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Stanley Holloway

Stanley Augustus Holloway, OBE (1 October 1890 – 30 January 1982) was an English stage and film actor, comedian, singer, poet and monologist. He was famous for his comic and character roles on stage and screen, especially that of Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady. He was also renowned for his recordings of comic monologues and songs, which he performed throughout most of his 70-year career. Born in London, in his early years Holloway pursued a career as a clerk. He made early stage appearances before infantry service in the First World War. After the war he joined a concert party, "The Co-Optimists", and his career began to flourish. At first he was chiefly employed as a singer, but his skills as an actor and reciter of comic monologues were soon recognised. Characters from his monologues such as Sam Small, invented by Holloway, and Albert Ramsbottom, created for him by Marriott Edgar, were absorbed into popular British culture. By the 1930s, he was in demand to star in music hall, pantomime and musical comedy. In the 1940s and early 1950s, Holloway moved from the musical stage to acting in plays and films. He made well-received stage and film appearances in Shakespeare, and in a series of films for Ealing Studios. In 1956 he was cast as the irresponsible Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady, a role that he played on Broadway, in the West End and later on film, which brought him international fame. In his later years, Holloway appeared in television series in the U.S. and the UK, toured in revue, appeared in stage plays in Britain, Canada, Australia and the U.S., and continued to make films into his eighties. Description above from the Wikipedia article Stanley Holloway, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Oct 1, 1890 In Manor Park, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Co-Optimists 1929-12-27
Latest Project:
Movie Journey into Fear 1975-08-08
Known For
Poster of Up the Front
Poster of Tony Awards
Poster of Meet Mr Lucifer
Poster of Brief Encounter
Movie Journey into Fear Mr. Mathews 1975-08-08
Movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Poole der Butler 1973-03-07
Movie Up the Front The Great Vincento 1972-01-01
Movie Flight of the Doves Judge Liffy 1971-04-02
Movie The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Gravedigger 1970-10-29
Movie Target: Harry Jason Carlyle 1969-05-23
Movie Run a Crooked Mile Caretaker 1969-11-18
Movie Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter Mr. Brown 1968-01-01
Series Thingumybob Unknown 1968-08-02
Movie The Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner Himself 1966-02-21
Movie The Sandwich Man Park Gardener 1966-07-01
Movie In Harm's Way Clayton Canfil 1965-04-05
Movie Ten Little Indians Det. William Henry Blore 1965-07-31
Movie The Fantasticks Bellamy 1964-10-17
Movie My Fair Lady Alfred P. Doolittle 1964-10-21
Series The Danny Kaye Show Self 1963-09-25
Movie The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe Himself 1962-02-11
Movie The Third Sam Narrator 1962-01-01
Series Our Man Higgins Unknown 1962-10-03
Movie No Love for Johnnie Fred Andrews 1961-02-14
Movie On the Fiddle Mr. Cooksley 1961-10-10
Movie An Arabian Night Unknown 1960-06-09
Movie Hello London himself 1960-11-05
Movie Alive and Kicking MacDonagh 1959-01-01
Movie No Trees in the Street Kipper 1959-01-01
Movie Lancashire Coast 1957-08-01
Movie Jumping for Joy Captain Jack Montague 1956-01-01
Series Tony Awards Himself - Performer 1956-04-01
Movie An Alligator Named Daisy The General 1955-12-13
Movie Fast and Loose Major George Crabb 1954-02-12
Movie The Titfield Thunderbolt Walter Valentine 1953-03-04
Movie The Beggar's Opera Mr. Lockit 1953-10-05
Movie Meet Mr Lucifer Sam Hollingsworth / Mr Lucifer 1953-11-30
Movie A Day to Remember Charley Porter 1953-11-10
Movie The Happy Family Henry Lord 1952-03-30
Movie Meet Me Tonight Henry Gow 1952-09-09
Movie One Wild Oat Alfred Gilbey 1951-05-16
Movie The Magic Box Broker's Man 1951-01-01
Movie Lady Godiva Rides Again Thomas Clark 1951-10-25
Movie The Lavender Hill Mob Albert Pendlebury 1951-06-28
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie Midnight Episode 1950-12-31
Movie The Perfect Woman Ramshead 1949-05-23
Movie Passport to Pimlico Arthur Pemberton 1949-10-26
Movie Snowbound Joe Wesson 1948-03-23
Movie One Night with You Tramp 1948-04-25
Movie The Winslow Boy Comico 1948-09-24
Movie Hamlet Gravedigger 1948-12-10
Movie Another Shore Alastair McNeil 1948-11-24
Movie Noose Inspector Rendall 1948-09-28
Movie The Ballad of the Battered Bicycle 1947-01-02
Movie Meet Me at Dawn Emile Pollet 1947-02-17
Movie The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Vincent Crummles 1947-03-12
Movie Wanted for Murder Sergeant Sullivan 1946-06-17
Movie Carnival Charlie Raeburn 1946-12-02
Movie Brief Encounter Albert Godby 1945-11-24
Movie The Way to the Stars Mr. Palmer 1945-06-16
Movie Caesar and Cleopatra Belzanor 1945-12-11
Movie This Happy Breed Bob Mitchell 1944-05-28
Movie Champagne Charlie The Great Vance 1944-08-25
Movie The Way Ahead Pvt. Ted Brewer 1944-06-09
Movie Salute John Citizen 1942-09-28
Movie Major Barbara Policeman 1941-05-14
Movie Albert's Savings Himself 1940-08-31
Movie The Vicar of Bray The Vicar of Bray 1937-05-09
Movie Cotton Queen Sam Owen 1937-06-01
Movie Sam's Medal 1936-01-01
Movie Play Up the Band Sam Small 1935-11-01
Movie In Town Tonight Himself 1935-01-01
Movie Squibs Constable Charley Lee 1935-06-11
Movie D’Ye Ken John Peel Sam Small 1935-07-22
Movie Lily of Killarney Father O'Flynn 1934-01-05
Movie Road House Donovan 1934-11-29
Movie The Girl from Maxim's Mongicourt 1933-08-01
Movie Sleeping Car Francois 1933-06-06
Movie The Co-Optimists Unknown 1929-12-27