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.
|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|