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Curly Howard

Curly Howard
Curly Howard in a publicity photo from
Nutty but Nice (1940)
Personal information
Birth nameJerome Lester Horwitz
Birth dateOctober 22, 1903
Place of birthBensonhurst, Brooklyn,
New York, United States
Date of deathJanuary 18, 1952(age 48)
Death placeSan Gabriel, California,
United States
Cause of deathStroke
Years active1928 1946
Spouse-Julia Rosenthal-1930-1930
-Elaine Ackerman-1937-1940
-Marion Buxbaum-1945-1946
-Valerie Newman-1947-1952

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Jerome Lester "Jerry" Horwitz (October 22, 1903 January 18, 1952), 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.

An untrained actor and natural comedian, Curly borrowed (and significantly exaggerated) the "woo woo" from "nervous" and soft-spoken comedian Hugh Herbert, but was otherwise an original and inspired performer. Curly's unique version of "woo-woo-woo" was firmly established by the time of the Stooges' second film Punch Drunks in 1934.

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