Ole Olsen was an American vaudevillian and comedian from 1930 to 1956. In 1914 he met Chic Johnson when they were hired as musicians in the same band. When the band broke up, the comedians formed the Olsen and Johnson comedy team. They performed in Vaudeville, as well as making some film appearances, for 24 years before hitting Broadway in 1938 with the show Hellzapoppin'. Ole's ambition was to make people laugh and he is often remembered for the quote, "May you live as long as you laugh, and laugh as long as you live" (which is cited on his headstone). He passed away in 1963 at the age of 70.
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