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Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall

  • Born on
    • August 19th, 1899
  • Died on
    • December 7th, 1959
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Charlie Hall (19 August 1899 – 7 December 1959) was an English film actor. He is best known as the "Little Nemesis" of Laurel and Hardy and appeared in nearly 50 films with them, so that Hall was the most frequent supporting actor of their films. Hall was born in Ward End, Birmingham, Warwickshire, and learned carpentry as a trade, but as a teenager, he became a member of the Fred Karno troupe of stage comedians. In his late teens, he visited his sister in New York and stayed there, finding employment as a stagehand. While working behind the scenes, he met the comic actor Bobby Dunn and they became friends; Dunn convinced Hall to take a stab again at acting, which he did. By the mid-1920s, Hall was working for Hal Roach. Stan Laurel, one of Roach's comedy stars, was also a graduate of the Karno troupe. As an actor, Hall worked with such comedians as Buster Keaton and Charley Chase, but is best remembered as a comic foil for Laurel and Hardy. He appeared in nearly 50 of their films, sometimes in bit parts, but often as a mean landlord or opponent in many of their memorable tit-for-tat sequences. Unlike the usual villains in Laurel and Hardy films, who were big and burly, Charlie Hall (billed as "Charley" Hall in the Roach comedies) was of short stature, standing 5 ft 5 in tall. His height and slight English accent allowed him to be convincingly cast as a college student, despite being 40 years old, in Laurel and Hardy's A Chump at Oxford. Hall almost never played starring roles; the exception was in 1941, when he was teamed with character comedian Frank Faylen by Monogram Pictures. Hall continued to play bits and supporting roles in short subjects and features through the 1940s and 1950s, occasionally on TV, appearing very briefly in Charlie Chaplin's final American film, Limelight (1952). In 1956 he played a small but important part in the TV show Cheyenne, season 1, episode 11, "Quicksand", starring Clint Walker, with Dennis Hopper, John Alderson, Wright King and Peggy Webber. His last role was in a Joe McDoakes short film starring George O'Hanlon, So You Want to Play the Piano, in 1956. Hall died in North Hollywood, California, on 7 December 1959. A J D Wetherspoon's public house in Erdington, is named The Charlie Hall as a tribute to him.

Filmography

Acting (56 Credits)

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1944In Society as Mugg (uncredited)
1942The Big Street as Caviar Waiter in New York (Uncredited)
1942The Falcon Takes Over as Louie (Uncredited)
1941Hellzapoppin' as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
1940Saps at Sea as Desk Clerk (uncredited)
1940Vigil in the Night as Courtroom Spectator
1940One Night in the Tropics as Second S.S. Atlantica Steward (uncredited)
1940Primrose Path as Man in Diner
1939A Chump at Oxford as Student
1939Five Came Back as Airport Worker (uncredited)
1939Bachelor Mother as Dance Hall Official (uncredited)
1939The Hunchback of Notre Dame as Mercury (uncredited)
1937Shall We Dance as Bartender (uncredited)
1936Our Relations as Man in Pawnshop
1935Tit for Tat as Mr. Hall
1935Thicker Than Water as Bank Teller (uncredited)
1935Bonnie Scotland as Native Henchman (uncredited)
1934Them Thar Hills as Mr. Hall
1934The Live Ghost as Sailor at Table (as Charles Hall)
1934March of the Wooden Soldiers as Townsman (uncredited)
1933Busy Bodies as Shop Worker (uncredited)
1933Twice Two as Delivery Boy (uncredited)
1933The Midnight Patrol as Tire thief's partner
1933Me and My Pal as Delivery Boy (uncredited)
1933Sons of the Desert as Waiter (uncredited)
1933King Kong as Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
1932The Music Box as Postman (uncredited)
1932Any Old Port! as Stan's Second
1932Cynara as Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
1932Pack Up Your Troubles as Janitor (uncredited)
1932Million Dollar Legs as Klopstokian Athlete (uncredited)
1931Be Big! as Bellboy
1931Come Clean as Ice Cream Attendant
1930Laughing Gravy as Landlord (uncredited)
1930Blotto as Cabdriver
1929They Go Boom! as Landlord
1929Berth Marks as Train Passenger (uncredited)
1929Angora Love as Neighbor
1929That's My Wife as Waiter (uncredited)
1929The Hoose-Gow as Treetop Lookout (uncredited)
1929Double Whoopee as Cabdriver
1929Men O'War as Boater (uncredited)
1929Wrong Again as Neighbor
1929Bacon Grabbers as Truck driver
1928Leave 'em Laughing as The Landlord
1928Should Married Men Go Home? as Soda Jerk (uncredited)
1928Two Tars as Shopkeeper
1928You're Darn Tootin' as Musician
1927The Second 100 Years as Convict
1927The Battle of the Century as Pie delivery man (uncredited)
1927Duck Soup as Moving man (uncredited)
1927Sugar Daddies as Hotel extra
1927With Love and Hisses as Soldier (uncredited)
1927Love 'Em and Weep as Tillsbury's Butler
1927Call of the Cuckoo as Asylum Inmate
1926Mighty Like a Moose as Shoe Shine Man

Writer (1 Credits)

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