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Tony Curtis

1925-06-03 Bronx, New York, USA

Image of Tony Curtis


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.


Pamela, A Love Story Self (archive photo) 2023-01-30
Blonde Tony Curtis 2022-09-16
Rat Pack Self (archive footage) 2022-01-11
Marlon Brando, un acteur nommé désir Self - Actor (archive footage) 2014-09-20
And the Oscar Goes to... Self (archive footage) 2014-02-01
Tony Curtis - le gamin de Bronx Self 2012-03-20
That's Insignificance Himself 2011-06-14
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff Eric (archive footage) (uncredited) 2010-05-05
Tony Curtis erzählt... Self 2010-10-03
Marilyn Monroe - Tod einer Ikone Self 2010-02-10
Marilyn Monroe - Ich möchte geliebt werden Self 2010-02-10
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel Self 2009-01-01
David & Fatima Mr. Schwartz 2008-06-27
Jerry Lewis - König der Komödianten Himself 2006-03-15
The Making of 'Some Like It Hot' Self 2006-06-25
The Legacy of 'Some Like It Hot' Self 2006-06-25
Hollywood Legenden Self 2004-01-01
Hugh Hefner: American Playboy Himself 2003-11-18
Reflections of Evil Host 2002-03-22
Tony Curtis on 'Some Like It Hot' Self 2001-05-22
Rescued from the Closet Self 2001-05-29
Nobody's Perfect - The Making of Some Like It Hot Self 2001-12-31
Play It to the Bone Himself (Ringside Fan) 1999-12-25
Roxanne's Best Christmas Ever Bernard (voice) 1998-12-15
Louis & Frank 1998-07-08
Stargames King Fendel 1998-06-03
Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball Wald 1997-03-30
The Continued Adventures of Reptile Man Jack Steele 1997-05-13
The Celluloid Closet Self 1996-01-30
The Immortals Dominic 1995-10-05
Perry Mason: The Case of the Grimacing Governor Johnny Steele 1994-11-09
A Century of Cinema Self 1994-01-01
Beauty and the Bandit Lucky Bergstrom 1994-04-03
Naked in New York Carl Fisher 1993-11-10
The Mummy Lives Aziru / Dr. Mohassid 1993-07-10
Christmas in Connecticut Alexander Yardley 1992-04-13
Center of the Web Stephen Moore 1992-05-15
Joseph Cornell: Worlds in a Box Himself/Narrator 1991-11-29
Prime Target Copella 1991-09-27
Thanksgiving Day Max Schloss 1990-11-19
Lobster Man from Mars J.P. Shelldrake 1990-02-09
Walter og Carlo: I Amerika WIlly La Rouge 1989-11-24
Tarzan in Manhattan Archimedes Porter 1989-04-15
Midnight Mr. B 1989-07-01
Der Passagier - Welcome to Germany Mr. Cornfield 1988-05-04
Sparky's Magic Piano 1987-01-01
Murder in Three Acts Charles Cartwright 1986-10-01
Banter Charles Foster 1986-08-25
Mafia Princess Sam Giancana 1986-01-19
Balboa Ernie Stoddard 1986-01-02
Club Life Hector 1986-02-20
Half Nelson 1985-03-24
Insignificance The Senator 1985-08-02
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal Self 1985-01-01
Where Is Parsifal? Parsifal Katzanella-Boden 1984-01-01
BrainWaves Dr. Clavius 1983-08-05
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Self (archive footage) (uncredited) 1983-02-25
Magic with the Stars Harry Houdini (archive footage) (uncredited) 1982-01-17
Otelo (Comando negro) Col. Iago 1982-11-15
Portrait of a Showgirl Joey DeLeon 1982-04-09
The Million Dollar Face Chester Masterson 1981-03-12
Inmates: A Love Story Flanagan 1981-02-13
The Mirror Crack'd Martin N. Fenn 1980-09-19
It Rained All Night the Day I Left Robert Talbot 1980-08-05
The Masqueraders Danny Wilde 1980-01-01
Little Miss Marker Blackie 1980-03-21
Electric Blue 003 Himself 1980-01-01
The Scarlett O'Hara War David O. Selznick 1980-05-19
Death Becomes Me Danny Wilde 1979-01-01
Title Shot Frank Renzetti 1979-09-09
Playboy's 25th Anniversary Celebration 1979-05-07
Sextette Alexei Karansky 1978-03-03
The Users Randy Brent 1978-10-01
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan Marvin Lazar 1978-06-30
The Manitou Harry Erskine 1978-04-28
Casanova & Co. Giacomo Casanova / Giacomino 1977-03-01
The Last Appointment! Danny Wilde 1977-06-11
The Last Tycoon Rodriguez 1976-11-18
The Switch Danny Wilde 1976-06-07
Sporting Chance Danny Wilde 1975-01-01
The Count of Monte-Cristo Fernand Morcerf Mondego 1975-10-31
Lepke Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter 1975-05-23
Mission: Monte Carlo Danny Wilde 1974-01-01
London Conspiracy Danny Wilde 1974-10-04
The Persuaders! Danny Wilde 1973-04-01
The Third Girl from the Left Joey Jordan 1973-10-16
Norman Jewison, Film Maker Self (uncredited) 1971-01-01
Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? Shannon Gambroni 1970-09-11
You Can't Win 'Em All Adam Dyer 1970-07-23
Monte Carlo or Bust! Chester Schofield 1969-04-28
The Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo 1968-10-08
Rosemary's Baby Donald Baumgart (voice) (uncredited) 1968-06-12
Don't Make Waves Carlo Cofield 1967-06-20
La cintura di castità Guerrando da Montone 1967-12-01
Not With My Wife, You Don't! Tom Ferris 1966-11-02
Arrivederci, Baby! Nick Johnson 1966-12-28
Chamber of Horrors Mr. Julian 1966-10-19
Boeing, Boeing Bernard Lawrence 1965-12-22
The Great Race The Great Leslie 1965-07-01
Goodbye Charlie George Wellington Tracy 1964-11-18
Sex and the Single Girl Bob Weston 1964-12-25
Paris When It Sizzles Maurice / Philippe (uncredited) 1964-03-16
Wild and Wonderful Terry Williams 1964-06-09
Captain Newman, M.D. Cpl. Jackson "Jake" Leibowitz 1963-12-25
The List of Adrian Messenger Organ Grinder 1963-05-23
40 Pounds of Trouble Steve McCluskey 1962-12-31
Taras Bulba Andrei Bulba 1962-11-21
The Outsider Ira Hamilton Hayes 1961-12-27
The Great Impostor Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. / Martin Donner / Dr. Gilbert / Ben. W. Stone / Dr. Joseph Mornay / Robert Boyd Hammnd 1960-12-23
Menschen, Hoffnungen, Medaillen Self 1960-03-14
Pepe Tony Curtis 1960-12-21
Spartacus Antoninus 1960-10-13
Who Was That Lady? David Wilson 1960-04-08
The Rat Race Pete Hammond Jr. 1960-07-10
Some Like It Hot Joe / Josephine 1959-03-19
Operation Petticoat Lieutenant Nicholas Holden 1959-12-05
The Defiant Ones John 'Joker' Jackson 1958-08-14
The Perfect Furlough Cpl. Paul Hodges 1958-11-30
The Vikings Eric 1958-06-11
Kings Go Forth Caporal Britt Harris 1958-06-28
The Midnight Story Joe Martini 1957-06-04
Mister Cory Cory 1957-02-23
Sweet Smell of Success Sidney Falco 1957-07-04
Trapeze Tino Orsini 1956-05-30
The Rawhide Years Ben Matthews 1956-07-01
The Purple Mask Rene de Traviere / The Purple Mask 1955-06-15
The Square Jungle Eddie Quaid / Packy Glennon 1955-12-30
Allen in Movieland Self 1955-07-02
Six Bridges to Cross Jerry Florea 1955-01-21
A Star Is Born World Premiere Self 1954-09-28
The Black Shield of Falworth Myles Falworth 1954-09-02
Johnny Dark Johnny Dark 1954-06-25
So This Is Paris Joe Maxwell 1954-12-15
Beachhead Burke 1954-02-05
Forbidden Eddie Darrow 1953-12-02
The All American Nick Bonelli 1953-10-01
Houdini Harry Houdini 1953-07-02
Come Back Little Shiksa 1952-01-01
Son of Ali Baba Kashma Baba 1952-08-15
Flesh and Fury Paul Callan 1952-06-26
Meet Danny Wilson Nightclub Patron 1952-02-08
No Room for the Groom Alvah Morrell 1952-06-13
The Re-Inforcer Baffo 1951-10-04
Fairfax Avenue 1951-01-01
The Prince Who Was a Thief Julna 1951-05-17
I Was a Shoplifter Pepe 1950-05-13
Kansas Raiders Kit Dalton 1950-11-15
Sierra Brent Coulter (as Anthony Cutis) 1950-05-26
Francis Captain Jones 1950-02-08
Winchester '73 Doan 1950-07-12
How to Smuggle a Hernia Across the Border 1949-01-01
Criss Cross Gigolo (uncredited) 1949-02-04
City Across the River Mitch (as Anthony Curtis) 1949-04-07
Johnny Stool Pigeon Joey Hyatt (as Anthony Curtis) 1949-04-20
The Lady Gambles Bellboy (as Anthony Curtis) 1949-05-20
An Eye for an Eye
Nightmare Tony