Biography

Although his Scottish-English parents were never in show business, as a young boy Oliver Hardy was a gifted singer and, by age eight, was performing with minstrel shows. In 1910 he ran a movie theatre, which he preferred to studying law. In 1913 he became a comedy actor with the Lubin Company in Florida and began appearing in a long series of shorts; his debut film was Outwitting Dad (1914). He appeared in he 1914-15 series of "Pokes and Jabbs" shorts, and from 1916-18 he was in the "Plump and Runt" series. From 1919-21 he was a regular in the "Jimmy Aubrey" series of shorts, and from 1921-25 he worked as an actor and co-director of comedy shorts for Larry Sermon. In addition to appearing in two-reeler comedies, he found time to make westerns and even melodramas in which he played the heavy. He is most famous, however, as the partner of British comic Stan Laurel, with whom he had played a bit part in The Lucky Dog (1921). in the mid-1920s both he and Laurel were working for comedy producer Hal Roach, although not as a team. In a moment of inspiration Roach teamed them together, and their first film as a team was 45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926). Their first release for Roach through MGM was Sugar Daddies (1927) and the first with star billing was From Soup to Nuts (1928). They became a huge hit as a comedy team, and after several years of two-reelers, Roach decided to star them in features, their first of which was Pardon Us (1931). They clicked with audiences in features, too, and starred in such classics as Way Out West (1937), Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (1933) and Block-Heads (1938). They eventually parted ways with Roach and in the mid-1940s signed on with Twentieth Century-Fox. Unfortunately, Fox did not let them have the autonomy they had at Roach, where Laurel basically wrote and directed their films, though others were credited, and their films became more assembly-line and formulaic. Their popularity waned and less popular during the war years, and they made their last film for Fox in 1946. Several years later they made their final appearance as a team in a French film, a troubled and haphazard production eventually, after several name changes, called Utopia (1951), generally regarded to be their worst film. Hardy appeared without Laurel in a few features, such as Zenobia (1939) with Harry Langdon, The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) in a semi-comedic role as a frontiersman alongside John Wayne and Riding High (1950), in a cameo role. He died in 1957. IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan

Although his Scottish-English parents were never in show business, as a young boy Oliver Hardy was a gifted singer and, by age eight, was performing with minstrel shows. In 1910 he ran a movie theatre, which he preferred to studying law. In 1913 he became a comedy actor with the Lubin Company in Florida and began appearing in a long series of shorts; his debut film was Outwitting Dad (1914). He appeared in he 1914-15 series of "Pokes and Jabbs" shorts, and from 1916-18 he was in the "Plump and Runt" series. From 1919-21 he was a regular in the "Jimmy Aubrey" series of shorts, and from 1921-25 he worked as an actor and co-director of comedy shorts for Larry Sermon. In addition to appearing in two-reeler comedies, he found time to make westerns and even melodramas in which he played the heavy. He is most famous, however, as the partner of British comic Stan Laurel, with whom he had played a bit part in The Lucky Dog (1921). in the mid-1920s both he and Laurel were working for comedy producer Hal Roach, although not as a team. In a moment of inspiration Roach teamed them together, and their first film as a team was 45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926). Their first release for Roach through MGM was Sugar Daddies (1927) and the first with star billing was From Soup to Nuts (1928). They became a huge hit as a comedy team, and after several years of two-reelers, Roach decided to star them in features, their first of which was Pardon Us (1931). They clicked with audiences in features, too, and starred in such classics as Way Out West (1937), Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (1933) and Block-Heads (1938). They eventually parted ways with Roach and in the mid-1940s signed on with Twentieth Century-Fox. Unfortunately, Fox did not let them have the autonomy they had at Roach, where Laurel basically wrote and directed their films, though others were credited, and their films became more assembly-line and formulaic. Their popularity waned and less popular during the war years, and they made their last film for Fox in 1946. Several years later they made their final appearance as a team in a French film, a troubled and haphazard production eventually, after several name changes, called Utopia (1951), generally regarded to be their worst film. Hardy appeared without Laurel in a few features, such as Zenobia (1939) with Harry Langdon, The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) in a semi-comedic role as a frontiersman alongside John Wayne and Riding High (1950), in a cameo role. He died in 1957. IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 218

Birthday 1892-01-18

Day of Death 1957-08-07

Place of Birth Harlem, Georgia, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Oliver N. Hardy
  • Babe Hardy

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Golf Antics
Fragments as Ollie
2011 A Tribute to Laurel & Hardy as Himself (archive footage)
2011 Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films as Himself (archive footage)
2002 Laurel & Hardy - Highlights
1996 Chaplin's Goliath as Himself (archive footage)
1994 That's Entertainment! III
1992 A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel and Hardy as Ollie / Fanny / Bert (archive footage)
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1970 4 Clowns as (archive footage)
1968 The Best of Laurel and Hardy
1967 The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy
1964 The Big Parade of Comedy as Oliver in 'Hollywood Party' (archive footage)
1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1961 Days of Thrills and Laughter
1960 When Comedy Was King as edited from 'Big Business' (archive footage)
1957 The Golden Age of Comedy
1953 The Slappiest Days of Our Lives
1952 This Is Your Life(1 episode)
1951 Utopia as Ollie
1950 Riding High as Sucker (uncredited)
1949 The Fighting Kentuckian as Willie Paine
1945 The Bullfighters as Ollie
1944 Nothing but Trouble as Oliver
1944 The Big Noise as Ollie
1943 The Tree in a Test Tube as Oliver
1943 The Dancing Masters as Ollie
1943 Jitterbugs as Ollie
1943 Air Raid Wardens as Ollie
1942 A-Haunting We Will Go as Ollie
1941 Great Guns as Oliver
1940 Saps at Sea as Ollie
1940 A Chump at Oxford as Ollie
1939 The Flying Deuces as Ollie
1939 Zenobia as Dr. Henry Tibbett
1938 Block-Heads as Ollie
1938 Swiss Miss as Ollie
1937 Way Out West as Ollie
1937 Pick a Star as Oliver Hardy
1937 That's That as Himself
1936 Our Relations as Ollie / Bert Hardy
1936 On the Wrong Trek as Cameo appearance (hitchhiker)
1936 The Bohemian Girl as Ollie
1935 Bonnie Scotland as Oliver 'Ollie' Hardy
1935 Thicker Than Water as Ollie
1935 The Fixer Uppers as Ollie
1935 Tit for Tat as Ollie
1934 Babes in Toyland as Ollie Dee
1934 The Live Ghost as Ollie
1934 Them Thar Hills as Ollie
1934 Going Bye-Bye! as Mr. Hardy
1934 Hollywood Party as Ollie
1934 Oliver the Eighth as Ollie
1933 Sons of the Desert as Ollie
1933 Dirty Work as Ollie
1933 Wild Poses as Baby
1933 Busy Bodies as Ollie
1933 The Midnight Patrol as Officer Oliver Hardy
1933 Me and My Pal as Ollie
1933 Twice Two as Ollie / Mrs. Laurel
1933 The Devil's Brother as Ollio
1932 Towed in a Hole as Ollie
1932 Their First Mistake as Ollie
1932 Pack Up Your Troubles as Ollie
1932 Scram! as Ollie
1932 County Hospital as Ollie
1932 The Chimp as Ollie
1932 The Music Box as Ollie
1932 Any Old Port! as Ollie
1932 Helpmates as Ollie
1931 On the Loose as New Suitor (uncredited)
1931 Beau Hunks as Ollie
1931 One Good Turn as Ollie
1931 Come Clean as Ollie
1931 Pardon Us as Ollie
1931 Spuk um Mitternacht as Ollie
1931 Our Wife as Ollie
1931 Politiquerías as Oliver
1931 Los calaveras as Señor Hardy
1931 Do a service as Ollie
1931 The Stolen Jools as Police Driver
1931 Laughing Gravy as Ollie
1931 Chickens Come Home as Mr. Oliver Hardy
1931 Les Carottiers as M. Hardy
1931 Be Big! as Ollie
1930 Another Fine Mess as Ollie
1930 The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case as Ollie
1930 Hog Wild as Ollie
1930 The Rogue Song as Murza-Bek
1930 Below Zero as Ollie
1930 La vida nocturna as Ollie
1930 Brats as Ollie Sr. / Oliver Jr.
1930 Blotto as Ollie
1930 Ladrones
1930 Night Owls as Ollie
1930 Tiembla y Titubea as Ollie
1930 Noche de duendes as Ollie
1929 Angora Love as Ollie
1929 The Hoose-Gow as Ollie
1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929 as Ollie
1929 Bacon Grabbers as Oliver
1929 They Go Boom! as Ollie
1929 Perfect Day as Ollie
1929 Men o'War as Ollie
1929 Berth Marks as Ollie
1929 Double Whoopee as Ollie
1929 Unaccustomed As We Are as Oliver Hardy
1929 Big Business as Ollie
1929 That's My Wife as Ollie
1929 Wrong Again as Ollie
1929 Liberty as Ollie
1928 We Faw Down as Ollie
1928 Habeas Corpus as Ollie
1928 Two Tars as Ollie
1928 Early to Bed as Ollie
1928 Should Married Men Go Home? as Ollie
1928 Their Purple Moment as Ollie
1928 You're Darn Tootin' as Ollie, French horn player
1928 From Soup to Nuts as Hired butler
1928 The Finishing Touch as Ollie
1928 Flying Elephants as Mighty Giant
1928 Leave 'Em Laughing as Ollie
1927 The Battle of the Century as Manager
1927 Putting Pants on Philip as J. Piedmont Mumblethunder
1927 Do Detectives Think? as Sherlock Pinkham
1927 Love 'em and Feed 'em as 'Happy' Hopey
1927 Hats Off as Ollie
1927 Call of the Cuckoo as Asylum Inmate
1927 The Second Hundred Years as Big Goofy
1927 Now I'll Tell One as Policeman
1927 Sailors, Beware! as Purser Cryder
1927 Sugar Daddies as Brittle's butler
1927 With Love and Hisses as Top Sergeant Banner
1927 Why Girls Love Sailors as First Mate
1927 Baby Brother as Ice Man
1927 Fluttering Hearts as Big Bill
1927 Love 'Em and Weep as Judge Chigger
1927 Crazy to Act as Gordon Bagley
1927 No Man's Law as Sharkey Nye
1927 Duck Soup as Maltravers
1927 Slipping Wives as Butler
1927 Why Girls Say No as Policeman
1927 Two-Time Mama
1927 Should Men Walk Home? as Party Guest at Punch Bowl
1926 45 Minutes from Hollywood as Hotel Detective
1926 The nickel-hopper as Jazz band drummer
1926 Be Your Age as Oswald Schwartzkopple
1926 Bromo and Juliet as Cab Driver
1926 Crazy Like a Fox as Charley's Victim (uncredited)
1926 Along Came Auntie as Mr. Vincent Belcher - the First Husband
1926 Thundering Fleas as Officer (as Oliver Babe Hardy)
1926 Long Fliv the King as The Prime Minister's Assistant
1926 Say It with Babies as Hector - the Floorwalker
1926 Madame Mystery as Captain Schmaltz
1926 Wandering Papas as The foreman
1926 A Bankrupt Honeymoon as The Taxi Driver
1925 The Perfect Clown as Babe Mulligan
1925 They All Fall
1925 Yes, Yes, Nanette as Her former sweetheart (as Babe Hardy)
1925 Isn't Life Terrible? as Remington - the Brother-in-Law (as 'Babe' Hardy)
1925 Hop to It! as A bellhop (as Babe Hardy)
1925 The Joke's on You as Wilbert Perkins
1925 Fiddlin' Around as Theatre manager
1925 Hey, Taxi! as A Rival Taxi Driver
1925 Stick Around as Paperhanger (as Babe Hardy)
1925 The Wizard of Oz as Farmhand
1925 Il maestro
1924 Kid Speed as Dangerous Dan McGraw
1924 Her Boy Friend as Killer Kid
1923 Horseshoes as Dynamite Duffy
1923 Lightning Love as Oliver, the Other Suitor
1923 The Gown Shop as Store manager
1923 The Barnyard as Farm Hand
1923 The Midnight Cabaret as Oliver, an Impetuous Suitor
1923 No Wedding Bells as The Girl's Father
1922 The Counter Jumper as Gaston Gilligan
1922 Golf as The neighbor
1922 A Pair of Kings as General Alarm
1922 The Sawmill as The foreman
1921 The Lucky Dog as Masked bandit who confronts Laurel
1921 The Bell Hop as Hotel manager
1921 The Fall Guy as Gentleman Joe, alias Black Bart
1921 The Bakery as Foreman
1921 The Rent Collector as The big boss
1920 His Jonah Day as The Life Saver
1920 Married to Order as Her Father
1920 The Decorator as Babe, a millionaire
1920 Squeaks and Squawks
1919 Bungs and Bunglers as Al K. Hall
1919 Dull Care as A Janitor
1918 He's In Again as Head Waiter
1918 The King of the Kitchen as A German customer
1918 Bright and Early as The Boss
1918 The Scholar as The Superintendent
1918 The Rogue as Cafe Owner
1918 His Day Out as Ollie
1918 The Stranger as Oliver, the saloonkeeper
1917 The Pest
1917 The Hobo as Harold (as Babe Hardy)
1917 The Candy Kid as Rival Proprietor
1917 The Chief Cook as Babe
1917 The Villain as Nell
1917 Cupid's Rival as Poor Artist
1917 The Hero
1917 Little Nell as Little Nell
1916 Love and Duty as Pvt. Plump
1916 The Lottery Man as Maggie Murphy
1916 Hungry Hearts as Plump
1916 The Battle Royal as Plump
1916 The Serenade
1916 One Too Many as Plump
1916 Oliver Hardy : 10 courts métrages, 1916-1927
1915 Something in Her Eye as The Grocer
1915 It May Be You as Paul Simmons
1915 An Expensive Visit as Jack
1915 They Looked Alike as Pedestrian
1914 The Servant Girl's Legacy as Cy

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