Shemp Howard (March 11, 1895-November 22, 1955) was an American actor and comedian best known as a part of The Three Stooges comedy team. Born Samuel Horwitz, he was called 'Shemp' because 'Sam' came out that way in his mother's thick Litvak accent. He was an older brother of both Moe Howard and Curly Howard as well as the 'third stooge' in the early years of the act. He would rejoin the trio in May 1946 after Curly suffered a stroke. Shemp was born in Manhattan, New York. He was the third of the five Horwitz brothers and of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. Moe Howard entered show business as a youngster, on stage and in films.
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