Oliver Hardy (born Norvell Hardy; January 18, 1892 – August 7, 1957) was an American actor who, with Stan Laurel, formed the comedic film-duo Laurel and Hardy.
Hardy's parents were of English and Scottish descent. His father, Oliver, was a Confederate veteran wounded at the Battle of Antietam on September 18, 1862. After the war he worked as a foreman for the Georgia Southern Railroad, supervising the building of a rail line between Augusta and Madison. His mother, Emily Norvell, was descended from the Norvells of Williamsburg, an early Virginia family that arrived about 1635. Their marriage took place on March 12, 1890; it was the second marriage for the widow Emily, and the third for Oliver.
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