Larry Fine, one of “The 3 Stooges” Born at 606 South 3rd Street, the building that now houses Jon’s Bar & Grille….
Born October 5th, 1902 at 606 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA, Louis Feinberg was the son of jeweler Joseph Feinberg and his wife, Fanny Lieberman. Larry’s ability as a violinist was the result of a terrible accident that scarred the youngster for many years. One night, while his mother was out at the movies, his father babysat him. In close proximity to the crib, Feinberg was testing the gold qualities of jewelry with a chemical called oxalic acid, a powerful mixture that turns phony gold green and can eat through skin.
Larry awoke, reached through the crib, and grabbed the bottle and spilled some on his arm. The acid had eaten away part of his arm. It was so serious that the hospital wanted to amputate. His father would have none of it and found a doctor who grafted skin from his child’s leg over the wound.
As part of his therapy, Larry was given violin lessons to strengthen his arm and he became an accomplished musician. He also took up boxing during his formative years, primarily to strengthen his arm.
Larry married a talented singer (Vaudeville) named Mabel Haney on June 22nd, 1926. He also had a daughter named Phyllis.
After having made over 185 movies and shorts, Larry Fine passed away on Friday, January 24, 1975 at the age of 73. He is still remembered as one of the best know entertainers America has ever produced.