Street Cleaner (uncredited)
1929 Angora Love as Neighbor
1929 Skirt Shy as Postman (uncredited)
1929 The Hoose-Gow as Treetop Lookout (uncredited)
1929 Bacon Grabbers as Truck driver
1929 They Go Boom! as Landlord
1929 Boxing Gloves as Sidewalk diner attendant
1929 Snappy Sneezer as Streetcar passenger (uncredited)
1929 Men o'War as Boater (uncredited)
1929 Berth Marks as Train Passenger (uncredited)
1929 Little Mother as Taxi driver
1929 Double Whoopee as Cabdriver
1929 That's My Wife as Waiter (uncredited)
1929 Wrong Again as Neighbor
1929 A Pair of Tights as Man in fender bender
1928 Two Tars as Shopkeeper
1928 Captain Swagger as Messenger
1928 Should Married Men Go Home? as Soda Jerk (uncredited)
1928 You're Darn Tootin' as Musician
1928 Came the Dawn
1928 Leave 'Em Laughing as The Landlord
1927 The Battle of the Century as Pie delivery man (uncredited)
1927 Call of the Cuckoo as Asylum Inmate
1927 The Second Hundred Years as Convict (uncredited) as Convict
1927 Sugar Daddies as Hotel extra
1927 With Love and Hisses as Soldier (uncredited)
1927 Fluttering Hearts as Man under car
1927 Love 'Em and Weep as Tillsbury's Butler
1927 Eve's Love Letters as Cab driver (uncredited)
1927 Duck Soup as Moving man (uncredited)
1927 Seeing the World as English chauffeur
1926 Bromo and Juliet as Stagehand (uncredited)
1926 Mighty Like a Moose as Shoe Shine Man
1926 Thundering Fleas as Musician
1924 A Ten-Minute Egg as First Bellhop (uncredited)
1924 The Cowboy Sheik as Party guest

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