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Also Known As: Jerome Lester Horwitz Died: January 18, 1952
Born: October 22, 1903 Cause of Death: complications from stroke
Birth Place: Bensonhurst, New York, USA Profession: comedian, actor, ballroom dancer, musical conductor, ukulele player

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Though not an original member of the iconic comedy trio, Jerome "Curly" Howard was by far the most popular of The Three Stooges and represented what was inarguably the group's golden era. The youngest of the five Howard brothers, Curly joined his sibling Moe and Larry Fine as one of vaudeville comedian Ted Healy's Stooges after replacing another brother, Shemp, in 1932. After Healy moved on to a solo career, Larry, Moe and Curly signed with Columbia Pictures as the Three Stooges and began cranking out such side-splitting classics as "Hoi Polloi" (1935), "Disorder in the Court" (1936) and "A Plumbing We Will Go" (1940). Appearing in nearly 100 two-reel shorts with Larry and Moe, Curly was adored as the hyperkinetic man-child of the group, filled with false bravado and blessed with an unbreakable skull. Whether bellowing out his signature, "Woo-woo-woo!" or spinning around on the floor like a broken top, Curly's antics proved the high point of nearly every Stooge short, right up until his final appearance in "Half-Wits Holiday" (1947). Declining health, brought on by rich foods, alcohol and the strains of success, dulled Curly's comedic brilliance in the mid-1940s, prior to a debilitating stroke that...

Though not an original member of the iconic comedy trio, Jerome "Curly" Howard was by far the most popular of The Three Stooges and represented what was inarguably the group's golden era. The youngest of the five Howard brothers, Curly joined his sibling Moe and Larry Fine as one of vaudeville comedian Ted Healy's Stooges after replacing another brother, Shemp, in 1932. After Healy moved on to a solo career, Larry, Moe and Curly signed with Columbia Pictures as the Three Stooges and began cranking out such side-splitting classics as "Hoi Polloi" (1935), "Disorder in the Court" (1936) and "A Plumbing We Will Go" (1940). Appearing in nearly 100 two-reel shorts with Larry and Moe, Curly was adored as the hyperkinetic man-child of the group, filled with false bravado and blessed with an unbreakable skull. Whether bellowing out his signature, "Woo-woo-woo!" or spinning around on the floor like a broken top, Curly's antics proved the high point of nearly every Stooge short, right up until his final appearance in "Half-Wits Holiday" (1947). Declining health, brought on by rich foods, alcohol and the strains of success, dulled Curly's comedic brilliance in the mid-1940s, prior to a debilitating stroke that forced him into retirement. Although Shemp returned to stand in for his younger brother on the Stooge roster, in the hearts and funny bones of diehard fans, there would never be a replacement for the most beloved of Stooge - Curly Howard.

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CAST: (feature film)

3.
 The Big Idea (1934)
4.
 Nertsery Rhymes (1933)
5.
6.
 Plane Nuts (1933)
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Earned first money as a ballroom dancer
1928:
Was comedy musical conductor for Orville Knapp Band
1932:
Replaced brother Shemp in the act Ted Healy and His Stooges
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Appeared in short films with Healy and the Stooges
1934:
After departure of Healy, The Three Stooges signed to contract with Columbia
1934:
Co-starred with Fine and 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!"
1945:
First diagnosed with health problems (hypertension, obesity, etc.)
1946:
Suffered stroke while filming "Half-Wits' Holiday," the 97th Stooges comedy; final appearance as an official member of the Stooges; replaced in trio by brother Shemp
1946:
Final film appearance, "Swing Parade of 1946"
1948:
Suffered second series of strokes; became partially paralyzed
2000:
Portrayed by Michael Chiklis in the ABC TV-movie "The Three Stooges"
2012:
Portrayed by Will Sasso in the Farrelly brothers' comedy feature "The Three Stooges"
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Notes

"N'yuk, n'yuk, n'yuk" --Curly Howard

"Woo, woo, woo" --Curly Howard

"Ah, wiseguy!?" --Curly Howard

"Personally, I thought Curly was the greatest because he was a natural comedian who had no formal training. Whatever he did he made up on the spur of the moment." --Larry Fine

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wife:
Elaine Ackerman. Married on June 7, 1937; divorced in July 1940.
wife:
Marion Buxbaum. Married on October 17, 1945; separated in January 1946 after less than three months of marriage; divorced in July 1946;.
wife:
Valarie Newman. Married from July 31, 1947 until his death; fourth marriage for both.

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father:
Solomon Horwitz.
mother:
Jennie Horwitz.
brother:
Samuel Horwitz. Comedian, actor. Born in 1895; died in 1955.
brother:
Moses Horwitz. Comedian, actor. Born in 1897; died in 1975.
brother:
Irving Horwitz. Older.
brother:
Jack Horwitz. Older.
daughter:
Marilyn Howard. Born in 1938; mother, Elaine Ackerman.
daughter:
Janie Howard. Born c. 1948; mother, Valarie Newman.
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