Dan Curtis

Producer, Director, Screenwriter
Producer-director Dan Curtis began his showbiz career as a salesman at NBC and later MCA. In the early 1960s, the Bridgeport, CT native founded his own production company and also became the owner and executive in ... Read more »
Born: 08/11/1927 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Director (29)

The Love Letter 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director

In Advance of the Landing 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Me and the Kid 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Dark Shadows 1965 - 1971, 1973 - 1974, 1982 - 1983, 1990 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Dark Shadows 1965 - 1971, 1973 - 1974, 1982 - 1983, 1990 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Dark Shadows 1967 - 1968, 1970 - 1971, 1982 - 1983, 1990 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Intruders 1967 - 1968, 1970 - 1971, 1982 - 1983, 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Turn of the Screw 1967 - 1971, 1973 - 1974, 1982 - 1983, 1990 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

The Winds of War 1967 - 1968, 1970 - 1971, 1982 - 1983 (Tv Show)

Director

Burnt Offerings 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Dracula 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Director

Night of Dark Shadows 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

House of Dark Shadows 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Curse of the Black Widow (TV Show)

Director

In the Dead of Night (TV Show)

Director

Melvin Purvis: G-Man (TV Show)

Director

Mrs. R's Daughter (TV Show)

Director

Our Fathers (TV Show)

Director

Saving Milly (TV Show)

Director

Scream of the Wolf (TV Show)

Director

The Great Ice Rip-Off (TV Show)

Director

The Kansas City Massacre (TV Show)

Director

The Long Days of Summer (TV Show)

Director

The Night Strangler (TV Show)

Director

The Norliss Tapes (TV Show)

Director

Trilogy of Terror (TV Show)

Director

Trilogy of Terror II (TV Show)

Director
Producer (14)

Night Stalker 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Consulting Producer

In Advance of the Landing 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Me and the Kid 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Angie, The Lieutenant 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Big Easy 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Burnt Offerings 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Frankenstein 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Producer

The Picture of Dorian Gray 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Producer

The Night Stalker 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Producer

Night of Dark Shadows 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

House of Dark Shadows 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Johnny Ryan (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Supertrain (TV Show)

Executive Producer

War and Remembrance (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (4)

Dark Shadows 2012 (Movie)

(from TV series: "Dark Shadows") (Source Material)

Me and the Kid 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Burnt Offerings 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Night of Dark Shadows 1971 (Movie)

(From Story)
Actor (4)

Intimate Portrait: Jane Seymour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

War and Remembrance: A Living History 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Producer-director Dan Curtis began his showbiz career as a salesman at NBC and later MCA. In the early 1960s, the Bridgeport, CT native founded his own production company and also became the owner and executive in charge of the Emmy-winning sports program "CBS Golf Classic" (1963-73). Curtis then moved into daytime TV as the creator of the drama serial "Dark Shadows" (1966-71). At its premiere, the show had a Gothic tone to it as it centered on an orphaned governess who goes to work for a wealthy family. Ratings were low and the network threatened cancellation. Taking an anything goes approach, the writers introduced a character of a vampire and the show swiftly became a must-see. "Dark Shadows" was somewhat campy in its day but it also appealed to a rabid fan base that continues to the present. While its roster of performers boasted such figures as Joan Bennett, Oscar nominee Grayson Hall and Jonathan Frid as the vampire Barnabas Collins, it also introduced future TV and film players ranging from Marsha Mason (who had a bit role) to Kate Jackson, Emmy-winner John Karlen and David Selby, among others. Eschewing typical soap opera stories, the series mined many of the popular themes found in sci-fi and horror literature (e.g., time travel, the Frankenstein and Wolf Man myths, etc.) but did not neglect the romance of the genre. If for nothing else, Curtis could be recalled for pushing the boundaries of daytime drama storytelling. He segued to the big screen with features based on the mythology of the show. "House of Dark Shadows" (1970) recast the original story and was more graphically violent that TV would allow. A second spin-off film "Night of Dark Shadows" (1972) proved less successful as did Curtis' attempt to revive the series in primetime for NBC in 1991.

Relationships

Edward Philip Curtis

Father

Mildred Bernice Cherkass

Mother

Cathy Curtis

Daughter

Tracy Curtis

Daughter

Norma Klein

Wife
married on June 22, 1952

EDUCATION

Syracuse University

Syracuse , New York 1950

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport , Connecticut 1947
transferred to Syracuse

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1991

Milestones

2012

Feature adaptation of "Dark Shadows" released posthumously, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins

2005

Directed final two TV-movies, "Saving Milly" (CBS) and "Our Fathers" (Showtime)

2005

Produced a pilot episode for a reboot of "Dark Shadows" (The WB)

2000

In January, announced plans to co-author and co-direct a Broadway musical based on "Dark Shadows" with music by Robert Colbert and lyrics by Rupert Holmes

1998

Helmed and produced "The Love Letter," a CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation

1996

Executive produced, directed, and co-wrote (with William F. Nolan) two segments of the sequel "Trilogy of Terror II" (USA Network)

1993

Last feature to date "Me and the Kid"; produced, scripted and directed

1992

Directed and co-executive produced the CBS miniseries "Intruders," purportedly based on true cases of UFO abductions

1991

Revived "Dark Shadows" (ABC) as a primetime serial; executive produced, wrote and directed miniseries version; executive produced and directed episodes of the short-lived series

1990

Executive produced "Johnny Ryan" (NBC), a pilot for a drama series that was not picked up by the network

1988

Directed and executive produced the 12-part sequel miniseries "War and Remembrance" (ABC)

1983

Served as producer and director of the epic 18-hour ABC miniseries "The Winds of War," based on the book by Herman Wouk

1980

Directed and executive produced the autobiographical "The Long Days of Summer" (ABC), a sequel to "When Every Day Was the Fourth of July"

1979

Executive produced and directed episodes of the short-lived series "Supertrain" (NBC)

1978

Provided story, directed and produced the autobiographical TV-movie "When Every Day Was the Fourth of July" (NBC)

1976

Penned the screenplay adaptation, produced and directed "Burnt Offerings," starring Black and Bette Davis

1975

Directed and produced the memorable thriller "Triology of Terror" (ABC); all three stories starred Karen Black

1974

Directed and produced the ABC miniseries "The Turn of the Screw," starring Lynn Redgrave

1974

Produced and directed the CBS TV-remake of "Dracula," starring Palance

1973

Produced the ABC miniseries "Frankenstein"

1972

Introduced the character of Carl Kolchak in the ABC TV-movie "The Night Stalker"

1970

Provided the story for and produced and directed "Night of Dark Shadows", a second film loosely based on the TV show

1969

Feature debut as producer and director "House of Dark Shadows," loosely based on the popular TV show

1968

First primetime TV production, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (ABC); starred Jack Palance

1966

Created, directed, and executive produced the ABC daytime soap "Dark Shadows"

1962

Founded Dan Curtis Productions

1952

Worked as head of sales in the film division of NBC

Was owner and producer of the Emmy-winning sports program "CBS Golf Classic"

Was network television program sales representative at MCA

Raised in Connecticut

Bonus Trivia

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"Horror stories are the most difficult type of things to do because you need imagination and humor, and you can never make a mistake. The first screw-up, you lose all credibility and you're dead with the audience...A logic lapse or the wrong kind of laugh can sink you. Every single word is a deathtrap." – Curtis quoted in Cinefantastique, Vol. 28, No. 4-5

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