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  • BIRTH 03/06/1925
  • DEATH 29/09/2010
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 8
  • MOVIES 64
  • PRODUCTION 3

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.

Tony Curtis

Shows (8)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Tony Curtis
The Persuaders!
The Persuaders!
Danny Wilde
The View
The View
Self
The UnXplained
The UnXplained
Self (archive footage)
Hope & Faith
Hope & Faith
Morris
The Graham Norton Show
The Graham Norton Show
Himself
Vega$
Vega$
Roth
General Electric Theater
General Electric Theater
David / Mario Galindo

Movies (64)

Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Donald Baumgart (voice) (uncredited)
Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot
Joe / Josephine
Spartacus
Spartacus
Antoninus
The Vikings
The Vikings
Eric
Pamela, A Love Story
Pamela, A Love Story
Self (archive photo)
The Boston Strangler
The Boston Strangler
Albert DeSalvo
Paris When It Sizzles
Paris When It Sizzles
Maurice / Philippe (uncredited)
Little Miss Marker
Little Miss Marker
Blackie
The Great Race
The Great Race
The Great Leslie
Criss Cross
Criss Cross
Gigolo (uncredited)
The Celluloid Closet
The Celluloid Closet
Self
You Can't Win 'Em All
You Can't Win 'Em All
Adam Dyer
Operation Petticoat
Operation Petticoat
Lieutenant Nicholas Holden
Houdini
Houdini
Harry Houdini
The List of Adrian Messenger
The List of Adrian Messenger
Organ Grinder
Monte Carlo or Bust!
Monte Carlo or Bust!
Chester Schofield
Murder in Three Acts
Murder in Three Acts
Charles Cartwright
Winchester '73
Winchester '73
Doan
The Immortals
The Immortals
Dominic
The Rat Race
The Rat Race
Pete Hammond Jr.
The Mirror Crack'd
The Mirror Crack'd
Martin N. Fenn
Marlon Brando, un acteur nommé désir
Marlon Brando, un acteur nommé désir
Self - Actor (archive footage)
Lobster Man from Mars
Lobster Man from Mars
J.P. Shelldrake
Midnight
Midnight
Mr. B
Casanova & Co.
Casanova & Co.
Giacomo Casanova / Giacomino
Mister Cory
Mister Cory
Cory
Woman in Hiding
Woman in Hiding
Dave Shaw (voice) (uncredited)
Kings Go Forth
Kings Go Forth
Caporal Britt Harris
Sparky's Magic Piano
Sparky's Magic Piano
Beauty and the Bandit
Beauty and the Bandit
Lucky Bergstrom
The Perfect Furlough
The Perfect Furlough
Cpl. Paul Hodges
It Rained All Night the Day I Left
It Rained All Night the Day I Left
Robert Talbot
Sex and the Single Girl
Sex and the Single Girl
Bob Weston
The Black Shield of Falworth
The Black Shield of Falworth
Myles Falworth
The Great Impostor
The Great Impostor
Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. / Martin Donner / Dr. Gilbert / Ben.
Who Was That Lady?
Who Was That Lady?
David Wilson
Tony Curtis - le gamin de Bronx
Tony Curtis - le gamin de Bronx
Self
Sweet Smell of Success
Sweet Smell of Success
Sidney Falco
Captain Newman, M.D.
Captain Newman, M.D.
Cpl. Jackson "Jake" Leibowitz
Naked in New York
Naked in New York
Carl Fisher
Francis
Francis
Captain Jones
Arrivederci, Baby!
Arrivederci, Baby!
Nick Johnson
Son of Ali Baba
Son of Ali Baba
Kashma Baba
Trapeze
Trapeze
Tino Orsini
The Defiant Ones
The Defiant Ones
John 'Joker' Jackson
La cintura di castità
La cintura di castità
Guerrando da Montone
The Count of Monte-Cristo
The Count of Monte-Cristo
Fernand Morcerf Mondego
Boeing, Boeing
Boeing, Boeing
Bernard Lawrence
The Manitou
The Manitou
Harry Erskine
Rat Pack
Rat Pack
Self (archive footage)
The Square Jungle
The Square Jungle
Eddie Quaid / Packy Glennon
Insignificance
Insignificance
The Senator
So This Is Paris
So This Is Paris
Joe Maxwell
Taras Bulba
Taras Bulba
Andrei Bulba
Johnny Stool Pigeon
Johnny Stool Pigeon
Joey Hyatt (as Anthony Curtis)
Goodbye Charlie
Goodbye Charlie
George Wellington Tracy
Tarzan in Manhattan
Tarzan in Manhattan
Archimedes Porter
A Century of Cinema
A Century of Cinema
Self
The Mummy Lives
The Mummy Lives
Aziru / Dr. Mohassid
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
Self
Play It to the Bone
Play It to the Bone
Tony Curtis (Ringside Fan)
Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball
Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball
Wald
The Last Tycoon
The Last Tycoon
Rodriguez
Forbidden
Forbidden
Eddie Darrow

Production (3)

Sweet Smell of Success
Sweet Smell of Success
Captain Newman, M.D.
Captain Newman, M.D.
Sex and the Single Girl
Sex and the Single Girl