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.
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
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