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Hal Roach Overview:

Legendary producer, Hal Roach, was born Harold Eugene Roach on Jan 14, 1892 in Elmira, NY. Roach died at the age of 100 on Nov 2, 1992 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, NY.



Although Roach was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award. However he won one Honorary Oscar Award in 1983 in recognition of his unparalleled record of distinguished contributions to the motion picture art form .

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1937Best Music - ScoringWay Out West (1937)N/ANominated
1939Best PictureOf Mice and Men (1939)N/ANominated

Academy Awards (Honorary Oscars)

1983Honorary Awardin recognition of his unparalleled record of distinguished contributions to the motion picture art form


He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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By Dan Day Jr. on Feb 3, 2018 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

The Sprocket Vault has released a magnificent DVD set of classic comedy shorts produced at the studios and starring Charley Chase. CHARLEY CHASE AT : THE TALKIES VOLUME ONE 1930-31 contains 18 shorts and bonus material as well. Charley Chase (real name Charles Parrott) isn't as f... Read full article


By Caftan Woman on Aug 5, 2016 From Caftan Woman

January 14, 1892 - November 2, 1992 When Horace Greeley, in an 1865 editorial, exhorted the young men of America to "go west", generations took it to heart. left his hometown of Elmira, New York and worked as a wrangler and as a gold prospector in Alaska. However, it was in ... Read full article

Now or Never (1921, Fred C. Newmeyer and )

on Apr 8, 2012 From The Stop Button

Now or Never takes a long time to get to the basic comedic plot–Harold Lloyd is stuck taking care of a little kid on a train ride. The kid, played by Anna Mae Bilson, is absolutely adorable and a perfect foil for Lloyd. She’s his costar, not romantic interest Mildred Davis, which is some... Read full article

Get Out and Get Under (1920, )

on Apr 1, 2012 From The Stop Button

Like a lot of silent shorts, Get Out and Get Under has three distinct phases. The first phase involves Harold Lloyd as a suitor for Mildred Davis. He’s got to race to stop her wedding. This phase sets a certain expectation for Get Out‘s pace; the rest of the short doesn’t live up t... Read full article

Number, Please? (1920, Fred C. Newmeyer and )

on Mar 15, 2012 From The Stop Button

Number, Please? is split into three very different parts. First, Harold Lloyd is trying to win back his ex-girlfriend (Mildred Davis), who’s just an awful human being, from her current beau, played by Roy Brooks. The men have to find her missing dog. This section isn’t much fun as there ... Read full article

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His product was initially distributed by U.S. branch of Pathe. Ironically, this was the same distributor his arch-rival Mack Sennett. Once the French firm imploded in the mid-1920s, Sennett's fate was sealed while Hal Roach's boutique studio retained enough clout through the "Our Gang" franchise (amongst others) to secure a lucrative deal with MGM, despite his break with Harold Lloyd.

Ex-father-in-law of Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter.

Father of Margaret Roach

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