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Joe DeRita (1909–1993)

Born into a show business family, DeRita began performing at the age of 7. He played the Burlesque circuit until 1942 when he went to headline in California stage shows. He toured with Randolph Scott and Bing Crosby for the USO during World War II. Joe made his film debut in "The Doughgirls" (1944) and continued to perform in films, radio, and ... See full bio »

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 1970 Kook's Tour
Curly-Joe (as The Three Stooges)
 1968 Star Spangled Salesman (Documentary short)
Curly Joe
 1967 Off to See the Wizard (TV Series)
Three Men in a Tub
- Who's Afraid of Mother Goose? (1967) ... Three Men in a Tub
 1966 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV Series)
Man with Lollipop
- Wally's Traffic Ticket (1966) ... Man with Lollipop (uncredited)
 1965 The Outlaws Is Coming
Curly-Joe (as The Three Stooges)
 1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
- Submarine Sunk Here (1964) ... Curly (uncredited)
 1963 4 for Texas
Curly-Joe (uncredited)
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Fireman (uncredited)
 1962 The Three Stooges in Orbit
Curly-Joe (as The Three Stooges)
 1961 Snow White and the Three Stooges
Curly-Joe (as The Three Stooges)
 1959 Have Rocket -- Will Travel
Curly-Joe (as The Three Stooges)
 1958 Bachelor Father (TV Series)
Arthur Fletcher
- Bentley's Big Case (1958) ... Arthur Fletcher
 1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Man at Bar
- The Time Element (1958) ... Man at Bar (as Joe De Rita)
 1958 The Bravados
Mr. Simms (uncredited)
 1952 I Married Joan (TV Series)
- Acrobats (1952) ... Waiter
 1948 Coroner Creek
Jack - Bartender (uncredited)
 1948 Jitter Bughouse (Short)
 1947 Wedlock Deadlock (Short)
 1947 The Good Bad Egg (Short)
Joe Priggle
 1946 Slappily Married (Short)
Joe Bates
 1946 High School Hero
 1946 The French Key
Detective Fox
 1946 People Are Funny
Mr. Hinkley (uncredited)
 1945 The Sailor Takes a Wife
Waiter (uncredited)
 1944 The Doughgirls
The Stranger (uncredited)
 1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars
Meek Man (uncredited)
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Other Works:

TV commercials for Heinz homestyle gravy. See more »

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Alternate Names:

The 3 Stooges | Joe De Rita | Curly-Joe DeRita | Joseph DeRita | The Three Stooges


5' 4" (1.63 m)

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I don't think [The Three Stooges] were funny. I'm not putting you on, I'm telling the truth--they were physical, but they just didn't have any humor about them. Take, for instance, [Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy]. I can watch their films and I still laugh at them and maybe I've seen them four or five times before. But when I see that pie or seltzer bottle, I know that it's not just lying around ... See more »


Following his death, he was interred at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, California. His tombstone reads: "The Last Stooge". See more »



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