Ted Healy

Actor + Comedian
Born Oct 1, 1896

Ted Healy was an American vaudeville performer, comedian, and actor. He is chiefly remembered today as the original creator of the Three Stooges, but had a successful stage and film career of his own.

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1896 Birth Healy was born Ernest Lea Nash on October 1, 1896 in Houston, Texas, and was known as Lee.


1912 15 Years Old In 1912, as teenagers, Nash and his childhood friend Moses Harry Horwitz (later known as Moe Howard of the Three Stooges) joined the Annette Kellerman Diving Girls, a vaudeville act which included four boys. … Read More


1922 25 Years Old When some of his acrobats quit in 1922, Moe Howard answered the advertisement for replacements. … Read More


1927 30 Years Old Moe Howard took a break from show business in 1927 after the birth of his daughter. … Read More
1931 34 Years Old In 1931 the Stooges broke from Healy after a dispute over a movie contract. … Read More
1932 35 Years Old Healy then hired a new set of stooges, consisting of Eddie Moran (soon replaced by Richard "Dick" Hakins), Jack Wolf, and Paul "Mousie" Garner. The Howard-Fine-Howard Stooges rejoined Healy's act in 1932, but Shemp quit the act shortly thereafter, soon to be replaced by his younger brother Curly Howard.
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The reunion did not last, however, and in early 1934, Howard, Fine and Howard parted ways with Healy for good. … Read More


1937 41 Years Old He was 41 and under contract to MGM at the time of his death on December 21, 1937, a few hours after preview audiences had acclaimed his work in the Warner Brothers film Hollywood Hotel. … Read More
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