Joe left the Three Stooges in 1958 to care for his ailing wife.
Joe's favorite Three Stooges short was Flying Saucer Daffy (1958).
Joe was a camera buff.
Columbia Studios signed Besser to a contract in 1938.
In 1923, Joe became Queenie DeNeenen's prop assistant in her circus tightrope act.
One of Joe's first jobs was employment with Western Union as a delivery boy.
Joe is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA. His plot is labeled as "Dedication, L-4404, space 2A".
Joe's parents were Orthodox Jews who moved to the United States from Poland in 1895.
Joe made his screen debut in Cuckoorancho, a 1938 AllStar Comedy short for Columbia Pictures.
By 1920, Joe was a professional magician. He was part of the act with renowned magician, Howard Thurston.
Joe left the Three Stooges in 1958 and went on to star in feature films. He also had a successful television career, following his stint as a stooge.
(referring to his early acquaintance with Moe Howard and Larry Fine)
Joe Besser: I knew them when they were with Ted Healy. So we all went back some years together. After the Healy days, I continued to follow their careers.
(recalling how he joined Howard Thurston's magic act)
Joe Besser: I was so anxious to join his act that I stowed away that night on the train with Thurston's act on board, heading for Michigan. The following morning as the train pulled into Detroit, Thurston and his manager found me fast asleep on top of the lion's cage. They wired my folks to tell them where I was and from that day on I was part of the act.
Joe Besser: I love working for kids. They are my best fans, my best audience and my best friends.
Joe Besser: Moe and Larry were great. We had a lot of fun and I had no problems with them. I'm glad I did join the Stooges and I have never regretted it.
Joe Besser: I learned more in the theater than I did in school.
Joe: Don't be so pushy!