Ted Healy

Highest Rated: 100% San Francisco (1936)
Birthday: Oct 1, 1896
Birthplace: Not Available
While growing up in Texas, Ted Healy planned to become a businessman, but a series of financial failures in early adulthood led him to try the theatre as a vocation. He started out in burlesque as a blackface comedian, cadging his best jokes from such well-established performers as Al Jolson and Ed Wynn. He gradually developed into a "singing monologist" in vaudeville, surrounding himself with stooges who would continually interrupt his act and whom he would slap, poke and knock around. Among those stooges were Ted's lifelong friend Moe Howard, Moe's brother Shemp, and reformed fiddler Larry Fine. With this trio, Healy graduated to Broadway in such top-dollar reviews as A Night in Spain and A Night in Venice. In 1930, Healy was signed by Fox film studios to star in a musical comedy written by cartoonist Rube Goldberg, Soup to Nuts; while he carried the bulk of the humor, Healy's stooges were also given a few moments to shine. Healy retained his retinue throughout his first few years as an MGM contractee, starring in a group of short subjects and appearing as a supporting player in such films as Dancing Lady (1933) and Stage Mother (1934). In 1934, Moe Howard, convinced Larry Fine and new stooge Curly Howard (Moe's brother) to strike out on their own as The Three Stooges. Healy continued his film career as a solo, serving up abrasive supporting characterizations in films like Death on the Diamond (1934) and Mad Love (1935). Healy was very popular, and at one point was the highest-paid comedian in show business.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Hollywood Hotel Fuzzy 1937
No Score Yet Varsity Show William Williams 1937
No Score Yet The Longest Night Sergeant Magee 1936
100% San Francisco Matt 1936
No Score Yet Speed Gadget 1936
No Score Yet Here Comes the Band 'Happy' 1935
100% Mad Love Reagan 1935
No Score Yet The Casino Murder Case Sgt. Heath 1935
No Score Yet Reckless Smiley 1935
No Score Yet Paris Interlude Jimmy 1934
No Score Yet Hollywood Party Himself 1934
No Score Yet Operator 13 Dr. Hitchcock 1934
No Score Yet Dancing Lady Steve 1933
No Score Yet Meet the Baron Head Janitor 1933
90% Bombshell (Blonde Bombshell) Junior 1933
No Score Yet Stage Mother Ralph Martin 1933
No Score Yet Soup to Nuts Ted 1930
No Score Yet Soup to Nuts - Three Stooges Actor 1930

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