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Norvell "Oliver" Hardy (1892 - 1957)

Actor, Comedian

Oliver "Babe" Hardy was born Norvell (his mother's maiden name) Hardy on January 18, 1892 in Harlem, Georgia. The portly half of the Laurel and Hardy comedy team. Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel made more than 110 films in their some twenty years together. Before pairing up with Laurel in 1927, Hardy had a film career that dated back to 1913.

Recognized for their trademark slapstick humor, they turned out dozens of short films, including the Oscar-winning "The Music Box" (1932), before turning to feature-length works such as the spoof on the Shriners, "Sons of the Desert" (1934), "Way Out West" (1937), and "The Flying Deuces" (1939). Hardy appeared in two films without Laurel, "The Fighting Kentuckian" (1949) and "Riding High" (1950).