Emil Sitka ~

The Fourth Stooge

        "The most important actor in most Stooges films, besides the Stooges themselves, was the sharp-nosed, wide-eyed Emil Sitka... His presence was such a mainstay of the operation that many thought of him as an undeclared 'fourth Stooge.'"

                                       -Moe Feinberg, Larry Fine's brother

                                         Larry The Stooge In the Middle



To communicate with friends and fans of Emil Sitka, share information about his life and career, preserve the cultural heritage of the Hollywood productions in which he participated, and promote his legacy as The Fourth Stooge.

EmilSitka.com is an on-line informational resource serving the mission of the Emil Sitka Fan Club.

Listed below are some related items available on Amazon.
The DVD set below has not only all the Stooges shorts but also the two-reelers of Shemp Howard, Joe Besser and Joe DeRita! It's a fantastic set of Stooge material AND it's the first release of Columbia Pictures' non-Stooge shorts since, well, a very long time!
The book shown below is a wonderful source of rare information about the “comedy factory’ that brought the world so many laughs with The Three Stooges and other comedians of the day. Highly recommended reading!


Emil Sitka and The Three Stooges

          Emil Sitka worked in scores of Hollywood movies with dozens of stars, but it is undoubtedly his association with The Three Stooges for which he is best remembered.
          Over a period of twenty years, Emil Sitka worked with The Three Stooges in thirty-five shorts, two television pilots, four feature films, and one television series. Emil sometimes enacted two or more characters in the same film for a total of more than seventy different Stooge roles. He was a butler, a lawyer, a landlord, a justice-of-the-peace, a lunatic, and a Councilman, and that's just his first six roles! Whatever the situation required, Emil played a corresponding character to contrast with and set up the Stooges' humor.
          Emil is one of only two actors who worked with all four versions of The Three Stooges. He began when it was Larry, Moe and Curly making Columbia shorts, appeared frequently during the Shemp and Besser years, and showed up in numerous De Rita-era features and TV shows.
          Emil has the unusual distinction of having worked with each one of the "replacement" Stooges (Shemp Howard, Joe Besser, and Joe De Rita) before they joined the Three Stooges, while they were solo stars making films on their own.
          Over the years, Emil got the opportunity to know each of six "men who were Stooges" in a different way.
          Perhaps the most interesting role Emil played with The Three Stooges was the role that never made it to film, when he was asked by Moe Howard to actually join the trio and become a Stooge. Fate intervened and it didn't happen, but it was a very rare honor in the history of The Three Stooges.
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Shorts (35)

Feature Films (6)

Television Projects (5)

The Fifth Set (2) future

Pre-Stooges (8) future

The first version of The Three Stooges
consisted of, from left to right,
Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard

Emil's first appearance with The Three Stooges in 1947 was Curly's last film as a Stooge.

The second version of The Three Stooges
consisted of, from left to right,
Shemp Howard, Larry Fine and Moe Howard

Emil appeared with this set of Stooges in 28 shorts and one television pilot between 1947 and 1956.

The third version of The Three Stooges
consisted of, from left to right,
Joe Besser, Larry Fine and Moe Howard

Emil appeared with the third set of Stooges in six shorts between 1956 and 1958.

The fourth version of The Three Stooges
consisted of, from left to right,
Larry Fine, Moe Howard and Curly-Joe De Rita

Emil appeared with the fourth set of Stooges in four feature films, one television pilot, and one television cartoon series between 1960 and 1965.

The fifth version of The Three Stooges
would have consisted of, from left to right,
Curly-Joe De Rita, Moe Howard and Emil Sitka

In what would have been the fifth set of The Three Stooges, Emil was chosen to join the trio for two unrealized film projects in 1970 and 1975.
Here's a very rare color photo of Emil Sitka, right, in character as one of The Three Stooges.