- 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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