The Georgian international was born on January 18, 1892, in Harlem. His love for singing in his young age saw him perform in local theatricals while still in college. He later developed an interest in comedy and partnered with Laurel; this is what laid the foundation for his career as a successful comedian. His career officially started in 1913 in Jacksonville when he was working in a flourishing film industry where he acquired the name “Babe.” He spent his early career life in Florida and New York before settling in California. He first appeared in over ninety films playing as a support character before getting a serious role to play. By this time, Laurel was a music-hall comedian before they teamed up to become the famous comedian duo.