Oliver Hardy was an American actor, known as Ollie in the famous comedy twin Stan and Ollie. Norwin Hardy, as he was his real name, began his life as a handsome babble in a large family in Georgia and was the youngest of six children. His father was a lawyer and died when Oliver was 10 years old. “I think I never decided my life in my final profession, I wanted to follow the law but soon I left my studies.” He had a natural vocation on the song (the whole family loved the music), and he even studied tenor at the Atlanta Music Academy. He first appeared in the cinema in 1914 (in the movie Outwitting Dad), and in the following years he performed secondary roles. He weighed 127 pounds and had a height of 1.88 m. His love of food helped him to keep his volume, although a young man was engaged in sports, he was playing football, and he loved (as much) golf. He was an agile and very good dancer.
Before becoming acquainted with Stan Lorel, Oliver Hardy had played more than 250 films. Together with Stan Lorel, however, they were the most famous comic twin in the history of cinema. The duo was created by producer Hol Roads, a spiritual father – along with director Lio McCreate – of Hondros and Lignus. They first met on screen at The Lucky Dog (1921) and played together in other films, like Duck Soup (1927), but as a real duet they appeared in Putting Pants on Philip, 1927, where the A young Scotsman who comes to America to Olli’s uncle is acting. In 1927 Hound and the Lion cast 13 films and in 1928 11 and until 1932 appeared in short and mostly silent. Among them are: The Battle of the Century, Musicals for Crying, A Perfect Day (1929), The Hunger and The Lost In The Box (1932), which won an Oscar for a short film of that year, a. After 1932, they began to produce feature-length pieces, among which some of the most enjoyable: The Hound and the Lion go to war, The Desert Children, Two Merry Scots, The Hunger and The Lion Cowboys, The Two Fools, Bardas Fournellos, Oxford logs, etc.
More than 100 films turned out as a couple. Lorel and Hardy had a professional ambition alone: they wanted to make people laugh. They did not shame illusions for themselves. Their methods and technique had many elements from the clowns, their humor was a succession of gag, their jokes made the children hilarious because they recognized in the faces of the two comedians their own clumsiness and innocence. Between Stan (Laurel) and Ollie (Hardy) the first was the nicest. He announced to Olli by phone that he was biting a dog and when he asked him where, then, Stan put the headset right over the wound as if his interlocutor was able to see through the line. In another version, Olly was smoother because he considered himself smart. And as he himself said: “There is no more trouble than the bastard he thinks he is smart.” For Olli, they wrote that he was pleased with the continuation of the lime. Few comedians fell so often and so well within the lime. Like no one else could move so much in size or play with his tie to be a point of reference.
Their comedies were simple in action, enjoyed by the constant twists and turns of alternating gangs. Minority heroes wanted to become socially respected and loving. They wore decent suits, hard hats, and they were addressing each other with a mystery. They gained an employment as pioneers or Christmas tree dealers, and if they were at the end of the sea, it did not harm them.
Gentlemen and wreckers, despite their serious style, they were immersed deep in potholes, dug well-formed backless unsuspecting ladies, trying desperately to get rid of a goat and managed to raise piano on a horse.
Stan and Ollie, the most famous twin in the history of cinema, virtually ceased to exist before the clinical death of the couple. Their last film was turned to France in 1950 (The Young Robinsons). Kings of laughter were already weak and tired. But from the time they met, by the end of the 1920s, to the year when Oliver Hardy died, they were closely connected not only because their duo was selling them but because they were good friends: “Ollie was like my brother, we felt each other, although we did not often venture out of the deck.Our life outside the studio was devoted to sports and mostly to the golf that he loved it. It was my life, I loved watching the film at all stages of production. I can assure you that we have never quarreled. ”
Oliver Hardy died in 1957, after a long-term illness, at the age of 65.
Two asteroids, 2865 and 2866, were named “Laurel” and “Hardy” in memory of Stan Lorel and Oliver Hardy.