Moe Howard

Moe Howard


6/19/1897, Bensonhurst, New York, USA



Birth Name

Moses Horwitz


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Moe Howard was born June 19, 1897 in Bensonhurst, New York. Never enjoying school and often skipping classes, his parents enrolled him at Baron DeHirsch Trade School in New York, where he took a class in electric shop.
In 1909, Moe began employment as an errand boy for Vitagraph…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Moe's hobbies included reading, playing bridge and making hooked rugs.

    • Moe was cast to appear in the comedy The Jet Set (eventually retitled Blazing Stewardesses (1975)). He was forced to drop out of the film, due to complications resulting from lung cancer

    • Moe was working on his autobiography when he died. Although it was published posthumously as Moe Howard and the Three Stooges, it's working title was I Stooge to Conquer.

    • Moe had a legal agreement with his fellow Stooges stating that he reserved the right to select Stooge replacements.

    • Moe is buried at Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California.

    • Moe's height was 5'4" - the same as fellow stooges Larry Fine and Joe De Rita.

    • Moe married Helen Schonberger on June 7, 1925. She was a cousin of Harry Houdini.

    • Moe's first screen appearance as a stooge occurred in the 1930 film Soup To Nuts.

    • In 1912, Moe joined Annette Kellerman's aquatic act, performing as a diving "girl."

    • Moe's brothers, Jack and Irving, were the only two of the five Howard boys who did not pursue careers in acting.

    • Moe (along with Larry Fine) financed a fast-food restaurant in Glendale called "Mi Patio". Served in plastic baskets with the Stooges' faces printed on the sides, "Stoogeburgers" were a so-so success.

    • In 1944 Moe Howard was president of the Spastic Children's Guild.

    • Moe and the other Stooges made a small appearance in the movie It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World as firemen.

    • Moe was the only one out of his two brothers and Larry Fine to not have a stroke or heart attack.

  • Quotes

    • (in reference to throwing a pie in the face of an audience member in Buffalo, New York, circa 1974)
      Moe: In my entire career with or without the Stooges, I have never enjoyed such a standing ovation.

    • (commenting on World Book's decision to use a picture of the Three Stooges in its article on "comedy")
      Moe: If the encyclopedia recognizes the Stooges as the definition of comedy, then who am I to argue?

    • (in response to critics of the Stooges physical antics)
      Moe: We're not nearly as violent as the westerns.

    • (from a 1944 interview with a Wright College student)
      Moe Howard: The Stooges' primary goal is to make people happy not sad, to laugh rather than cry, and to build up, not tear down.

    • Moe: You chowderhead!

    • Moe: You chucklehead!

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  • The boss of the Three Stooges, it was Moe's job to ensure that the rest stayed on their toes, so he could be off his.

    Moe Howard was a comic genius. He had everything that was needed to define him as a leader. The scowling face, the bad haircut, the cruel voice. Although in reality he was a kind and shrewd man, his on-screen personality will forever define him. The reason I admire him so much is because in 40 plus years of performing, he never once missed a show. His dedication is simply astonishing. Although he fell from tables and was banged by doors, he never objected, and continued performing regardless of personal pain. We should all look upon Moe as an inspiration in our own lives.moreless