Curly Joe DeRita

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  • Birth Name: Joseph Wardell
  • Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Died: July 3, 1993
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian
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  • Made his stage debut with his sister as a child at a Red Cross event during WWI.
  • Took DeRita as his stage name because it was his mother's maiden name.
  • Did several USO tours during WWII with Randolph Scott as his straight man.
  • Replaced Joe Besser in The Three Stooges when Besser left the act to care for his ill wife.
  • The only non-Jewish member of The Three Stooges.

Relationships

  • Jean Sullivan — Wife
  • Florenze Wardell — Mother
  • Bonnie Brooks — Ex-wife
  • Earl M. Benjamin — Stepson
  • Phillis — Sister
  • Robert Benjamin — Stepson
  • Frank Wardell — Father

Details

  • Birth Name: Joseph Wardell
  • Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Died: July 3, 1993
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian

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