Hal Roach

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  • Birth Name: Harold Eugene Roach
  • Birth Place: Elmira, New York, United States
  • Died: November 2, 1992
  • Profession: Producer, Director, Screenwriter
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Fast Facts

  • Began his Hollywood career as an extra in westerns, after having lived as an Alaskan gold prospector and mule skinner during his teens.
  • Founded several production companies, including Hal Roach Studios.
  • Among his brainchildren was the Our Gang series, featuring the Little Rascals; his company also produced the Laurel and Hardy comedies and the feature film Of Mice and Men (1940).
  • During World War II, his studio was devoted to making military training films, some of which featured future Commander in Chief Ronald Reagan.
  • Post-war, became the first major producer to concentrate on creating for television, producing My Little Margie, Amos 'n' Andy, Topper and The Abbott and Costello Show, among others.
  • Remained at the forefront of the evolving entertainment industry through the 1980s, involving himself in the home-movie distribution of his films.

Awards

  • 1932, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Comedy): Winner
  • 1936, Oscar — Best Short Subject (One-reel): Winner
  • 1983, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1935, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Comedy): Nominee

Relationships

  • Hal Roach Jr. — Son
  • Lucille Prin — Wife (deceased)
  • Maria — Daughter
  • Bridget — Daughter
  • Elizabeth — Daughter
  • Margaret Roach — Daughter
  • Margaret Nichols — Wife (deceased)
  • Frances Hilton — Significant Other
  • Charles Roach — Father
  • Mabel Roach — Mother
  • Jeanne — Daughter

Details

  • Birth Name: Harold Eugene Roach
  • Birth Place: Elmira, New York, United States
  • Died: November 2, 1992
  • Profession: Producer, Director, Screenwriter

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