Hal Roach Studios actors

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  1. Thelma Todd
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    Thelma Todd

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    Thelma Alice Todd (July 29, 1906 – December 16, 1935) was an American actress. Appearing in about 120 pictures between 1926 and 1935, she is best remembered for her comedic roles in films such as Marx Brothers' Monkey Business and Horse Feathers, a number of Charley Chase's short comedies, and co-starring with Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante in Speak Easily. She also had roles in Wheeler and Woolsey farces, several Laurel and Hardy films, the last of which (The Bohemian Girl) featured her in a part that was truncated by her suspicious death at the age of 29.


  2. Stan Laurel
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    Stan Laurel

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    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. With his comedy partner Oliver Hardy he appeared in 107 short films, feature films and cameo roles.


  3. Oliver Hardy
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    Oliver Hardy

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    Oliver "Ollie" Hardy (born Norvell Hardy) (January 18, 1892 – August 7, 1957) was an American comic actor famous as one half of Laurel and Hardy, the classic double act that began in the era of silent films and lasted 25 years, from 1927 to 1951. He was credited with his first film, Outwitting Dad, in 1914. In some of his early works, he was billed as Babe Hardy, using his nickname.


  4. Harold Lloyd
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    Harold Lloyd

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    Harold Clayton Lloyd, Sr. (April 20, 1893 – March 8, 1971) was an American actor, comedian, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer who is most famous for his silent comedy films.


  5. Mae Busch
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    Mae Busch

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    Mae Busch (18 June 1891 – 20 April 1946) was an Australian film actress who worked in both silent and sound films in early Hollywood. In the latter part of her career, she appeared in many Laurel and Hardy comedies, where she frequently played Hardy's shrewish wife.


  6. June Marlowe
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    June Marlowe

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    June Marlowe (November 6, 1903 – March 10, 1984) was an American film actress that began her career during the silent film era. Her most well known role was that of "Miss Crabtree", in the Our Gang shorts.


  7. Charley Chase
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    Charley Chase

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    Charley Chase (October 20, 1893 – June 20, 1940) was an American comedian, actor, screenwriter and film director, best known for his work in Hal Roach short film comedies. He was the older brother of comedian/director James Parrott.


  8. Patsy Kelly
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    Patsy Kelly

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    Patsy Kelly (January 12, 1910 – September 24, 1981) was an American stage, radio, film and television actress. She is known for her role as the brash, wisecracking sidekick to Thelma Todd in a series of short comedy films produced by Hal Roach in the 1930s. Known as the "Queen of Wisecracks", Kelly's career continued after Todd's death in 1935 in similar roles.


  9. Anita Garvin
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    Anita Garvin

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    Anita Garvin (February 11, 1907 – July 7, 1994) was an American actress and comedian who appeared in both silent and sound films. She is best known for her work with comedians Laurel and Hardy and Charley Chase.


  10. Priscilla Dean
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    Priscilla Dean

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    Priscilla Dean (November 25, 1896 – December 27, 1987) was an American actress popular in silent film as well as in theatre, with a career spanning two decades.


  11. Rosina Lawrence
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    Rosina Lawrence

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    Rosina Lawrence (December 30, 1912 – June 23, 1997) was a Canadian-born American actress, singer, and dancer. She was a native of Ottawa, Ontario.


  12. James Finlayson
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    James Finlayson

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    James Henderson "Jimmy" Finlayson (27 August 1887 – 9 October 1953) was a Scottish actor who worked in both silent and sound comedies. Bald, with a fake moustache, Finlayson had many trademark comic mannerisms and is famous for his squinting, outraged, "double take and fade away" head reaction, and characteristic expression "d'ooooooh", and as the most famous comic foil of Laurel and Hardy.


  13. Viola Richard
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    Viola Richard

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    Viola Richard, (26 January 1904 – 28 December 1973), was an American actress who appeared in several silent short comedies at the Hal Roach Studios opposite Laurel and Hardy, Charley Chase and Max Davidson in the 1920s. Pert and vivacious, she left Roach in 1928, but returned in 1935 to play small roles in an Our Gang short and again with Laurel and Hardy in Tit for Tat.


  14. Dorothy Coburn
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    Dorothy Coburn

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    Dorothy Coburn (June 8, 1904 – May 15, 1978) was a dark-haired actress, who appeared in a number of the early Laurel and Hardy silents. She was a niece of author Walt Coburn, and granddaughter of Robert Coburn Sr., founder of the Circle C Ranch in Montana.


  15. Edgar Kennedy
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    Edgar Kennedy

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    Edgar Livingston Kennedy (April 26, 1890 – November 9, 1948) was an American comedic film character actor, known as "Slow Burn". A slow burn is an exasperated facial expression, performed very deliberately; Kennedy embellished this by rubbing his hand over his bald head and across his face, in an attempt to hold his temper. Kennedy is known for a small role as a lemonade vendor in the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup, as well as the many Hal Roach films he appeared in.


  16. Dorothy Christy
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    Dorothy Christy

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    Dorothy Christy (May 26, 1906 – May 21, 1977) was an American actress. She acted with Will Rogers, Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers and with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in the film Sons of the Desert (1933), in the role of Mrs Laurel. She was Queen Tika of Murania in The Phantom Empire, Gene Autry’s 1935 cliffhanger serial. She concluded her cinema career in 1953.


  17. Billy Gilbert
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    Billy Gilbert

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    Billy Gilbert (September 12, 1894 – September 23, 1971), born William Gilbert Barron, was an American comedian and actor known for his comic sneeze routines. He appeared in over 200 feature films, short subjects and television shows starting in 1929. He is not to be confused with silent film actor Billy Gilbert (1891-1961), a.k.a. "Little Billy Gilbert", born William V. Campbell.


  18. Vivien Oakland
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    Vivien Oakland

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    Vivien Oakland (born Vivian Andersen, May 20, 1895 – August 1, 1958), was an American actress best known for her work in comedies in Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s, most notably with the Hal Roach Studios. Oakland appeared in 142 films between 1915 and 1951.


  19. Charlie Hall
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    Charlie Hall

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    Charlie Hall (19 August 1899 – 7 December 1959) was an English film actor. He is best-known as the "Little Nemesis" of Laurel and Hardy and appeared in nearly 50 films with them, so that Hall was the most frequent supporting actor of their films.


  20. Max Davidson
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    Max Davidson

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    Max Davidson (May 23, 1875 – September 4, 1950) was a German film actor known for his comedic Jewish persona during the silent film era. With a career spanning over thirty years, Davidson appeared in over 180 films.


  21. Tiny Sandford
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    Tiny Sandford

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    Stanley J. "Tiny" Sandford (February 26, 1894 – October 29, 1961) was a tall, burly actor who is best remembered for his roles in Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin films. He was usually cast as a comic heavy, and often played policemen, doormen, prizefighters, or bullies.


  22. James Parrott
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    James Parrott

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    James Parrott (August 2, 1897 – May 10, 1939) was an American actor and film director; and the younger brother of film comedian Charley Chase.


  23. Noah Young
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    Noah Young

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    Noah Young Jr. (2 February 1887 - 18 April 1958) was a former champion weightlifter and actor.


  24. Bobby Dunn
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    Bobby Dunn

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    Bobby Dunn (28 August 1890 – 24 March 1937) was a comic actor who appeared in several Laurel and Hardy comedies, beginning with Duck Soup, and notably as the shoplifter in Tit for Tat. He was one of the original Keystone Kops in Hoffmeyer's Legacy.


  25. Jimmy Aubrey
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    Jimmy Aubrey

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    Jimmy Aubrey (born 23 October 1887, Bolton, Lancashire, England – died 2 September 1983, Woodland Hills, California) was an English actor who worked with both Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy, having gone with Fred Karno's company to America. However he left to start on his own in Vaudeville. He started in comedies, then went onto comedic roles in drama.


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