Ted Healy (born Ernest Lea Nash; October 1, 1896 – December 21, 1937) was an American vaudeville performer, comedian, and actor. Though he is chiefly remembered as the creator of The Three Stooges and the style of slapstick comedy that they later made famous, he had a successful stage and film career of his own and was cited as a formative influence by several later comedy stars. His sister Marcia Healy appeared in The Sitter Downers with the Three Stooges.
Healy's first wife was dancer and singer Betty Brown (born Elizabeth Braun), whom he married in 1922, one week after they met. The couple worked together in vaudeville, then divorced in 1932 after Brown sued heiress Mary Brown Warburton for "alienation of her husband's affections".Healy's second marriage was to UCLA coed Betty Hickman. After introducing himself, Healy proposed immediately, and the couple became engaged the following day. They were married in Yuma, Arizona, on May 15, 1936, after a midnight elopement by plane. Hickman was granted a divorce on October 7, 1936, which was nullified after a reconciliation. Their son, John Jacob, was born on December 17, 1937, four days before Healy's death.
Sources conflict on Healy's precise birth name and birthplace, but according to baptism records, he was born Ernest (or Earnest) Lea Nash on October 1, 1896, in Kaufman, Texas. He attended Holy Innocents School in Houston before the family, including his sister, Marcia, moved to New York in 1908. While in New York, he attended high school at De La Salle Institute. Nash initially intended to become a businessman but eventually decided on the stage.
Movies & TV shows
Man Of The People
An Italian immigrant is studying the law.
The Good Old Soak
A small town drunk beats a teetotal banker guilty of a shady transaction.
A professor at the college won't allow "swing" music to be played in the show. They want a big Broadway alumni to direct their show. They don't know that this star's last three shows were flop.
A ten week contract with a film studio has been given to Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in the band. He is supposed to go with the studio's star to a movie premiere on his first night. The bosses decided...
In the days before the big earthquake, a beautiful singer and a battling priest try to reform a Barbary Coast saloon owner.
The overlong but absorbing MGM "B" melodrama Mad Holiday stars Edmund Lowe as vacationing movie idol Philip Trent. Tired of starring in murder mysteries, Trent discovers he can't escape typecasting ev...
Sing, Baby, Sing
The "Caliban-Ariel" romance of fiftysomething John Barrymore and teenager Elaine Barrie is spoofed in this delightful 20th Century Fox musical. Adolphe Menjou plays the Barrymore counterpart, a loose-...
The Longest Night
Love with a clerk and a robbery by mobsters.
Terry is the chief car tester and Frank is an engineer. She was hired to work in publicity. Frank and Terry want Jane to be their child. Terry's invention should bring him fame and money, but he can't...
An insane surgeon's obsession with an actress leads him to replace her wounded pianist husband's hands with the hands of a knife murderer-- hands which still have the urge to throw knives.
It's in the Air
Calvin and Clip McGurk know how to fix fights. Calvin wants to go straight and win back his estranged wife, but first the men must dodge an IRS agent and bilk a bunch of aviation investors out of the ...
The Winning Ticket
A barber is trying to find a winning lottery ticket.
The Casino Murder Case
While the district attorney ignores the threat of harm to Lynn at the casino, the man who received it takes it very seriously. Lynn was poisoned at the casino owned by Uncle Kinkaid. Virginia is at th...
Murder in the Fleet
A traitor is on the ship. Tom is determined to find the person. An electric firing device is sabotaged. The cruiser's crew is murdered. The captain wants to catch the killer. Tom's girlfriend, Betty, ...
Here Comes the Band
A song writer goes to court to claim the rights to his song that was stolen by a music publisher. He brings his girlfriend with him. Jubilee singers, hillbillies, and some cowboys and Indians are goin...
A drunken blue-blood millionaire married a theatrical star who was born on the wrong side of the tracks.
La Fiesta de Santa Barbara
The stars are in Santa Barbara. Andy Devine, the "World's Greatest Matador", engages in a bullfight with a dubious bovine supplied by Seor Morrison, and musical numbers are provided by Joe and the Gar...
Foreign correspondents and expatriates are in a Paris bistro.
Hollywood on Parade No. B-9
Mack Gordon and Harry Revel are a popular song writing team. There is interplay with many people.
The public is tired of Schnarzan the Conqueror's fake lions. When Baron Munchausen comes to town with real man-eating lions, Durante throws a big party so that he can use the lions in his next movie. ...
The ex-convicts tried to stop the ring.
The Bands Plays On
A judge gives four boys to a college football coach.
Death on the Diamond
Pop Clark is going to lose his baseball team if he can't pay off his debts. The ace player that he has hired is Larry Kelly. As well as rival teams, mobsters are trying to prevent the wins, and as the...
The American Civil War took place in the late 19th century. Major Allen, chief of the Secret Service of the Union, asked Gail Loveless to become one of his operators after the Second Battle of Bull Ru...
Letty Morris tried to evade Legs Caffey by hopping a bus in New York bound for Los Angeles. Along the way the bus picks up escaped convict Paul Porter. With the police in pursuit and Legs watching his...
The Big Idea
Ted is the proprietor of the Big Idea Scenario Company. His train of thought is constantly interrupted by visitors to his one-room office. There is a man with a machine gun, a woman who empties waste ...
Meet the Baron
A man is invited to speak at a girls' school.
Myrt And Marge
Myrt has a show chock full of talented performers that deserves to be on Broadway, but can't raise the necessary money. Jackson, a lecherous "producer", provides the money in order to get his hands on...
Ted Healy and His Stooges alternate mildly risque vaudeville routines with semi-elaborate Berkeleyesque musical numbers with beautiful chorines.
Janie will dance anywhere, even stripping in a Burlesque house. The rich playboy discovers her and helps her get a job in a Broadway musical being directed by Patch. Janie thinks Patch is the greatest...
A film star revolts against the studio, her press agent and her family.
A stage director is trying to put on a musical and comedy show but has to contend with a bunch of people.
Beer and Pretzels
Ted was kicked out of a theatre because he was annoying women. They get jobs at a nightclub. There is chaos.
Some "bedtime stories" are told to three boys by their parents.
Kitty wants her daughter to become a star. Kitty blackmails a stage manager so that she can take a more prestigious gig so that she can control every aspect of the girl's career. Kitty breaks up her d...
Soup to Nuts
Mr. The bankrupt costume store is run by a man who spends his time on Rube Goldberg-style inventions, and a young manager who falls for his niece. Ted, Queenie, and some goofy firemen try to help out ...
Wise Guys Prefer Brunettes
The dean of Pinkham University blames the bad behavior of the school's female students on a dress shop owned by Helene and informs her he's shutting her shop down. Napoleon invented a plaster that res...