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From the Archives: Film Comic Stan Laurel Dies at 74
Stan Laurel, the skinny and bewildered half of the famed Laurel and Hardy comedy team, died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was An invalid since he had a stroke in , the lovable comic suffered a heart seizure Monday night and the fatal attack at p. His wife, Ida, and a nurse were at his side when he died in his small apartment at Ocean Ave. John H. Parrott, said the first attack was so severe that Laurel could not be moved to a hospital. However, the comedian was conscious when Dr.
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Stan Laurel born Arthur Stanley Jefferson ; 16 June — 23 February was an English comic actor, writer, and film director who was part of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. Laurel began his career in music hall where he developed a number of his standard comic devices, including the bowler hat , the deep comic gravity, and the nonsensical understatement. His performances polished his skills at pantomime and music hall sketches. He appeared with his comic partner Oliver Hardy in the film short The Lucky Dog in , although they did not become an official team until late Laurel and Hardy ranked top among best double acts and seventh overall in a UK poll to find the Comedians' Comedian.
Laurel and Hardy were a comedy duo act during the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. They became well known during the late s to the mids for their slapstick comedy, with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous bully Hardy. It was played over the opening credits of their films and has become as emblematic of the duo as their bowler hats. Prior to emerging as a team, both actors had well-established film careers. Laurel had appeared in over 50 films as an actor while also working as a writer and director , while Hardy had been in more than productions. The two comedians had previously worked together as cast members on the film The Lucky Dog in