Oliver Hardy

  • Birth Name: Norvell Hardy
  • Birth Place: Harlem, Georgia, United States
  • Died: August 7, 1957
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Took the first name of his father, Oliver, to honor the man, who died when the son was an infant.
  • Attended a number of military and boarding schools as a youth.
  • As a teen, worked as a projectionist, ticket-taker and manager at a movie theater in his hometown of Milledgeville, GA, stoking his interest in motion pictures.
  • Billed himself as Babe Hardy early in his career.
  • Appeared as the Tin Woodsman in a 1925 silent adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.
  • First official "Laurel & Hardy" film is considered 1927's Putting Pants on Philip.
  • Laurel & Hardy starred in 1932's The Music Box, which won the first Best Short Subject Oscar.
  • In 1937, he and a number of Hollywood notables, including Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante and Pat O'Brien, founded Del Mar Race Track in California.
  • Since 1988, his hometown has held an annual Oliver Hardy Festival to honor him.


  • Lucille Virginia Jones Hardy — Wife
  • Sam Hardy — Stepbrother
  • Myrtle Lee Reeves Hardy — Ex-wife
  • Oliver Hardy — Father
  • Madelyn Saloshin — Ex-wife
  • Emily Norvell Hardy — Mother
  • Elizabeth Hardy Sage — Stepsister

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