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Curley Howard

Born: October 22, 1903, Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York
Died: January 18, 1952 (age 48), San Gabriel, California

Curly Howard (Jerome Lester Horwitz) was an American comedian and vaudevillian, 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 was more or less the breakout character of the Stooges and is generally considered the most popular and recognizable of the three.

What do you know about Curley Howard. "nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!" the Hollywood Quick Quiz.

1. As a youngster, what was his nickname?

  • Babe
  • Kid
  • Curles

2. When Curly was 12, he accidentally shot himself in the ankle while cleaning a rifle. Moe rushed him to the hospital and saved his life. He suffered a slight limp afterward, but was so frightened of surgery that he never got it corrected.

  • Fact or Myth?

3. From an early age, Curly was always "in demand socially," as brother Moe put it. He was also a ladies' man and could not resist a beautiful woman. When did Curly marry his first wife, Julia Rosenthal?

  • August 5, 1930
  • February 6, 1930
  • March 6, 1930

4. In 1928, Curly's break onto the stage was as a comedy musical conductor for the Ted Knights Rock & Roll Band.

  • Fact or Myth?

5. Originally, Howard, Fine, Howard were the stooges with what act?

  • Art Moore
  • Ted Healy
  • Shemp Howard

6. On several occasions, Moe was convinced that a rising star (a close friend of Shemp) was stealing Curly's material. Who was the comedian?

  • Art Carney
  • Stan Laurel
  • Lou Costello

7. Oddly enough, Curly's off screen personality was the antithesis of his onscreen manic persona. An introvert, Curly generally kept to himself, rarely socializing with people unless he had consumed several drinks.

  • Fact or Myth?

8. The end came soon enough. While filming Half-Wits Holiday, Curly suffered a massive stroke on the set. What was the date?

  • January 23, 1944
  • May 6, 1946
  • January 23, 1946

9. On January 18, 1952, Curley Howard died, at the age of 48, while at the Baldy View Sanitarium in San Gabriel, California. What was the cause of death?

  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Lung cancer
  • Auto accident

10. Where is Curley Howard buried?

  • Home of Peace Cemetery, East Los Angeles.
  • Nassau Knolls Cemetery, Port Washington, New York,
  • Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, California

Curley Howard Answers

  1. Babe
  2. Fact
  3. August 5, 1930
  4. Myth. In 1928, Curly's break onto the stage was as a comedy musical conductor for the Orville Knapp Band.
  5. Ted Healy
  6. Lou Costello
  7. Fact
  8. May 6, 1946
  9. cerebral hemorrhage
  10. Angels on your pillowHome of Peace Memorial Park, East Los Angeles, California
    Plot: Western Jewish Institute Section, Row 5, Grave 1

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