Curly Howard

American comedian and actor (1903–1952) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Jerome Lester Horwitz (Hebrew: יהודה לייב בר שלמה נתן הלוי, romanized: Yehudah Leib bar Shlomo Natan HaLevi; October 22, 1903 – January 18, 1952), better known by his stage name Curly Howard, was an American comedian and actor. He was best known as a member of the American comedy team the Three Stooges, which also featured his elder brothers Moe and Shemp Howard and actor Larry Fine. In early shorts, he was billed as Curley. Curly Howard was generally considered the most popular and recognizable of the Stooges.[1]

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Curly Howard
Howard c. 1930s
Born
Jerome Lester Horwitz

(1903-10-22)October 22, 1903
DiedJanuary 18, 1952(1952-01-18) (aged 48)
Resting placeHome of Peace Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesJerry Howard
Jerome Howard
Occupations
  • Comedian
  • actor
Years active1928–1947
Spouses
  • Julia Rosenthal
    (m. 1930; div. 1931)
  • Elaine Ackerman
    (m. 1937; div. 1940)
  • Marion Buxbaum
    (m. 1945; div. 1946)
  • Valerie Newman
    (m. 1947)
Children2
RelativesMoe Howard (brother)
Shemp Howard (brother)
Joan Howard Maurer (niece)
WebsiteThreeStooges.com
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He was well known for his high-pitched voice and vocal expressions ("nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!", "woob-woob-woob!", "soitenly!" [certainly], "I'm a victim of soikemstance" [circumstance], and barking like a dog), as well as his physical comedy (e.g., falling on the ground and pivoting on his shoulder as he "walked" in circular motion), improvisations, and athleticism.[1] An untrained actor, Curly borrowed (and significantly exaggerated) the "woob woob" from "nervous" and soft-spoken comedian Hugh Herbert.[2] Curly's unique version of "woob-woob-woob" was firmly established by the time of the Stooges' second Columbia film, Punch Drunks (1934).[1]

Howard had to leave the Three Stooges act in May 1946 when a massive stroke ended his show business career. He suffered serious health problems and several more strokes until his death in 1952 at age 48.