Stanley Holloway

Born Oct 1, 1890

Stanley Augustus Holloway, OBE was an English stage and film actor, comedian, singer, poet and monologist. He was famous for his comic and character roles on stage and screen, especially that of Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady. He was also renowned for his comic monologues and songs, which he performed and recorded throughout most of his 70-year career. Born in London, Holloway pursued a career as a clerk in his teen years.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Stanley Holloway.


1890 Birth Born in 1890.


1904 14 Years Old He began performing part-time as Master Stanley Holloway – The Wonderful Boy Soprano from 1904, singing sentimental songs such as "The Lost Chord".
1907 17 Years Old A year later, he became a clerk at Billingsgate Fish Market, where he remained for two years before commencing training as an infantry soldier in the London Rifle Brigade in 1907.


1910 20 Years Old Holloway's stage career began in 1910, when he travelled to Walton-on-the-Naze to audition for The White Coons Show, a concert party variety show arranged and produced by Will C. Pepper, father of Harry S. Pepper, with whom Holloway later starred in The Co-Optimists. … Read More
In 1913 Holloway was recruited by the comedian Leslie Henson to feature as a support in Henson's more prestigious concert party called Nicely, Thanks. … Read More
In the early months of 1914, Holloway made his first visit to the US and then went to Buenos Aires and Valparaíso with the concert party The Grotesques.
1915 - 1916 2 More Events
1919 29 Years Old 1 More Event
On being demobilised on 1 May 1919, Holloway returned to London and resumed his singing and acting career, finding success in two West End musicals at the Winter Garden Theatre. … Read More


1921 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Holloway made his film debut in a 1921 silent comedy called The Rotters.
1923 - 1927 3 More Events
1928 38 Years Old Holloway began regularly performing monologues, both on stage and on record, in 1928, with his own creation, Sam Small, in Sam, Sam, Pick oop thy Musket. … Read More
1929 39 Years Old In 1929 Holloway played another leading role in musical comedy, Lieutenant Richard Manners in Song of the Sea, and later that year he performed in the revue Coo-ee, with Billy Bennett, Dorothy Dickson and Claude Hulbert.


1930 40 Years Old When The Co-Optimists re-formed in 1930, he rejoined that company, now at the Savoy Theatre, and at the same venue appeared in Savoy Follies in 1931, where he introduced to London audiences the monologue The Lion and Albert. … Read More
1932 42 Years Old In 1932 Harry S. Pepper, with Holloway and others, revived the White Coons Concert Party show for BBC Radio.
Beginning in 1934, Holloway appeared in a series of British films, three of which featured his creation Sam Small.
1939 49 Years Old 1 More Event
On the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 Holloway was 49, too old for active service. … Read More


1940 50 Years Old On stage during the war years, Holloway appeared in revues, first Up and Doing, with Henson, Binnie Hale and Cyril Ritchard in 1940 and 1941, and then Fine and Dandy, with Henson, Dorothy Dickson, Douglas Byng and Graham Payn. … Read More
1941 51 Years Old In 1941 Holloway took a character part in Gabriel Pascal's film of Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, in which he played a policeman. … Read More
1944 54 Years Old Holloway also starred in a series of films for Ealing Studios, beginning with Champagne Charlie in 1944 alongside Tommy Trinder. … Read More
1948 58 Years Old In 1948 Holloway toured for six months in Australia around Melbourne and in New Zealand supported by the band leader Billy Mayerl. … Read More


1954 64 Years Old In 1954 Holloway joined the Old Vic theatre company to play Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, with Robert Helpmann as Oberon and Moira Shearer as Titania. … Read More
Holloway's film career continued simultaneously with his stage work; one example was the 1956 comedy Jumping for Joy. … Read More
1959 - 1960 2 More Events
1962 72 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1962, Holloway took part in a studio recording of Oliver! with Alma Cogan and Violet Carson, in which he played Fagin.
1964 - 1972 5 More Events
1973 83 Years Old He returned to Shaw and Canada, playing the central character Walter/William in You Never Can Tell in 1973.
1977 87 Years Old Holloway continued to perform until well into his eighties, touring Asia and Australia in 1977 together with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and David Langton in The Pleasure of His Company, by Samuel A. Taylor and Cornelia Otis Skinner.
1980 90 Years Old He made his last appearance performing at the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium in 1980, aged 89.
1982 92 Years Old 1 More Event
Holloway died of a stroke at the Nightingale Nursing Home in Littlehampton, West Sussex, on 30 January 1982, aged 91.
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