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He was born in Brooklyn, New York.
When he was twelve, he shot himself in the ankle while playing with a rifle. He ended up with a small limp afterwards. He took up ballroom dancing, partly to overcome the limp.
He joined the other Stooges in 1932 when Shemp walked out. At first thought to be too handsome to be a Stooge, one of the conditions was that he had to shave off his mustache and wavy hair. He did, but insisted on being called "Curly". Later the act moved to the movie screen. Two of his most famous lines were, "N'yuk! N'yuk! N'yuk!" and "Woooo! Woooo! Woooo!".
The income from his successful career was carelessly spent, often leaving Curly near poverty. He began to drink and spend money on houses, cars, food, dogs and women. He was married four times, including a youthful marriage which was annuled in six months. Offstage, Curly was a quiet, introverted person.
He died in San Gabriel, California.
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