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Birth Name: Hal Roach
Born: 01/14/1892
Birth Place: Elmira, New York, USA
Death Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 11/02/1992

Born on Jan. 14, 1892 in Elmira, NY, Roach was a rather poor student and left his hometown at 17, while working as a blacksmith's assistant. He went on to a number of adventurous odd jobs like driving a truck in Seattle, and working as a mule skinner and gold prospector in Alaska. He landed in Hollywood in 1912, where he worked at Universal Studios as a stuntman and an extra for $5 a day. It was at Universal that he met up-and-coming comic performer, Harold Lloyd, with whom he formed the Rolin Company in 1914. With backing from distributor Pathé Pictures, Roach commenced production on a series of comic shorts starring Lloyd as Willie Work, a pale imitation of Charlie Chaplin's more popular ... Continue Bio >>

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