Tony Curtis

Writer / Actor | * 06/03/1925 († 85, 09/29/2010) | The Bronx, New York City, New York (United States of America (USA))
Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz; June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010) was an American actor with a career that spanned six decades, achieving the height of his popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s. He acted in more than 100 films, in roles covering a wide range of genres. In his later years, Curtis made numerous television appearances. He achieved his first major recognition as a dramatic actor in Sweet Smell of Success (1957) with co-star Burt Lancaster. The following year he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Defiant Ones (1958) alongside Sidney Poitier (who was also nominated in the same category). This was followed by the comedies Some Like It Hot and Operation Petticoat in 1959. In 1960, Curtis played a supporting role in the epic historical drama Spartacus. His stardom and film career declined considerably after 1960. His most signi... ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Drama | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Tony Curtis

2x Henrietta Award 2x Bambi Award American Campaign Medal Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal Golden Globe Awards Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame Sitges Grand Honorary Award Academy Award for Best Actor 2x BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
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Movies with Tony Curtis as Actor(144)

as Self (Archival Photo)2023 Pamela, A Love Story
as himself2022 Blonde
as Self - Actor (archive footage)2014 Marlon Brando: An Actor Named Desire
as Self (archive footage)2014 And the Oscar Goes To...
as Eric (archive footage) (uncredited)2010 Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
as Mr. Schwartz2008 David & Fatima
as Himself (Ringside Fan)1999 Play It to the Bone
as King Fendel1998 Star Games
as himself1996 The Celluloid Closet
as Dominic1995 The Immortals
as himself1994 A Century of Cinema
as Lucky Bergstrom1994 Beauty and the Bandit
as Carl Fisher1993 Naked in New York
as Aziru / Dr. Mohassid1993 The Mummy Lives
as Alexander Yardley1992 Christmas in Connecticut
as Stephen Moore1992 Center of the Web
as Himself/Narrator1991 Joseph Cornell: Worlds in a Box
as Copella1991 Prime Target
as J.P. Shelldrake1990 Lobster Man from Mars
as Max Schloss1990 Thanksgiving Day
as Mr. B1989 Midnight
as Archimedes Porter1989 Tarzan in Manhattan
as WIlly La Rouge1989 Walter and Carlo in America
as Ernie Stoddard1986 Balboa
as Hector1986 Club Life
as Charles Cartwright1986 Murder in Three Acts
as Sam Giancana1986 Mafia Princess
as Charles Foster1986 Banter
as The Senator1985 Insignificance
as Parsifal Katzanella-Boden1984 Where Is Parsifal?
as Dr. Clavius1983 BrainWaves
as Self (archive footage) (uncredited)1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
as Col. Iago1982 Black Commando
as Joey DeLeon1982 Portrait of a Showgirl
as Chester Masterson1981 The Million Dollar Face
as Flanagan1981 Inmates: A Love Story
as Danny Wilde1980 The Masqueraders
as himself1980 Electric Blue 003
as Martin N. Fenn1980 The Mirror Crack'd
as Blackie1980 Little Miss Marker
as David O. Selznick1980 The Scarlett O'Hara War
as Danny Wilde1979 Death Becomes Me
as Frank Renzetti1979 Title Shot
as Randy Brent1978 The Users
as Marvin Lazar1978 The Bad News Bears Go to Japan
as Alexei Karansky1978 Sextette
as Harry Erskine1978 The Manitou
as Danny Wilde1977 The Last Appointment!
as Giacomo Casanova / Giacomino1977 Casanova & Co.
as Danny Wilde1976 The Switch
as Rodriguez1976 The Last Tycoon
as Danny Wilde1975 Sporting Chance
as Fernand Morcerf Mondego1975 The Count of Monte-Cristo
as Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter1975 Lepke
as Danny Wilde1974 London Conspiracy
as Danny Wilde1974 Mission: Monte Carlo
as Joey Jordan1973 The Third Girl from the Left
as Danny Wilde1973 The Persuaders!
as Self (uncredited)1971 Norman Jewison, Film Maker
as Adam Dyer1970 You Can't Win 'Em All
as Chester Schofield1969 Monte Carlo or Bust!
as Donald Baumgart (voice) (uncredited)1968 Rosemary's Baby
as Albert DeSalvo1968 The Boston Strangler
as Carlo Cofield1967 Don't Make Waves
as Nick Johnson1966 Drop Dead Darling
as Mr. Julian1966 Chamber of Horrors
as Bernard Lawrence1965 Boeing, Boeing
as The Great Leslie1965 The Great Race
as Terry Williams1964 Wild and Wonderful
as Maurice / Philippe (uncredited)1964 Paris When It Sizzles
as George Wellington Tracy1964 Goodbye Charlie
as Bob Weston1964 Sex and the Single Girl
as Cpl. Jackson "Jake" Leibowitz1963 Captain Newman, M.D.
as Organ Grinder1963 The List of Adrian Messenger
as Steve McCluskey1962 40 Pounds of Trouble
as Andrei Bulba1962 Taras Bulba
as Ira Hamilton Hayes1961 The Outsider
as himself1960 People, Hopes, Medals
as Pete Hammond Jr.1960 The Rat Race
as David Wilson1960 Who Was That Lady?
as himself1960 Pepe
as Antoninus1960 Spartacus
as Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. / Martin Donner / Dr. Gilbert / Ben. W. Stone / Dr. Joseph Mornay / Rober1960 The Great Impostor
as Lieutenant Nicholas Holden1959 Operation Petticoat
as Joe / Josephine1959 Some Like It Hot
as John 'Joker' Jackson1958 The Defiant Ones
as Caporal Britt Harris1958 Kings Go Forth
as Eric1958 The Vikings
as Cpl. Paul Hodges1958 The Perfect Furlough
as Sidney Falco1957 Sweet Smell of Success
as Joe Martini1957 The Midnight Story
as Cory1957 Mister Cory
as Ben Matthews1956 The Rawhide Years
as Tino Orsini1956 Trapeze
as Jerry Florea1955 Six Bridges to Cross
as himself1955 Allen in Movieland
as Eddie Quaid / Packy Glennon1955 The Square Jungle
as Rene de Traviere / The Purple Mask1955 The Purple Mask
as Myles Falworth1954 The Black Shield of Falworth
as Johnny Dark1954 Johnny Dark
as Joe Maxwell1954 So This Is Paris
as Burke1954 Beachhead
as Eddie Darrow1953 Forbidden
as Nick Bonelli1953 The All American
as Harry Houdini1953 Houdini
as Kashma Baba1952 Son of Ali Baba
as Alvah Morrell1952 No Room for the Groom
as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)1952 Meet Danny Wilson
as Paul Callan1952 Flesh and Fury
as Pepe1950 I Was a Shoplifter
as Doan1950 Winchester '73
as Captain Jones1950 Francis
as Kit Dalton1950 Kansas Raiders
as Brent Coulter (as Anthony Cutis)1950 Sierra
as Hot Rod Driver (uncredited)1949 Take One False Step
as Gigolo (uncredited)1949 Criss Cross
as Bellboy (as Anthony Curtis)1949 The Lady Gambles
as Joey Hyatt (as Anthony Curtis)1949 Johnny Stool Pigeon
as Mitch (as Anthony Curtis)1949 City Across the River

TV Shows/Series with Tony Curtis as Actor(37)

as Self (archive footage)2019 The UnXplained
as Self (archive footage)2013 Talking Pictures
as himself2007 Shrink Rap
as himself2007 The Graham Norton Show
as Self - Guest2006 The One Show
as Morris2003 Hope & Faith
as himself1997 The View
as himself1988 This Morning
as himself1981 Wetten, dass..?
as Roth1978 Vega$
as himself1977 Bitte umblättern
as McCoy1975 McCoy
as himself1971 V.I.P. Schaukel
as Danny Wilde1971 The Persuaders!
as Self - Guest1968 The Dick Cavett Show
as Self - Recipient1956 The Steve Allen Show
as Self - Guest1956 The Steve Allen Show
as Mario Galindo1953 GE Theater
as David1953 GE Theater
as himself1952 This Is Your Life
as Self - Mystery Guest1950 What's My Line?
as himself1948 The Ed Sullivan Show
as Self (archive footage)1948 The Ed Sullivan Show

Movies with Tony Curtis as Crew(6)

Production/Executive Producer1963 Captain Newman, M.D.
Production/Executive Producer1957 Sweet Smell of Success

Full Name: Tony Bernard Curtis
Born: Wednesday, 06/03 1925 (June) in The Bronx, New York City, New York (United States of America (USA))
Died: Wednesday, 09/29 2010 (September) in Henderson (aged: 85)
Zodiac sign: Gemini (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Languages: English (EN, native language), Hungarian (HU, native language)
Educated at: New School, City College of New York, Seward Park High School
Spouses (current/former): Janet Leigh, Christine Kaufmann, Leslie Allen, Andrea Savio, Lisa Deutsch, Jill Vandenberg
Father: Emanuel Schwartz
Mother: Helen Klein
Other names for Tony Curtis (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Bernard Herschel Schwartz"
"Anthony Curtis" (Pseudonym)
"Тони Кёртис"
"Bernard Schwartz"
Tony Curtis frequently works together with these people:
Bud Westmore (24x, Crew)
Russell A. Gausman (24x, Crew)
Leslie I. Carey (20x, Crew)
Joan St. Oegger (18x, Crew)
Charlton Heston (16x, Actor)
Vincent Price (15x, Actor)
Jerry Lewis (15x, Actor)
Kirk Douglas (15x, Actor)
Lee Marvin (14x, Actor)
Debbie Reynolds (14x, Actress)
Bernard Herzbrun (14x, Crew)
Alexander Golitzen (14x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:6591, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 05/10/2024