Curly Howard Net Worth

Curly Howard Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Jerome Lester Horwitz net worth is
$10 Million

Jerome Lester Horwitz Wiki Biography

Jerome Lester Horwitz was born on 22 October 1903, in Brooklyn, New York City USA, of Jewish and Lithuanian descent. Curly was a vaudevillian actor and comedian, best known for being part of the comedy team, the Three Stooges, noted for his vocal expressions and high-pitched voice. All of his efforts put his net worth to where it was prior to his passing.

How rich was Curly Howard? As of early-2017, sources estimate a net worth that was at $10 million, earned through a successful career in comedy. He appeared in several films and was also known for his physical comedy. He stayed with the Three Stooges until 1946 when a stroke ended his career in show business. All of these achievements ensured the position of his wealth.

Curly Howard Net Worth $10 million

At a young age, Curly excelled in basketball and was part of his high school team. However, he did not matriculate, and would go on to work in various odd jobs. He also did singing and ballroom dancing during his youth. When he was 12 years old, he accidentally shot himself in the ankle while cleaning a rifle, and this caused a limp that he never sought to fix, and led to his famous exaggerated walk on screen. Interested in both comedy and music, he would join his brothers to perform as the stooges as a vaudeville act, but initially stayed back stage and didn’t participate in the actual performance.

Howard got his first on-stage break in 1928 as a comedy musical conductor. His brothers would start to become popular as the Stooges and began appearing in films. When Shemp left the stooges, Curly was asked to fill the role of the third stooge, and to change his look to fit a more comedic role. The Three Stooges would eventually sign with Columbia Pictures for two-reel comedy shorts, and to become the most popular short-subject attraction of the company, increasing their net worth significantly. Howard would become a hit with audiences and was well known for his numerous physical acts, with a lot of his popular scenes were unscripted thanks to his great improvisational techniques. They made many classics, including “We Want Our Mummy”, “Cactus Makes Perfect”, “An Ache in Every Stake”, and “A Plumbing We Will Go”. He developed a set of expressions that would become very popular, which included “Oh Look!”, “Huff Huff Huff!”, and “Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk”.

During the mid-1940s, Curly’s energy started to lessen; it was noted that his actions seemed slower, and many believed that he suffered strokes around this period, and he was admitted to hospital several times, and was diagnosed with obesity as well as hypertension which forced him to rest, mainly because of a grueling schedule that took a toll on his body. His last performance would be in “Half-Wits Holiday” when he suffered a stroke during filming, so a lot of his scenes were replaced. He made a cameo in 1947’s “Hold That Lion!”, but due to difficulties recovering, he eventually decided to retire. He suffered another stroke in 1950 which led to partial paralysis. The following year, he suffered another stroke and eventually he passed away in 1952.

For his personal life, Curly married Julia Rosenthal in 1930 but it was annulled the following year. His next marriage was to Elaine Ackerman in 1937 and they had a child but divorced in 1940. His third marriage was to Marion Buxbaum in 1945 but their marriage only lasted for a year. His final marriage was to Valerie Newman in 1947, and it lasted until his death.

Full NameCurly Howard
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 22, 1903
DiedJanuary 18, 1952, San Gabriel, California, United States
Place Of BirthBath Beach, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Height5' 5" (1.65 m)
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...
TV ShowsThe Three Stooges
1Bald head and baby voice
2Wore suits that were a size too small
3Wore a bowler derby hat in a majority of his Stooge shorts, most notably in Disorder in the Court (1936).
Woman Haters (1934)$1,000 (split with Moe Howard and Larry Fine)
1Impressively, 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.
2Was 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.
3Was very athletic as a teenager and a star player on his high school basketball team.
4Older brother Moe Howard taught him how to play the ukulele.
5Was 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.
6Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street.
7On the Seinfeld (1989) episode Seinfeld: The Heart Attack (1991), Jerry thinks that was couch grass and cramp bark that killed Curly.
8His two elder brothers, Shemp Howard and Moe Howard, outlived him.
9After 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.
10Once went to the doctor about an ear infection, and the doctor removed a cherry pip from his ear.
11Once 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.
12During 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.
13Got his first job when he was 25 years old, performing as a burlesque conductor for the Orville Knapp Orchestra.
14Ted 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.
15Despite 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.
16In 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.
17Never made a public or on-camera appearance out of character.
18The 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.
19With 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.
20Was an avid dog lover and often brought stray dogs home with him from traveling.
21Unlike his character, he was very shy and withdrawn when not on camera.
22During 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.
23Some 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).
24He shaved his head for his "Curly" character but did not like it because he felt it reduced his appeal to ladies.
25The original use of "woo-woo-woo" was an ad lib. It was actually written into the later scripts.
26Son of Sol Horwitz.
27Shared 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.
28Had two older brothers: Jack Horwitz and Irving Horwitz.
29According 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.
30Following his untimely death, he was interred at Home of Peace Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, in the Western Jewish Institute Section.
31He 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).
32The 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.
33His famous "woo-woo-woo" originated in The Three Stooges short Woman Haters (1934), their first of almost 200 for Columbia Pictures.
34He was a member of The Three Stooges from 1930-1946. He took over from, and was eventually replaced by, his brother Shemp Howard.
35Fourth member of The Three Stooges team, of which, over time, there were six altogether.
36He was known as "Jerry" before joining The Three Stooges. Brother Moe Howard always called him "Babe".


Hold That Lion!1947ShortSleeping Train Passenger (uncredited)
Half-Wits Holiday1947ShortCurly (as Curly)
Three Little Pirates1946ShortCurly (as Curly)
Rhythm and Weep1946ShortCurly (as Curly)
G.I. Wanna Home1946ShortCurly (as Curly)
Three Loan Wolves1946ShortCurly (as Curly)
Monkey Businessmen1946ShortCurly (as Curly)
The Three Troubledoers1946ShortCurly (as Curly)
Uncivil War Birds1946ShortCurly (as Curly)
Swing Parade of 19461946Curly (as Jerome Howard)
A Bird in the Head1946ShortCurly (as Curly)
Beer Barrel Polecats1946ShortCurly (as Curly)
Micro-Phonies1945ShortCurly (as Curly)
If a Body Meets a Body1945ShortCurly Q. Link (Q for cuff) (as Curly)
Idiots Deluxe1945ShortCurly (as Curly)
Rockin' in the Rockies1945Curly (a Vagrant) (as The Three Stooges)
Booby Dupes1945ShortCurly (as Curly)
Three Pests in a Mess1945ShortCurly (as Curly)
No Dough Boys1944ShortCurly (as Curly)
Gents Without Cents1944ShortCurly (as Curly)
The Yoke's on Me1944ShortCurly (as Curly)
Busy Buddies1944ShortCurly (as Curly)
Crash Goes the Hash1944ShortCurly (as Curly)
A Gem of a Jam1943ShortCurly (as Curly)
Phony Express1943ShortCurly (as Curly)
Idle Roomers1943ShortCurly (as Curly)
Dizzy Pilots1943ShortCurly Wrong (as Curly)
I Can Hardly Wait1943ShortCurly (as Curly)
Higher Than a Kite1943ShortCurly (as Curly)
Three Little Twirps1943ShortCurly (as Curly)
Good Luck, Mr. Yates1943Curly (scenes deleted, as Three Stooges)
Back from the Front1943ShortCurly (as Curly)
Spook Louder1943ShortCurly (as Curly)
Dizzy Detectives1943ShortCurly (as Curly)
They Stooge to Conga1943ShortCurly (as Curly)
Sock-a-Bye Baby1942ShortCurly (as Curly)
My Sister Eileen1942Subway Builder (uncredited)
Even as IOU1942ShortCurly (as Curly)
Three Smart Saps1942ShortCurly (as Curly)
Matri-Phony1942ShortCurleycue (as Curly)
What's the Matador?1942ShortCurly (as Curly)
Cactus Makes Perfect1942ShortCurly (as Curly)
Loco Boy Makes Good1942ShortCurly (as Curly)
Some More of Samoa1941ShortCurly (as Curly)
In the Sweet Pie and Pie1941ShortCurly (as Curly)
An Ache in Every Stake1941ShortCurly (as Curly)
I'll Never Heil Again1941ShortCurly Gallstone (as Curly)
Time Out for Rhythm1941Stooge Curly
All the World's a Stooge1941ShortCurly (as Curly)
Dutiful But Dumb1941ShortCluck (as Curly)
So Long Mr. Chumps1941ShortCurly (as Curly)
Boobs in Arms1940ShortCurly (as Curly)
Cookoo Cavaliers1940ShortCurly Sinker (as Curly)
No Census, No Feeling1940ShortCurly (as Curly)
From Nurse to Worse1940ShortCurly (as Curly)
How High Is Up?1940ShortCurly (as Curly)
Nutty But Nice1940ShortCurly (as Curly)
A Plumbing We Will Go1940ShortCurly (as Curly)
Rockin' Thru the Rockies1940ShortCurly (as Curly)
You Nazty Spy!1940ShortCurly Gallstone (as Curly)
Three Sappy People1939ShortCurly (as Curly)
Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise1939ShortCurly (as Curly)
Calling All Curs1939ShortDr. Curly (as Curly)
Saved by the Belle1939ShortCurly (as Curly)
Yes, We Have No Bonanza1939ShortCurly (as Curly)
A Ducking They Did Go1939ShortCurly (as Curly)
We Want Our Mummy1939ShortCurly (as Curly)
Three Little Sew and Sews1939ShortCurly (as Curly)
Flat Foot Stooges1938ShortCurly (as Curly)
Mutts to You1938ShortCurly (as Curly)
Three Missing Links1938ShortCurly (as Curly)
Violent Is the Word for Curly1938ShortCurly (as Curly)
Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb1938ShortCurly Howard (as Curly)
Tassels in the Air1938ShortCurly (as Curly)
Start Cheering1938Curly - One of the Three Stooges (uncredited)
Wee Wee Monsieur1938ShortCurly (as Curly)
Termites of 19381938ShortCurly (as Curly)
The Sitter Downers1937ShortCurly (as Curly)
Playing the Ponies1937ShortCurly (as Curly)
Cash and Carry1937ShortCurly (as Curly)
Goofs and Saddles1937ShortBuffalo Bilious (as Curly)
Back to the Woods1937ShortCurly (as Curly)
3 Dumb Clucks1937ShortCurly Pop Howard (as Curly)
Dizzy Doctors1937ShortCurly (as Curly)
Grips, Grunts and Groans1937ShortCurly (as Curly)
Slippery Silks1936ShortCurly (as Curly)
Whoops, I'm an Indian!1936ShortCurly (as Curly)
False Alarms1936ShortCurly (as Curly)
A Pain in the Pullman1936ShortCurly (as Curly)
Disorder in the Court1936ShortCurly (as Curly)
Half Shot Shooters1936ShortCurley (as Curley)
Movie Maniacs1936ShortCurley Howard (as Curley)
Ants in the Pantry1936ShortCurly (as Curley)
Three Little Beers1935ShortCurley (as Curley)
Hoi Polloi1935ShortCurley (as Curley)
Pardon My Scotch1935ShortCurley (as Curley)
Uncivil Warriors1935ShortOperator 15 / Major Hyde (as Curley)
Pop Goes the Easel1935ShortCurley (as Curley)
Restless Knights1935ShortBaron of Graymatter (as Curley)
Horses' Collars1935ShortCurley (as Curley)
Three Little Pigskins1934ShortCurley (as Curley)
The Captain Hates the Sea1934Orchestra Drummer (as Three Stooges)
Men in Black1934ShortDr. Curley Howard (as Curley)
Punch Drunks1934ShortCurley, aka K.O. Stradivarius (as Curley)
Operator 131934Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Hollywood Party1934Autograph Seeker (uncredited)
The Big Idea1934ShortHealy's Stooge (as Howard)
Woman Haters1934ShortJack (as Curley)
Hollywood on Parade No. B-91934ShortCurly
Jailbirds of Paradise1934ShortPrisoner (as Jerry Howard)
Roast-Beef and Movies1934ShortBogus Movie Producer (as Jerry Howard)
Fugitive Lovers1934One of The Three Julians (as Jerry Howard)
Myrt and Marge1933Mullins' Helper (as Howard)
Dancing Lady1933Curly - Stagehand (as Jerry Howard)
Meet the Baron1933A Stooge (as Jerry Howard)
Plane Nuts1933ShortCurly (as Howard)
Hello Pop1933ShortSon (as Howard Fine and Howard)
Broadway to Hollywood1933Fritz the Clown (uncredited)
Beer and Pretzels1933ShortCurly (as Howard)
Turn Back the Clock1933Wedding Singer (uncredited)
Nertsery Rhymes1933ShortBoys (as Howard, Fine and Howard)


The Glass Bottom Boat1966as Jerome Howard, "Soft As The Starlight"
The Gun Runners1958lyrics: "Havana Holiday" - as Jerome Howard / music: "Havana Holiday" - as Jerome Howard
Self Made Maids1950Short lyrics: "Zee Lollipop Song" - uncredited / music: "Zee Lollipop Song" - uncredited
In the Sweet Pie and Pie1941Short performer: "Home On The Range"
Yes, We Have No Bonanza1939Short performer: "Red River Valley/She'll Be Coming 'Round The Mountain" - uncredited
A Ducking They Did Go1939Short performer: "You'll Never Know Just What Tears Are" - uncredited
Wee Wee Monsieur1938Short lyrics: "Zee Lollipop Song" / music: "Zee Lollipop Song" / performer: "Zee Lollipop Song"
Plane Nuts1933Short performer: "Dinah" 1925 - uncredited
Turn Back the Clock1933performer: "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" 1909, "You're the Flower of My Heart, Sweet Adeline" 1903 - uncredited


A Hit with a Miss1945Short story - as Howard
Punch Drunks1934Short story - as Jerry Howard


Pest from the West1939Short voice-over: Martino's fall into cellar - uncredited
A Star Is Shorn1939Short voice-over: Gateman's fall down stairs - uncredited


The Swashbucklers2013TV Series short grateful acknowledgment - 1 episode


Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 5: Art and Artists1940Short documentaryHimself (as The Three Stooges)
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 91939Documentary shortHimself, Horse Show Entertainer (as The 3 Stooges)
Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 71936Documentary shortHimself (as the Three Stooges)
Screen Snapshots Series 14, No. 61935Short documentaryHimself (as The 3 Stooges)
Screen Snapshots, Series 14, No. 11934Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 13, No. 51934Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Hey Moe, Hey Dad!2015TV Series documentaryCurly
The Three Stooges2015DocumentaryHimself
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy2010Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Three Stooges in Color2005VideoCurly
The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Special2003TV Movie documentaryCurly
Farscape2001TV SeriesCurly
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
Leslie Nielsen on the Stooges1999TV Movie documentary
Thr Three Stooges Family Album1998TV Movie documentary
Biography1994TV Series documentaryHimself
Muppet Babies1984-1991TV SeriesCurly
The Lost Stooges1990DocumentaryHimself
The Three Stooges 60th Anniversary Special1990TV Movie documentary
Fun with the Stooges1988DocumentaryCurley
Moonlighting1988TV SeriesHimself
The Three Stooges1987Video GameCurly (uncredited)
Classic Comedy Teams1986Video documentaryHimself
Stoogemania1986Curly (uncredited)
Going Hollywood: The '30s1984Documentary
Stooge Snapshots1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
The MGM Three Stooges Festival1983Himself
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActor - 'Soup to Nuts' (uncredited)
Ken Murray Shooting Stars1979DocumentaryHimself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieTribute Montage
The Three Stooges Follies1974Curly
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHimself
The Big Parade of Comedy1964DocumentaryOne of The Three Stooges (uncredited)
Stop! Look! and Laugh!1960Curly
Columbia Laff Hour1956Curley
Booty and the Beast1953ShortSleeping Train Passenger (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 8: Looking Back1946ShortHimself

Won Awards

1983Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion Picture

Known for movies

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