Why Famous: Comic actor best known as one half of Laurel and Hardy, the classic double act that began in the era of silent films and lasted 25 years.
Laurel began his career in music hall in the UK and as Charlie Chaplin's understudy. Laurel later moved to Hollywood and began working in film from 1917.
He met Oliver Hardy working for Hal Roach Studios where their comic chemistry was spotted and the two formed a long and lasting friendship.
- 1926-08-13 Comedian Stan Laurel (36) marries 1st wife actress Lois Neilson (30)
- 1935-09-28 Comedian Stan Laurel (45) marries 2nd wife actress Virginia Ruth Rogers
- 1938-01-01 Comedian Stan Laurel (47) marries 3rd wife Vera Ivanova Shuvalova
- 1941-01-11 Comedian Stan Laurel and actress Virginia Ruth Rogers remarry for the 2nd time
- 1946-05-06 Comedian Stan Laurel (55) marries for the 5th time actress Ida Kitaeva (47)
- 1927-10-08 "The Second Hundred Years" silent short film released starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - 1st Laurel and Hardy film with them appearing as a team
- 1932-04-16 Short film "The Music Box" released in the US, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (1932 Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film)
- 1933-12-29 "Sons of the Desert" film directed by William A. Seiter starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is released