The Three Stooges Were Grossly Underpaid

In 1934, Moses Horwitz, Larry Fine, and Jerome Horowitz — better known as Moe, Larry and Curly of The Three Stooges — signed with Columbia Pictures for $60,000 a year ($1.3 million today). That was for the TEAM, not EACH. That amount was never increased until 1958, when their contract failed to renew. During the time they were under contract to Columbia, they produced over 90 short films. The upside was that they only worked about 2 months out of the year, cranking out shorts 4 days a week. They were free to make money any way they wanted the rest of the year, as long as they didn’t work for another studio. They traveled the world with their successful stage act and actually made more money in their off season than in their on seasons. At the time of their deaths, Moe had an estimated net worth of $10 million ($57 million today), Larry had a net worth of $1 million ($5.7 million today), and Curly had a net worth of $50,000 ($560,000 today).