Born in Lancashire, the son of a flamboyant impresario, Arthur Stanley Jefferson began his comedy career in the twilight years of the Edwardian music hall.
Mocked at school as `Fatty' Hardy, Stan Laurel's American partner began his movie career as a projectionist in Milledgeville, Georgia.
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How one of Stan's dad's old sketches inspired one Laurel and Hardy's first films.
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A visit to Britain in the summer of 1932 confirms Laurel and Hardy's status as global celebrities.
Following his partner's death in 1957, Stan Laurel lives on to enjoy growing public interest in the team's old films.