Jerome Lester Horwitz, better known by his stage name Curly Howard, was an American comedian and vaudevillian actor. The rotund, bald Stooge with the high voice was the most popular member of The Three Stooges. His first stage experience was as a comedic conductor for the Orville Knapp Band in 1928. Curly joined The Three Stooges in 1932, replacing his brother Shemp Howard. He made more than 100 film appearances with the team.