Curly Howard

Curly Howard


10/22/1903, Bath Beach, Brooklyn, New York



Birth Name

Jerome Lester Horwitz



Also Known As

Jerome Lester Horwitz, Jerome Horwitz, Jerome Horwitz
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Jerome "Curly" Howard, the rotund, bald Stooge with the high voice was the most popular member of the Three Stooges. His first stage experience was as a comedic conductor for the Orville Knapp Band in 1928. Curly joined the Three Stooges in 1932, replacing his brother Shemp Howard.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jerome Horwitz Elementary School (from The Adventures of Captain Underpants literary series) was named in honor of Curly's real name.

    • Following Curly's career-ending stroke in 1946, Larry Fine of the Three Stooges insisted that each member of the comedy team give fifty dollars of their weekly salary to support Curly.

    • Curly was an avid dog lover and often brought stray dogs home with him.

    • Curly is interred at Home of Peace Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California (Western Jewish Institute section, row 5, grave 1).

    • Curly stood 5'5" tall - a full inch taller than fellow stooges Moe and Larry.

    • Curly was delivered by Dr. Duffy, the brother of Moe Howard's six-grade school teacher.

    • Curly was the fifth and youngest of the Horwitz sons, weighing eight and a half pounds at birth.

    • On May 6, 1946, Curly suffered a stroke during the filming of his 97th Three Stooges comedy, HalftWits' Holiday.

    • In 1928, Curly landed a job as a comedy musical conductor for the Orville Knapp Band. This was his first stage experience.

    • Curly died at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Hollywood, California.

    • Curly's second and final child, Janie, was born to his fourth and final wife, Valerie Newman.

    • Curly's first child, Marilyn, was born to his second wife, Elaine Ackerman.

    • Curly's first wife is still a mystery to this day. Since he was envious of Moe's happy marriage life and wanted to get away from his mother. He married in his late teens and because of that his mother broke up the marriage after only five months.

    • As a child Curly had an accident with his pistol. He was playing in his yard and accidentally shot his foot. He was so scared to do surgery that he never got it fixed. Later he developed a limp which he played off on the show with his famous exaggerated walk.

    • On Curly's gravestone there is a Hebrew inscription. It has his full Hebrew name, which reads "Yehudah Lev son of Shelomo Natan the Levite".

    • When Curly was a child, he was nicknamed "Babe" by his brother, Moe Howard.

    • Curly was an accomplished ballroom dancer.

    • After Shemp left to become solo and Curly took his place Moe said to his manager Ted Healy that he would make a great stooge and to become a stooge Ted Healy said he would have to shave off his full head of hair and his mustache.

    • Curly was an extreme dog lover. He would have dogs all over his house and would often bring strays home. That's where his dog acting and barks came from.

  • Quotes

    • Curly: I had beautiful wavy hair and a waxed mustache. When I went to see Ted Healy about a job as one of the Stooges, he said, "What can you do?" I said, "I don't know." He said, "I know what you can do. You can shave off your hair to start with." Then later on I had to shave off my poor mustache. I had to shave it off right down to the skin.

    • Curly Howard: Sure it hurts, especially if Moe lands a little low when he slaps me. If it's on the cheek, it's all right. But if he gets me on the jaw then I'm apt to have a headache for hours.

    • Curly: Rrrowf! Rrrowf! (angry).

    • Curly: La-la-la, la-la-la..., (Curly humming).

    • Curly: Yauauaua!

  • He was a great Comedian and added a great deal to the show, by far my favorite Stooge.

    Good ole Curly, with his stupid looks, and funny sounds. He also seemed to take most of the abuse as well. He will always be remembered because the three stooges will never go away, it has been along time since it was orignally aired, and it's still on TV every now and then, they still sell videos & DVDs. He will be a big name and known for generations to come. The Stooges rule, they are always good for a laugh, and good fun entertainment. It's too bad entertainers of today don't deliver this caliber of entertainment. That is why he is my favorite Stooge.moreless
  • One of the funniest comedian at the time.

    Curly Howard, born as Jerome Horvitz and younger brother to Moe Howard, was perhaps the most well-known comedian out there, not only for being part of the Three Stooges, but simply because he could make anyone laugh.

    When brother Shemp dropped out of the act due to Ted Healy's management, Curly was brought into the act after Moe and Larry saw him acting on stage, where, short afterwards, he got his head and mustache shaved off. Despite this adjustment, Curly became a successful comedian, as he appear in all 190 shorts produced by Columbia Pictures.

    But the success was also responsible for his death, as it made him depressed for his appearance and his acts. His death in 1948 was a major blow for the Three Stooges.

    But despite this, Curly continues to influence Hollywood and Stooges fans alike.moreless