Shemp Howard

  • Birth Name: Samuel Horwitz
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Died: November 23, 1955
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Parents were Lithuanian immigrants.
  • Got the nickname "Shemp" when his mother had trouble saying "Sam" in her Lithuanian accent.
  • Began his show-business career performing in a vaudeville act.
  • Was one of the original Three Stooges.
  • Used Vaseline to achieve his trademark slicked-down hairstyle.
  • Died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 60.


  • Curly Howard — Brother
  • Morton Howard — Son
  • Gertrude Frank — Wife
  • Jennie Horwitz — Mother
  • Moe Howard — Brother
  • Solomon Horwitz — Father
  • Jack Horwitz — Brother
  • Irving Horowitz — Brother

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