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Stanley Holloway
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    (October 1, 1890-January 30, 1982)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Best known for portraying Alfred P. Doolittle in the Broadway (1956), London stage (1958) and film (1964) versions of 'My Fair Lady'
    Also appeared in the films 'The Co-Optimists' (1929), 'Sing As We Go' (1934), 'Major Barbara' (1941), 'Brief Encounter' (1945), 'Caesar and Cleopatra' (1945), 'Nicholas Nickleby' (1947), 'Hamlet' (1948), 'The Winslow Boy' (1948), 'Passport to Pimlico' (1949), 'The Lavender Hill Mob' (1951), 'The Magic Box' (1951), 'Lady Godiva Rides Again' (1951), 'The Beggar's Opera' (1953), 'Meet Mr. Lucifer' (1953), 'Ten Little Indians' (1965), 'Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter' (1968), 'Up The Front' (1972) and 'Journey Into Fear' (1975)
    Also appeared on Broadway in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (1954) and 'Oliver!' (1962)
    Recorded 'Sam, Sam Pick Oop Thy Musket' (1928), 'The Lion and Albert' (1932) and 'With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm' (1934)
    He made his debut as 'The Wonderful Boy Soprano' at age 18.
    He was so intent on his son becoming a cricketer that he gave him the name Julian Robert Stanley because he thought the initials 'J.R.S.' would look good in a score book.
    He was often confused with American actor Sterling Holloway, with each getting job offers meant for the other.
    During rehearsals for 'My Fair Lady,' he complained to director Moss Hart that he was not receiving any advice conerning the part. Hart replied, 'Look Stanley, I am rehearsing a girl who has never played a major role in her life and an actor who has never sung on stage in his life. You have done both. If you feel neglected, it is a compliment.'
    He was nominated for a Tony and an Oscar for his portrayal of Alfred P. Doolittle.
    He made his last stage appearance at age 89 in the Royal Variety Performance (1980).

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