|Also Known As: ||
||December 21, 1937
||October 1, 1886
||Cause of Death:
||Kaufman, Texas, USA
RATE AND COMMENT
Family moved from Texas to NYC
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
Decided to pursue professional show business career; changed name to Ted Healy
Met Moe Howard while both were hanging around Vitagraph Studios in Brooklyn hoping for work; formed act together
Was part of a dance team with future wife Betty Brown
Formed act with Moe and Shemp Howard that eventually developed into Ted Healy and His Three Stooges
Added Larry Fine to the act
Appeared on Broadway with Stooges in "A Night in Venice"
Made "Soup to Nuts" at Fox, billed as 'Ted Healy and the Racketeers'
Broke away from Stooges for solo career; signed MGM contract
Had featured role as Clark Gable's crony in "San Francisco"
Final film, the posthumously released "Love Is a Headache"