Stan Laurel

Arthur Stanley Jefferson, Stan Jefferson, Stanley Laurel
06/16/1890 - 02/23/1965

Born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverson, England in 1890. He was born into a theatrical family and as a young man performed in circuses, musicals, and vaudeville. At the age of 20, he came to the United States as a part of Fred Karno's comedy troupe. He toured with the company for several years as Charlie Chaplin's understudy and performed bit parts on most nights. Laurel performed in Seattle under the name Stanley Jefferson a total of nine times. Laurel never gained any recognition for his early stage work. In 1917, Laurel got a job in Hal Roach's studio in Hollywood as a writer, producer, and director. In 1926, Laurel broke into comedy on screen when he teamed up with Oliver Hardy. Laurel and Hardy would go on to make over 200 films together and be one of the few acts to make the successful transition from silent to sound films. Laurel retired from acting in 1955.

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Special to The New,York Times. "STAN LAUREL DIES; MOVIE COMEDIAN!" New York Times (1923-Current file): 41. Feb 24 1965. ProQuest. Web. 19 Jan. 2015 . Flom, Eric L. Silent Film on the Stages of Seattle: A History of Performances by Hollywood Notables. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2009. Print.