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Joe Derita

Biography

Comedian who’s best known seeing that the “6th” person in The 3 Stooges, as well as the “second” Curly. He became a member of the burlesque circuit during his teenage years and earned support being a comedian immediately. He experienced a heart stroke in 1970, briefly halting the creation of ‘The Three Stooges.’ The chorus young lady Bonnie Brooks won his center in 1935 and wedded him, but Jean Sullivan became his second wife after Bonnie passed on in 1965. He performed in European countries as part of the United Assistance Organization with superstars such as for example Bing Crosby.

Quick Facts


Full Name Joe DeRita
Date Of Birth July 12, 1909
Died July 3, 1993, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Philadelphia, PA
Height 1.63 m
Profession Comedian
Nationality American
Spouse Jean Sullivan, Bonnie Brooks
Parents Frank Wardell, Florenz DeRita
Music Groups The Three Stooges
Movies The Three Stooges Meet Hercules, Have Rocket, Will Travel, Snow White and the Three Stooges, Kook's Tour, The Outlaws Is Coming, The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze, The Three Stooges in Orbit, The Doughgirls, The Good Bad Egg, Jitter Bughouse, The Bravados, Star Spangled Salesman, People Are Funny, The Three Stooges Cartoons, Flight from Ashiya, The Three Stooges Scrapbook, Slappily Married, Wedlock Deadlock, The Three Stooges: All Time Favorites, The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Edition: Tales from the Three Stooges Vol. 3
TV Shows The New Three Stooges
Star Sign Cancer

  • Facts
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  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
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#Fact
1His first wife, Esther M. Hartenstine was a chorus girl from Reading, Pennsylvania. She was known as Bonnie Brooks. They have married in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
2He was the only non-Jewish member of The Three Stooges, he had English and French-Canadian ancestry.
3Is portrayed by Peter Callan in The Three Stooges (2000)
4In addition to his obvious talent, there was a physical reason why he was recruited into The Three Stooges. At five feet four inches, he was the same height as both Moe Howard and Larry Fine.
5His headstone reads: Curly-Joe DeRita "The Last Stooge".
6When Joe Besser left The Three Stooges, Moe Howard made another attempt to bring Joe DeRita into the act. The timing couldn't have been better; Joe had only a week left on his contract with Minsky. Joe was able to become a member of The Three Stooges (as "Curly Joe") just before they began a series of feature films.
7When Shemp Howard died in 1955, Moe Howard wanted to recruit him into The Three Stooges. However, he could not join because he was under contract to Harold Minsky, where he was one of their top comics.
8According to Emil Sitka, when DeRita was brought on board the Stooges, he was more or less an employee, not a full partner. Larry Fine threatened to quit the act unless Moe made him a full partner.
9DeRita was called Curly-Joe because he resembled early Stooges member Curly Howard (fat and graceful) and because there had already been a Stooge named "Joe" (Joe Besser).
10Last of The Three Stooges, of which, over time, there were six members in all. He was called "Curly-Joe" (See Ted Healy).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kook's Tour1970Curly-Joe (as The Three Stooges)
Star Spangled Salesman1968Documentary shortCurly Joe
Off to See the Wizard1967TV SeriesThree Men in a Tub
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet1966TV SeriesMan with Lollipop
Danny Thomas Meets the Comics1965TV MovieCurly-Joe
The New 3 Stooges1965TV SeriesCurly Joe Curly-Joe Tinker Joe
The Outlaws Is Coming1965Curly-Joe (as The Three Stooges)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea1964TV SeriesCurly
4 for Texas1963Curly-Joe (uncredited)
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World1963Fireman (uncredited)
The Three Stooges Scrapbook1963ShortCurly Joe
The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze1963Curly-Joe (as The Three Stooges)
The Three Stooges in Orbit1962Curly-Joe (as The Three Stooges)
The Three Stooges Meet Hercules1962Curly Joe
Snow White and the Three Stooges1961Curly-Joe (as The Three Stooges)
Have Rocket -- Will Travel1959Curly-Joe (as The Three Stooges)
Bachelor Father1958TV SeriesArthur Fletcher
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1958TV SeriesMan at Bar
The Bravados1958Mr. Simms (uncredited)
I Married Joan1952TV SeriesWaiter
Coroner Creek1948Jack - Bartender (uncredited)
Jitter Bughouse1948ShortJoe
Wedlock Deadlock1947ShortEddie
The Good Bad Egg1947ShortJoe Priggle
Slappily Married1946ShortJoe Bates
High School Hero1946Tiny
The French Key1946Detective Fox
People Are Funny1946Mr. Hinkley (uncredited)
The Sailor Takes a Wife1945Waiter (uncredited)
The Doughgirls1944The Stranger (uncredited)
Thank Your Lucky Stars1943Meek Man (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Have Rocket -- Will Travel1959performer: "Have Rocket, Will Travel"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hypnotic Eye1997TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ed Sullivan Show1961-1965TV SeriesCurly Joe Curly-Joe
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself
The Frances Langford Show1960TV SeriesHimself
Masquerade Party1959TV SeriesCurly-Joe
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1959TV SeriesHimself - Operating Room Attendant
TV Club1951TV Series documentaryGuest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hey Moe, Hey Dad!2015TV Series documentaryHimself, Curly-Joe
The Three Stooges2015DocumentaryHimself
The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Special2003TV Movie documentaryCurly-Joe
Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Thr Three Stooges Family Album1998TV Movie documentary
Biography1994TV Series documentaryHimself
The Three Stooges 60th Anniversary Special1990TV Movie documentary
Fun with the Stooges1988DocumentaryCurly Joe
Classic Comedy Teams1986Video documentaryHimself
Stooge Snapshots1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
The MGM Three Stooges Festival1983Himself
Columbia Laff Hour1956Curly Joe

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TitleSalary
The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962)$50,000 +50% of profits (split with Moe Howard and Larry Fine)
Have Rocket -- Will Travel (1959)$30,000 +25% of profits (split with Moe Howard and Larry Fine)

#Quote
1[on working with The Three Stooges] Moe and Larry were the best. We worked well together and enjoyed every moment of it.
2I don't think [The Three 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. Take, for instance, [Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy]. I can watch their films and I still laugh at them and maybe I've seen them four or five times before. But when I see that pie or seltzer bottle, I know that it's not just lying around for no reason. It's going to be used for something. I was with the Stooges for 12 years and it was a very pleasant association, but I just don't think they were funny.


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