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With the help of his friend and actor Russell Hayden, Curtis helped develop Pioneertown, a western movie set location in Southern California that was used for many television and film westerns.
Curtis died of lung cancer on [[January 3]], [[1950s#1952|1952]], fifteen days before Curly Howard, and two months before fellow Stooge character actor Eddie Laughton in March.
His final appearance with the Stooges was as Shemp Howard's dental patient in The Tooth Will Out.
He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.