Biography

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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 184

Birthday 1895-03-11

Day of Death 1955-11-22

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Samuel Horwitz
  • Shemp
  • Shemp Howard and His Stooges
  • The Three Stooges
  • Shmuel Horwitz

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 The Three Stooges: Hey Moe! Hey Dad! (9 episodes) as Shemp
2012 The Three Stooges in 3D
2008 Shemp Cocktail: A Toast to the Original Stooge as Shemp Howard
2000 The Three Stooges - Simply Hilarious as Shemp
1990 The Lost Stooges as Himself
1964 Three Stooges: Greatest Routines as Shemp
1956 Commotion On The Ocean as Shemp
1956 Scheming Schemers as Shemp
1956 Hot Stuff as Shemp
1956 Rumpus in the Harem as Shemp
1956 For Crimin' Out Loud as Shemp
1956 Flagpole Jitters as Shemp
1956 Creeps as Shemp / Shemp's son
1956 Husbands Beware as Prof. Shemp Howard
1956 Columbia Laff Hour as Shemp
1955 Blunder Boys as Various Days
1955 Hot Ice as Shemp
1955 Wham-Bam-Slam! as Shemp
1955 Stone Age Romeos as Himself
1955 Gypped in the Penthouse as Shemp
1955 Bedlam in Paradise as Shemp
1955 Of Cash And Hash as Shemp
1955 Fling in the Ring as Shemp
1954 Scotched In Scotland as Shemp
1954 Shot in the Frontier as Shemp
1954 Knutzy Knights as Shemp
1954 Pals And Gals as Shemp
1954 Musty Musketeers as Shemp
1954 Income Tax Sappy as Shemp
1953 Goof on the Roof as Shemp
1953 Bubble Trouble as Shemp
1953 Rip, Sew and Stitch as Shemp
1953 Pardon My Backfire as Shemp
1953 Spooks! as Shemp
1953 Tricky Dicks as Shemp
1953 Loose Loot as Shemp
1953 Booty And The Beast as Shemp
1953 Up in Daisy's Penthouse as Shemp / Shemp Howard Sr.
1952 Cuckoo on a Choo Choo as Shemp
1952 Three Dark Horses as Shemp
1952 Gents in a Jam as Shemp
1952 He Cooked His Goose as Shemp
1952 Listen Judge as Shemp
1952 Corny Casanovas as Shemp
1952 A Missed Fortune as Shemp
1951 Pest Man Wins as Shemp
1951 Hula-La-La as Shemp
1951 The Tooth Will Out as Shemp
1951 Gold Raiders as Shemp (as The Three Stooges)
1951 Merry Mavericks as Shemp
1951 Scrambled Brains as Shemp
1951 Don't Throw That Knife as Shemp
1951 Baby Sitters Jitters as Shemp
1951 Three Arabian Nuts as Shemp
1950 A Snitch in Time as Shemp (as Shemp)
1950 Slaphappy Sleuths as Shemp
1950 Studio Stoops as Shemp
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1950 Three Hams on Rye as Shemp
1950 Self Made Maids as Shemp and Shempetta
1950 Love at First Bite as Shemp
1950 Dopey Dicks as Shemp
1950 Hugs and Mugs as Shemp
1950 Punchy Cowpunchers as Shemp
1949 Jerks of All Trades as Shemp
1949 Dunked in the Deep as Shemp
1949 Vagabond Loafers as Shemp
1949 Malice in the Palace as Shemp
1949 Hokus Pokus as Shemp
1949 Africa Screams as Gunner
1949 Fuelin' Around as Shemp
1949 Who Done It? as Shemp
1949 The Ghost Talks as Shemp
1948 Crime on Their Hands as Shemp
1948 Mummy's Dummies as Shemp
1948 I'm A Monkey's Uncle as Shemp
1948 Heavenly Daze as Shemp
1948 The Hot Scots as Shemp
1948 Fiddlers Three as Shemp
1948 Squareheads of the Round Table as Shemp
1948 Pardon My Clutch as Shemp
1948 Shivering Sherlocks as Shemp
1947 All Gummed Up as Shemp
1947 Sing a Song of Six Pants as Shemp
1947 Brideless Groom as Shemp
1947 Hold That Lion! as Shemp
1947 Out West as Shemp
1947 Bride and Gloom as Shemp
1947 Fright Night as Shemp
1946 Blondie Knows Best as Jim Gray
1946 Society Mugs as Shemp
1946 One Exciting Week as Marvin Lewis
1946 Jiggers, My Wife as Woodcock 'Woody' J. Strinker
1946 Mr. Noisy as Noisy
1945 A Hit with a Miss as Rameses - Prizefighter
1945 Where the Pest Begins as Shemp Howard
1945 Trouble Chasers as Shemp Howard
1945 Off Again, on Again as Woodcock Q. Strinker
1944 Crazy Knights as Shemp
1944 Open Season for Saps as Woodcock Q. Strinker
1944 Strange Affair as Laundry Truck Driver
1944 Moonlight and Cactus as Punchy Carter
1944 Pick a Peck of Plumbers as Elmer Peabody
1944 Three of a Kind as Shemp Howard
1943 Crazy House as Mumbo
1943 It Ain't Hay as Umbrella Sam
1943 Keep 'em Slugging as Binky
1943 How's About It as Alf
1942 Arabian Nights as Sinbad
1942 Pittsburgh as Shorty (the tailor)
1942 Private Buckaroo as Sgt. 'Muggsy' Shavel
1942 The Strange Case of Doctor Rx as Det. Sgt. Sweeney
1942 Mississippi Gambler as Milton Davis - Brooklyn Cab Driver
1942 Butch Minds the Baby as 'Squinty' Sweeny
1941 Hellzapoppin' as Louie
1941 Hold That Ghost as Soda Jerk
1941 Too Many Blondes as Hotel Manager Ambrose Tripp
1941 Cracked Nuts as Eddie / Ivan
1941 Hit the Road as Dingbat
1941 San Antonio Rose as Benny the Bounce
1941 Tight Shoes as Okay
1941 In the Navy as Dizzy
1941 Mr. Dynamite as Abdullah
1941 Road Show as Moe Parker (uncredited)
1941 Meet the Chump as Stinky Fink
1941 Buck Privates as Chef
1941 Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga as Gabby
1940 The Invisible Woman as Frankie
1940 Give Us Wings as Buzz Berger
1940 Murder Over New York as Shorty McCoy
1940 The Bank Dick as Joe Guelpe
1940 The Leather Pushers as Sailor McNeill
1940 Pleased to Mitt You as Pat Patrick
1940 Millionaires in Prison as Professor
1940 Boobs in the Woods as Gus
1940 The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady as Joe - a Pickpocket
1940 Money Squawks as Shemp
1939 Glove Slingers as Pat Patrick
1939 Another Thin Man as Wacky
1938 Home on the Rage as Happy
1937 Headin' East
1937 Hollywood Round-Up as Oscar Bush
1937 Taking the Count as Knobby Walsh
1937 Kick Me Again as Knobby Walsh
1936 The Blonde Bomber as Knobby Walsh
1936 The Choke's on You as Knobby Walsh
1936 Punch and Beauty as Knobby Walsh
1936 Here's Howe as Knobby Walsh
1936 Absorbing Junior as Henry, the Husband
1936 For the Love of Pete as Knobby Walsh
1936 While the Cat's Away as Henry
1936 The Three Stooges: Five of Their Greatest Shorts
1935 The Officer's Mess as Gus Doakes
1935 Convention Girl as Dan Higgins
1935 On the Wagon as Henry
1935 Serves You Right as Johnny Spivens
1935 Why Pay Rent? as Henry
1935 His First Flame as Smokey Moe
1934 A Peach of a Pair as Butler
1934 Dizzy & Daffy as Lefty Howard
1934 So You Won't T-T-T-Talk as Henry
1934 Smoked Hams as Henry Howard
1934 Daredevil O'Dare as Butch
1934 My Mummy's Arms as Kenneth
1934 Art Trouble as Short Painter
1934 I Scream as Moran's Henchman
1934 The Three Stooges (16 episodes) as Shemp
1934 Corn on the Cop as Reginald / Reggie
1934 Pure Feud as Clem McCarthy
1934 Very Close Veins as Sourdough
1934 Pugs and Kisses as Dopey Traynor
1934 The Knife of the Party as Shemp Howard
1934 Mushrooms as Thorndike
1934 The Wrong, Wrong Trail as Piano Mover
1934 Henry the Ache as Artie - One of King Henry's Lackeys
1934 Howd' Ya Like That? as Sailor
1934 Rambling 'Round Radio Row #9 as Songwriters' Representative
1933 Here Comes Flossie! as Ezry
1933 Gobs of Fun as Club patron
1933 Paul Revere, Jr. as Attendant
1933 Close Relations as One of the Moles
1933 Salt Water Daffy as Wilbur the Kleptomaniac
1932 In the Dough
1930 Soup to Nuts as Fireman

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