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Also Known As: Louis Feinberg Died: January 24, 1975
Born: October 5, 1902 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: comedian, singer, musician

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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...

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."

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Comics, The (1965) Guest
4.
 The Big Idea (1934)
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6.
 Plane Nuts (1933)
7.
 Nertsery Rhymes (1933)
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As therapy for a burn accident, learned to play the violin; played at amateur nights in South Philadelphia
1917:
Sang and played violin at movie slide shows for $2 per performance
1921:
Joined Gus Edwards' Newsboy Sextette as musician and comedian
1922:
Performed with wife and sister-in-law as "The Haney Sisters and Fine"
1925:
Appeared with Ted Healy, Moe Howard, and Shemp Howard in act that would evolve into The Three Stooges
1929:
Performed on Broadway in "A Night in Venice"
1930:
Film debut with Healy and co. in "Soup to Nuts," then billed as 'The Racketeers'
1934:
After departure of Healy, The Three Stooges signed to contract with Columbia
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:
Shared writing credit with fellow Stooges in film short "Punch Drunks"
1940:
Co-starred with fellow Stooges in satirical short "You Nazty Spy!"
1946:
Curly suffered a stroke during the filming of "Half-Wits Holiday" and replaced by Shemp
1951:
Co-starred, along with Moe and Shemp, opposite George O'Brien in the Western feature "Gold Raiders"
1955:
Following Shemp's death of a heart attack, Joe Palma and then Joe Besser brought in as part of The Three Stooges
1959:
After Moe formed new Stooges act with Fine and Joe DeRita (as Curly-Joe), trio co-starred in "Have Rocket ¿ Will Travel"
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!"
1970:
Attempted to make final Stooges film "Kook's Tour"; production halted after suffering a stroke
2000:
Portrayed by Evan Handler in the ABC TV-movie "The Three Stooges"
2012:
Portrayed by Sean Hayes in the Farrelly brothers' comedy feature "The Three Stooges"
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Education

Southwalk Grammar School: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -

Notes

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

"He tended to be a bit of a goof-off. But not a real goldbricker; he just wasn't as dedicated as Moe was." --director Ed Bernds

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wife:
Mabel Haney. Vaudevillian. Met Fine on vaudeville circuit, formed act, "The Haney Sisters and Fine"; died on May 30, 1967.

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father:
Joseph Feinberg. Shopkeeper. Owned watch repair and jewelry shop.
mother:
Fanny Feinberg. Shopkeeper. Owned watch repair and jewelry shop.
brother:
Morris Feinberg. Younger.
brother:
Philip Feinberg. Younger; died as an infant.
sister:
Lyla Feinberg Budnick. Schoolteacher. Born c. 1920.
son:
Johnny Fine. Born c. 1947; died in car accident on November 17, 1961 at age 24.
daughter:
Phyllis Fine.
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