Historic film comedian whose career with Stan Laurel spanned 28 years. These films include The Lucky Dog and The Fighting Kentuckian.
His trademark appearance as a fat actor changed when he had a heart attack in 1954. After losing over 150 pounds, he discovered that he had terminal cancer. He then had a stroke, and died of cerebral thrombosis while in a coma in 1957.
He also starred in films without his partner, Laurel, such as The Fighting Kentuckian with John Wayne.
He dropped out of boarding school to become a singer with a local theatrical group. He made his debut in the silent film, Outwitting Dad.
His father was a Confederate soldier who got injured during the Civil War. Oliver married script girl Virginia Lucille Jones in 1940.
- The meaning of the name Hardy: Courageous, Strong