Murray and Mack: Early Vaudeville Comedy Duo by David Soren

In the 1890s it wasn't easy to travel across America in vaudeville shows but Charlie Murray (Laurel, Indiana, June 22, 1872 -  Los Angeles, July 29, 1941) and Ollie Mack (born Oliver Turnbull) not only did it but were one of America's major comic successes. Although just about completely unknown today even by vaudeville afficianados, they were stars for 21 years. The family moved to Cincinnati while he was little but Murray had very little schooling and was in traveling shows and circuses on his own at age 11 and quickly learned to do bareback riding stunts and acrobatics.