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Shemp Howard is a Actor American born on 11 march 1895 at Brooklyn (USA)

Shemp Howard

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Birth name Samuel Horwitz
Nationality USA
Birth 11 march 1895 at Brooklyn (USA)
Death 22 november 1955 (at 60 years) at Hollywood (USA)

Shemp Howard (March 11, 1895 – November 22, 1955) was an American actor and comedian. Born Samuel Horwitz, he was called "Shemp" because "Sam" came out that way in his mother's thick Litvak accent. He is best known today for his role as the third stooge in the Three Stooges, a role he first portrayed at the beginning of the act in the early 1920s (1923-1932) while the act was still associated with Ted Healy and known as "Ted Healy and his Stooges", and again from 1947 until his death in 1955. Between his times with the Stooges, Shemp had a successful film career as a solo comedian.

Biography

In September 1925, Shemp (at age 30) married Gertrude Frank (28), a fellow New Yorker. They had one child, Morton (1926–1972). Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) is the son of Gertrude's cousin Sam Frank.

Shemp used his somewhat homely appearance for comic effect, often mugging grotesquely or allowing his hair to fall in disarray. He even played along with a publicity stunt that named him "The Ugliest Man in Hollywood". ("I'm hideous," he explained to reporters.) Notoriously phobic, his fears included airplanes, automobiles, dogs and water.

According to Moe's autobiography, Shemp was involved in a driving accident as a teenager and never obtained a driver's license.

Usually with

Moe Howard
Moe Howard
(80 films)
Larry Fine
Larry Fine
(80 films)
Jules White
Jules White
(58 films)
Felix Adler
Felix Adler
(42 films)
Edward Bernds
Edward Bernds
(27 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Shemp Howard (115 films)

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Actor

Creeps
Creeps (1956)

Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Ghost films, Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Phil Arnold
Roles Shemp / Shemp's son
Rating69% 3.4764353.4764353.4764353.4764353.476435
The Stooges tell their three sons (also the Stooges) about the time they had jobs as moving men assigned to the haunted Smorgasbord Castle. All goes well until a clanking suit of armor inhabited by the ghost of Sir Tom (voiced by Phil Arnold) instructs the Stooges to leave him be. Shemp, Larry and Moe all take turns trying to move Tom but he spooks the Stooges away.
Flagpole Jitters
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Frank Sully, Mary Ainslee, Vernon Dent
Roles Shemp
Rating71% 3.575483.575483.575483.575483.57548
The Stooges are three paperhangers who also look after invalid Mary, who uses a wheelchair. While working, they are taken by one poster that advertises a great hypnotist, Svengarlic ("He'll steal your breath away!" the poster announces). The Stooges want the hypnotist to work his magic on Mary so that she can walk again, but Svengarlic is more interested in winning an audience to create a diversion by hypnotizing the Stooges.
For Crimin' Out Loud
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Emil Sitka, Duke York, Ralph Dunn
Roles Shemp
Rating73% 3.663523.663523.663523.663523.66352
The Stooges work for Miracle Detective Agency, and are hired by a middle-aged millionaire named John Goodrich (Emil Sitka) to track down some racketeers who have threatened his life. Upon arrival at Old Man Goodrich's mansion, the boys are quickly seduced by a beautiful blonde (Christine McIntyre) who puts a dose of poison in Shemp's drink. Moe and Larry revive Shemp and a spectacular chase ensues, culminating in a lights-out fight, with the Stooges coming out on top.
Commotion on the Ocean
Directed by Edward Bernds, Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Gene Roth, Harriette Tarler, Joe Palma
Roles Shemp
Rating61% 3.054573.054573.054573.054573.05457
The Stooges play janitors who work at a newspaper office, begging to be given a chance to become reporters. The managing editor (Charles C. Wilson) promises to think about it over dinner. The phone rings while he is out and Moe answers. The person on the other end is one of the boss's reporters, Smitty (Emil Sitka), who relays a scoop to Moe that some important documents have been stolen by foreign spies. Coincidentally, the spy with the microfilmed documents, Mr. Borscht (Gene Roth) lives next door to the Stooges. He and the boys wind up as stowaways on an ocean liner. Stranded on a freighter on the high seas, and sustained by eating salami, the boys eventually overtake Borscht, recover the microfilm, and are thrilled with their newspaper scoop.
Hot Stuff
Hot Stuff (1956)

Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Joe Palma, Emil Sitka, Gene Roth
Roles Shemp
Rating66% 3.3352453.3352453.3352453.3352453.335245
The Stooges are secret agents working undercover at the home of Professor Sneed (Emil Sitka) and his daughter (Christine McIntyre). Sneed is developing a rocket fuel in secret for the government. Captain Rork (Philip Van Zandt) watches the professor through his front window, with hopes of kidnapping him. Of course, Rork and his henchmen capture the Stooges instead, mistaking Larry for the professor. Trouble brews when the Stooges are required to whip up some the fuel, and then write down the formula. It does not take long for the kidnappers to capture the real Professor Sneed, along with his daughter, and throw them all in jail until the formula is disclosed. As Rork serves the Stooges their last meal, they steal the jail keys from him and use their fake fuel to break themselves, Professor Sneed and his daughter out of the jail and make a quick exit.
Husbands Beware
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Lu Leonard, Maxine Gates, Christine McIntyre
Roles Prof. Shemp Howard
Rating73% 3.669093.669093.669093.669093.66909
Moe and Larry marry Shemp's overweight sisters (Lou Leonard and Maxine Gates), and discover to their horror after the vows that the girls are a couple of battle axes. After being kicked out from their place, the new bridegrooms vow revenge on Shemp for introducing them. Later, Shemp has a voice lesson with student, Fanny Dinkelmeyer since he is a music teacher. He then discovers that he has to marry a woman within seven hours to receive $500,000 from his dead Uncle's will.
Rumpus in the Harem
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Joe Palma, Vernon Dent, George J. Lewis
Roles Shemp
Rating65% 3.289623.289623.289623.289623.28962
The Stooges play the proprietors of the Cafe Casbah Bah, a Middle Eastern restaurant. One morning Moe and Larry are awakened by their crying sweethearts, who are in need of money to pay off a bad debt. While attempting to prepare a meal for customers Hassan Ben Sober (Vernon Dent) and Gin-A Rummy (George J. Lewis), the Stooges try to think of a way to raise the needed cash. In the interim, they discover a plan that their hungry customers are hatching. These two thieves are attempting to rob the tomb of Rootentooten, 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.
Scheming Schemers
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Joe Palma, Emil Sitka, Kenneth MacDonald
Roles Shemp
Rating63% 3.194363.194363.194363.194363.19436
The Stooges are novice plumbers, whose first job is finding a valuable ring that went down a drainpipe at the home of the wealthy Norfleets (Emil Sitka and Symona Boniface). The Stooges happily retrieve the ring, but Larry knocks it out of Moe's hand, and back it goes down the drain. The Stooges then work their way to basement to shut the water off. Larry is assigned to finding the water cutoff and proceeds to dig up most of the lawn. Shemp later surmises that the pipes fail to work properly because they are "clogged up with wires." Shemp and Moe proceed to remove the electrical system from the pipes and connect a water pipe to the newly available pipe. The cook (Dudley Dickerson), who is in the kitchen trying to prepare an extravagant meal for the Norfleets, watches in bewilderment as the stove and chandelier gush water.
Bedlam in Paradise
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Philip Van Zandt, Sylvia Lewis, Vernon Dent
Roles Shemp
Rating74% 3.7153553.7153553.7153553.7153553.715355
On his deathbed, Shemp struggles between life and death as Moe and Larry attempt to nurse him back to health. He warns them to behave or he will return to haunt them. After Shemp's arrival to Heaven, his Uncle Mortimer contemplates whether Shemp will remain or go to Hell. Then the Devil (Philip Van Zandt) appears in a burst of flame to tempt Shemp with a sultry dancer, Hellen Blazes (Sylvia Lewis). Uncle Mortimer intervenes, promising Shemp eternity in Heaven if he returns to Earth unseen and unheard and reforms Moe and Larry.
Blunder Boys
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Kenneth MacDonald, Benny Rubin, Frank Sully
Roles Various Days
Rating75% 3.773353.773353.773353.773353.77335
After serving in the Army, the stooges decide to head off to college and major in criminology. Graduating with the lowest possible honors, the boys join the police force and they receive an assignment, which is to search for a bandit called the Eel who is going to rob the Biltless Hotel. They go to the hotel, but fail to catch the criminal or retrieve the money he stole. As a result, they are booted off the force and the three end up as ditch diggers.
Fling in the Ring
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films, Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Frank Sully, Dick Wessel, Tiny Brauer
Roles Shemp
Rating68% 3.4281553.4281553.4281553.4281553.428155
The Stooges are trainers for the boxer Chopper Kane (Richard Wessel). Their boss, Big Mike (Frank Sully), a mean-spirited prankster and mobster bets on Chopper's opponent, Gorilla Watson. He then tells the boys (after they bet all their money on the Chopper) to make the Chopper throw the fight or else.
Gypped in the Penthouse
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Jean Willes, Emil Sitka
Roles Shemp
Rating74% 3.716383.716383.716383.716383.71638
At the Woman Haters Club, Larry and Shemp exchange stories of their disastrous encounters with a gold digger, who turns out to be the same woman (Jean Willes). Jane became engaged to Larry, only to dump him when Moe shows up with a larger diamond ring. Shemp is a good samaritan, who winds up in Jane's apartment after a good deed, and chased by her husband Moe when he returns home early (Jane explains, "He was on a business trip. That's separated, isn't it?!")
Hot Ice
Hot Ice (1955)

Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Kenneth MacDonald, Kenneth MacDonald, Christine McIntyre
Roles Shemp
Rating71% 3.574383.574383.574383.574383.57438
The Stooges are wannabe detectives who inadvertently get their chance to crack a case in Scotland. They manage to stumble on a lead concerning the priceless Punjab diamond being stolen by a crook named Dapper (Kenneth MacDonald). With dreams of becoming genuine detectives, the trio head for Squid McGuffy's cafe asking for the whereabouts of Dapper. They manage to convince everyone at the restaurant that they are actually police.
Of Cash and Hash
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Vernon Dent, Christine McIntyre, Kenneth MacDonald
Roles Shemp
Rating71% 3.5673653.5673653.5673653.5673653.567365
The Stooges are mistaken for three armored car thieves after getting caught in crossfire. Captain Mullin (Vernon Dent) gives the boys a lie detector test, but finds no reason to hold them. He releases them, and they return to work at their restaurant, the Elite Café. Friend Gladys Harmon (Christine McIntyre) stops by the restaurant just as one of the real armored car bandits flees the scene. They then chase the bandit to a spooky old mansion where they and their hideous hatchet man, Angel (Duke York), are hiding. When the mob abducts Gladys, the Stooges come to her rescue and retrieve the stolen money.
Stone Age Romeos
Directed by Jules White
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Emil Sitka, Dee Green, Virginia Hunter
Roles Himself
Rating65% 3.2862953.2862953.2862953.2862953.286295
The Stooges hope to collect a reward by proving to museum curator B. Bopper (Emil Sitka) that cavemen indeed still exist. They embark on an expedition with 16mm camera in hand, ready to film whatever they find. Eventually, the Stooges return to Bopper with a film showing three cavemen living in the prehistoric age. The film illustrates the three tending to their daily chores, consisting of mixing milk, hunting fish, and gathering eggs. The film also shows the three cavemen defending their women from other fellow cavemen. Bopper is ecstatic, and is preparing to cut the Stooges a check. However, Bopper overhears the sneaky Stooges talking about how the film was a hoax, as they played the cavemen themselves. The curator is furious, and promptly shoots the three frauds in their derrieres, before shooting himself in the foot.