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March 1, 1988
Joe Besser, the next-to-last surviving member of the Three Stooges, was found dead at his North Hollywood home early today. His longtime publicist, Jeff Lenburg, said Besser, who replaced Shemp Howard in the knockabout act in 1955, had been in failing health the last several years. Besser, a veteran vaudeville and film comic, was an old friend of the three Howards (Moe, Shemp and Samuel) who with Larry Fine alternately made up the comic trio.
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May 23, 1993 | JANE GALBRAITH J ane Galbraith
Some thought they were hilarious, others sadistic. But the slapstick humor of these three hugely popular knockabout comics has rarely been successfully imitated. Televison audiences in the late '50s and '60s thought they were watching a TV sitcom, when, in fact, they were tuned into broadcasts of old two-reelers that had been shown before feature films in the '30s, '40s and early '50s. Now the grandson of the trio's ringleader has movie plans for the trio he calls the Icons of Idiocy.
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March 2, 1988 | BURT A. FOLKART, Time Staff Writer
Joe Besser, the rotund knockabout comic who played a succession of crazy characters in a long film and TV career but found his greatest satisfaction as Joe, the "Oooh, you crazy" of the Three Stooges, died Tuesday at age 80. His longtime friend and publicist Jeff Lenburg said the least-abused of the Stooges (he asked not to be subjected to their usual brand of physical violence when he joined the group in 1955) was found in his North Hollywood home by a friend.
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March 2, 1988 | BURT A. FOLKART, Time Staff Writer
Joe Besser, the rotund knockabout comic who played a succession of crazy characters in a long film and TV career but found his greatest satisfaction as Joe, the "Oooh, you crazy" of the Three Stooges, died Tuesday at age 80. His longtime friend and publicist Jeff Lenburg said the least-abused of the Stooges (he asked not to be subjected to their usual brand of physical violence when he joined the group in 1955) was found in his North Hollywood home by a friend.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 1993 | JANE GALBRAITH J ane Galbraith
Some thought they were hilarious, others sadistic. But the slapstick humor of these three hugely popular knockabout comics has rarely been successfully imitated. Televison audiences in the late '50s and '60s thought they were watching a TV sitcom, when, in fact, they were tuned into broadcasts of old two-reelers that had been shown before feature films in the '30s, '40s and early '50s. Now the grandson of the trio's ringleader has movie plans for the trio he calls the Icons of Idiocy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1994
How did Moe rate the dough? And not Curly Joe? Heirs of two of the Three Stooges sued the MGM Grand for $1 million Thursday, claiming that the actors' likenesses were used in hotel and theme park performances without compensation. Grandchildren of the late Larry Fine and the widow of "Curly Joe" DeRita alleged that they were excluded from a licensing agreement between the hotel and descendants of head stooge Moe Howard.
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August 26, 1998 | MARK EHRMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They came by the hundreds, those who proudly call themselves "Knuckleheads." The occasion was the first West Coast Three Stooges Convention, where the normally sober Burbank Airport Hilton Convention Center last weekend resounded with the nyuk-nyuks of Curly impersonators, the "Pop Goes the Weasel" theme music and--OK, there's no referent for it in the Three Stooges filmography--the hissing of impromptu Silly String ambushes.
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July 4, 1993 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe (Curly Joe) DeRita, 83, the lone survivor of the Three Stooges, died Saturday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement home in Woodland Hills after a bout of pneumonia, a family member said. DeRita joined Moe Howard and Larry Fine in 1959 as a third replacement for the original Curly. The Three Stooges of Columbia Pictures fame--Moe Howard; his brother, Curly (Jerome Lester Howard); and Larry Fine--made more than 200 short films in the 1930s and 1940s.
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November 17, 1989 | STEVE CHAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Emil Sitka, the past is as sweet as the countless cream pies that once plastered his mug. "All those hits . . .," he recalls, stretching out in an easy chair at his Camarillo home. "Moe was really very soft with them, very gentle. He was a master." Sitka should know. As a favorite foil of the Three Stooges, he endured the twisted nose, the gouged eye, the pounded head, and the artfully flung pie.
NEWS
March 1, 1988
Joe Besser, the next-to-last surviving member of the Three Stooges, was found dead at his North Hollywood home early today. His longtime publicist, Jeff Lenburg, said Besser, who replaced Shemp Howard in the knockabout act in 1955, had been in failing health the last several years. Besser, a veteran vaudeville and film comic, was an old friend of the three Howards (Moe, Shemp and Samuel) who with Larry Fine alternately made up the comic trio.
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September 10, 2007 | Kathy Matheson, Associated Press
SPRING HOUSE, Pa. -- Posing for a picture with life-size replicas of the Three Stooges, Gary Lassin smiled but didn't say "cheese." "Woob-woob-woob-woob-woob!" he trilled in a Curly-like falsetto before breaking into a grin.
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