Larry Fine

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Larry Fine

Born

10/5/1902, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Died

1/24/1975

Birth Name

Louis Feinberg

Gender

Male
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Biography

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Larry Fine was an American comedian best know for his role in the iconic comedy trio The Three Stooges. Fine was born in 1902, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Jewish parents who owned a watch repair store. He had a brief career as a boxer and a violinist before…more

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  • Trivia

    • Larry attended Southwalk Grammar School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    • Larry's sister, Lyla, was a schoolteacher.

    • In the late 1940's, Larry bought a Mediterranean home in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, California.

    • In a 2000 TV movie documenting the Three Stooges, Larry Fine was played by Evan Handler.

    • Larry's favorite comedians were Milton Berle, Jack Benny, and Redd Foxx.

    • In 1921, Larry landed a job in Gus Edwards' News Boy Sexette. He played the violin, danced, and told jokes.

    • Larry was born at home (606 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). This building now houses Jon's Bar and Grille, which serves as a tribute to Mr. Fine's life.

    • Following a paralyzing stroke in 1970, Larry spent the remaining years of his life in the Motion Picture House, an industry retirement community in Woodland Hills, California.

    • Larry is interred in the Forest Lawn Cemetery (in the Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Liberation) located in Glendale, California.

    • At the age of eleven, Larry's parents considered sending him to Europe to study music, but the onset of World War I prevented that from happening.

    • Larry stood 5'4" tall - the same as fellow stooges Moe Howard, Joe Besser, and Joe De Rita.

    • Larry's son, Johnny, died in an automobile accident on November 17, 1961. He was 24 years old.

    • The 1970 television pilot Kook's Tour was dropped when Larry had a stroke.

    • Larry's favorite sport was baseball, and his favorite team was the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    • Larry was also an accomplished boxer, earning money as a lightweight fighter.

    • When Larry was a kid, he suffered a serious burn related injury. The doctor suggested Larry take up the violin to build back the muscle in his arm. He went on to win talent contests and became a professional violin player in the Philadelphia area. There's a rumor that Ted Healy, his manager, said that to join The Three Stooges he would pay him an extra ten dollars if he would ditch his beloved instrument.

    • Many cartoon characters had a voice similar to Larry Fine's, such as Cecil from the 1988 version of The Beany and Cecil Show and Stimpy from Ren and Stimpy.

  • Quotes

    • Larry: 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.

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