Joe De Rita

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Joe De Rita

Born

7/12/1909, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Died

7/3/1993

Birth Name

Joseph Wardell

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Born July 12, 1909 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joe DeRita's real name was Joseph Wardell. He entered this world in the arms of entertainment. His father, Frank Wardell, was a stage technician and his mother, Florenz DeRita, was a dancer. At age seven, Joe began performing on stage. Starring…more

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    • Joe: I don't think the Stooges were funny. I'm not putting you on, I'm telling the truth - they were physical, but they just didn't have any humor about them.

    • (referring to his personal involvement with the other Stooges)
      Joe De Rita: We never socialized much, unless it was a film promotion, a premiere or a business meeting. Moe knew judges, doctors, wealthy people. He had his circle of friends. Larry had his friends.

    • (in reference to his childhood acting days with his parents)
      Joe De Rita: We had a small-time act, we never played any major circuits. In those days there were the Western Vaudeville Circuit, the Bert Levy Circuit, and the Junior Orpheum Circuit which smaller acts played.

    • (in reference to Ed Sullivan)
      Joe De Rita: Sullivan was all business. He had the personality like the bottom of a birdcage.

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