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Tiny Sandford

Tiny Sandford
Stanley J Sandford, silent film actor (SAYRE 8316) (cropped).jpg
Sandford in 1922
Stanley J. Sandford

(1894-02-26)February 26, 1894
DiedOctober 29, 1961(1961-10-29) (aged 67)
Years active1916-1940
Edna Sandford (?-?)

Stanley J. "Tiny" Sandford (February 26, 1894 – October 29, 1961) was an American actor who is best remembered for his roles in Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin films. His tall, burly physique usually led him to be 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.

Sandford in A Shriek in the Night (1933)

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.


Year Title Role Notes
1916 The Floorwalker Small Role Short, Uncredited
1916 The Count Guest Short, Uncredited
1919 After His Own Heart Goliath
1922 The World's Champion Lord Brockington
1922 Don't Shoot Jim
1923 Breaking Into Society A Chiropractor
1924 Waterfront Wolves Hans Skol
1924 Paying the Limit Ole
1924 The Family Secret Cop Uncredited
1925 Confessions of a Queen Uncredited
1925 The Gold Rush Barman Uncredited
1925 California Straight Ahead Cop Uncredited
1925 Madame Behave Policeman
1925 The Perfect Clown Cop Uncredited
1927 Love My Dog P. Fulton, attorney at law Short
1927 Paid to Love Bartender Uncredited
1927 The Second Hundred Years Prison Guard Short
1927 Sailors, Beware! Man in robe Short, Uncredited
1927 Ginsberg the Great Hercules
1928 The Circus The Head Property Man
1928 Flying Elephants Hulking Caveman Short
1928 From Soup to Nuts Mr. Culpepper Short
1928 The Gate Crasher Stage Doorman
1929 The Iron Mask Porthos
1929 Big Business Policeman Uncredited
1929 The Far Call Captain Storkerson
1929 Double Whoopee Policeman Short, Uncredited
1929 Rio Rita Davalos Uncredited
1929 The Hoose-Gow Warden Short, Uncredited
1930 Blotto Headwaiter Short, Uncredited
1930 Puttin' On the Ritz Heckler Uncredited
1930 Below Zero Pete Uncredited
1930 Doughboys Recruit Uncredited
1930 The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case Policeman Uncredited
1930 Noche de duendes Agente de uniforme Uncredited
1931 Fighting Caravans Man at Wagon Train Uncredited
1931 Los presidiarios Gutiérrez - Prison Guard Uncredited
1931 Pardon Us Shields - Prison Guard
1931 Come Clean Doorman Short, Uncredited
1931 The Hard Hombre Irate Brother Uncredited
1931 Beau Hunks Legion Officer Short, Uncredited
1932 Polly of the Circus Churchgoer Uncredited
1932 Spirit of the West Ranch Cook
1932 This Is the Night Porter Uncredited
1932 The Silver Lining Court Bailiff Uncredited
1932 The Chimp Destructo Short, Uncredited
1932 Week-End Marriage Big Man in Theatre Line Uncredited
1932 The Purchase Price Sam Perkins - Man at Shivaree Uncredited
1932 The Thirteenth Guest Mike - Jailer Uncredited
1932 Fighting for Justice Man at Dance Uncredited
1932 Washington Merry-Go-Round Worker Uncredited
1932 The Girl from Calgary Policeman Uncredited
1932 Prosperity Irate Motorist Uncredited
1933 Diamond Trail Mullins' Gunman Uncredited
1933 The Warrior's Husband Hercules
1933 The Devil's Brother Big Woodchopper Uncredited
1933 A Shriek in the Night Eddie a detective Uncredited
1933 Rainbow Ranch Brawler at dance
1933 Busy Bodies Shop Foreman Short, Uncredited
1933 Queen Christina Cook at the Inn Uncredited
1934 I Can't Escape Georgian Club Doorman Uncredited
1934 Babes in Toyland Dunker Uncredited
1934 Here Comes the Band Comedian Uncredited
1935 Fighting Youth Truck Driver Uncredited
1935 Remember Last Night? Truck Driver Uncredited
1935 Ship Cafe Stoker Uncredited
1935 Suicide Squad Policeman Uncredited
1936 Modern Times Big Bill
1936 Sutter's Gold San Francisco Troublemaker Uncredited
1936 Show Boat Zebe - Backwoodsman Uncredited
1936 Our Relations Tony - Grubby Wharf Tough Uncredited
1936 Mummy's Boys Construction Foreman Uncredited
1937 The Road Back Doorkeeper Uncredited
1937 Blossoms on Broadway Workman Uncredited
1938 The Devil's Party Cigarette Club Doorman Uncredited
1940 Florian Laundry Foreman Uncredited
1940 The Great Dictator a comrade soldier in 1918 Uncredited


  1. ^ Maltin 1973, p. 143.


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

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