American character actor Emil Sitka spent many years as a comic foil for the Three Stooges, first appearing with the Stooges in Half-Wits Holiday. He himself was about to become a Stooge in 1975 when Moe Howard passed away and broke up the trio forever. Sitka started out working odd jobs in mid-'30s Hollywood to support his family. Tiny acting roles were among those jobs. Sitka continued to appear in over 500 short films working with some of Hollywood's brightest stars, including Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, and Red Skelton. In addition to his acting career, Sitka was also a structural engineer.