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Curly Howard

Comedian / Actor / Screenwriter | * 10/22/1903 († 48, 01/18/1952) | Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Jerome Lester Horwitz (October 22, 1903 – January 18, 1952), known professionally as Curly Howard, was an American vaudevillian comedian and actor. He was best known as a member of the American farce comedy team the Three Stooges, which also featured his elder brothers Moe and Shemp Howard and actor Larry Fine. Curly Howard was generally considered the most popular and recognizable of the Stooges. He was well known for his high-pitched voice and vocal expressions ("nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!", "woob-woob-woob!", "soitenly!" [certainly], 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. An untrained actor, Curly borrowed (and significantly exaggerated) the "woob woob" from "nervous" and soft-spoken comedian Hugh Herbert. Curly's unique version of "woob-woob-woob" was firmly established by the time of the Stooges' second Columbia film, Punch Drunks (1934). Howard was forced to leave the Three Stooges act in May 1946 when a massive stroke ended his show-business career. He suffered through serious health problems and several more strokes until his death in 1952 at age 48. ()
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Jerome Lester "Jerry" Horwitz, better known by his stage name Curly Howard, was an American comedian and vaudevillian. He is best known as a member of the American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges, along with his older brothers Moe Howard and Shemp Howard, and actor Larry Fine. Curly is generally considered the most popular and recognizable of the Stooges. He is well known for his high-pitched voice, vocal expressions ("nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!","woo-woo-woo!", and barking like a dog), as well as his inventive physical comedy, improvisations, and athleticism.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Music | Western

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Movies with Curly Howard as Actor(129)

as himself1990 The Lost Stooges
as Curly1984 Stooge Snapshots
as Curley1956 Columbia Laff Hour
as Curly1947 Half-Wits Holiday
as Curly1947 Hold That Lion!
as Curly1946 Uncivil War Birds
as Curly1946 Three Loan Wolves
as Curly1946 Rhythm and Weep
as Curly1946 Monkey Businessmen
as Curly1946 A Bird in the Head
as Curly1946 G.I. Wanna Home
as Curly1945 Idiots Deluxe
as Curly1945 Booby Dupes
as Curly1945 Micro-Phonies
as Curly1944 Crash Goes the Hash
as Curly1944 The Yoke's On Me
as Curly1944 No Dough Boys
as Curly1944 Busy Buddies
as Curly1944 Gents Without Cents
as Curly1944 Idle Roomers
as Curly1943 Three Little Twirps
as Curly1943 Spook Louder
as Curly1943 A Gem of a Jam
as Curly1943 Back from the Front
as Curly1943 Dizzy Detectives
as Curly1943 I Can Hardly Wait
as Curly1943 Higher Than a Kite
as Curly1943 Phony Express
as Curly Wrong1943 Dizzy Pilots
as Curly1942 Even as IOU
as Subway Builder (uncredited)1942 My Sister Eileen
as Curly1942 Loco Boy Makes Good
as Curly1942 Three Smart Saps
as Curly1942 What's the Matador?
as Curleycue (as Curly)1942 Matri-Phony
as Curly1942 Sock-a-Bye Baby
as Curly1941 Dutiful But Dumb
as Curly1941 Some More of Samoa
as Stooge Curly1941 Time Out for Rhythm
as Curly1941 So Long Mr. Chumps
as Curly Gallstone (as Curly)1941 I'll Never Heil Again
as Curly Gallstone1940 You Nazty Spy!
as Curley1940 How High Is Up?
as Curly1940 Nutty But Nice
as Curly1940 Boobs in Arms
as Curly1940 From Nurse to Worse
as Curly Sinker1940 Cookoo Cavaliers
as Dr. Curly1939 Calling All Curs
as Curly1939 We Want Our Mummy
as Curly1939 Three Sappy People
as Curly1939 Saved By The Belle
as Curly1938 Tassels in the Air
as Member of Three Stooges1938 Start Cheering
as Curly1938 Mutts to You
as Curly1938 Wee Wee Monsieur
as Curly1938 Three Missing Links
as Curly1938 Termites of 1938
as Curly1938 Flat Foot Stooges
as Curly1937 Dizzy Doctors
as Curly1937 Back to the Woods
as Curly1937 Cash and Carry
as Curly1937 Playing the Ponies
as Curly1937 Goofs and Saddles
as Curly1937 3 Dumb Clucks
as Curly1937 The Sitter Downers
as Curley1936 Ants in the Pantry
as Curly1936 Movie Maniacs
as Curly1936 False Alarms
as Curly1936 Slippery Silks
as Curly1936 Half Shot Shooters
as Curly1935 Hoi Polloi
as Curly1935 Three Little Beers
as Curly1935 Pop Goes the Easel
as himself1935 Horses' Collars
as Curly1935 Uncivil Warriors
as Baron of Gray Manor1935 Restless Knights
as Curly1935 Pardon My Scotch
as Bill, Second of Three Julians1934 Fugitive Lovers
as Autograph Seeker1934 Hollywood Party
as Bogus Movie Producer (as Jerry Howard)1934 Roast-Beef and Movies
as Curly1934 Punch Drunks
as Orchestra drummer (as Three Stooges)1934 The Captain Hates the Sea
as Confederate Soldier (uncredited)1934 Operator 13
as Healy's Stooge1934 The Big Idea
as Jack1934 Woman Haters
as Dr. Howard1934 Men in Black
as Wedding Singer (uncredited)1933 Turn Back the Clock
as Stagehand Curly1933 Dancing Lady
as Fritz the Clown1933 Broadway to Hollywood
as Son1933 Hello Pop
as Boys (as Howard, Fine and Howard)1933 Nertsery Rhymes
as Curly1933 Beer and Pretzels
as A Stooge1933 Meet The Baron
as Curly1933 Plane Nuts
as Mullins' Helper (as Howard)1933 Myrt And Marge

TV Shows/Series with Curly Howard as Actor(2)

Movies with Curly Howard as Crew(2)

Writing/Story1945 A Hit with a Miss
Writing/Story1934 Punch Drunks

Full Name: Jerome Jerry Howard
Born: Thursday, 10/22 1903 (October) in Bensonhurst
Died: Friday, 01/18 1952 (January) in San Gabriel (aged: 48)
Zodiac sign: Libra (Chinese zodiac sign: Rabbit)
Other names for Curly Howard (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Jerome Howard"
"Jerry Howard"
"Jerome Lester Horwitz"
"Jerry Horwitz" (Nickname)
Curly Howard frequently works together with these people:
Moe Howard (131x, Actor)
Larry Fine (130x, Actor)
Jules White (44x, Crew)
Del Lord (41x, Crew)
Felix Adler (24x, Crew)
Clyde Bruckman (20x, Crew)
Elwood Ullman (20x, Crew)
Ted Healy (15x, Actor)
Vernon Dent (14x, Actor)
Bud Jamison (13x, Actor)
Chester Conklin (1x, Actor)
Emil Sitka (1x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:2682, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 10/03/2019