Curly Howard Net Worth

Curly Howard Net Worth is
$10 Million

Curly Howard Biography

Curly Howard net well worth: Curly Howard was an American comedian and vaudevillian actor who had a net worthy of of $10 million. Curly Howard was created in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY in October 1903 and passed on in January 1952. Howard was most widely known for being portion of the American farce comedy group The Three Stooges. Howard was untrained as an actor and borrow his “woob woob” expression from comedian Hugh Herbert. He starred in the movies Turn Back the Time clock, Broadway to Hollywood, Meet up with the Baron, Dancing Woman, Myrt and Marge, Fugitive Fans, Hollywood Party, The Captain Hates the ocean, Start Cheering, PERIODS for Rhythm, My Sister Eileen, Rockin’ in the Rockies, Swing Parade of 1946, and prevent! The Three Stooges highlighted Curly with his old brothers Moe Howard and Shemp Howard along with actor Larry Great. Howard had over 120 acting credits from 1933 to 1947. Curly was typically the most popular of the Stooges and was known for his high pitched tone of voice and vocal expressions and his physical humor and athleticism.

Known for movies

Quick Facts

Full NameCurly Howard
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 22, 1903
DiedJanuary 18, 1952, San Gabriel, California, United States
Height1.65 m
ProfessionComedian, Actor
SpouseValerie Newman (m. 1947–1952), Marion Buxbaum (m. 1945–1946), Elaine Ackerman (m. 1937–1940), Julia Rosenthal (m. 1930–1931)
ChildrenJanie Howard, Marilyn Howard
ParentsSol Horowitz, Jennie Gorovitz
SiblingsMoe Howard, Shemp Howard, Jack Horowitz, Irving Horowitz
Music GroupsThe Three Stooges
MoviesHalf-Wits Holiday, Disorder in the Court, Hold That Lion!, Punch Drunks, Hoi Polloi, Woman Haters, A Plumbing We Will Go, Men in Black, Idiots Deluxe, Micro-Phonies, Grips, Grunts and Groans, Malice in the Palace, Three Little Pigskins, Three Little Beers, If a Body Meets a Body, Violent Is the Word for Curly, You Nazty Spy!, False Alarms, An Ache in Every Stake, Spook Louder, Gents Without Cents, Three Little Pirates, Dizzy Doctors, A Bird in the Head, We Want Our Mummy, They Stooge to Conga, A Ducking They Did Go, Pop Goes the Easel, Pardon My Scotch, Dancing Lady, All the World's a Stooge, The Sitter Downers, Idle Roomers, Ants in the Pantry, In the Sweet Pie and Pie, Beer Barrel Polecats, Rockin' in the Rockies, Nutty but Nice, A Pain in the Pullman, Loco Boy Makes Good, I Can Hardly Wait, Monkey Businessmen, Three Smart Saps, Horses' Collars, Half Shot Shooters, The Three Troubledoers, What's the Matador?, Three Little Twirps, Higher Than a Kite, Uncivil War Birds, Roast Beef and Movies
TV ShowsThe Three Stooges

Interesting Facts

1 Impressively, Curly never had any formal training in acting or comedy. In fact, many of his most famous lines and moments came out of improvisation. Both Moe Howard and Larry Fine admitted that they considered Curly the key to the success of the Stooges, saying that his natural comedic genius took their act to an entirely different level.
2 Was well known for being irresistible to women. Older brother Moe Howard once said that Curly was always "in demand socially" and had no trouble having any woman he wanted. This proved to be more of a problem than anything else in his life, as it led to many failed marriages and relationships. However, despite the problems, Curly remained a notorious ladies' man all of his life.
3 Was very athletic as a teenager and a star player on his high school basketball team.
4 Older brother Moe Howard taught him how to play the ukulele.
5 Was in an automobile accident at age 21 when the car he was driving collided with a streetcar; the accident left him with a scar on his left cheek.
6 Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street.
7 On the Seinfeld (1989) episode Seinfeld: The Heart Attack (1991), Jerry thinks that was couch grass and cramp bark that killed Curly.
8 His two elder brothers, Shemp Howard and Moe Howard, outlived him.
9 After his stroke in 1947, he was left half paralyzed and unable to work, with expensive medical bills. Brothers Moe Howard and Shemp Howard, and fellow Stooge Larry Fine, set aside percentages of their weekly paychecks to help him.
10 Once went to the doctor about an ear infection, and the doctor removed a cherry pip from his ear.
11 Once while in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he was cracked over the head with a cane by a young boy who thought Curly's head was as tough as it appeared to be in The Three Stooges shorts.
12 During the Long Beach earthquake of 1933, he thought the house shaking was the result of a trick Ted Healy was playing on them, and was found by his brother Moe Howard pounding on Healy's door shouting at him to stop whatever that was he was doing.
13 Got his first job when he was 25 years old, performing as a burlesque conductor for the Orville Knapp Orchestra.
14 Ted Healy, who originated the idea of The Three Stooges' brutal style of comedy, was not originally interested in hiring Curly to replace Shemp Howard, the original Stooge, after Shemp left the group. Curly had wavy chestnut-brown hair and a waxed mustache. When he went out and completely shaved his head and (eventually) his mustache, Healy hired him on the spot.
15 Despite his shy nature, the success and celebrity of The Three Stooges triggered his lifelong indulgences in drinking too much, overeating and womanizing. He was also a compulsive spender. Brother Moe Howard, the business manager of the group, tried to curtail Curly's spending habits but was unable to. Despite several hospitalizations for health problems due to his lifestyle, Curly stubbornly refused to change it.
16 In 1984, he was immortalized in the song "The Curly Shuffle" by the country group Jump 'N the Saddle, which was accompanied by a music video containing clips from several of The Three Stooges shorts featuring him.
17 Never made a public or on-camera appearance out of character.
18 The accident he had as a child, which gave him his limp, was a gun accident. One morning he was playing in the backyard with his pistol, which had a hair trigger. He accidentally shot his foot, and was so frightened of surgery, that he never got it fixed. Brother Moe Howard was the one who found him. To mask it on screen, he developed his famous exaggerated walk.
19 With a full head of hair, he appeared for the first time with both Moe Howard and Shemp Howard in The Three Stooges short Hold That Lion! (1947); it was also his last Stooge appearance.
20 Was an avid dog lover and often brought stray dogs home with him from traveling.
21 Unlike his character, he was very shy and withdrawn when not on camera.
22 During a visit to the Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara in January 1945, he was diagnosed as having extreme hypertension, a retinal hemorrhage and obesity thus explaining his ragged appearance in all of the shorts released in 1946-1947, his last year with the group.
23 Some of the animators at Disney had seen him as "Curly" in The Three Stooges shorts. His movements inspired some of the choreography in the mushroom dance in Fantasia (1940).
24 He shaved his head for his "Curly" character but did not like it because he felt it reduced his appeal to ladies.
25 The original use of "woo-woo-woo" was an ad lib. It was actually written into the later scripts.
26 Son of Sol Horwitz.
27 Shared the same nickname, "Babe", as another contemporary rotund slapstick comic, Oliver Hardy, although it was a coincidence. Curly was the youngest of the three Howard brothers--the others being Moe Howard and Shemp Howard--and his mother always called him "My Baby". His brothers shortened it to "Babe" and used it to constantly tease him. The nickname stuck to him all his life.
28 Had two older brothers: Jack Horwitz and Irving Horwitz.
29 According to one of his ex-wives, Curly was extremely musical. He could take almost anything lying around and make music with it. She said when they went to nightclubs, he would take two spoons and play along with the club's band, or tear the table cloth to music. Of course, they would find the cost of the table cloth added to the bill.
30 Following his untimely death, he was interred at Home of Peace Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, in the Western Jewish Institute Section.
31 He filmed a scene for The Three Stooges short Malice in the Palace (1949) as a chef, but it was left on the cutting room floor (although there are publicity photographs of the scene).
32 The final pie-fight scene of Half-Wits Holiday (1947) did not include Curly because he had suffered a stroke the day the scene was filmed.
33 His famous "woo-woo-woo" originated in The Three Stooges short Woman Haters (1934), their first of almost 200 for Columbia Pictures.
34 He was a member of The Three Stooges from 1930-1946. He took over from, and was eventually replaced by, his brother Shemp Howard.
35 Fourth member of The Three Stooges team, of which, over time, there were six altogether.
36 He was known as "Jerry" before joining The Three Stooges. Brother Moe Howard always called him "Babe".

Net Worth & Salary

Woman Haters (1934) $1,000 (split with Moe Howard and Larry Fine)


1 Bald head and baby voice
2 Wore suits that were a size too small
3 Wore a bowler derby hat in a majority of his Stooge shorts, most notably in Disorder in the Court (1936).


All Curly Howard pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture Larry Fine

Moe Howard



Hold That Lion! 1947 Short Sleeping Train Passenger (uncredited)
Half-Wits Holiday 1947 Short Curly (as Curly)
Three Little Pirates 1946 Short Curly (as Curly)
Rhythm and Weep 1946 Short Curly (as Curly)
G.I. Wanna Home 1946 Short Curly (as Curly)
Three Loan Wolves 1946 Short Curly (as Curly)
Monkey Businessmen 1946 Short Curly (as Curly)
The Three Troubledoers 1946 Short Curly (as Curly)
Uncivil War Birds 1946 Short Curly (as Curly)
Swing Parade of 1946 1946 Curly (as Jerome Howard)
A Bird in the Head 1946 Short Curly (as Curly)
Beer Barrel Polecats 1946 Short Curly (as Curly)
Micro-Phonies 1945 Short Curly (as Curly)
If a Body Meets a Body 1945 Short Curly Q. Link (Q for cuff) (as Curly)
Idiots Deluxe 1945 Short Curly (as Curly)
Rockin' in the Rockies 1945 Curly (a Vagrant) (as The Three Stooges)
Booby Dupes 1945 Short Curly (as Curly)
Three Pests in a Mess 1945 Short Curly (as Curly)
No Dough Boys 1944 Short Curly (as Curly)
Gents Without Cents 1944 Short Curly (as Curly)
The Yoke's on Me 1944 Short Curly (as Curly)
Busy Buddies 1944 Short Curly (as Curly)
Crash Goes the Hash 1944 Short Curly (as Curly)
A Gem of a Jam 1943 Short Curly (as Curly)
Phony Express 1943 Short Curly (as Curly)
Idle Roomers 1943 Short Curly (as Curly)
Dizzy Pilots 1943 Short Curly Wrong (as Curly)
I Can Hardly Wait 1943 Short Curly (as Curly)
Higher Than a Kite 1943 Short Curly (as Curly)
Three Little Twirps 1943 Short Curly (as Curly)
Good Luck, Mr. Yates 1943 Curly (scenes deleted, as Three Stooges)
Back from the Front 1943 Short Curly (as Curly)
Spook Louder 1943 Short Curly (as Curly)
Dizzy Detectives 1943 Short Curly (as Curly)
They Stooge to Conga 1943 Short Curly (as Curly)
Sock-a-Bye Baby 1942 Short Curly (as Curly)
My Sister Eileen 1942 Subway Builder (uncredited)
Even as IOU 1942 Short Curly (as Curly)
Three Smart Saps 1942 Short Curly (as Curly)
Matri-Phony 1942 Short Curleycue (as Curly)
What's the Matador? 1942 Short Curly (as Curly)
Cactus Makes Perfect 1942 Short Curly (as Curly)
Loco Boy Makes Good 1942 Short Curly (as Curly)
Some More of Samoa 1941 Short Curly (as Curly)
In the Sweet Pie and Pie 1941 Short Curly (as Curly)
An Ache in Every Stake 1941 Short Curly (as Curly)
I'll Never Heil Again 1941 Short Curly Gallstone (as Curly)
Time Out for Rhythm 1941 Stooge Curly
All the World's a Stooge 1941 Short Curly (as Curly)
Dutiful But Dumb 1941 Short Cluck (as Curly)
So Long Mr. Chumps 1941 Short Curly (as Curly)
Boobs in Arms 1940 Short Curly (as Curly)
Cookoo Cavaliers 1940 Short Curly Sinker (as Curly)
No Census, No Feeling 1940 Short Curly (as Curly)
From Nurse to Worse 1940 Short Curly (as Curly)
How High Is Up? 1940 Short Curly (as Curly)
Nutty But Nice 1940 Short Curly (as Curly)
A Plumbing We Will Go 1940 Short Curly (as Curly)
Rockin' Thru the Rockies 1940 Short Curly (as Curly)
You Nazty Spy! 1940 Short Curly Gallstone (as Curly)
Three Sappy People 1939 Short Curly (as Curly)
Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise 1939 Short Curly (as Curly)
Calling All Curs 1939 Short Dr. Curly (as Curly)
Saved by the Belle 1939 Short Curly (as Curly)
Yes, We Have No Bonanza 1939 Short Curly (as Curly)
A Ducking They Did Go 1939 Short Curly (as Curly)
We Want Our Mummy 1939 Short Curly (as Curly)
Three Little Sew and Sews 1939 Short Curly (as Curly)
Flat Foot Stooges 1938 Short Curly (as Curly)
Mutts to You 1938 Short Curly (as Curly)
Three Missing Links 1938 Short Curly (as Curly)
Violent Is the Word for Curly 1938 Short Curly (as Curly)
Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb 1938 Short Curly Howard (as Curly)
Tassels in the Air 1938 Short Curly (as Curly)
Start Cheering 1938 Curly - One of the Three Stooges (uncredited)
Wee Wee Monsieur 1938 Short Curly (as Curly)
Termites of 1938 1938 Short Curly (as Curly)
The Sitter Downers 1937 Short Curly (as Curly)
Playing the Ponies 1937 Short Curly (as Curly)
Cash and Carry 1937 Short Curly (as Curly)
Goofs and Saddles 1937 Short Buffalo Bilious (as Curly)
Back to the Woods 1937 Short Curly (as Curly)
3 Dumb Clucks 1937 Short Curly Pop Howard (as Curly)
Dizzy Doctors 1937 Short Curly (as Curly)
Grips, Grunts and Groans 1937 Short Curly (as Curly)
Slippery Silks 1936 Short Curly (as Curly)
Whoops, I'm an Indian! 1936 Short Curly (as Curly)
False Alarms 1936 Short Curly (as Curly)
A Pain in the Pullman 1936 Short Curly (as Curly)
Disorder in the Court 1936 Short Curly (as Curly)
Half Shot Shooters 1936 Short Curley (as Curley)
Movie Maniacs 1936 Short Curley Howard (as Curley)
Ants in the Pantry 1936 Short Curly (as Curley)
Three Little Beers 1935 Short Curley (as Curley)
Hoi Polloi 1935 Short Curley (as Curley)
Pardon My Scotch 1935 Short Curley (as Curley)
Uncivil Warriors 1935 Short Operator 15 / Major Hyde (as Curley)
Pop Goes the Easel 1935 Short Curley (as Curley)
Restless Knights 1935 Short Baron of Graymatter (as Curley)
Horses' Collars 1935 Short Curley (as Curley)
Three Little Pigskins 1934 Short Curley (as Curley)
The Captain Hates the Sea 1934 Orchestra Drummer (as Three Stooges)
Men in Black 1934 Short Dr. Curley Howard (as Curley)
Punch Drunks 1934 Short Curley, aka K.O. Stradivarius (as Curley)
Operator 13 1934 Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Hollywood Party 1934 Autograph Seeker (uncredited)
The Big Idea 1934 Short Healy's Stooge (as Howard)
Woman Haters 1934 Short Jack (as Curley)
Hollywood on Parade No. B-9 1934 Short Curly
Jailbirds of Paradise 1934 Short Prisoner (as Jerry Howard)
Roast-Beef and Movies 1934 Short Bogus Movie Producer (as Jerry Howard)
Fugitive Lovers 1934 One of The Three Julians (as Jerry Howard)
Myrt and Marge 1933 Mullins' Helper (as Howard)
Dancing Lady 1933 Curly - Stagehand (as Jerry Howard)
Meet the Baron 1933 A Stooge (as Jerry Howard)
Plane Nuts 1933 Short Curly (as Howard)
Hello Pop 1933 Short Son (as Howard Fine and Howard)
Broadway to Hollywood 1933 Fritz the Clown (uncredited)
Beer and Pretzels 1933 Short Curly (as Howard)
Turn Back the Clock 1933 Wedding Singer (uncredited)
Nertsery Rhymes 1933 Short Boys (as Howard, Fine and Howard)


The Glass Bottom Boat 1966 as Jerome Howard, "Soft As The Starlight"
The Gun Runners 1958 lyrics: "Havana Holiday" - as Jerome Howard / music: "Havana Holiday" - as Jerome Howard
Self Made Maids 1950 Short lyrics: "Zee Lollipop Song" - uncredited / music: "Zee Lollipop Song" - uncredited
In the Sweet Pie and Pie 1941 Short performer: "Home On The Range"
Yes, We Have No Bonanza 1939 Short performer: "Red River Valley/She'll Be Coming 'Round The Mountain" - uncredited
A Ducking They Did Go 1939 Short performer: "You'll Never Know Just What Tears Are" - uncredited
Wee Wee Monsieur 1938 Short lyrics: "Zee Lollipop Song" / music: "Zee Lollipop Song" / performer: "Zee Lollipop Song"
Plane Nuts 1933 Short performer: "Dinah" 1925 - uncredited
Turn Back the Clock 1933 performer: "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" 1909, "You're the Flower of My Heart, Sweet Adeline" 1903 - uncredited


A Hit with a Miss 1945 Short story - as Howard
Punch Drunks 1934 Short story - as Jerry Howard


Pest from the West 1939 Short voice-over: Martino's fall into cellar - uncredited
A Star Is Shorn 1939 Short voice-over: Gateman's fall down stairs - uncredited


The Swashbucklers 2013 TV Series short grateful acknowledgment - 1 episode


Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 5: Art and Artists 1940 Short documentary Himself (as The Three Stooges)
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 9 1939 Documentary short Himself, Horse Show Entertainer (as The 3 Stooges)
Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 7 1936 Documentary short Himself (as the Three Stooges)
Screen Snapshots Series 14, No. 6 1935 Short documentary Himself (as The 3 Stooges)
Screen Snapshots, Series 14, No. 1 1934 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots, Series 13, No. 5 1934 Documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

Hey Moe, Hey Dad! 2015 TV Series documentary Curly
The Three Stooges 2015 Documentary Himself
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 2010 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Three Stooges in Color 2005 Video Curly
The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Special 2003 TV Movie documentary Curly
Farscape 2001 TV Series Curly
ABC 2000: The Millennium 1999 TV Movie documentary
Leslie Nielsen on the Stooges 1999 TV Movie documentary
Thr Three Stooges Family Album 1998 TV Movie documentary
Biography 1994 TV Series documentary Himself
Muppet Babies 1984-1991 TV Series Curly
The Lost Stooges 1990 Documentary Himself
The Three Stooges 60th Anniversary Special 1990 TV Movie documentary
Fun with the Stooges 1988 Documentary Curley
Moonlighting 1988 TV Series Himself
The Three Stooges 1987 Video Game Curly (uncredited)
Classic Comedy Teams 1986 Video documentary Himself
Stoogemania 1986 Curly (uncredited)
Going Hollywood: The '30s 1984 Documentary
Stooge Snapshots 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself
The MGM Three Stooges Festival 1983 Himself
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor - 'Soup to Nuts' (uncredited)
Ken Murray Shooting Stars 1979 Documentary Himself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy 1976 TV Movie Tribute Montage
The Three Stooges Follies 1974 Curly
Hollywood My Home Town 1965 Documentary Himself
The Big Parade of Comedy 1964 Documentary One of The Three Stooges (uncredited)
Stop! Look! and Laugh! 1960 Curly
Columbia Laff Hour 1956 Curley
Booty and the Beast 1953 Short Sleeping Train Passenger (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 8: Looking Back 1946 Short Himself

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