This is a list of actors who have co-starred in films with The Three Stooges. Inclusion on this list should be reserved for notable actors that can be confirmed as taking supporting roles (either credited or uncredited) in films commonly regarded as having the Three Stooges as primary characters. Films where the Three Stooges appear as a guest or cameo appearance, or the actors who portray them appear outside the character of The Three Stooges should not be considered.
|Actor||Stooges Film(s)||First appearance (year)||Total appearances||Notes|
|Eadie Adams||Restless Knights (1935)||1935||1|
|Mary Ainslee|| In the Sweet Pie and Pie (1941)|
Some More of Samoa (1941)
I'll Never Heil Again (1941)
In the Sweet Pie and Pie
Hokus Pokus (1949)
Pest Man Wins (1951)
He Cooked His Goose (1952)
Flagpole Jitters (1956)
Triple Crossed (1959)
|1941||9||Several appearances in later stooges films are stock footage.|
|Lucille Ball||Three Little Pigskins (1934)||1934||1||Went on to a successful career as an actress, comedian, model, and film studio executive. Hits include television shows I Love Lucy , The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour , The Lucy Show , Here's Lucy , and Life with Lucy .|
|Stanley Blystone|| Half Shot Shooters (1936)|
Spook Louder (1943)
Pardon My Clutch (1948)
Slaphappy Sleuths (1950)
|Paul "Mousie" Garner|
|Mary Beth Hughes|
|George J. Lewis|
|Jack "Tiny" Lipson|
|Ed T. McDonnell|
|James C. Morton|
|George N. Neise|
|Philip Van Zandt|
|Evelyn Young|| Three Sappy People (1939)|
Boobs in Arms (1940)
From Nurse to Worse (1940)
Nutty but Nice (1940)
No Census, No Feeling (1940)
|1939||5||Footage was also used in the TV shows The Three Stooges Greatest Hits (1997), The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Special (2003), and Hey Moe, Hey Dad! programs #3 Eureka! and #4 Slap Happy (2015).|
The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy team active from 1922 until 1970, best known for their 190 short subject films by Columbia Pictures that have been regularly airing on television since 1958. Their hallmark was physical farce and slapstick. Six stooges appeared over the act's run : Moe Howard and Larry Fine were mainstays throughout the ensemble's nearly fifty-year run and the pivotal "third stooge" was played by Shemp Howard, Curly Howard, Shemp Howard again, Joe Besser and "Curly" Joe DeRita.
Punch Drunks is a 1934 short subject directed by Lou Breslow starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the second entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 short subjects for the studio between 1934 and 1959.
A cameo role or cameo appearance is a brief appearance or voice part of a well known person in a work of the performing arts. These roles are generally small, many of them non-speaking ones, and are commonly either appearances in a work in which they hold some special significance or renowned people making uncredited appearances. Short appearances by celebrities, film directors, politicians, athletes or musicians are common. A crew member of the movie or show playing a minor role can be referred to as a cameo as well, such as Alfred Hitchcock's frequently performed cameos.
Moses Harry Horwitz, known professionally as Moe Howard, was an American actor and comedian, best known as the leader of the Three Stooges, the farce comedy team who starred in motion pictures and television for four decades. That group originally started out as Ted Healy and His Stooges, an act that toured the vaudeville circuit. Moe's distinctive hairstyle came about when he was a boy and cut off his curls with a pair of scissors, producing a ragged shape approximating a bowl cut.
Peter Lawrence Boyle Jr. was an American actor. Known as a character actor, he played Frank Barone on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and the comical monster in Mel Brooks' film spoof Young Frankenstein (1974). He also starred in The Candidate. Boyle, who won an Emmy Award in 1996 for a guest-starring role on the science-fiction drama The X-Files, won praise in both comedic and dramatic parts following his breakthrough performance in the 1970 film Joe.
Louis Feinberg, known professionally as Larry Fine, was an American actor, comedian, violinist, and boxer, who is best known as a member of the comedy act the Three Stooges.
Joseph Wardell, known professionally as Joe DeRita, was an American actor and comedian, who is best known for his stint as a member of The Three Stooges in the persona of "Curly-Joe."
Joe Besser was an American actor, voice actor, comedian and musician, known for his impish humor and wimpy characters. He is best known for his brief stint as a member of the Three Stooges in cinematic short subjects of 1957–59. He is also remembered for his television roles: Stinky, the bratty man-child in The Abbott and Costello Show, and Jillson, the maintenance man in The Joey Bishop Show.
A fake Shemp is someone who appears in a film as a replacement for another actor or person. Their appearance is disguised using methods such as heavy make-up, filming from the back, dubbing in audio and splicing in past footage from the original actor's previous work, using a sound-alike voice actor, or using partial shots of the actor. The concept is named after Shemp Howard, whose sudden death in 1955 necessitated the use of these techniques to finish the films to which he was already committed. Once somewhat commonplace throughout the 20th century, the use of fake Shemps to emulate living people is now forbidden under Screen Actors Guild contracts, largely because of a lawsuit filed by Crispin Glover — following his replacement by Jeffrey Weissman in Back to the Future Part II — that determined that the method violates the original actor's personality rights. The method continues to be used in cases, such as Shemp's, where the original actor is deceased and permission from the deceased actor's estate is granted.
Emil Sitka was a veteran American actor who appeared in hundreds of movies, short films, and television shows, and is best known for his numerous appearances with The Three Stooges. He is one of only two actors to have worked with all six Stooges on film in the various incarnations of the group.
Half-Wits Holiday is a 1947 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 97th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.
The Three Stooges is a 2012 American slapstick comedy film based on the film shorts from 1934 to 1959 starring the comedy trio of the same name. The film was produced, written and directed by the Farrelly brothers and co-written by Mike Cerrone. It stars Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, and Will Sasso, re-creating the eponymous characters played by Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard.
Richard Dye, known professionally as Dick Curtis, was an American actor who made over 230 film and television appearances during his career.
The Three Stooges' comedy routines have inspired generations of tributes in other media. The following information is a partial list of such tributes. Depending on the form of media used, there are direct and indirect references to the Three Stooges. Beginning with the Stooges themselves as the trio did make small guest appearances in movies or in small bumper clips for their cartoon series. Clips from the Stooges shorts are sometimes featured in the actual footage of a movie, TV show, or advertisement, or the line from the 1934 short Men in Black, "Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard" is used. Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard appeared as cartoon versions of themselves.
Flagpole Jitters is a 1956 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 169th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.
Kenneth MacDonald was an American film actor. Born in Portland, Indiana, MacDonald made more than 220 film and television appearances between 1931 and 1970. His name is sometimes seen as Kenneth McDonald.
Harry Semels was an American film actor. He appeared in over 315 film between 1917 and 1946.
Turn Back the Clock is a 1933 American pre-Code MGM fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Edgar Selwyn, written by Selwyn and Ben Hecht, and starring Mae Clarke and Lee Tracy. The Three Stooges featuring Curly Howard appear in an uncredited straight role as wedding singers. There is a small gag wherein Lee Tracy asks the Stooges to sing "Tony's Wife", a song the Stooges have not heard of; Moe Howard then asks "Tony's wife? Who is she?" Although they are not credited as the Three Stooges, this marks the first time the trio appeared as a group on film without their former leader, Ted Healy. They would launch their long-running film-shorts career a few months later.
Evelyn Ebersis Young was an American film actress. At the height of her career, in 1940, she appeared in 9 feature films. She was the leading female actress in The Wildcat of Tucson and Prairie Schooners, playing alongside Wild Bill Elliott and Dub Taylor in a Wild Bill Hickok series.
The Three Stooges is an American biographical television film about the slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges directed by James Frawley. This television film was entirely shot in Sydney, Australia. It was broadcast on ABC on April 24, 2000.
... wife (Evelyn Young) of an inattentive army captain in Boobs in Arms, the sobbing wife (Dorothy Appleby) of a wrongly convicted sweetheart in So Long Mr. Chumps