Historic film comedian whose career with Stan Laurel spanned 28 years.
He dropped out of boarding school to become a singer with a local theatrical group.
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 had a stroke, and died of cerebral thrombosis while in a coma in 1957.
His father was a wounded Confederate veteran during the Civil War. He married script girl Virginia Lucille Jones in 1940.
He also starred in films without his partner, Laurel, such as The Fighting Kentuckian with John Wayne.