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Will Hay
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    (December 6, 1888-April 18, 1949)
    Born in Stockton-on-Tees, England, United Kingdom
    British music hall star
    Appeared in the films 'Those Were the Days' (1934), 'Boys Will Be Boys' (1935), 'Windbag the Sailor' (1936), 'Oh, Mr. Porter!' (1937), 'Good Morning, Boys' (1937), 'Convict 99' (1939), 'Ask a Policeman' (1939), 'The Big Blockade' (1940), 'The Ghost of St. Michaels' (1941), 'The Goose Steps Out' (1942) and 'My Learned Friend' (1943)
    Hosted 'The Will Hay Programme' on BBC radio (1944)
    He was typecast as incompetent authority figures, most frequently a schoolmaster.
    His one attempt at a serious stage show flopped.
    His attempt to break into the American market with the film 'Hey! Hey! USA' was unsuccessful.
    His radio show was cancelled after four months following a dispute with the BBC over scripts.
    He taught himself juggling after seeing W.C. Fields doing it in a film.
    He was described as 'an absolute master of timing and the double take.'
    He gave a Royal Command Performance for King George V and Queen Mary (1925).
    He was fluent in English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Norwegian and Afrikaans.
    He was one of the first private pilots in Britain and gave flying lessons to Amy Johnson.
    He was a dedicated amateur astronomer who discovered a white spot on Saturn (1933) and was named a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Credit: C. Fishel

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