Moses Horwitz (1897-1975), better known by his stage name of Moe Howard, was an American actor who starred in many short films in the 1930s and 40's. Like many vaudeville performers, Horwitz was Jewish, and was one of the first actors to mock Adolf Hitler. Horwitz would often act with his brother Jerome Horwitz and musician Louis Feinberg, as the Three Stooges. A mild mannered man, Horwitz's stage persona was that of a short-tempered bully, and he would often stage fights with his brother. A lifelong smoker, Horwitz died of lung cancer in California.