Curly Howard

Comedian, Actor, Musical conductor
Though not an original member of the iconic comedy trio, Jerome "Curly" Howard was by far the most popular of The Three Stooges and represented what was inarguably the group's golden era. The youngest of the five Howard ... Read more »
Born: 10/21/1903 in Bensonhurst, New York, USA

Filmography

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The MGM Three Stooges Festival 1982 (Movie)

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The Three Stooges Follies 1973 (Movie)

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Disorder in the Court 1936 (Movie)

Curly (Actor)

Hollywood Party 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Meet the Baron 1933 (Movie)

(Actor)

Myrt and Marge 1933 (Movie)

Mullins' Helper (Actor)

Start Cheering (Movie)

Fireman (Actor)

Swing Parade of 1946 (Movie)

Curly (Actor)

Biography

Though not an original member of the iconic comedy trio, Jerome "Curly" Howard was by far the most popular of The Three Stooges and represented what was inarguably the group's golden era. The youngest of the five Howard brothers, Curly joined his sibling Moe and Larry Fine as one of vaudeville comedian Ted Healy's Stooges after replacing another brother, Shemp, in 1932. After Healy moved on to a solo career, Larry, Moe and Curly signed with Columbia Pictures as the Three Stooges and began cranking out such side-splitting classics as "Hoi Polloi" (1935), "Disorder in the Court" (1936) and "A Plumbing We Will Go" (1940). Appearing in nearly 100 two-reel shorts with Larry and Moe, Curly was adored as the hyperkinetic man-child of the group, filled with false bravado and blessed with an unbreakable skull. Whether bellowing out his signature, "Woo-woo-woo!" or spinning around on the floor like a broken top, Curly's antics proved the high point of nearly every Stooge short, right up until his final appearance in "Half-Wits Holiday" (1947). Declining health, brought on by rich foods, alcohol and the strains of success, dulled Curly's comedic brilliance in the mid-1940s, prior to a debilitating stroke that forced him into retirement. Although Shemp returned to stand in for his younger brother on the Stooge roster, in the hearts and funny bones of diehard fans, there would never be a replacement for the most beloved of Stooge - Curly Howard.

Relationships

Solomon Horwitz

Father

Jennie Horwitz

Mother

Elaine Ackerman

Wife
Married June 7, 1937 Divorced July 1940

Marion Buxbaum

Wife
Separated January 1946 after less than three months of marriage

Irving Horwitz

Brother
older

Jack Horwitz

Brother
older

Moses Horwitz

Brother
born in 1897 died in 1975

Samuel Horwitz

Brother
born in 1895 died in 1955

Janie Howard

Daughter
born c. 1948 mother, Valarie Newman

Marilyn Howard

Daughter
born in 1938 mother, Elaine Ackerman

Valerie Newman

Wife
Married July 31, 1947 until his death Jan. 18, 1952

Julia Rosenthal

Wife
Married Aug. 5, 1930 when Howard was a teenager Marriage annulled Jan. 6, 1931 at insistence of Howard's mother

EDUCATION

dropped out of school

Milestones

2012

Portrayed by Will Sasso in the Farrelly brothers' comedy feature "The Three Stooges"

2000

Portrayed by Michael Chiklis in the ABC TV-movie "The Three Stooges"

1948

Suffered second series of strokes; became partially paralyzed

1946

Final film appearance, "Swing Parade of 1946"

1946

Suffered stroke while filming "Half-Wits' Holiday," the 97th Stooges comedy; final appearance as an official member of the Stooges; replaced in trio by brother Shemp

1944

First diagnosed with health problems (hypertension, obesity, etc.)

1940

Co-starred with fellow Stooges in satirical short "You Nazty Spy!"

1934

Co-starred with Fine and Howard in first Three Stooges short "Woman Haters"; appeared in 190 comedy films as member of The Three Stooges

1934

Shared writing credit with fellow Stooges in film short "Punch Drunks"

1934

After departure of Healy, The Three Stooges signed to contract with Columbia

1932

Replaced brother Shemp in the act Ted Healy and His Stooges

1928

Was comedy musical conductor for Orville Knapp Band

Earned first money as a ballroom dancer

Appeared in short films with Healy and the Stooges

Bonus Trivia

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Some of Curly Howard 's famous catchphrases were "N'yuk, n'yuk, n'yuk," "Woo, woo, woo," and "Ah, wiseguy!?"

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"Ah, wiseguy!?" --Curly Howard

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"Personally, I thought Curly was the greatest because he was a natural comedian who had no formal training. Whatever he did he made up on the spur of the moment." – Larry Fine during a 1972 interview

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