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

Filmography

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)

(Actor)

Give Us Wings (Movie)

Whitey (Actor)

His First Flame (Movie)

(Actor)

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)

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Who Done It? (Movie)

Shemp (Actor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Solomon Horwitz

Father

Jennie Horwitz

Mother

Gertrude Frank

Wife
married in 1925

Irving Horwitz

Brother

Jack Horwitz

Brother

Jerome Horwitz

Brother
born in 1903 died in 1952

Moses Horwitz

Brother
born in 1897 died in 1975

Morton Howard

Son
born in 1927 died of cancer on January 13, 1972

EDUCATION

Baron DeHirsch Trade School

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

P S 163

Brooklyn , New York

New Utrecht High School

Brooklyn , New York
dropped out

Milestones

2000

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

1956

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

1952

Suffered a mild stroke; continued making shorts with the Stooges

1951

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

1947

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

1940

Landed featured role in comedy feature "Hellzapoppin!"

1940

Co-starred in "The Bank Dick"

1937

Signed by Columbia to appear in a series of comedy shorts

1937

In partnership with Wally Vernon, opened nightclub Stage One

1936

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

1932

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

1932

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

1931

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

1930

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

1929

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

1925

Left act for several years after his marriage

1922

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

1917

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

Drafted into the U.S. Army; later discharged

Performed in Vitaphone shorts and on vaudeville circuits

Performed at various dance halls and in amateur theater shows

Bonus Trivia

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

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