Caught in the middle: Author Steve Cox salutes lovable Three Stooges porcupine Larry Fine

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“One Fine Stooge: Larry Fine’s Frizzy Life in Pictures” author Steve Cox chronicles the smart little imbecile’s 40-year tenure as part of America’s most iconic comedy team in an engrossing conversation. Seen above is the cover of the Three Stooges’ June 1962 Dell comic book — beware of Moe, Larry and Curly Joe — purely incompetent painters for hire! Image Credit: My Comic Book Shop / DreamWorks Classics
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A core member of legendary comedy team the Three Stooges for over 40 years, lovable flake Larry Fine is captured during filming of “The Three Stooges in Orbit,” released to theaters on July 4, 1962. Image Credit: The Steve Cox Collection / Sony Pictures Entertainment

The Steve Cox / Larry Fine Interview

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Larry Fine, part of the Three Stooges for forty-plus years, is pictured with an awfully cute spider monkey who is definitely enamored with the frizzy-haired stooge circa 1945. Image courtesy of Steve Cox
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The powerful book cover of “One Fine Stooge: Larry Fine’s Frizzy Life in Pictures,” an authorized coffee-table tome written by Steve Cox and Jim Terry and published on March 15, 2006. Image courtesy of Steve Cox / Cumberland House Publishing
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Fourteen-year-old Columbia contract player Edith Fellows joins Curly, Larry, and Moe of the Three Stooges in 1937 for a photo session publicizing their Pillsbury / Farina Moving Picture Machine — a cardboard cut-out give-away product. Image courtesy of Steve Cox / appears in “One Fine Stooge: Larry Fine’s Frizzy Life in Pictures”
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Curly, Moe, and Larry point to the right with decidedly mixed results in “We Want Our Mummy,” a Three Stooges Columbia short subject released on February 24, 1939. Image Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment
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Shemp Howard, Victoria Horne, Moe Howard, Patricia Wright, and Larry Fine are the cast of one of the latter’s all-time favorite shorts, “Cuckoo on a Choo Choo,” released on December 4, 1952. Fine channels his inner Marlon Brando in the lovably bizarre production. Image Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment
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Larry Fine, the original planker? Comedians Fine, Moe Howard, and Curly Joe DeRita are captured mugging for the camera while filming “The Three Stooges in Orbit,” unleashed to moviegoers on July 4, 1962. Image courtesy of Steve Cox / Sony Pictures
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Moe, Shemp, and Larry of the Three Stooges demonstrate their comically awful violin prowess while filming Columbia short subject “Fiddlers Three” in late May 1947. Believe it or not, Larry was a genuinely talented violinist. Image courtesy of Steve Cox / Sony Pictures Entertainment
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A brilliant 1994 drawing of Larry Fine, best known as the flaky member of the Three Stooges. Fine bravely endured thousands of comedy partner Moe Howard’s lightning-fast eye pokes and head slaps. Sketch by Rob Ebben / Mr. Eye Candy Art
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“Curly Joe is one of the toughest men from the state of Texas!” A still from the Three Stooges’ inspired cameo in “4 for Texas,” a comedy-western starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ursula Andress, Charles Bronson, and ultimately released on Christmas Day 1963. Image Credit: Warner Bros.
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A rare color photo of Larry Fine playing his trademark violin in his comfy Hollywood apartment circa 1968. Notice the vast Three Stooges memorabilia on the walls. Image courtesy of Steve Cox / appears in “One Fine Stooge”
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On April 14, 1974, passionate Three Stooges fan Scott Reboul visited Larry Fine in the latter’s room at the Lodge of the Motion Picture and Television Country House in Woodland Hills, California. Fine graciously welcomed any visitors during his “stroke of luck.” Nine months after this photo was taken the improv comic’s life ended after a further series of strokes. Photography by T. Todd Reboul / Courtesy of Scott Reboul
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During his first trip to Los Angeles, 13-year-old, future journalist Steve Cox is pictured with dad Jerry Cox and an obese, truly flabbergasted Curly Joe DeRita inside the latter’s modest Hollywood home circa 1979. Image courtesy of Steve Cox
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Wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball cap and plaid red and black nightshirt, Curly Joe DeRita joins author Steve Cox on his front porch during the late 1980s. Image courtesy of Steve Cox
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Steve Cox, author of “One Fine Stooge: Larry Fine’s Frizzy Life in Pictures,” joins Sean Hayes [Larry], Chris Diamantopoulos [Moe], and Will Sasso [Curly] during a press screening for the Farrelly Brothers’ “Three Stooges” film circa March 31, 2012. Image courtesy of Steve Cox
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A rare still of the Three Stooges sporting fake facial hair while filming “Woman Haters,” their debut Columbia Studios short. Left to right are Larry Fine, Curly Howard, and older brother Moe Howard, late March 1934. Image Credit: Underwood and Underwood / Getty Images
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Larry Fine displays a surprising penchant for sketching on April 16, 1974, at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, California. Photography by Scott Reboul / appears in “One Fine Stooge”
Click to watch game show host Tom Bergeron recall how he got to interview both Larry Fine and Moe Howard of the Three Stooges not long before they passed away in the early 1970s. The feat is impressive when you consider that Bergeron was merely 16 years old! Video Credit: The Archive of American Television
Click to watch “Scrambled Brains,” one of Larry Fine’s top three favorite Three Stooges shorts, filmed in March 1950. Longtime slapstick partners Moe Howard and older brother Shemp Howard enliven the laugh-out-loud proceedings. Video Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Click to watch “Cuckoo on a Choo Choo,” one of Larry Fine’s favorite Three Stooges short subjects released on December 4, 1952. Larry channels his inner Marlon Brando in the insanely weird production. Video Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Click to watch the Three Stooges’ inspired cameo in “4 for Texas,” a comedy-western starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ursula Andress, Charles Bronson, and ultimately released on Christmas Day 1963. Video Credit: Warner Bros.

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