Samuel Horwitz, known professionally as Shemp Howard, was an American actor and comedian. He was called "Shemp" because "Sam" came out that way in his mother's thick Litvak accent. He is best known as the third stooge in the Three Stooges, a role he played when the act began in the early 1920s, while it 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, he had a successful solo career as a film comedian.
|Born:||Samuel Horwitz, March 11, 1895, Manhattan, New York, U.S.|
|Died:||November 22, 1955, Hollywood, California, U.S.|
|Resting place:||Home of Peace Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Known for:||The Three Stooges|
|Relatives:||Moe Howard (brother), Curly Howard (brother), Joan Howard Maurer (niece)|
|Website:||Shemp Howard's Official site|
|IMDb:||Shemp Howard's IMDb|
About Shemp Howard
He and Moe began their comedy career in blackface, as characters in a sketch they called "Howard and Howard-A Study In Black."
After he quit the Three Stooges, he was replaced by his brother Curly. He then rejoined after Curly suffered a stroke in 1946.
He had a son named Morton with his wife Gertrude Frank.
He appears as a bartender in the 1940 W.C. Fields film The Bank Dick.
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