Jules White

Jules White
Film: West side of the 1500 block of Vine Street
Director | Producer | Screenwriter
Born Sept. 17, 1900 in Budapest, Hungary
Died April 30, 1985 in Van Nuys, CA

Jules J. White produced and/or directed more than 130 of the nearly 200 "Three Stooges" comedies in addition to directing such classic slapstick comedians as Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, Charlie Chase and Chester Conklin. His work earned him four Academy Award nominations.

White, who took over the short subjects department at Columbia Pictures in 1934, died at age 84. He had retired in 1958, the same year that the studio closed his department after the short subject, which was often sandwiched between two major film features, lost its appeal.

He referred to himself as "The Fourth Stooge," claiming in a 1982 interview with The Times that he had earned the sobriquet because "it was easier to show them (Larry, Curly, and Moe) what to do than to write it down."

White came to Columbia from Paramount, where he was an assistant director, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he helped to create "The Barkies," a series of one-reelers that featured talking dogs.

White also produced, directed or wrote about 500 other shorts for Columbia.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1934 Best Short Subject - Comedy Men in Black Nomination
    1935 Best Short Subject - Comedy Oh, My Nerves Nomination
    1945 Best Short Subject - Two Reel The Jury Goes Round 'N' Round Nomination
    1946 Best Short Subject - Two Reel Hiss and Yell Nomination

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