Joe DeRita Autograph

Joseph Wardell (July 12, 1909 – July 3, 1993), known professionally as Joe DeRita, was an American actor and comedian, who is best known for his stint as a member of The Three Stooges in the persona of Curly Joe DeRita. More about Joe DeRita

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DeRita was born into a show-business family in Philadelphia, the son of Florenz (née DeRita) and Frank Wardell, and of French-Canadian and English ancestry. He was the youngest of 5 brothers. Wardell's father was a stage technician, his mother a professional stage dancer, and the three often acted on stage together from his early childhood. Taking his mother's maiden name, DeRita, the actor joined the burlesque circuit during the 1920s, gaining fame as a comedian. During World War II, DeRita joined the USO, performing throughout Britain, France, and the Pacific with such celebrities as Bing Crosby and Randolph Scott. In the 1944 comedy film The Doughgirls, about the housing shortage in wartime Washington, D.C., he had an uncredited role as "the Stranger", a bewildered man who repeatedly showed up in scenes looking for a place to sleep.

In 1946, DeRita was hired by Columbia Pictures Short Subjects Division head/director Jules White to star in his own series of comedies. The first effort, Slappily Married, was released under the studio's All-Star Comedy series. The three remaining entries—The Good Bad Egg, Wedlock Deadlock (both 1947) and Jitter Bughouse (1948)—billed DeRita as the headliner. Regarding his Columbia shorts series, DeRita said, "My comedy in those scripts was limited to getting hit on the head with something, then going over to my screen wife to say, 'Honey, don't leave me!' For this kind of comedy material, you could have gotten a busboy to do it and it would have been just as funny." After his contract with Columbia ended, DeRita returned to burlesque and recorded a risque LP in 1950 called Burlesque Uncensored. Read even more about Joe DeRita at Wikipedia

Traded items with a signature of Joe DeRita

The most expensive item with a signature of Joe DeRita (MOE HOWARD Signed Letter w/1959 Fleer Set & Curly Joe DeRita Content BAS Slabbed) was sold in August 2022 for $1195.00 while the cheapest item (Curly Joe DeRita 2.5 x 6 inch signed page autograph card) found a new owner for $4.00 in August 2021. The month with the most items sold (2) was January 2016 with an average selling price of $88.00 for an autographed item of Joe DeRita. Sold items reached their highest average selling price in January 2023 with $435.00 and the month that saw the lowest prices with $10.00 was July 2013. In average, an autographed item from Joe DeRita is worth $72.47.

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Picture Item Title Price Store
thumbnail3 Stooges Joe DeRita Curly Signed Check $31.00logo
thumbnailAutographed Curly Joe DeRita Signed Index Card Three Stooges d. 1993 Beckett COA$75.00logo
thumbnailAutographed Curly Joe DeRita Signed Letter Three Stooges d. 1988 Beckett COA$75.00logo
thumbnailCurly Joe DeRita signed 8x10 photograph BAS Authenticated The Bravados$69.95logo
thumbnailCurly Joe DeRita signed 8x10 Photograph JSA Authenticated Three Stooges$139.00logo
thumbnailCurly Joe DeRita signed card PSA Authenticated Three Stooges$77.40logo
thumbnailCURLY JOE DERITA SIGNED CHECK PSA/DNA CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC AUTO THREE STOOGES$89.00logo
thumbnailCurly-Joe DeRita Three Stooges Signed Hollywood Comedy Club 1964 Membership Card$435.00logo
thumbnailJOE DERITA CURLY 3 STOOGES SIGNED AUTO 1965 CANCELLED CHECK HOLLYWOOD ACTOR$32.00logo
thumbnailJoe DeRita Signed Check Autograph Auto PSA/DNA #AC91078 Three Stooges Curley$65.00logo
thumbnailJoe DeRita THE THREE 3 STOOGES Signed 1979 Check PSA/DNA AUTO CURLY JOE $39.00logo
thumbnailNobleSpirit NO RESERVE {3970} Joe Curly Joe Derita Signed 1958 Studio Contract$91.00logo
thumbnailSTOOGE JOE DERITA CURLY JOE OF THE THREE STOOGES FAME SIGNED CHECK $49.00logo
thumbnailThe Three Stooges Signed Card Moe, Larry, Curly Joe DeRita - JSA Authenticated$425.00logo
thumbnailTHE THREE STOOGES SIGNED CUT LARRY FINE MOE HOWARD CURLY JOE DERITA COA 3$619.00logo