Tiny Sandford

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Tiny Sandford
Tiny Sandford from A Shriek in the Night.gif
Sandford in A Shriek in the Night (1933)
Born Stanley J. Sandford
(1894-02-26)February 26, 1894
Osage, Iowa, USA
Died October 29, 1961(1961-10-29) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Years active 1916–1940
Spouse(s) Edna Sandford (?–?) 2 children

Stanley J. "Tiny" Sandford (February 26, 1894 – October 29, 1961) was a tall, burly actor who is best remembered for his roles in Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin films. He was usually cast as a comic heavy, and often played policemen, doormen, prizefighters, or bullies.


Sandford was born in Osage, Iowa, in 1894. After working in stock theater he began acting in movies around 1910. He appeared in The Gold Rush with Charlie Chaplin. Other Chaplin films that he appeared in include The Circus (1928) and Modern Times (1936), where he plays "Big Bill". His films with Laurel and Hardy include Big Business (1929), Double Whoopee (1929), The Chimp (1932), and Our Relations (1936). He appeared in The Warrior's Husband as a clumsy and cowardly Hercules. Sandford also acted in Way Out West, but his sequence was cut from the final take.

He also appeared in dramas such as The World's Champion (1922) and The Iron Mask (1929).[1]

He retired from acting in 1940, the year he had a very small role in Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator. He died in Los Angeles, California on October 29, 1961.

Partial filmography


  1. ^ Maltin 1973, p. 143.


  • Maltin, Leonard (1973). The Laurel & Hardy Book. New York: Curtis.

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