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Shemp Howard

Shemp Howard
Shemp Howard, circa 1945
Personal information
Birth nameSamuel Horwitz
Birth dateMarch 11, 1895
Place of birthManhattan,
New York, United States
Date of deathNovember 22, 1955(age 60)
Death placeHollywood, California,
United States
Cause of deathHeart attack
Years active1923 1955
SpouseGertrude Frank (1925-1955)

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Shemp Howard (March 11, 1895 November 22, 1955) was an American actor and comedian best known as a part of the Three Stooges comedy team. Born Samuel Horwitz, he was called "Shemp" because "Sam" came out that way in his mother's thick Litvak accent. He was an older brother of both Moe Howard and Curly Howard as well as the "third stooge" in the early years of the act. He would rejoin the trio in May 1946 after Curly suffered a stroke.

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