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Tony Curtis

Actor | * 06/03/1925 († 85, 09/29/2010) | Bronx, New York, USA
Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz; June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010) was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades but who achieved 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, from light comedy to serious drama. In his later years, Curtis made numerous television appearances. Although his early film roles mainly took advantage of his good looks, by the latter half of the 1950s he had demonstrated range and depth 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 achieved his first serious recognition as a dramatic actor in Sweet Smell of Success (1957) with co-star Burt Lancaster. The following year he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in ()
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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

Known for these Movies & Shows

Sweet Smell of Success

NR

1957 | 3.9/5 | 1h 37min
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Some Like It Hot

Certification unknown

1959 | 4.1/5 | 2h 2min
available on:

Spartacus

PG-13

1960 | 3.8/5 | 3h 17min
available on:

The Persuaders!

Certification unknown

1971 | 4.0/5 | 50min per episode

Awards & Nominations for Tony Curtis

Golden Globe Award Academy Award for Best Actor

Movies with Tony Curtis as Actor(120)

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 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 Copella1991 Prime Target
as Mr. B1989 Midnight
as Archimedes Porter1989 Tarzan in Manhattan
as J.P. Shelldrake1989 Lobster Man from Mars
as WIlly La Rouge1989 Walter and Carlo in America
as Mr. Cornfield1988 Welcome to Germany
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 Dr. Clavius1983 BrainWaves
as Himself (archive footage)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 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 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 Giacomo ´/ Casanova1977 Casanova & Co.
as Rodriguez1976 The Last Tycoon
as Fernand Morcerf Mondego1975 The Count of Monte-Cristo
as Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter1975 Lepke
as Danny Wilde1974 Mission: Monte Carlo
as Joey Jordan1973 The Third Girl from the Left
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 Arrivederci, Baby!
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 / Philippe1964 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 Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. / Martin Donner / Dr. Gilbert / Ben. W. Stone / Dr. Joseph Mornay / Rober1961 The Great Impostor
as Pete Hammond Jr.1960 The Rat Race
as David Wilson1960 Who Was That Lady?
as himself1960 Pepe
as Antoninus1960 Spartacus
as Lt. (j.g.) Nicholas Holden1959 Operation Petticoat
as Joe (Josephine)1959 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 Eddie Quaid1955 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 Paul Callan1952 Flesh and Fury
as Pepe (as Anthony Curtis)1950 I Was a Shoplifter
as Doan1950 Winchester '73
as Capt. Jones (as Anthony Curtis)1950 Francis
as Kit Dalton1950 Kansas Raiders
as Brent Coulter1950 Sierra
as Gigolo1949 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(26)

Movies with Tony Curtis as Crew(4)

Production/Executive Producer1957 Sweet Smell of Success

Additional Information

Full Name: Tony Bernard Curtis
Born: 06/03/1925 in New York City
Died: 09/29/2010 in Henderson (aged: 85)
Zodiac sign: Gemini (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Languages: English (EN), Hungarian (HU, native language)
Educated at: The New School
Spouses (current/former): Janet Leigh, Christine Kaufmann, Leslie Allen, Andrea Savio, Lisa Deutsch, Jill Vandenberg
Other names for Tony Curtis (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Bernard Herschel Schwartz"
"Anthony Curtis" (Pseudonym)
"Bernard Schwartz"
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:6591, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 03/13/2019