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Joe De Rita Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: July 12, 1909 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: July 3, 1993 in Woodland Hills, California
Biography | show moreshow less
Joe DeRITA (1909-1993), a former vaudevillian, made his film debut in The Doughgirls (1944). He joined forces with Moe Howard and Larry Fine in 1958, when the classic comedy of the Three Stooges enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. Moe and Larry hired DeRita as the third Stooge to replace Joe Besser. DeRita was dubbed "Curly Joe" because of his resemblance to Moe's brother Curly Howard, a former Stooge. By the time DeRita joined the act, the boisterous pie-in-the-face, poke-in-the eye humor had toned down and he played a more passive third stooge. The television release of Three Stooges short films in the late 1950s however, introduced the wacky group to a new audience, spawning film projects and personal appearances. DeRita was the last surviving Stooge.
Film Credits | show moreshow less
1970-Kook's-Tour (Performer), 1965-Danny-Thomas-Meets-the-Comics (Performer), 1965-The-Outlaws-Is-Coming (Performer), 1963-The-Three-Stooges-Scrapbook (Performer), 1962-The-Three-Stooges-Meet-Hercules (Performer), 1961-Snow-White-and-the-Three-Stooges (Performer), 1958-The-Bravados (Performer), 1948-Jitter-Bughouse (Performer), 1946-Slappily-Married (Performer), 1946-The-French-Key (Performer), 1945-The-Sailor-Takes-a-Wife (Performer), 1944-The-Doughgirls (Performer), 1959-The-Steve-Allen-Plymouth-Show (in person), 1959-Masquerade-Party (in person), 1951-TV-Club (in person), 2003-The-Three-Stooges-75th-Anniversary-Special (Other), 1986-Classic-Comedy-Teams (Other), 2002-Added-Attractions:-The-Hollywood-Shorts-Story (Other), 1990-The-Three-Stooges-60th-Anniversary-Special (Other), 1983-The-MGM-Three-Stooges-Festival (Other), 1967-Off-to-See-the-Wizard (Performer), 1958-Westinghouse-Desilu-Playhouse (Performer), 1947-The-Good-Bad-Egg (Performer), 1946-High-School-Hero (Performer), 1946-People-Are-Funny (Performer), 1968-Star-Spangled-Salesman (in person), 1963-It's-a-Mad,-Mad,-Mad,-Mad-World (Performer), 1988-Fun-with-the-Stooges (Other), 1965-The-New-3-Stooges (Performer), 1963-4-for-Texas (Performer), 1963-The-Three-Stooges-Go-Around-the-World-in-a-Daze (Performer), 1948-Coroner-Creek (Performer), 1947-Wedlock-Deadlock (Performer), 1961-1965-The-Ed-Sullivan-Show (in person), 1956-Columbia-Laff-Hour (Other), 1984-Stooge-Snapshots (Other), 1966-The-Adventures-of-Ozzie-&-Harriet (Performer), 1962-The-Three-Stooges-in-Orbit (Performer), 1959-Have-Rocket--Will-Travel (Performer), 1958-Bachelor-Father (Performer), 1952-I-Married-Joan (Performer), 1943-Thank-Your-Lucky-Stars (Performer), 1994-Biography (Other)

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