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JOE DERITA BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Joe DeRita was born on July 12th, 1909 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the birth name Joseph Wardell.  His family was very involved in show business, which made it easy for him to enter the industry as a young boy.
 
By the age of seven he was performing on stage and later became involved in the Burlesque circuit.  Then he relocated to California to work as the headliner for a number of live stage performances.    
 
During World War II, he traveled and performed for troops along with Bing Crosby and Randolph Scott.  He then returned to acting and began acting in films, making his debut in, "The Doughgirls" followed by roles in such films as, "The French Key" (1946), "High School Hero" (1946) and the short films, "Wedlock Deadlock" (1947) and "Jitter Bughouse" (1948). 
 
In addition to working in films he also appeared on the radio as well as a variety of television shows such as, "I Married Joan", "Bachelor Father" and "Lassie".
 
He is most well known for being part of, "The Three Stooges" which he joined in 1958 and remained with the cast, portraying Curly Joe, until, Moe Howard passed away in 1975.
 
Along with the many short "The Three Stooges" films, he was also part of the television cast of, "The New Three Stooges" (1965).  Joe even appeared in a film "4 for Texas" (1964) starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Ursula Andress.  After appearing on the television series, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" (1966) and "Off to See the Wizard" (1967), DeRita, then chose to retire from the industry and he passed away in Woodland Hills, California on July 3rd, 1993 from pneumonia.  

Joe DeRita married twice during his lifetime, first to Bonnie Brooks from 1935 through 1964.  He then wed his second wife, Jean Sullivan in 1966 and they remained together until he passed away.


Filmography

1970   Kook's Tour 

1967   Off to See the Wizard

1966   The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet 
 
1965   Danny Thomas Meets the Comics 

1965   The New 3 Stooges

1965   The Outlaws Is Coming
 
1963   4 for Texas

1963   It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

1963   The Three Stooges Scrapbook 
 
1963   The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze 

1962   The Three Stooges in Orbit 
 
1962   The Three Stooges Meet Hercules 

1961   Snow White and the Three Stooges
 
1961   Lassie

1959   Have Rocket - Will Travel 

1958   Bachelor Father
 
1958   Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse

1958   The Bravados 

1952   I Married Joan 
 
1948   Coroner Creek 

1948   Jitter Bughouse 

1947   Wedlock Deadlock 
 
1947   The Good Bad Egg 

1946   Slappily Married 

1946   High School Hero
 
1946   The French Key 

1946   People Are Funny

1945   The Sailor Takes a Wife
 
1944   The Doughgirls 

1943   Thank Your Lucky Stars





Matinee Classics - Snow White and the Three Stooges starring The Three Stooges, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Joe DeRita, Carol Heiss, Edson Stroll, Patricia Medina, Guy Rolfe, Michael David, Buddy Baer, Edgar Barrier, Peter Coe, Mark Bailey, Mel Blanc, Herbie Faye, Blossom Rock and Paul Frees
Matinee Classics - Snow White and the Three Stooges starring The Three Stooges, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Joe DeRita, Carol Heiss, Edson Stroll, Patricia Medina, Guy Rolfe, Michael David, Buddy Baer, Edgar Barrier, Peter Coe, Mark Bailey, Mel Blanc, Herbie Faye, Blossom Rock and Paul Frees


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