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Curly Howard is a Actor and Story American born on 22 october 1903 at Brooklyn (USA)

Curly Howard

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Birth name Jerome Lester Horwitz
Nationality USA
Birth 22 october 1903 at Brooklyn (USA)
Death 18 january 1952 (at 48 years) at San Gabriel (USA)

Jerome Lester Horwitz (October 22, 1903 – January 18, 1952), better known by his stage name Curly Howard, was an American comedian and vaudevillian actor. He was best known as the most outrageous member of the American farce comedy team the Three Stooges, which also featured his older brothers Moe and Shemp Howard and actor Larry Fine. Curly was generally considered the most popular and recognizable of the Stooges. He was well known for his high-pitched voice and vocal expressions ("nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!", "woob-woob-woob!", "soitenly!" (certainly), and barking like a dog) as well as his physical comedy (e.g., falling on ground and pivoting on his shoulder as he "walked" in circular motion), improvisations, and athleticism.

An untrained actor, Curly borrowed (and significantly exaggerated) the "woob woob" from "nervous" and soft-spoken comedian Hugh Herbert. Curly's unique version of "woob-woob-woob" was firmly established by the time of the Stooges' second Columbia film, Punch Drunks, in 1934.

Biography

Curly's offscreen personality was the antithesis of his onscreen manic persona. An introvert, he generally kept to himself, rarely socializing with people unless he had been drinking (which he would increasingly turn to as the stresses of his career grew). In addition, he came to life when in the presence of brother Shemp. Curly could not be himself around brother Moe, who treated his younger brother with a fatherly wag of the finger. Never an intellect, Curly simply refrained from engaging in "crazy antics" unless he was in his element: with family, performing or intoxicated.

On June 7, 1937, Curly married Elaine Ackerman, who gave birth to their only child, Marilyn, the following year. The couple divorced in 1940, after which he gained a lot of weight and developed hypertension. He was also insecure about his shaved head, believing it made him unappealing to women; he increasingly drank to excess and caroused to cope with his feelings of inferiority. He took to wearing a hat in public to convey an image of masculinity, saying he felt like a little kid with his hair shaved off, even though he was popular with women all his life. In fact, many who knew him said women were his main weakness. Moe's son-in-law Norman Maurer even went so far as to say he "was a pushover for women. If a pretty girl went up to him and gave him a spiel, Curly would marry them. Then she would take his money and run off. It was the same when a real estate agent would come up and say 'I have a house for you'; Curly would sell his current home and buy another one."

During World War II, for seven months of each year, the trio's filming schedule would go on hiatus, allowing them to make personal appearances. The Stooges entertained servicemen constantly, and the intense work schedule took its toll on Curly. He never drank while performing in film or on stage; Moe would not allow it. But once away from Moe's watchful eye, he would find the nearest nightclub, down a few drinks, and enjoy himself. His drinking, eating, and carousing increased. He had difficulties managing his finances, often spending his money on wine, food, women, homes, cars, and especially dogs, and was often near poverty. Moe eventually helped him manage his money and even filled out his income tax returns.

Curly found constant companionship in his dogs and often befriended strays whenever the Stooges were traveling. He would pick up homeless dogs and take them with him from town to town until he found them a home somewhere else on the tour. When not performing, he would usually have a few dogs waiting for him at home as well.

Moe urged Curly to find himself a wife, hoping it would persuade his brother to finally settle down and allow his health to improve somewhat. After a two-week courtship, he married Marion Buxbaum on October 17, 1945, a union which lasted approximately three months. The divorce proceeding was a bitter one, exacerbated by exploitation in the local media. After the divorce, his health fell into rapid and devastating decline.

Best films

Men in Black (1934)
(Actor)

Usually with

Moe Howard
Moe Howard
(124 films)
Larry Fine
Larry Fine
(122 films)
Jules White
Jules White
(78 films)
Vernon Dent
Vernon Dent
(45 films)
Del Lord
Del Lord
(39 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Curly Howard (126 films)

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Actor

Stop! Look! and Laugh
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Paul Winchell, Vernon Dent
Roles Curly
Rating59% 2.957882.957882.957882.957882.95788
Paul Winchell plays a father to Jerry Mahoney who is avoiding going to school at all costs where he is failing his subjects. Mahoney's tricks range from painting the window black to sleep in, continually falling asleep, and pretending to be sick by painting spots on his face and heating a thermometer with a match to give him a temperature reading of 264F to stay home. Winchell relates stories that segue into scenes from Three Stooges short subjects with the film concluding with a loud party that is footage from Half-Wits Holiday. As Winchell enters the home to complain of the noise he is hit with one of the pies in that sequence's pie fight.
Booty and the Beast
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Kenneth MacDonald, Vernon Dent, Heinie Conklin
Rating71% 3.5748753.5748753.5748753.5748753.574875
The Stooges inadvertently aid a safe-cracker (Kenneth MacDonald), who flees to Las Vegas with the stolen "booty." Realizing their error, the trio hop the train to Vegas to catch up with the thief, though not before accidentally freeing a lion from the baggage car. Eventually, the boys capture the nameless crook and retrieve the stolen money from him.
Pardon My Backfire
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Curly Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Benny Rubin, Frank Sully
Rating71% 3.568533.568533.568533.568533.56853
The Stooges are auto mechanics who need money in order to marry their sweethearts. The short starts with the Stooges marveling over a decorated cake in the childhood home of their sweethearts. The ladies have prepared a meal, and they are about to eat when Shemp attempts to sneak a bite of the cake. Moe punishes him for it and then the group tries to have dinner.
Up in Daisy's Penthouse
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Connie Cezon, Blackie Whiteford, Jack Kenny
Rating73% 3.6718153.6718153.6718153.6718153.671815
The Stooges awake one morning to their mother's cry, "Now that I'm old your father has divorced me!" The letter states that their father (Shemp Howard, pulling double duty as both himself and his father) has just become rich via an oil well and is planning to leave their mother and marry a young gold digging blonde (Connie Cezon). The Stooges set off to try and stop the wedding. But since Shemp and his father look exactly alike, the broad ends up marrying the wrong man. In the finale of the short, the Stooges manage to escape the clutches of the criminals trying to kill them for their father's oil money, and rescue their father.
Malice in the Palace
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Curly Howard, Vernon Dent, George J. Lewis
Rating74% 3.7369553.7369553.7369553.7369553.736955
The Stooges, while running the Cafe Casbah Bah (a Middle Eastern restaurant) and attempting to prepare a meal for customers Hassan Ben Sober (Vernon Dent) and Ginna Rumma (George J. Lewis), discover a plan that their hungry customers are hatching. These two thieves are attempting to rob the tomb of King Rootintootin, which contains a priceless diamond, but they discover that the emir of Schmow (Johnny Kascier) has already gotten his hands on the diamond. The two plotters start wailing and are thrown out of the restaurant. The Stooges then attempt to retrieve the diamond themselves, as there is a $50,000 reward at stake.
Half-Wits Holiday, 18minutes
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Emil Sitka, Vernon Dent, Barbara Slater
Roles Curly
Rating77% 3.87943.87943.87943.87943.8794
In the second Stooge adaptation of Pygmalion, the trio are repairmen who make a scene in the presence of two psychologists, Professors Quackenbush (Vernon Dent) and Sedletz (Ted Lorch). Quackenbush makes a bet with Sedletz that he can turn the boys into gentlemen through environment. Training is slow and painful for the professor, who pulls his hair out in disgust. The Stooges take the opportunity to flirt with the professor's daughter, Lulu (Barbara Slater), while learning table etiquette. Finally, the winner of the wager will be decided by the boys' behavior at a fancy society party.
Hold That Lion!
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Curly Howard, Kenneth MacDonald, Kenneth MacDonald
Roles Curly
Rating78% 3.923843.923843.923843.923843.92384
The Stooges are the sole heirs to a grandiose inheritance, but the money is in the hands of an underhanded broker named Icabod Slipp (Kenneth MacDonald). They try to claim the inheritance at the office of Cess, Poole, and Drayne. Their attorney, played by Emil Sitka, explains that he doesn't have their money and they have to find Slipp. While in the office, the trio try to help find some files and tangle with a very stubborn filing cabinet. One by one the Stooges confront Slipp in his office. He in turn accuses first Larry, then Moe, then Shemp, of being that crook Slipp, and successfully flees his office with the money.
Sing a Song of Six Pants
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Vernon Dent, Tiny Brauer, Virginia Hunter
Rating72% 3.6395753.6395753.6395753.6395753.639575
The Stooges run a tailor shop that is about to be repossessed by the Skin and Flint Finance Corporation. When the Boys hear about a big reward for fugitive bank robber 'Terry "Slippery Fingers" Hargan' (Harold Brauer), they think that catching him might end their financial woes. Hargan conveniently ducks into their shop as the officer enters and leaves a suit with a safe combination in its pocket. After his girlfriend (Virginia Hunter) fails to retrieve the combination, Hargan returns with his henchmen, and a wild mêlée follows. The Stooges miss out on the reward but wind up with the crook's bankroll to pay off their debts.
Beer Barrel Polecats
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Vernon Dent, Eddie Laughton, Bruce Bennett
Roles Curly
Rating72% 3.632453.632453.632453.632453.63245
Unable to purchase a bottle of beer due to Prohibition, the Stooges opt to brew some of the stuff themselves. The recipe that they use calls for three small cubes of yeast. A mix-up with the telephone causes each Stooge to think they are the ones to put in the yeast. Nine cubes end up in the tub being used to make the beer. The yeast continuously expands causing them to pour the beer into every container they can find, until Curly brings in the bath tub. They successfully bottle their brew only to leave the bottles too close to an open flame. Many of the bottles explode sending corks and suds all over the kitchen.
G.I. Wanna Home
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Political films, Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Judy Malcolm, Ethelreda Leopold, Doris Houck
Roles Curly
Rating74% 3.7227853.7227853.7227853.7227853.722785
At the end World War II, the Stooges are discharged from the service and return home. They are prepared to marry their fiancées (Judy Malcolm, Ethelreda Leopold, and Doris Houck), but are dispossessed. The boys search around for a room to rent, and hit blind alley after blind alley until finally settling for an open-lot-turned living quarters. All goes well with the unusual setup until a farmer on a tractor plows down the boys' domicile.
Monkey Businessmen
Directed by Edward Bernds
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Kenneth MacDonald, Cy Schindell, Fred Kelsey
Roles Curly
Rating74% 3.7251953.7251953.7251953.7251953.725195
The Stooges are inept electricians who manage to electrocute themselves as well as their boss, "Smilin'" Sam McGann (Fred Kelsey). After predictably getting fired from their job by their other boss Mr.Jordan, Curly suggests that the boys take "a nice, long rest." They spot an ad for Mallard's Rest Home, and embark on their R&R trip.
Swing Parade of 1946
Directed by Phil Karlson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Musical films, Buddy films
Actors Gale Storm, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Russell Hicks, Edward Brophy
Roles Curly
Rating53% 2.672362.672362.672362.672362.67236
The Three Stooges. as dishwashers, help an aspiring singer, Carol Lawrence (Storm), and a nightclub owner, Danny Warren (Regan), find love.
Three Little Pirates
Directed by Edward Bernds
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Vernon Dent, Christine McIntyre, Robert Kellard
Roles Curly
Rating78% 3.920223.920223.920223.920223.92022
The year is 1672, and the Stooges are garbage scow sailors stranded on Dead Man's Island. At first, the governor (Vernon Dent) finds it hard to believe that the trio are actually sailors due to their modern uniforms, but changes his mind once Curly starts flirting ("Hiya, babe!") with his fiancée, Rita (Christine McIntyre). The governor throws the Stooges in jail, and sentences them to death via burning at the stake. The Governor gave the stooges the choice of burning at the stake or having their heads chopped off" (decapitation) with Curly choosing burning at the stake because "a hot steak is better than a cold chop!"
A Bird in the Head
Directed by Edward Bernds
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Vernon Dent, Frank Lackteen, Robert B. Williams
Roles Curly
Rating70% 3.5332153.5332153.5332153.5332153.533215
The Stooges are mediocre paperhangers. Their client Mr. Beedle (Robert Williams) advises the boys to do a good job, but the end result looks like it was quickly cluttered with paper towels. Beedle is fuming, and threatens the boys, who make a quick escape across the hallway into the laboratory of the insane Professor Panzer (Vernon Dent) and his assistant Nikko (Frank Lackteen). Panzer is searching for a human brain puny enough to place in the head of his gorilla Igor (Art Miles). Curly becomes the prime candidate, and Panzer locks the boys in his lab in order to secure Curly's "contribution." Then Igor gets loose, but takes a liking to Curly, which the feeble-minded Stooge reciprocates. Eventually, the boys destroy Panzer's lab and quickly depart, taking Igor with them.
Rhythm and Weep
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Nita Bieber, Ruth Godfrey, Ruth White
Roles Curly
Rating72% 3.629143.629143.629143.629143.62914
The Stooges play the roles of unsuccessful actors who have decided to end it all by jumping off a skyscraper. On top of the building, they discover three girls with an unsuccessful dancing act who have also decided to jump. The Stooges immediately fall in love with the girls. The six distraught lovers are still planning to jump when they suddenly hear piano music playing. They leave the ledge to go find the source of the music. On a lower floor they discover a piano-playing millionaire who is looking for a talented act. He promises them a significant amount of money if they are good. Their act is a success with the millionaire, who doubles their salaries and says, "The way I throw my money around, I bet you think I'm crazy!" As if on cue, two men in white coats come to take him back to an asylum. He wants to go "by train," and one of them gives him a toy locomotive; as they escort him away he says, "Choo choo choo..." Realizing that the millionaire truly is crazy, the boys themselves lose it completely.