British character comedian, one of the screen’s greats; after many years in the music halls, starred in several incomparable farces playing variations on his favourite role of an incompetent, seedy schoolmaster
Born in Stockton-on-Tees, Will Hay worked as a book-keeper before beginning in the music halls in a schoolmaster sketch in 1909, later joining Fred Karno’s troupe and becoming a star attraction from the mid-20s.
In private life he was an expert amateur astronomer who built his own observatory and wrote a book on the subject, a pilot and a linguist.
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- Will Hay season to air on Talking Pictures TV
25th February, 2018
- Talking Pictures TV has announced a two-month season of films starring British comedy actor, Will Hay.