Roach, Hal

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Roach, Hal

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(born Jan. 14, 1892, Elmira, N.Y., U.S.—died Nov. 2, 1992, Bel Air, Calif.) U.S. film producer. He tried gold prospecting before becoming a bit player in Hollywood (1912). He befriended Harold Lloyd and directed and produced Just Nuts (1915), in which Lloyd starred, then formed the Hal Roach Studio (1919) and went on to produce other Lloyd comedies such as Safety Last (1923). In the 1920s and '30s he produced thousands of comedy shorts, winning Academy Awards for The Music Box (1932) and Bored of Education (1936). In addition to producing the Will Rogers films and the “Our Gang” shorts, he teamed Laurel and Hardy (see Stan Laurel; and Oliver Hardy) in their first film together in 1927 and produced a series of their films, including Leave 'em Laughing (1928) and Way Out West (1937), as well as other successes such as Topper (1937) and Of Mice and Men (1939). He ranks with Mack Sennett as a creator of inspired chaos in the early Hollywood comic style.

Variants of ROACH, HAL

Roach, Hal orig. Harold Eugene Roach

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