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Shemp Howard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Samuel (born Shmuel) Horwitz (March 11, 1895 – November 22, 1955), known professionally as Shemp Howard, was an American actor and comedian. He is best known today for his role as the third stooge in the Three Stooges, a role he first portrayed at the beginning of the act in the early 1920s (1923–1932) while the act was still associated with Ted Healy and known as "Ted Healy and his Stooges", and again from 1946 until his death in 1955. Between his times with the Stooges, Shemp had a successful film career as a solo comedian. He was born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Brooklyn, the third-born of five Horwitz brothers, sons of Lithuanian Jewish parents. Moses - professionally known as Moe Howard - and Jerome - professionally known as Curly Howard - were his younger brothers. Throughout his career Shemp seldom stuck to the script and would liven up scenes with ad-libbed incidental dialogue or wisecracks. This became a trademark of his performances. His most notable characteristic as a Stooge was a high-pitched "bee-bee-bee-bee-bee-bee!" sound, a sort of soft screech done by inhaling. It became his signature sound. He used his somewhat homely appearance for comic effect, often mugging grotesquely or allowing his hair to fall in disarray. Shemp was married to the former Gertrude Frank, whom he wed in September 1925. The couple had one child, Morton (1926–1972). On November 22, 1955, while returning home in a taxicab following attending a boxing match with friends, Shemp, age 60, died of a sudden massive heart attack. The Three Stooges have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street.

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Mar 11, 1895 In Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Soup to Nuts 1930-09-28
Latest Project:
Series The Three Stooges: Hey Moe! Hey Dad! 2016-08-29
Known For
Poster of The Three Stooges: Hey Moe! Hey Dad!
Poster of Africa Screams
Series The Three Stooges: Hey Moe! Hey Dad! Shemp 2016-08-29
Movie The Three Stooges in 3D 2012-10-30
Movie Shemp Cocktail: A Toast to the Original Stooge Himself (archive footage) 2008-03-18
Movie The Three Stooges - Simply Hilarious Shemp 2000-01-01
Movie The Lost Stooges Himself 1990-01-01
Movie Three Stooges: Greatest Routines Shemp 1964-12-01
Movie Hot Stuff Shemp 1956-09-06
Movie Rumpus in the Harem Shemp 1956-06-21
Movie Flagpole Jitters Shemp 1956-04-05
Movie Creeps Shemp / Shemp's son 1956-02-02
Movie Husbands Beware Prof. Shemp Howard 1956-01-05
Movie Columbia Laff Hour Shemp 1956-01-01
Movie Hot Ice Shemp 1955-10-06
Movie Bedlam in Paradise Shemp 1955-04-14
Movie Of Cash and Hash Shemp 1955-02-03
Movie Fling in the Ring Shemp 1955-01-06
Movie Musty Musketeers Shemp 1954-05-13
Movie Income Tax Sappy Shemp 1954-02-04
Movie Shot in the Frontier Shemp 1954-10-07
Movie Pals and Gals Shemp 1954-06-03
Movie Knutzy Knights Shemp 1954-09-02
Movie Goof on the Roof Shemp 1953-12-03
Movie Rip, Sew and Stitch Shemp 1953-09-03
Movie Pardon My Backfire Shemp 1953-08-15
Movie Spooks! Shemp 1953-06-15
Movie Tricky Dicks Shemp 1953-05-07
Movie Loose Loot Shemp 1953-04-02
Movie Booty And The Beast Shemp 1953-03-05
Movie Gents in a Jam Shemp 1952-07-04
Movie Three Arabian Nuts Shemp 1951-01-04
Movie Scrambled Brains Shemp 1951-06-07
Movie Merry Mavericks Shemp 1951-09-06
Movie Gold Raiders Shemp 1951-09-09
Movie Pest Man Wins Shemp 1951-12-06
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Three Hams on Rye Shemp 1950-09-07
Movie Dopey Dicks Shemp 1950-03-02
Movie Punchy Cowpunchers Shemp 1950-01-05
Movie Jerks of All Trades Shemp 1949-11-15
Movie Vagabond Loafers Shemp 1949-10-06
Movie Malice in the Palace Shemp 1949-09-01
Movie Hokus Pokus Shemp 1949-05-05
Movie Africa Screams Gunner 1949-05-04
Movie Fuelin' Around Shemp 1949-04-07
Movie The Ghost Talks Shemp 1949-02-03
Movie Pardon My Clutch Shemp 1948-02-26
Movie Fiddlers Three Shemp 1948-05-06
Movie Mummy's Dummies Shemp 1948-11-04
Movie Sing a Song of Six Pants Shemp 1947-10-30
Movie Brideless Groom Shemp 1947-09-11
Movie Hold That Lion! Shemp 1947-07-17
Movie Out West Shemp 1947-04-24
Movie Bride and Gloom Shemp 1947-03-27
Movie Fright Night Shemp 1947-03-06
Movie Blondie Knows Best Jim Gray 1946-10-17
Movie Society Mugs Shemp 1946-09-19
Movie One Exciting Week Marvin Lewis 1946-06-08
Movie Jiggers, My Wife Woodcock 'Woody' J. Strinker 1946-04-11
Movie Mr. Noisy Noisy 1946-03-22
Movie Off Again, on Again Woodcock Q. Strinker 1945-02-16
Movie A Hit with a Miss Rameses - Prizefighter 1945-12-13
Movie Trouble Chasers Shemp Howard 1945-05-02
Movie Where the Pest Begins Shemp Howard 1945-10-04
Movie Crazy Knights Shemp 1944-12-08
Movie Strange Affair Laundry Truck Driver 1944-10-05
Movie Moonlight and Cactus Punchy Carter 1944-09-08
Movie Pick a Peck of Plumbers Elmer Peabody 1944-07-23
Movie Three of a Kind Shemp Howard 1944-07-22
Movie Crazy House Mumbo 1943-10-08
Movie It Ain't Hay Umbrella Sam 1943-03-10
Movie Keep 'em Slugging Binky 1943-03-01
Movie How's About It Alf 1943-01-01
Movie The Strange Case of Doctor Rx Det. Sgt. Sweeney 1942-03-27
Movie Butch Minds the Baby 'Squinty' Sweeny 1942-03-20
Movie Arabian Nights Sinbad 1942-12-25
Movie Mississippi Gambler Milton Davis - Brooklyn Cab Driver 1942-04-17
Movie Private Buckaroo Sgt. 'Muggsy' Shavel 1942-06-12
Movie Pittsburgh Shorty (The Tailor) 1942-12-11
Movie Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga Gabby 1941-01-17
Movie In the Navy Dizzy 1941-05-30
Movie Meet the Chump Stinky Fink 1941-02-14
Movie Road Show Moe Parker (uncredited) 1941-02-18
Movie Mr. Dynamite Abdullah 1941-03-01
Movie Buck Privates Chef 1941-01-31
Movie Tight Shoes Okay 1941-06-13
Movie Hold That Ghost Soda Jerk 1941-08-08
Movie Hellzapoppin' Louie 1941-12-25
Movie San Antonio Rose Benny the Bounce 1941-06-20
Movie Too Many Blondes Hotel Manager Ambrose Tripp 1941-08-01
Movie Cracked Nuts Eddie / Ivan 1941-07-02
Movie Hit the Road Dingbat 1941-06-27
Movie The Invisible Woman Frankie 1940-12-27
Movie Give Us Wings Buzz Berger 1940-12-20
Movie The Bank Dick Joe Guelpe 1940-11-29
Movie The Leather Pushers Sailor McNeill 1940-09-13
Movie Millionaires in Prison Professor 1940-07-12
Movie Boobs in the Woods Gus 1940-05-31
Movie The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady Joe - a Pickpocket 1940-05-30
Movie Murder Over New York Shorty McCoy 1940-12-13
Movie Another Thin Man Wacky 1939-11-17
Movie Home on the Rage Happy 1938-12-09
Movie Taking the Count Knobby Walsh 1937-04-24
Movie Headin' East Windy Wylie 1937-12-13
Movie Hollywood Round-Up Oscar Bush 1937-11-06
Movie The Blonde Bomber Knobby Walsh 1936-11-28
Movie The Three Stooges: Five of Their Greatest Shorts 1936-01-01
Movie The Officer's Mess Gus Doakes 1935-11-09
Movie Convention Girl Dan Higgins 1935-10-30
Movie Why Pay Rent? Henry 1935-05-04
Movie My Mummy's Arms Kenneth 1934-06-28
Movie Art Trouble Short Painter 1934-06-23
Movie Corn on the Cop Reginald / Reggie 1934-04-28
Movie The Knife of the Party Shemp Howard 1934-02-15
Movie Mushrooms Thorndike 1934-02-14
Movie Howd' Ya Like That? Sailor 1934-01-13
Movie Here Comes Flossie! Ezry 1933-12-09
Movie Gobs of Fun Club patron 1933-10-20
Movie Soup to Nuts Fireman 1930-09-28