Oliver Hardy character jug produced by Bairstow Manor Pottery of Hanley, England, circa 2010. With Stan Laurel, part of probably the most popular comedy team in motion-picture history, Oliver Norvell Hardy (1892-1957) was born in Harlem, Georgia. The thin Laurel and rotund Hardy became a team in 1927. Their typical routine involved a simple set-up, which is then complicated by their zany antics. Their films are marked by expert pantomime, well-defined character and special care taken with props. They appeared in shorts until 1935 and in features until 1951. Hardy made frequent appearances in straight roles without Laurel. Their best-known films included the Academy Award-winning "The Music Box" (1933), "Fra Diavolo" (1933), "Sons of the Desert" (1934) and "Way Our West" (1937). The Oliver Hardy character jug is a pair with the Stan Laurel character jug.