Joe Besser

Joe Besser

Highest Rated: 69% Let's Make Love (1960)

Lowest Rated: 60% Africa Screams (1949)

Birthday: Aug 12, 1907

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Short, portly comedian whose eccentric personas often were whiny, child-like, cautious or bratty, Joe Besser is best recalled as Stinky, the "man-child" dressed in a Little Lord Fauntleroy suit who caused Lou Costello much consternation, and for joining The Three Stooges for the last of their 16 two-reel shorts at Columbia after the death of Shemp Howard. A burlesque and vaudeville performer who emigrated to Hollywood at the demise of those two stage genres, he began doing bits in radio and in films, usually as weak, frightened passive characters. Besser began to attract more audience recognition as Mr. Know It All on radio's "Let Yourself Go" (from 1945 to 1949) and then in 1950, when he spent a year as a comedy performer on the CBS variety program "The Ken Murray Show." Audiences enjoyed him as the skipping, brat Oswald, a.k.a. 'Stinky', who threatened "I'll harm you" whenever he was grasped by the arm on TV's "The Abbott and Costello Show" (syndicated, 1952-54).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hey, Abbott! Himself (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hand of Death Service station attendant (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silent Call Art (Character) - 1961
69% 60% Let's Make Love Charlie Lamont (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 0% The Rookie Medical Corpsman (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 33% Say One for Me Joe Greb (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 55% Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops Hunter (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Day in the Country Narrator - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Desert Hawk Prince Sinbad (Character) - 1950
60% 37% Africa Screams Harry (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Woman in Hiding Salesman with Drum (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' Sharkey Dolan (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hey, Rookie Pendelton "Pudge" Pfeiffer (Character) - 1944

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jeannie Babu (Voice) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Houndcats Putty Puss (Voice) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Abbott & Costello Show Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1952-1954
No Score Yet 88% The Good Guys Florian (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mothers-in-Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1968-1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joey Bishop Show Mr.Jillson (Character),
Mr. Jillson (Guest Star),
Jillson (Guest Voice)
1962-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Three Stooges Unknown (Character) 1957-1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gene Autry Show Train Conductor (Guest Star) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Married Joan Harry (Guest Star) 1953

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