25 Terribly Tragic Facts About The Three Stooges

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “The Three Stooges”? Most likely you imagine silly black and white characters smacking each other over the head. What you probably don’t know, however, is the sad and somewhat gloomy story of the Stooges’ lives off-screen. These are 25 Terribly Tragic Facts About The Three Stooges.


Fired by Columbia

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After more than two decades of making low budget clips for Columbia, they were let go in 1957 rather unceremoniously.


Curly's Stitches

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He once got 6 stitches in his head during a shoot and had to finish it wearing a wig.


Limited Success

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They are possibly the least successful household name ever. During their lifetimes, they were far out shined by more high profile acts like Charlie Chaplin.


Ted Healy

Ted HealySource: latimes.com

The Stooges didn’t start much better than they ended. Ted Healy, the founder, was one of the most prolific comedians of the 20’s and 30’s. In 1937, he was beaten to death in a parking lot. Although police never apprehended anyone, it was believed to have been orchestrated by rivals in the movie industry.


Bum Contracts

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Whether it was under their founder, Columbia Pictures, or another studio, the Stooges often got the short end of the proverbial stick. While they made millions, they saw very little of it.

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