Birth: October 22, 1903
Death: January 15, 1952
San Gabriel, CA
Burial Location: Western Jewish Institute Section, Row 5, Grave 1
Directions: Enter the cemetery and bear right, take the next right and then the next left. Stop about 100 feet before the street makes an abrupt left. On the curb to the right, five rows back is Jerome Howard (Curly).
Biography: The Bald Stooge, who was usually at the receiving end of physical and verbal abuse from his older brother, Moe, once had curly hair and a moustache. When he replaced his older brother Shemp in Ted Healy and his Stooges in 1932, Healy insisted he shave his head. He was self-conscious about his bald head and usually wore a hat off the set. His character in the act was that of a man-child, with an outrageous larger-than-life personality, but off screen he was shy, reserved and soft-spoken. An accomplished athlete and ballroom dancer, he was also notoriously bad with money and women. Moe helped him with his finances as much as he could, but women were another story and definitely got the best of poor Curly. He married and divorced four times.
In 1934, Columbia offered the Stooges a long-term contract if they would break with Healy, which they were only too happy to do. They made more than 100 two-reelers and were among the most popular and profitable film stars of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. However, in 1946, on the set of their film “Half-Wit’s Holiday,” Curly suffered a stroke and Shemp came back in to replace him while he convalesced. But he never got better. He continued to suffer strokes from 1949 until 1952, when, at the ironically named Baldy View Sanitarium, he died at the age of 48. His grave is often covered with tributes left by fans, frequently with the words “Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk,” his catchphrase, spelled out in pennies.
Bio by Steve Goldstein