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Also Known As: Moses Horwitz Died: May 4, 1975
Born: June 19, 1897 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bensonhurst, New York, USA Profession: comedian, actor, singer, retailing, real estate

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With his iconic bowl haircut, quick temper and penchant for inflicting harm on his two hapless cohorts, Moe Howard was the de facto leader of The Three Stooges, one of the most beloved, albeit critically maligned, comedy teams of all time. Along with his brother, Shemp Howard, and Larry Fine, Moe first found fame as a member of vaudevillian comedian Ted Healy's "Stooges." But it was only after 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 version of slapstick comedy, 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, though, Moe remained the constant, keeping the Stooges on course and in the public eye, even if he had to crack a few skulls...

With his iconic bowl haircut, quick temper and penchant for inflicting harm on his two hapless cohorts, Moe Howard was the de facto leader of The Three Stooges, one of the most beloved, albeit critically maligned, comedy teams of all time. Along with his brother, Shemp Howard, and Larry Fine, Moe first found fame as a member of vaudevillian comedian Ted Healy's "Stooges." But it was only after 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 version of slapstick comedy, 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, though, Moe remained the constant, keeping the Stooges on course and in the public eye, even if he had to crack a few skulls along the way. While contemplating the mainstream appeal and critical scorn heaped upon the Three Stooges over the years, Moe offered this simple yet elegant explanation - "Our comedy is based on upsetting dignity." That they did - and hilarity ensued.

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 Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls (1973) Volunteer
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 Comics, The (1965) Guest
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 The Big Idea (1934)
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 Nertsery Rhymes (1933)
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 Plane Nuts (1933)
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1909:
Began film career at Vitagraph Studios appearing in bit parts; met Ted Healy
1909:
Made feature debut in "We Must Do Our Best"; credited as Harry Moses Horwitz
1912:
Performed with Healy in Annette Kellerman's aquatic act
1913:
Formed singing act with brother Shemp
1914:
Worked summers as part of the acting compacny on the showboat Sunflower
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Acted in a dozen two-reel shorts featuring baseball player Hans Wagner
1917:
Performed in vaudeville with Shemp; alternated appearing in blackface comedy acton the RKO circuit and appearing without makeup on the Loew's circuit
1925:
Appeared with Healy, Shemp and eventually Larry Fine 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'
1933:
Made shorts at MGM, including "Give a Man a Job" with Jimmy Durante
1934:
After departure of Healy, The Three Stooges signed to contract with Columbia
1934:
Co-starred with Fine and brother Curly 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:
Brother Curly suffered a stroke during the filming of "Half-Wits Holiday"; Curly replaced by Shemp
1951:
Co-starred, along with Shemp and Fine, 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:
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"
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Worked in real estate when Hollywood career slowed down
1970:
Attempted to make final Stooges film "Kook's Tour"; production halted after Fine suffered a stroke
1973:
Final film appearance, a cameo in "Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls"
1975:
Was reportedly writing autobiography <i>I Stooged to Conquer</i> when he died of lung cancer on May 4, 1975
2000:
Portrayed by Paul Ben-Victor in the ABC TV-movie "The Three Stooges"
2012:
Portrayed by Chris Diamantopoulos in the Farrelly brothers' comedy feature "The Three Stooges"
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Education

Erasmus Hall High School: Brooklyn , New York -
P S 163: Brooklyn , New York -
Baron DeHirsch Trade School: New York , New York - 1911 - 1912

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wife:
Helen Schonberger. Married on June 7, 1925 until his death; cousin of Harry Houdini; died on October 31, 1975.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Solomon Horwitz.
mother:
Jennie Horwitz.
brother:
Samuel Horwitz. Actor, comedian. Born in 1895; died in 1955.
brother:
Irving Horwitz.
brother:
Jack Horwitz.
brother:
Jerome Lester Horwitz. Comedian, actor. Born in 1903; died in 1952.
daughter:
Joan Howard Maurer. Born c. 1927; co-author, "The Three Stooges Scrapbook".
son:
Paul Howard. Born c. 1935.
grandson:
Jeffrey Scott. Screenwriter.
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