Stan Laurel
(1890-1965)

Died aged c. 75

Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; 16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965) was an English comic actor, writer, and film director, most famous for his role in the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. He appeared with his comedy partner Oliver Hardy in 107 short films, feature films, and cameo roles. Laurel began his career in music hall, where he appropriated a number of his standard comic devices: the bowler hat, the deep comic gravity, and the nonsensical understatement. His performances polished his skills at pantomime and music hall sketches. Laurel was a member of "Fred Karno's Army," where he was Charlie Chaplin's understudy. With Chaplin, the two arrived in the US on the same ship from Britain with the Karno troupe. Laurel began his career in films in 1917 and made his last appearance in 1951. From 1928 onwards, he appeared exclusively with Oliver Hardy. Laurel officially retired from the screen following his comedy partner's death in 1957. In 1961, Laurel was given a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award for his pioneering work in comedy. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. Laurel and Hardy ranked top among best double acts and seventh overall in a 2005 UK poll to find the Comedians' Comedian. In 2009, a bronze statue of the duo was unveiled in Laurel's hometown of Ulverston, Cumbria.

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Stan Laurel was a boarder here 1902-1903
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Stan Laurel. Born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston, Cumbria on 16th June 1890, the "thin one" of the world famous Hollywood comedy team of Laurel and Hardy lived at No 8 Dockwray Square between 1897-1901. He died in Santa Monica, California, on 23rd February 1965, aged 74 years

6-7 Dockwray Square, North Shields, United Kingdom where he lived

Stan Laurel was born in this house 16th June 1890

Argyle Street, Ulverston, United Kingdom where he was born near (1890)

Gainford Academy 1818-1899. Gainford Academy was founded in 1818 by the congregational minister the Rev. William Bowman. It operated from this building until 1899 when it was moved to North Terrace. In 1864 there were 80 boarders. The most famous pupil of the academy was Arthur Stanley Jefferson (Stan Laurel) of Laurel and Hardy fame. The building was later acquired by the Edleston family who gave it to the village in 1964. The building was restored for housing in 1987.

Eden Park, Gainford, United Kingdom where he attended school

Norwich Hippodrome Also known as the Grand Opera House, the Hippodrome opened in 1903 and hosted a multitude of famous acts including Laurel & Hardy and the young Archie Leach before he went on to become the more famous Cary Grant

St Giles Street, Norwich, United Kingdom where he performed

Laurel & Hardy [full inscription unknown]

Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom where he was

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy performed their legendary comedy double act here in February 1954. Norwich Hippodrome, which stood on this site until its demolition in 1966, also hosted the debut in 1916 of a 12 year old acrobat Archie Leach, later known as Cary Grant.

Entrance to St Giles Street car park, Norwich, United Kingdom where he performed

Stan Laurel 1890 - 1965 performed here

Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, 113-117 Trongate, G1 5HD, Glasgow, United Kingdom where he performed

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Stan Laurel was a boarder here 1902-1903 [full inscription unknown]

King James Grammar School, Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom where he attended school

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Stan Laurel was born in this house 16 June 1890

3 Argyll Street, Ulverston, United Kingdom where he was born (1890)

Stan Laurel (Arthur Stanley Jefferson) of Laurel and Hardy lived in this house with his parents. He was baptised in St. Peter’s Church on 21st October 1891.

65 Princes Street, Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom where he lived