Larry Fine

Comedian, Musician, Singer
The middleman for the comedy trio known as The Three Stooges, Larry Fine endured endless slaps, pokes in the eye and mallets to the head, all for the sake of laughter. Alongside brothers Moe and Shemp Howard, Larry ... Read more »
Born: 10/05/1902 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (19)

The MGM Three Stooges Festival 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Three Stooges Follies 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Outlaws Is Coming! 1965 (Movie)

(Actor)

Snow White and the Three Stooges 1961 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Three Stooges Meet Hercules 1961 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Three Stooges in Orbit 1961 (Movie)

The Three Stooges (Actor)

Have Rocket, Will Travel 1958 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Malice in the Palace 1949 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Brideless Groom 1947 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Sing a Song of Six Pants 1947 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Disorder in the Court 1936 (Movie)

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Hollywood Party 1934 (Movie)

Stooge (Actor)

Meet the Baron 1933 (Movie)

Janitor (Actor)

Myrt and Marge 1933 (Movie)

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Spooks (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Start Cheering (Movie)

Stooge (Actor)

Swing Parade of 1946 (Movie)

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Who Done It? (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Biography

The middleman for the comedy trio known as The Three Stooges, Larry Fine endured endless slaps, pokes in the eye and mallets to the head, all for the sake of laughter. Alongside brothers Moe and Shemp Howard, Larry first found fame as a member of the vaudeville musical-comedy act, Ted Healy and his Stooges. But it was only after the Howard's younger brother, Jerome - renamed "Curly" - replaced Shemp and the trio became a solo act officially known as the Three Stooges, that they achieved massive success on a national level. For Columbia Pictures, the Three Stooges would star in nearly 200 short films over a remarkable 24 year period. Both revered and reviled for their gleefully violent slapstick, Larry, Moe and Curly became an indelible part of American pop culture. Over the course of a nearly 40 year career, there were several changes in the line-up - Curly's health problems brought back Shemp, who in turn was replaced by comedian Joe Besser, who eventually gave way to "Curly Joe" DeRita. Throughout it all, however, Larry remained a constant presence alongside Moe, lending an understated sense of calm to the chaotic proceedings. Often underappreciated as a comedic actor, Fine was later praised by lifelong Stooge fanatic and filmmaker Peter Farrelly, who said that while children were drawn to Curly and teens tended to appreciate Moe, "Anyone out of college, if you're not looking at Larry, you don't have a good brain."

Relationships

Phyllis Fine

Daughter

Lyla Budnick

Sister
born c. 1920

Joseph Feinberg

Father
owned watch repair and jewelry shop

Fanny Feinberg

Mother
owned watch repair and jewelry shop

Morris Feinberg

Brother
younger

Philip Feinberg

Brother
younger died as an infant

Johnny Fine

Son
born c. 1947 died in car accident on November 17, 1961 at age 24

Mabel Haney

Wife
met Fine on vaudeville circuit, formed act, "The Haney Sisters and Fine" died on May 30, 1967

EDUCATION

Southwalk Grammar School

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Milestones

2012

Portrayed by Sean Hayes in the Farrelly brothers' comedy feature "The Three Stooges"

2000

Portrayed by Evan Handler in the ABC TV-movie "The Three Stooges"

1969

Attempted to make final Stooges film "Kook's Tour"; production halted after suffering a stroke

1965

Featured in the live action and animated series "The New 3 Stooges"

1965

Appeared in final "Three Stooges" feature film "The Outlaws Is Coming!"

1959

After Moe formed new Stooges act with Fine and Joe DeRita (as Curly-Joe), trio co-starred in "Have Rocket - Will Travel"

1955

Following Shemp's death of a heart attack, Joe Palma and then Joe Besser brought in as part of The Three Stooges

1951

Co-starred, along with Moe and Shemp, opposite George O'Brien in the Western feature "Gold Raiders"

1946

Curly suffered a stroke during the filming of "Half-Wits Holiday" and replaced by Shemp

1940

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

1934

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

1934

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

1934

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

1930

Film debut with Healy and co. in "Soup to Nuts," then billed as 'The Racketeers'

1929

Performed on Broadway in "A Night in Venice"

1925

Appeared with Ted Healy, Moe Howard, and Shemp Howard in act that would evolve into The Three Stooges

1922

Performed with wife and sister-in-law as "The Haney Sisters and Fine"

1921

Joined Gus Edwards' Newsboy Sextette as musician and comedian

1917

Sang and played violin at movie slide shows for $2 per performance

As therapy for a burn accident, learned to play the violin; played at amateur nights in South Philadelphia

Bonus Trivia

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Fine's favorite feature was "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules" (1962).

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