Tony Curtis

Actor, Producer
Dismissed in the early stages of his career for his "pretty boy" features, Hollywood heartthrob Tony Curtis soon developed into one of the most versatile leading men in movies of the 1950s and 1960s. He brought ... Read more »
Born: 06/02/1925 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (144)

David & Fatima 2008 (Movie)

Mr. Schwartz (Actor)

Funny Money 2007 (Movie)

Sol (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2001, 2005 (Tv Show)

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Hollywood Home Movies 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Snow Graham Norton: The Hollywood and the Ivy 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Hope & Faith 2004 (Tv Show)

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Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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History Vs. Hollywood 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Tony Curtis: Tony of the Movies 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Play It to the Bone 1999 (Movie)

Himself--Ringside Fan (Actor)

Private Screenings: Tony Curtis 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Rat Pack 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Bounty Hunters II 1998 (Movie)

Wald (Actor)

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Louis and Frank 1998 (Movie)

Lenny Star Springer (Actor)

Suddenly Susan 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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The GI Bill: The Law That Changed America 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Burt Lancaster 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Sidney Poitier: The Defiant One 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Star Games 1997 (Movie)

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Roger Moore: A Matter of Class 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Roseanne 1996 (Tv Show)

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The Celluloid Closet 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Clive James 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Naked in New York 1994 (Movie)

Carl Fisher (Actor)

She Tv 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Mummy Lives 1993 (Movie)

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AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Center of the Web 1992 (Movie)

Stephen Moore (Actor)

Christmas in Connecticut 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Prime Target 1991 (Movie)

Marrietta Copella (Actor)

Charlie 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Lobster Man From Mars 1990 (Movie)

J P Shelldrake (Actor)

Midnight 1989 (Movie)

Mr B (Actor)

Walter og Carlo i New York 1989 (Movie)

Wally La Rouge (Actor)

Agatha Christie's "Murder in Three Acts" 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Welcome to Germany 1987 (Movie)

Mr Cornfield (Actor)

Club Life 1986 (Movie)

Hector (Actor)

Insignificance 1985 (Movie)

Senator (Actor)

The Fantasy Film World of George Pal 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Last of Philip Banter 1985 (Movie)

Charles Foster (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Where Is Parsifal? 1984 (Movie)

Parsifal Katzanella-Boden (Actor)

Magic With the Stars 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Balboa 1981 (Movie)

Ernie Stoddard (Actor)

BrainWaves 1981 (Movie)

Dr Clavius (Actor)

Othello 1981 (Movie)

Iago (Actor)

Little Miss Marker 1980 (Movie)

Blackie Ryan (Actor)

Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Playboy's 25th Anniversary Celebration 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The Mirror Crack'd 1979 (Movie)

Marty N Fenn (Actor)

The Bad News Bears Go to Japan 1978 (Movie)

Marvin Lazar (Actor)

The Manitou 1978 (Movie)

Harry Erskine (Actor)

Title Shot 1978 (Movie)

Frank Renzetti (Actor)

Vega$ 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Sextette 1977 (Movie)

Alexei Karansky (Actor)

Casanova & Co. 1976 (Movie)

Giacomino (Actor)

McCoy 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Annie and the Hoods 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Lepke 1975 (Movie)

Louis "Lepke" Buchalter (Actor)

The Count of Monte Cristo 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Last Tycoon 1975 (Movie)

Rodriguez (Actor)

Super Comedy Bowl 2 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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The Persuaders! 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? 1970 (Movie)

Shannon Gambroni (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (03/18/70) 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

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Monte Carlo or Bust! 1969 (Movie)

Chester Shofield (Actor)

Rosemary's Baby 1968 (Movie)

of Donald Baumgart (Voice)

The Boston Strangler 1968 (Movie)

Albert DeSalvo (Actor)

Don't Make Waves 1967 (Movie)

Carlo Cofield (Actor)

Arrivederci, Baby! 1966 (Movie)

Nick Johnson (Actor)

The Chastity Belt 1966 (Movie)

Guerrando DaMontone (Actor)

Boeing Boeing 1965 (Movie)

Bernard Lawrence (Actor)

Not With My Wife, You Don't 1965 (Movie)

Tom Ferris (Actor)

The Great Race 1965 (Movie)

The Great Leslie (Actor)

Goodbye, Charlie 1964 (Movie)

George Tracy (Actor)

Sex and the Single Girl 1964 (Movie)

Bob Weston (Actor)

Wild and Wonderful 1964 (Movie)

Terry Williams (Actor)

40 Pounds of Trouble 1963 (Movie)

Steve McLuskey (Actor)

The List of Adrian Messenger 1963 (Movie)

Italian (Actor)

Captain Newman, M.D. 1962 (Movie)

Corporal Jackson Laibowitz (Actor)

Paris When It Sizzles 1962 (Movie)

(uncredited) 2nd Policeman (Actor)

Taras Bulba 1962 (Movie)

Andrei Bulba (Actor)

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

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The Outsider 1962 (Movie)

Ira Hamilton Hayes (Actor)

Spartacus 1960 (Movie)

Antoninus (Actor)

The Great Impostor 1960 (Movie)

Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr (Actor)

The Rat Race 1960 (Movie)

Peter Hammond Jr (Actor)

Who Was That Lady? 1960 (Movie)

David Wilson (Actor)

Operation Petticoat 1959 (Movie)

Lieutenant Nick Holden (Actor)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

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Some Like It Hot 1959 (Movie)

Joe/Josephine (Actor)

Kings Go Forth 1958 (Movie)

Britt Harris (Actor)

The Defiant Ones 1958 (Movie)

John 'Joker' Jackson (Actor)

The Perfect Furlough 1958 (Movie)

Corporal Paul Hodges (Actor)

The Vikings 1958 (Movie)

Eric (Actor)

Mister Cory 1957 (Movie)

Cory (Actor)

Sweet Smell of Success 1957 (Movie)

Sidney Falco (Actor)

The Midnight Story 1957 (Movie)

Joe Martini (Actor)

The Rawhide Years 1956 (Movie)

Ben Matthews (Actor)

Trapeze 1956 (Movie)

Tino Orsini (Actor)

Six Bridges to Cross 1955 (Movie)

Jerry Florea (Actor)

The Purple Mask 1955 (Movie)

Rene (Actor)

The Square Jungle 1955 (Movie)

Eddie Quaid (Actor)

Beachhead 1954 (Movie)

Burke (Actor)

Johnny Dark 1954 (Movie)

Johnny Dark (Actor)

So This Is Paris 1954 (Movie)

Joe Maxwell (Actor)

The Black Shield of Falworth 1954 (Movie)

Myles Falworth (Actor)

The Red Skelton Revue 1953 - 1954 (TV Show)

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Forbidden 1953 (Movie)

Eddie Darrow (Actor)

The All American 1953 (Movie)

Nick Bbonelli (Actor)

Houdini 1952 (Movie)

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Francis 1950 (Movie)

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Criss Cross 1949 (Movie)

Gigolo (Actor)

City Across the River (Movie)

Mitch (Actor)

Elvis Meets Nixon (TV Show)

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Hollywood Babylon (TV Show)

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I Was a Shoplifter (Movie)

Pepe (Actor)

Inmates: A Love Story (TV Show)

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Inside the Playboy Mansion (TV Show)

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Mafia Princess (TV Show)

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Meet Danny Wilson (Movie)

Man in Nightclub (Actor)

No Room for the Groom (Movie)

Alvah Morrell (Actor)

Portrait of a Showgirl (TV Show)

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Son of Ali Baba (Movie)

Kashma Baba (Actor)

Tarzan in Manhattan (TV Show)

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Thanksgiving Day (TV Show)

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The Big Ripoff (TV Show)

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The Immortals (TV Show)

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The Lady Gambles (Movie)

Bellboy (Actor)

The Million Dollar Face (TV Show)

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The Prince Who Was a Thief (Movie)

Julna (Actor)

The Users (TV Show)

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Vega$ (TV Show)

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Winchester '73 (Movie)

Doan (Actor)

Biography

Dismissed in the early stages of his career for his "pretty boy" features, Hollywood heartthrob Tony Curtis soon developed into one of the most versatile leading men in movies of the 1950s and 1960s. He brought tremendous charisma and energy to both his comic and dramatic projects, including "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957), "The Defiant Ones" (1958) - which earned him an Oscar nomination - "Some Like It Hot" (1959), "Spartacus" (1960), "Captain Newman, M.D." (1963), and "The Great Race" (1965). As with any sex symbol, the time in the sun is fleeting, so by the late 1960s, Curtis' profile began to fade, but he maintained a busy schedule in European features and on television, playing against type as the title role in "The Boston Strangler" (1968). In later years, he enjoyed a successful second career as an artist, while lending his comments and experience to television shows and documentaries about the Golden Age of Hollywood - particularly when it came to remembering his "Some Like it Hot" co-star, Marilyn Monroe. Having been one-half of one of the most beloved off-screen couplings of the 1950s - the other half being actress Janet Leigh - Curtis enjoyed watching his daughter Jamie Lee Curtis blossom into an actress of great skill herself, proving the apple did not fall from the Curtis/Leigh family tree.

Relationships

Jamie Lee Curtis Actor

Daughter
Born Nov. 22, 1958; mother, Janet Leigh

Alexandra Curtis

Daughter
Born July 19, 1964 mother, Christine Kaufman

Leslie Curtis Actor

Wife

Allegra Curtis

Daughter
Born July 11, 1966 mother, Christine Kaufman

Jill Curtis Actor

Wife
Married Nov. 6, 1998 until his death Sept. 29, 2010

Kelley Curtis

Daughter
Born June 17, 1956 mother, Janet Leigh

Benjamin Curtis

Son
Born c. 1973 mother, Leslie Allen

Nicholas Curtis

Son
Born c. 1971 mother, Leslie Allen died on July 2, 1994 at age 23 after suffering a seizure related to heroin use

Lisa Deutsch

Wife
Married February 1993 and filed for divorce after 17 months of marriage

Christine Kaufman Actor

Wife
Met during filming of "Taras Bulba" (1962)

Janet Leigh Actor

Wife
Married 1951 Divorced 1962 Acted together in the films "Houdini" (1953), "The Vikings," and "Who Was That Lady?" (1960)

Andria Savio Actor

Wife

Emmanuel Schwartz

Father
Hungarian immigrant married Curtis' mother in 1924 died at age 58

Helen Schwartz

Mother
Hungarian immigrant married Curtis' father in 1924 diagnosed as schizophrenic died in 1974 at age 71

Julius Schwartz

Brother
Born in 1929 died c. 1938 from injuries sustained when he was hit by a truck

Robert Schwartz

Brother
Born in 1940 suffered from schizophrenia and was in and out of institutions throughout his life died in 1992

EDUCATION

City College of New York

New York , New York

Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research

New York , New York
Classmates included Walter Matthau

Seward Park High School

New York , New York

Milestones

2008

Featured with wife in the documentary "The Jill & Tony Curtis Story," about their efforts to rescue horses from slaughterhouses

2007

His painting "The Red Table" was on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

1999

Had a cameo role in "Play It to the Bone," starring Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson

1996

Played a ballroom dance instructor in an episode of "Roseanne" (ABC)

1995

Appeared as himself in "The Celluloid Closet," a documentary based on Vito Russo's groundbreaking book about Hollywood's portrayal of homosexuality

1993

Published Tony Curtis: The Autobiography

1993

Co-starred in the ensemble romantic comedy "Naked in New York"

1992

Hosted the short-lived syndicated series "Hollywood Babylon"

1991

Appeared in a restored version of Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus" (1960); included additional footage of the notorious bath scene with Laurence Olivier

1980

Performed onstage in a production of Neil Simon's "I Ought to Be in Pictures"

1980

Played David O. Selznick in the NBC miniseries, "Moviola"

1977

Published first novel, Kid Andrew Cody & Julie Sparrow

1976

Co-starred with Robert De Niro in "The Last Tycoon"

1970

TV series debut, co-starring with Roger Moore in "The Persuaders" (ABC)

1968

Played title role in "The Boston Strangler"

1965

Cast as the white-suited daredevil in "The Great Race"

1963

Played a neurotic orderly in "Captain Newman, M.D."

1962

Met second wife Christine Kaufmann on the set of "Taras Bulba"

1960

Starred with Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier in the swashbuckling "Spartacus"; directed by Stanley Kubrick

1960

Portrayed chronically flexible Ferdinand Demara in Robert Mulligan's "The Great Imposter"

1959

Teamed with Cary Grant in Blake Edwards' "Operation Petticoat"

1959

Most memorable role was in Billy Wilder's "Some Like It Hot," co-starring Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon

1958

Co-starred with Sidney Poitier in "The Defiant Ones"; film produced through Curtleigh Productions; earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination

1957

Surprised critics with his performance in Alexander Mackendrick's "Sweet Smell of Success"; film produced through Curtleigh Productions

1957

Made his TV acting debut in "Cornada," an episode of "General Electric Theater" (CBS)

1953

First major success, playing the title role of "Houdini"; co-starred with then-wife Janet Leigh

1949

First film appearance, had a bit part dancing with Yvonne De Carlo in "Criss Cross"

1949

Made film acting debut in "City Across the River"

Served in the Navy during WWII; was wounded while serving in Guam

Formed first of three production companies, Curtleigh Productions

First professional stage work with the Stanley Woolf Players

Signed to a contract by Universal Studios in the early 1950s

Developed skills as an artist; paintings, especially portraits of Marilyn Monroe portraits, fetched considerable sums

Formed Reynard Productions

Formed Curtis Enterprises in the 1960s

Bonus Trivia

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In 1970, Curtis was arrested for marijuana possession at Heathrow airport.

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In his autobiography, Curtis wrote of a brief affair with Marilyn Monroe before she had become a star. They would later co-star together in "Some Like It Hot."

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In 1984, Curtis underwent treatment for drug and alcohol addiction at the Betty Ford Center.

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Received the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) from France in 1995.

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On July 7, 2010, Curtis was admitted to a local hospital in Henderson, NV, complaining of breathing difficulties. The actor was promoting his artwork products at a Costco prior to being hospitalized.

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