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Known Credits: 117

Birthday: 1925-06-03

Day of Death: 2010-09-29

Place of Birth: Bronx, New York, USA

Adult Actor: False

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Also Known As

  • Bernard Herschel Schwartz

Tony Curtis

Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Tony Curtis (June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010) was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades, but had his greatest popularity during the 1950s and early 1960s. He acted in over 100 films in roles covering a wide range of genres, from light comedy to serious drama. In his later years, Curtis made numerous television appearances.

Although his early film roles were partly the result of his good looks, by the later half of the 1950's he became a notable and strong screen presence. He began proving himself to be a “fine dramatic actor,” having the range to act in numerous dramatic and comedy roles. In his earliest parts he acted in a string of "mediocre" films, including swashbucklers, westerns, light comedies, sports films, and a musical. However, by the time he starred in Houdini (1953) with his wife Janet Leigh, "his first clear success," notes critic David Thomson, his acting had progressed immensely.

He won his first serious recognition as a skilled dramatic actor in Sweet Smell of Success (1957) with co-star Burt Lancaster. The following year he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in another drama, The Defiant Ones (1958). Curtis then gave what many believe was his best acting, in a completely different role, the comedy Some Like It Hot (1959). Thomson calls it an "outrageous film," and it was voted the number 1 funniest film in history from a survey done by the American Film Institute. It costarred Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe, and was directed by Billy Wilder. That was followed by Blake Edwards’ comedy Operation Petticoat (1959) with Cary Grant. They were both “frantic comedies,” and displayed "his impeccable comic timing." He often collaborated with Edwards on later films.

His most significant serious part came in 1968 when he starred in the true-life drama The Boston Strangler, which some consider his "last major film role." The part reinforced his reputation as a serious actor with his "chilling portrayal" of serial killer Albert DeSalvo. He gained 30 pounds and had his face "rebuilt" with a false nose to look like the real DeSalvo.

Curtis was the father of actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis by his first wife, actress Janet Leigh.

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Acting
2009 Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel as Himself
2006 The One Show - (2 episodes)
2006 The Making of 'Some Like It Hot' as Himself
2006 The Legacy of 'Some Like It Hot' as Himself
2006 Jerry Lewis - König der Komödianten as Himself
2003 Hope & Faith - (1 episode)
2002 Reflections of Evil as Host
2001 Tony Curtis on 'Some Like It Hot' as Himself
2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - (1 episode)
1999 Play It to the Bone as Himself (Ringside Fan)
1997 The View - (1 episode)
1997 The Continued Adventures of Reptile Man as Jack Steele
1997 Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball as Wald
1995 The Immortals as Dominic
1994 Bandit: Beauty and the Bandit as Lucky Bergstrom
1993 The Mummy Lives as Aziru / Dr. Mohassid
1993 Naked in New York as Carl Fisher
1992 Center of the Web as Stephen Moore
1992 Christmas in Connecticut as Alexander Yardley
1991 Prime Target as Copella
1989 Walter and Carlo in America as WIlly La Rouge
1989 Midnight as Mr. B
1989 Lobster Man from Mars as J.P. Shelldrake
1988 Roseanne - (1 episode)
1988 This Morning - (1 episode)
1988 Welcome to Germany
1986 Murder in Three Acts as Charles Cartwright
1986 Balboa as Ernie Stoddard
1986 Club Life as Hector
1985 Insignificance as The Senator
1985 Where Is Parsifal?
1983 BrainWaves as Dr. Clavius
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1982 Portrait Of A Showgirl as Joey DeLeon
1980 The Mirror Crack'd as Martin N. Fenn
1980 Little Miss Marker as Blackie
1978 The Users as Randy Brent
1978 The Bad News Bears Go to Japan as Marvin Lazar
1978 The Manitou as Harry Erskine
1978 Sextette as Alexei Karansky
1977 Casanova & Co. as Giacomo ´/ Casanova
1976 The Last Tycoon as Rodriguez
1975 McCoy - (4 episodes)
1975 The Count of Monte-Cristo as Fernand Morcerf Mondego
1975 Lepke as Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter
1974 Mission: Monte Carlo as Danny Wilde
1973 The Third Girl from the Left as Joey Jordan
1973 The American Film Institute Salute to ... - (1 episode)
1971 The Persuaders! - (27 episodes)
1970 Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?
1970 You Can't Win 'Em All as Adam Dyer
1969 Bracken's World - (1 episode)
1969 Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies as Chester Schofield
1968 The Boston Strangler as Albert DeSalvo
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - (8 episodes)
1967 Don't Make Waves as Carlo Cofield
1966 Not With My Wife, You Don't! as Tom Ferris
1965 Boeing (707) Boeing (707) as Bernard Lawrence
1965 The Great Race as The Great Leslie
1964 Sex and the Single Girl as Bob Weston
1964 Goodbye Charlie as George Wellington Tracy
1964 Paris When It Sizzles as Maurice / Philippe
1963 Captain Newman, M.D. as Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz
1963 The List of Adrian Messenger as Cameo
1962 Taras Bulba as Andrei Bulba
1962 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - (1 episode)
1962 40 Pounds of Trouble
1961 The Outsider as Ira Hamilton Hayes
1961 The Great Imposter as Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. / Martin Donner / Dr. Gilbert / Ben. W. Stone / Dr. Joseph Mornay / Robert Boyd Hammnd
1960 Pepe as Himself
1960 Spartacus as Antoninus
1960 The Flintstones - (1 episode)
1960 The Rat Race as Pete Hammond Jr.
1960 Who Was That Lady? as David Wilson
1959 Operation Petticoat as Lt. (j.g.) Nicholas Holden
1959 Some Like It Hot as Joe (Josephine)
1958 The Perfect Furlough as Cpl. Paul Hodges
1958 The Defiant Ones as John 'Joker' Jackson
1958 The Vikings as Eric
1958 Kings Go Forth as Caporal Britt Harris
1957 The Midnight Story as Joe Martini
1957 Sweet Smell of Success as Sidney Falco
1957 Mister Cory as Cory
1956 The Rawhide Years
1956 The Steve Allen Show - (2 episodes)
1956 Trapeze as Tino Orsini
1955 The Purple Mask as Rene de Traviere/ The Purple Mask
1955 Six Bridges to Cross as Jerry Florea
1954 The Black Shield Of Falworth as Myles Falworth
1954 Johnny Dark as Johnny Dark
1954 Beachhead as Burke
1953 Forbidden as Eddie Darrow
1953 All American as Nick Bonelli
1953 Houdini as Harry Houdini
1953 General Electric Theater - (2 episodes)
1952 This Is Your Life - (1 episode)
1952 Son of Ali Baba as Kashma Baba
1952 No Room For the Groom as Alvah Morrell
1952 Flesh and Fury as Paul Callan
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - (1 episode)
1951 The Prince Who Was a Thief as Julna
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour - (4 episodes)
1950 Kansas Raiders as Kit Dalton
1950 Winchester '73 as Doan
1950 Sierra as Brent Coulter
1950 I Was a Shoplifter as Pepe (as Anthony Curtis)
1949 Johnny Stool Pigeon as Joey Hyatt (as Anthony Curtis)
1949 The Lady Gambles as Bellboy (as Anthony Curtis)
1949 City Across the River as Mitch (as Anthony Curtis)
1949 Criss Cross as Gigolo (uncredited)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show - (2 episodes)
1929 The Academy Awards - (4 episodes)
1900 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones - (0 episodes)
1900 Murder in Three Acts - (0 episodes)
1900 The Hollywood Greats - (2 episodes)
1900 The Million Dollar Face as Chester Masterson
1900 Hollywood Babylon - (0 episodes)
Crew
2006 The Making of 'Some Like It Hot' … Thanks
2006 The Legacy of 'Some Like It Hot' … Thanks
2001 Tony Curtis on 'Some Like It Hot' … Thanks
Production
1957 Sweet Smell of Success … Executive Producer