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Howard, Jerry (Curly) (Curly, Jerome Lester Horwitz)

Born: 1903 AD
Died: 1952 AD, at 48 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Comedians


1903 - Born - October 22, Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York,  


Was an American comedian and vaudevillian, best known as a member of the American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges, along with his older brothers Moe Howard and Shemp Howard, and actor Larry Fine. Curly was more or less the breakout character of the Stooges and is generally considered the most popular and recognizable of the three. He is well known for his high-pitched voice, vocal expressions ("nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!" and "woo-woo-woo!"), as well as his inventive physical comedy, hilarious improvisations, and athleticism.An untrained actor and natural comedian, Curly borrowed (and significantly exaggerated) the "woo woo" from "nervous" and soft-spoken comedian Hugh Herbert, but was otherwise an original and inspired performer. Curly's unique version of "woo-woo-woo" and others was firmly established by the time of the Stooges' second film Punch Drunks in 1934.





1932-1946 - member of the Three Stooges 





              - Curly was brother of Moe Howard and Shemp Howard, 2 other other brothers not famous

named, Jack and Irving.





1930's-1952 - He was married 4 times, 2 children, a daughter with his 2nd wife and a daughter 

his 4th wife.




1932-1944 - Some of the best Three stooges shorts were filmed during this time, according to movie experts.




1941-1945 - During World War II, for seven months out of each year, the trio's filming schedule would go on hiatus, which allowed them to make personal appearances. The Stooges entertained servicemen constantly, and the intense work schedule took its toll on Curly. Curly never drank while performing in film or on stage, as Moe would not allow it. However, once away from Moe's watchful eye, Curly would find the nearest nightclub, down a few drinks, and make merry. His drinking increased, as did his eating, cigar smoking, and overall carousing. Curly also had difficulties managing his finances, often spending his money on wine, food, women, homes, cars, and especially dogs. Since income from his successful career was carelessly spent, Curly was often near poverty. Moe eventually handled all of Curly's financial affairs, helped him manage his money, and even completed his income tax returns.




1944-1945 - Curly's energy began to wane. Refusing Moe's entreaties that he see a doctor, Curly displayed a diminishing energy on film. Films like Idle Roomers, The Yoke's on Me and Booby Dupes present a Curly whose voice was deeper and his actions slower. After the filming of Idiots Deluxe, Curly finally checked himself into Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California on January 23, 1945 and was diagnosed with extreme hypertension, a retinal haemorrhage and obesity. It is also believed that Curly suffered the first in a series of mild strokes at this time. Realizing how dire the situation had become, Moe pleaded with Harry Cohn to allow Curly some time off upon discharge to regain his strength. Unfortunately, Cohn would not halt the production of his profitable Stooge shorts, and flatly declined Moe's request. Author Michael Fleming later stated that"...it was a disastrous course of action."



1946 - He has a stroke on the set of one of the Stooges short films. Brother Shemp is asked to replace him, days later.



1952 - January 18, Curly died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage; he was 48. Curly was given a Jewish funeral and was laid to rest at Home of Peace Cemetery in East Los Angeles.



Curly is considered by many Stooge fans to be their favorite of the Three Stooges. Even Larry said Curly was his favorite Stooge.


1970s - Larry Fine recalled, "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. When we lost Curly, we took a hit." Curly's mannerisms, behaviour and personality, along with his catchphrases of "n'yuk, n'yuk, n'yuk" and "woo, woo, woo", have become a part of American pop culture. Steve Allen went on to say that Curly was one of the "most original yet seldom recognized comic geniuses."


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