Ted Healy

Actor, Comedian, Comedy writer
A vaudevillian comic and singer who later became a tough-talking, cigar-chomping supporting player in films, Ted Healy may be best recalled in show business history as the man who devised an act that would later spawn ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1886 in Kaufman, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (5)

The MGM Three Stooges Festival 1982 (Movie)

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Hollywood Hotel 1938 (Movie)

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Varsity Show 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

San Francisco 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sing, Baby, Sing 1935 (Movie)

Al Craven (Actor)

Biography

A vaudevillian comic and singer who later became a tough-talking, cigar-chomping supporting player in films, Ted Healy may be best recalled in show business history as the man who devised an act that would later spawn The Three Stooges. He has subsequently gone from being the headliner they supported to being a footnote in story of The Stooges. Yet, Healy was a talented performer in his own right, so much so that MGM wanted him alone and not his back-up trio.

Relationships

Father
alcoholic died from complications of drinking

Marcia Healy

Sister

Betty Brown

Wife
worked as part of a dance team with husband before they married married in 1922 divorced in 1932

John Healy

Son
born in December 1937

Betty Hickman

Wife
second wife married on May 15, 1936 mother of John Jacob Healy

EDUCATION

DeLasalle Institute

New York , New York

Holy Innocents School

Houston , Texas

Milestones

1938

Final film, the posthumously released "Love Is a Headache"

1936

Had featured role as Clark Gable's crony in "San Francisco"

1932

Broke away from Stooges for solo career; signed MGM contract

1930

Made "Soup to Nuts" at Fox, billed as 'Ted Healy and the Racketeers'

1929

Appeared on Broadway with Stooges in "A Night in Venice"

1925

Added Larry Fine to the act

1922

Formed act with Moe and Shemp Howard that eventually developed into Ted Healy and His Three Stooges

1909

Met Moe Howard while both were hanging around Vitagraph Studios in Brooklyn hoping for work; formed act together

1908

Family moved from Texas to NYC

Decided to pursue professional show business career; changed name to Ted Healy

Was part of a dance team with future wife Betty Brown

Began performing in amateur shows as a solo singer and comic in blackface; had no act to say because he could not remember lines; would improvise impressions of stars and tell jokes

Bonus Trivia

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Healy's death is shrouded in mystery. Contemporary newspaper reports claimed that he suffered head injuries in a brawl while out celebrating the birth of his son. Conflicting reports say he died of a heart attack at home, something his personal physician refused to claim on the death certificate.

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Despite all his seeming success, Healy died penniless and his burial was payed for by others. Again reports are conflicting with some claiming it was underwritten by Brian Foy while others saying it was staff members at MGM who took up a collection.

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