|June 19, 1897 (BL-Before Larry)-May 4, 1975 (AL-After Larry)|
“Looks like you got a ‘Moe’.”
If you knew what I was talking about, congratulations. You’re familiar with American culture.
And probably a guy.
The “moe” is a type of bowl haircut made popular (popular being a relative term) by a man named Moses Harry Horwitz. You know him better as “Moe,” leader of the Three Stooges and master of the eye poke.
Moe was born in Brooklyn, New York, at the turn of the 20th century. A quiet fellow, he was also pretty slow. How else to explain the fact he gave himself that haircut?
|"Sieg Heil this and Sieg Heil that! |
I had the damn thing first!"
His youth was filled with various odd jobs from working in the mines (made even more difficult by the fact there were no mines in New York City) to fundraiser for the fledgling German Anti-Defamation League (that didn’t turn out so well). As tirelessly as he worked, though, none of these energized the youngster from Brooklyn.
|"Seriously, though, would it kill you to move |
your fat ass over so I can get out
of this frikkin' freezing water?"
Enjoying a modicum of success playing a variety of roles, both serious and comedic, Moe soaked up the energy from his audiences like a sponge. A little sponge with a bad haircut. However, after he hit the lead in the head with a hammer during a production of “Henry V,” those around him knew Moe was meant for something more.
|Ted's the guy sitting down. |
Yeah, I know.
|The funniest stooge. |
Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo
|"Well, I may have a shoe polish mustache, |
but at least I don't have a dorky hairdo."
|Curly also suffered from hearing loss.|
Unfortunately, health issues began to plague the trio. Once Curly left the group due to health reasons (his nose was pulled by pliers once too often), Shemp rejoined the group. But, one-time fans began to stay away in droves whenever word got around that the Bijou was “showing a Shemp.”
|Larry and Moe desperately looking for the exit.|
Shemp points out to Larry the nearest Rogaine store.
Misery followed misery as Shemp was finally canned (or died. Not sure anyone noticed). He was followed by Joe Besser who was then followed by Joe De Rita (aka “Curly Joe”). Or the other way around. Seriously, though, who cares?
Even though Moe and Larry were still around, they all sucked compared to Curly.
Oh, wait, this isn’t about Curly.
|As you can see, Yoko was |
plenty busy enough, thank you.
In 1965, the Three Stooges officially disbanded. And the Vietnam War was escalating. Coincidence?
|"That frikkin' Donna Reed! |
Why, I oughta....."
Shortly before his death due to lung cancer in 1975, Moe briefly appeared on The Mike Douglas Show. Originally intending on finding the Mens’ Room, Moe played along when Mike asked his audience if they could guess who the septuagenarian on his stage was.
Supremely confident that his “moe” would be a dead giveaway, the confident Horwitz confidently sat back, prepared to relive some of the glory days of his cinematic youth.
Instead, when one of the audience replied, “Shemp,” Moe relived his days as a Shakespearian actor: he hit him in the head with a hammer.
Moses “Moe” Harry Horwitz, last of the Three Stooges.
Rest in peace.
Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.
|Not so tough now, are ya?|