Irrepressible person in the 3 Stooges comedy team. Through his slapstick laughter, capture phrases, and shaved mind, he became typically the most popular person in the group. He became an achieved ballroom dancer and golf ball participant in his youngsters. His high-pitched tone of voice and slapstick humor produced him and his stooges extremely effective. His expressions, “Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!” and “Soitenly!” produced him among the most-quoted statistics of his period. He was an associate from the Five Horwitz brothers and an associate from the Three Stooges. He was wedded four separate situations and acquired two daughters. He proved helpful carefully with Moe Howard, among the other Stooges.
Full Name Curly Howard
Date Of Birth October 22, 1903
Died January 18, 1952, San Gabriel, California, United States
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.65 m
Profession Movie Actor
Spouse Valerie Newman, Marion Buxbaum, Elaine Ackerman, Julia Rosenthal
Children Janie Howard, Marilyn Howard
Parents Sol Horowitz, Jennie Gorovitz
Siblings Moe Howard, Shemp Howard, Irving Horowitz, Jack Horowitz
Movies Disorder in the Court, Half-Wits Holiday, Punch Drunks, A Plumbing We Will Go, Micro-Phonies, Hold That Lion!, Three Little Pirates, Hoi Polloi, Men in Black, Woman Haters, Malice in the Palace, Three Little Pigskins, Spook Louder, If a Body Meets a Body, Idiots Deluxe, They Stooge to Conga, An Ache in Every Stake, Monkey Businessmen, Beer Barrel Polecats, Violent Is the Word for Curly, Back from the Front, Booby Dupes, Idle Roomers, Pardon My Scotch, In the Sweet Pie and Pie, We Want Our Mummy, A Bird in the Head, Uncivil War Birds, Nutty but Nice, Three Smart Saps, Dizzy Doctors, Three Loan Wolves, Three Little Beers, Boobs in Arms, Rhythm and Weep, Movie Maniacs, Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb, Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise, Loco Boy Makes Good, So Long Mr. Chumps, No Census, No Feeling, False Alarms, Wee Wee Monsieur, A Ducking They Did Go, Cactus Makes Perfect, 3 Dumb Clucks, What's the Matador?, Rockin' in the Rockies, Plane Nuts, All the World's a Stooge, The Yoke's on Me
Star Sign Libra
Impressively, Curly never had any formal training in acting or comedy. In fact, many of his most famous lines and moments came out of improvisation. Both Moe Howard and Larry Fine admitted that they considered Curly the key to the success of the Stooges, saying that his natural comedic genius took their act to an entirely different level.
Was well known for being irresistible to women. Older brother Moe Howard once said that Curly was always "in demand socially" and had no trouble having any woman he wanted. This proved to be more of a problem than anything else in his life, as it led to many failed marriages and relationships. However, despite the problems, Curly remained a notorious ladies' man all of his life.
Was very athletic as a teenager and a star player on his high school basketball team.
Older brother Moe Howard taught him how to play the ukulele.
Was in an automobile accident at age 21 when the car he was driving collided with a streetcar; the accident left him with a scar on his left cheek.
Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street.
After his stroke in 1947, he was left half paralyzed and unable to work, with expensive medical bills. Brothers Moe Howard and Shemp Howard, and fellow Stooge Larry Fine, set aside percentages of their weekly paychecks to help him.
Once went to the doctor about an ear infection, and the doctor removed a cherry pip from his ear.
Once while in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he was cracked over the head with a cane by a young boy who thought Curly's head was as tough as it appeared to be in The Three Stooges shorts.
During the Long Beach earthquake of 1933, he thought the house shaking was the result of a trick Ted Healy was playing on them, and was found by his brother Moe Howard pounding on Healy's door shouting at him to stop whatever that was he was doing.
Got his first job when he was 25 years old, performing as a burlesque conductor for the Orville Knapp Orchestra.
Ted Healy, who originated the idea of The Three Stooges' brutal style of comedy, was not originally interested in hiring Curly to replace Shemp Howard, the original Stooge, after Shemp left the group. Curly had wavy chestnut-brown hair and a waxed mustache. When he went out and completely shaved his head and (eventually) his mustache, Healy hired him on the spot.
Despite his shy nature, the success and celebrity of The Three Stooges triggered his lifelong indulgences in drinking too much, overeating and womanizing. He was also a compulsive spender. Brother Moe Howard, the business manager of the group, tried to curtail Curly's spending habits but was unable to. Despite several hospitalizations for health problems due to his lifestyle, Curly stubbornly refused to change it.
In 1984, he was immortalized in the song "The Curly Shuffle" by the country group Jump 'N the Saddle, which was accompanied by a music video containing clips from several of The Three Stooges shorts featuring him.
Never made a public or on-camera appearance out of character.
The accident he had as a child, which gave him his limp, was a gun accident. One morning he was playing in the backyard with his pistol, which had a hair trigger. He accidentally shot his foot, and was so frightened of surgery, that he never got it fixed. Brother Moe Howard was the one who found him. To mask it on screen, he developed his famous exaggerated walk.
Was an avid dog lover and often brought stray dogs home with him from traveling.
Unlike his character, he was very shy and withdrawn when not on camera.
During a visit to the Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara in January 1945, he was diagnosed as having extreme hypertension, a retinal hemorrhage and obesity thus explaining his ragged appearance in all of the shorts released in 1946-1947, his last year with the group.
Some of the animators at Disney had seen him as "Curly" in The Three Stooges shorts. His movements inspired some of the choreography in the mushroom dance in Fantasia (1940).
He shaved his head for his "Curly" character but did not like it because he felt it reduced his appeal to ladies.
The original use of "woo-woo-woo" was an ad lib. It was actually written into the later scripts.
Shared the same nickname, "Babe", as another contemporary rotund slapstick comic, Oliver Hardy, although it was a coincidence. Curly was the youngest of the three Howard brothers--the others being Moe Howard and Shemp Howard--and his mother always called him "My Baby". His brothers shortened it to "Babe" and used it to constantly tease him. The nickname stuck to him all his life.
Had two older brothers: Jack Horwitz and Irving Horwitz.
According to one of his ex-wives, Curly was extremely musical. He could take almost anything lying around and make music with it. She said when they went to nightclubs, he would take two spoons and play along with the club's band, or tear the table cloth to music. Of course, they would find the cost of the table cloth added to the bill.
Following his untimely death, he was interred at Home of Peace Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, in the Western Jewish Institute Section.