He and Moe began their comedy career in blackface, as characters in a sketch they called "Howard and Howard-A Study In Black."
After he quit the Three Stooges, he was replaced by his brother Curly. He then rejoined after Curly suffered a stroke in 1946.
He had a son named Morton with his wife Gertrude Frank.
He appears as a bartender in the 1940 W.C. Fields film The Bank Dick.