Ted Healy
Actor, comedian
Ted Healy
Ted Healy was an American vaudeville performer, comedian, and actor. He is chiefly remembered today as the creator of The Three Stooges, but had a successful stage and film career of his own.
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Paul Howard, son of Moe, remembers growing up with The Three Stooges - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
As I understand it, Dad and his childhood pal (Ted Healy, later to become his straight-man) were singing a ukulele duet when my mother appeared. It is said that when he first gazed upon her, he uttered, “Wow, what nice legs!
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link we like: THREE STOOGES.NET - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The site not only deals with The Three Stooges as a team but solo work by Ted Healy, Shemp Howard, Joe DeRita, and Joe Besser. The home page spotlights a film of the day, a comic book of the day, and a video link. Rob Davidson is the webmaster,
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Theodore John Healy, 73: Father-figure was the son of Three Stooges' creator - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Google News - over 5 years
His father was the late Ted Healy, a performer who created The Three Stooges as a 1920s vaudeville act. The elder Healy died in 1937 amid conflicting stories regarding his demise. Because he grew up fatherless, Mr. Healy of Dunwoody devoted time to
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Little-known Stoogeum in Ambler a tribute to zany trio | Philadelphia Inquirer ... - Philadelphia Inquirer
Google News - over 5 years
"Stoogeology 101" invites visitors to learn about Fine's struggle to overcome a serious childhood injury or discover the business savvy of Moe Howard, who kept the troupe going after it split from organizer Ted Healy in 1934. If Lassin gets his way,
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MUSEUM REVIEW | STOOGEUM; A Tip of the Hat to Pokes in the Eye
NYTimes - over 7 years
Now listen, you knuckleheads!!! I don't want you thinking that I'm some kind of skillet-brain just because I spent three hours in the Stoogeum recently. I'm not one of the 2,000 active members of the Three Stooges Fan Club. I don't go around poking my siblings in the eyes or saying ''Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk,'' or wiggling my fingers under my chin, or
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TELEVISION REVIEW; Guys With No Class but a Lotta Fun. Nyuk! Nyuk!
NYTimes - almost 17 years
The Three Stooges (all six of them) were lucky. That luck lifted their infectious slapstick from the fringes of vaudeville to the fringes of Hollywood, where they found steady work churning out ragged two-reel shorts. The Stooges were merely a footnote to a vanished era when their luck kicked in again, flinging them from retirement to the fringes
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NYTimes - almost 19 years
Sidewalk Slabs Q. Wandering around the city, I occasionally come upon stretches of 19th-century sidewalk made from huge slabs of bluestone or granite. Are these monoliths protected by preservation laws, or can they be replaced by a cheaper material when they crack, buckle or are torn up during construction? A. It depends on the location. If it is
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Stranded, for Security's Sake; Bridgeport Residents Cry Racism as Mall Limits Bus Service
NYTimes - over 22 years
On a winter's night last year, the illusion of security that shopping malls treasure was shattered when gunfire broke out between teen-agers at a bus stop outside the 200-store Trumbull Shopping Park here. Now, in an effort to restore that sense of security, the mall has decided to prohibit buses from stopping on mall property on Friday and
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Review/Television: Milton Berle -- Mr. Television; A Zillion Gags (Not Counting Repeats)
NYTimes - about 23 years
Milton Berle, named Milton Berlinger when he was born in 1908, was in silent movies five years later, pushed by an adoring mother who foisted all of her own frustrated stage ambitions on her smart-aleck kid. Later, in vaudeville, young Berle would pattern himself after the comic Ted Healy, who firmly believed that there is no such thing as an old
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Don't Say Good Night Yet, Gracie: Vaudeville on Film
NYTimes - almost 24 years
George Burns, wearing a fedora and a suit, and Gracie Allen, in a frilly garden-party dress and large floppy hat, stand in the center of the screen and talk, stealing glances at the camera as they do. George: "Can I give you a ride home in my car?" Gracie: "I'm too tired. I'd rather walk." After seven or eight minutes of such banter, they sing a
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James Stewart Nods at Lady Luck For His Golden Age Film Career
NYTimes - almost 27 years
LEAD: A director who worked with him just after he arrived in Hollywood in 1935 once described him as ''unusually usual.'' Even with a pair of Oscars on his mantel and after a distinguished career of more than 70 films in which he played everything from idealistic young swains to ruthless bounty hunters, James A director who worked with him just
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NYTimes - about 35 years
OUTWARDLY, Panorama Flight Service seemed to have become fortune's child. The small aviation company moved on Nov. 1 from its cramped quarters at the Westchester County Airport into new hangar and office facilities there. It offered private flyers a home base, a counterpart to what has long been available to pilots of the socalled ''Big Iron'' or
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NYTimes - about 36 years
Westchester County Airport, where officials say more corporate jets are based than anywhere else in the world, has reached what many believe is a crucial moment in its 36-year history. Two recent accidents as planes were approaching the airport, one of which killed six Texasgulf executives and two pilots, have intensified local opposition to the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ted Healy
  • 1937
    Age 40
    Healy died on December 21, 1937 at the age of 41, after an evening of celebration at the Trocadero nightclub on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details He was reportedly celebrating the birth of his son, an event he had eagerly anticipated, according to Moe Howard. "He was nuts about kids," wrote Howard. "He used to visit our homes and envied the fact that we were all married and had children. Healy always loved kids and often gave Christmas parties for underprivileged youngsters and spent hundreds of dollars on toys." The circumstances surrounding his death remain a matter of some controversy. An MGM spokesman initially announced the cause as a heart attack, but the presence of recent wounds—a cut over his right eye and a "discolored" left eye—combined with reports of an altercation at the Trocadero gave rise to speculation that he died as a result of those injuries. Healy's friend, the writer Henry Taylor, told Moe Howard that the fight was preceded by an argument between Healy and three men whom he identified as "college fellows". The younger men allegedly knocked Healy to the ground and kicked him in the head, ribs and abdomen. The wrestler Man Mountain Dean reported that he was standing in front of the Plaza Hotel in Hollywood at 2:30am when Healy emerged, bleeding, from a taxi. He related an "incoherent story" of being attacked at the Trocadero, but could not identify his assailant. Dean contacted a physician, Sydney Weinberg, who treated Healy at the hotel. Another friend, Joe Frisco, then drove him to his home.
  • 1934
    Age 37
    Healy appeared in a succession of films for MGM from 1934 - 1937, and was also loaned to 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers for films by those companies, playing both dramatic and comedic roles.
    More Details Hide Details One of his films, Mad Holiday (1936), featured stooge Dick Hakins as his sidekick. In San Francisco (1936), a new lineup of "stooges" consisting of Jimmy Brewster, Red Pearson, and Sammy Glasser (aka Sammy Wolfe) filmed a scene with Healy but it was omitted from the final release; a couple of production stills of them exist. Also, in the Technicolor short subject La Fiesta de Santa Barbara (1935), Jimmy Brewster briefly appears to 'stooge' with Healy. During this period Healy took to wearing a toupée in public. His last film, Hollywood Hotel (1937), was released a few days after he died.
    In early 1934, Fine and the Howards permanently parted ways with Healy.
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  • 1932
    Age 35
    The original Stooges rejoined Healy's act in July 1932, but Shemp left on August 19 to pursue a solo career and was replaced by his younger brother Curly Howard.
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  • 1931
    Age 34
    Healy hired replacement stooges, consisting of Eddie Moran (soon replaced by Richard "Dick" Hakins), Jack Wolf (father of sportscaster Warner Wolf), and Paul "Mousie" Garner in early 1931.
    More Details Hide Details This group appeared in two Broadway plays, with Healy costarring in "The Gang's All Here" and "Billy Rose's Crazy Quilt."
  • 1930
    Age 33
    In late August 1930 the Stooges and Healy parted ways after a dispute over a movie contract.
    More Details Hide Details They began performing on their own, using such monikers as "The Three Lost Souls" and "Howard, Fine and Howard", and often incorporated material from previous Healy shows. Healy attempted to sue the Stooges for using his material, but the copyright was held by the Shubert Theatre Corporation, for which the routines had been produced, and the Stooges had the Shuberts' permission to use it.
  • 1925
    Age 28
    Moe Howard took a break from show business in July 1925 after his marriage to Helen.
    More Details Hide Details The group of Moe, Larry & Shemp first became the legendary trio in February 1929 and appeared in the Shuberts' Broadway revue A NIGHT IN VENICE from April 1929 to March 1930, leading to their appearance in the 1930 film Soup to Nuts (filmed in June 1930).
  • 1922
    Age 25
    Healy's first wife was dancer and singer Betty Brown (born Elizabeth Braun), whom he married in 1922 one week after they met. The couple worked together in vaudeville, then divorced in 1932 after Brown sued heiress Mary Brown Warburton for "alienation of her husband's affections". Healy's second marriage was to UCLA coed Betty Hickman. After introducing himself, Healy proposed immediately, and the couple became engaged the following day. They were married in Yuma, Arizona on May 15, 1936 after a midnight elopement by plane. Hickman was granted a divorce on October 7, 1936, which was nullified after a reconciliation.
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    When some of his acrobats quit in 1922, Moe Howard answered the advertisement for replacements.
    More Details Hide Details Since Howard was not an acrobat, Healy cast his old friend as a stooge (a purported member of the audience who is picked, ostensibly at random, to come onstage). In the routine, Howard's appearance would end with Healy losing his trousers. Howard's brother Shemp joined the act as a heckler in 1923, and Larry Fine was added in 1928. Healy's vaudeville revues (A Night in Venice, A Night in Spain, New Yorker Nights, and others) included the quartet under various names, such as Ted Healy and his Southern Gentlemen.
  • 1912
    Age 15
    Nash made his first foray into show business in 1912, at the age of 15.
    More Details Hide Details He and his childhood friend Moses Horwitz (later known as Moe Howard) joined the Annette Kellerman Diving Girls, a vaudeville act that included four boys. The work ended quickly after an accident on stage, and Nash and Howard went their separate ways. Nash developed a vaudeville act and adopted the stage name Ted Healy. Healy's act was a hit, and he soon expanded his role as a comedian and master of ceremonies. In the 1920s, he was the highest-paid performer in vaudeville, making $9000 a week. He added performers to his stage show, including his new wife Betty Brown (a.k.a. Betty Braun), and his German Shepherd dog.
  • 1908
    Age 11
    He attended Holy Innocents' School in Houston before the family moved to New York in 1908.
    More Details Hide Details While in New York, he attended high school at De La Salle Institute. Nash initially intended to follow in the footsteps of his father and pursue a career in business, but eventually decided on the stage.
  • 1896
    Sources conflict on Healy's precise birth name and birthplace; but according to baptism records, he was born Ernest (or Earnest) Lea Nash on October 1, 1896 in Kaufman, Texas.
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