Stan Laurel was the comic genius whose facial expressions and dead pan understatement rewarded him with a career that lasted 30 successful years and forged an on screen partnership with Oliver Hardy that ranks them as the best Hollywood comedy duo partnerships to date. Their on screen humour is timeless, meaning still to this day their movies are being enjoyed by each new generation who can readily relate to the slapstick antics of these legends of comedy. Together they had an on screen chemistry that just worked so well they easily made the transition from silent to the sound era of movies. But there was more to Stan than meets the eye as his creative genius was the catalyst behind many of the famous scenes played out in his films. At his funeral the actor and comedian Buster Keaton was famously quoted as saying: "Chaplin wasn’t the funniest. I wasn’t the funniest. Stan Laurel was the funniest". In his day Charlie Chaplin was the biggest star on the planet but for all his fame his films do not stand the test of time in comparison with the Laurel and Hardy movies. Stan was good friends with both Keaton and Chaplin, indeed he even sailed on the same ship as Chaplin in 1910 when the pair went to America. Another comic genius Jerry Lewis once offered Stan $100,000 to write for him but he turned it down, at that time it wasn't about the money for Stan as he just lost all interest in working due to ill health and him being badly affected by the death of his close friend and comedy partner Oliver Hardy in 1957. He dedicated his career to making us laugh and off screen he was a humble, gracious but quick witted man who could always be relied upon for a great one liner, so here is my compilation of 10 of the best Stan Laurel quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Arthur Stanley Jefferson
- Born: 16th June 1890, Ulverston, Lancashire, England
- Died: 23rd February 1965, Santa Monica, California, U.S.
- Occupation: Actor, comedian, writer and director
- Famous for: His comedy partnership with Oliver Hardy, in total they made 106 movies together
- Collaboration: He assisted Abbott and Costello in improving their scripts
- Name change: He changed his name to Stan Laurel in 1917
- Awards: Surprisingly no Laurel and Hardy movie was ever nominated for a Best Picture Oscar
- Trivia: His first screen appearance with Oliver Hardy was in the 1921 movie The Lucky Dog and the last movie they made together was called Utopia in 1951
"Humour is the truth; wit is an exaggeration of the truth"
"If any of you cry at my funeral, I'll never speak to you again"
"The world has lost a comic genius. I've lost my best friend"
"Crazy humour was always my type of humour, but it's the quiet kind of craziness I like"
"What business do we have telling people who to vote for? They probably know more about it than we do"
"People have always loved our pictures. I guess that's because they saw how much love we put into them"
"If you had a face like mine, you'd punch me right on the nose, and I'm just the fella to do it"
"I don't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with Charles Chaplin"
"I had a dream I was awake and I woke up to find myself asleep"
"I feel like dying when I'm helpless"