Shemp Howard

Comedian, Actor, Nightclub owner
Once described as "The Ugliest Man in Hollywood" as part of a publicity stunt concocted by his agent, comic actor Shemp Howard was an integral member of The Three Stooges for more than 70 films. Receiving his start on ... Read more »
Born: 03/17/1895 in Brooklyn, New York, USA


Actor (26)

Malice in the Palace 1949 (Movie)

Shemp (Actor)

Brideless Groom 1947 (Movie)

Prof. Shemp Howard (Actor)

Sing a Song of Six Pants 1947 (Movie)

Shemp (Actor)

Buck Privates 1941 (Movie)

Chef (Actor)

Pittsburgh 1941 (Movie)

Shorty (Actor)

The Bank Dick 1939 (Movie)

Joe Guelpe (Actor)

Africa Screams (Movie)

Gunner (Actor)

Another Thin Man (Movie)

Wacky (Actor)

Convention Girl (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Cracked Nuts (Movie)

Robot (Actor)

Crazy House (Movie)

Munbo (Actor)

Crazy Knights (Movie)


Give Us Wings (Movie)

Whitey (Actor)

His First Flame (Movie)


Hit the Road (Movie)

Dingbat (Actor)

Hold That Ghost (Movie)

Soda Jerk (Actor)

Hollywood Roundup (Movie)

Oscar (Actor)

In the Navy (Movie)

Dizzy (Actor)

Keep 'em Slugging (Movie)

Binky (Actor)

Murder over New York (Movie)

Fakir (Actor)

Spooks (Movie)

Shemp (Actor)

Strange Affair (Movie)

Laundry Truck Driver (Actor)

The Flame of New Orleans (Movie)

Waiter (Actor)

The Mississippi Gambler (Movie)

Milton Davis (Actor)

Three of a Kind (Movie)


Who Done It? (Movie)

Shemp (Actor)


Once described as "The Ugliest Man in Hollywood" as part of a publicity stunt concocted by his agent, comic actor Shemp Howard was an integral member of The Three Stooges for more than 70 films. Receiving his start on the vaudeville circuit, Shemp performed with his brother Moe and violinist Larry Fine alongside popular comedian Ted Healy on Broadway and in the two-reel short "Soup to Nuts" (1930) prior to venturing on to a solo career. Over the 15 years that followed, Shemp established himself as a film comedian opposite players like W.C. Fields and Abbott & Costello until the failing health of his younger brother Curly brought him back into the Stooges fold with the comedy "Fright Night" (1947). Less hyper-kinetic and childlike than Curly, Shemp's shameless mugging and trademark utterance of "Bee-bee-bee-bee!" - in addition to his willingness to take a mallet to the head or a pair of fingers to eyes - easily made him a welcome addition to the line-up. After appearing in dozens of shorts that included "I'm a Monkey's Uncle" (1948) and "Corny Casanovas" (1952), he died of a heart attack in 1955. And while replaced onscreen, the stringy-haired funny man would never be supplanted in the hearts of Stooge fans who truly appreciated what Shemp Howard and his fellow Stooges gave to the world of comedy, even if the critics did not.


Solomon Horwitz


Jennie Horwitz


Gertrude Frank

married in 1925

Irving Horwitz


Jack Horwitz


Jerome Horwitz

born in 1903 died in 1952

Moses Horwitz

born in 1897 died in 1975

Morton Howard

born in 1927 died of cancer on January 13, 1972


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Brooklyn, New York

Baron DeHirsch Trade School

New York, New York 1911 - 1912
studied plumbing; did not finish course

New Utrecht High School

Brooklyn, New York
dropped out



Portrayed by John Kassir in the ABC TV-movie "The Three Stooges"


Final film appearance, "Columbia Laff Hour"; released posthumously


Suffered a mild stroke; continued making shorts with the Stooges


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


Replaced brother Curly as member of Three Stooges beginning with the short "Fright Night"; made total of 77 two-reelers with the Stooges


Landed featured role in comedy feature "Hellzapoppin!"


Co-starred in "The Bank Dick"


In partnership with Wally Vernon, opened nightclub Stage One


Signed by Columbia to appear in a series of comedy shorts


Replaced Jimmy Durante as promoter Knobby Walsh in "Joe Palooka" film series


Reteamed with Healy for the Broadway production "The Passing Show of 1932," produced by J J Shubert


Began solo career when Healy, Moe Howard and Larry Fine left "Passing Show" over a contract dispute with Shubert


Without Healy, Fine and the Howard brothers performed as Three Lost Souls


Rejoined brother Moe, Healy and Larry Fine to appear in feature film "Soup to Nuts"


Appeared on stage in "A Night in Spain" and "A Night in Venice"


Left act for several years after his marriage


Joined with Ted Healy and brother Moe Howard in sketch comedy act later to evolve into The Three Stooges


Played vaudeville circuit and showboats in blackface comedy act with brother Moe Howard on the RKO circuit and performed without makeup on the Loew's circuit

Performed in Vitaphone shorts and on vaudeville circuits

Drafted into the U.S. Army; later discharged

Performed at various dance halls and in amateur theater shows

Bonus Trivia


Howard had numerous phobias. He was afraid of heights, driving or being driven in a car, and also had a fear of water.