Joe's headstone reads: Curly-Joe DeRita "The Last Stooge".
Joe stood 5'4" tall.
Joe shaved his head to look more like the original Curly (Jerome Howard) who died in 1952.
Joe is buried at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, California (Plot: Block D, Section 338, Lot 19).
Joe toured the South Pacific during World War II, entertaining troops for the USO.
Joe broke in with the Three Stooges at the Holiday Inn in Bakersfield, CA. They performed a stage act for three days at this location.
Joe had to fulfill contractual obligations, otherwise he would have followed Shemp as the third Stooge - not Joe Besser.
Joe made his stage debut with his sister Phillis at a Topeka, Kansas Red Cross benefit during World War I.
Joe's first screen appearance as one of the Three Stooge occurred in the 1959 feature film Have Rocket Will Travel.
Joe's film debut was for Warner Brothers in the 1944 film The Doughgirls starring Ann Sheridan.
Joe's favorite pastime was listening to classical music.
De Rita became the first non-Jewish member of The Three Stooges.
Joe De Rita was the last living member of The Three Stooges. He died on July 3, 1993.
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.