Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis

  • Born on
    • June 3rd, 1925
  • Died on
    • September 29th, 2010
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.


Acting (66 Credits)

2014And the Oscar Goes to...
2010Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff as Eric (archive footage) (uncredited)
2002Reflections of Evil as Host
1995The Immortals as Dominic
1993Naked in New York as Carl Fisher
1992Christmas in Connecticut as Alexander Yardley
1989Walter & Carlo i Amerika as WIlly La Rouge
1989Lobster Man from Mars as J.P. Shelldrake
1986Murder in Three Acts as Charles Cartwright
1985Insignificance as The Senator
1980The Mirror Crack'd as Martin N. Fenn
1980Little Miss Marker as Blackie
1978The Manitou as Harry Erskine
1978The Bad News Bears Go to Japan as Marvin Lazar
1978Vega$ as Roth
1977Sextette as Alexei Karansky
1976The Last Tycoon as Rodriguez
1975The Count of Monte-Cristo as Fernand Morcerf Mondego
1971The Persuaders! as Danny Wilde
1970You Can't Win 'Em All as Adam Dyer
1969Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies as Chester Schofield
1968The Boston Strangler as Albert DeSalvo
1968Rosemary's Baby as Donald Baumgart (voice) (uncredited)
1967Don't Make Waves as Carlo Cofield
1966Not with My Wife, You Don't! as Tom Ferris
1966Arrivederci, Baby! as Nick Johnson
1966Chamber of Horrors as Mr. Julian
1965The Great Race as The Great Leslie
1965Boeing, Boeing as Bernard Lawrence
1964Sex and the Single Girl as Bob Weston
1964Goodbye Charlie as George Wellington Tracy
1964Paris When It Sizzles as Maurice / Philippe (uncredited)
1963Captain Newman, M.D. as Cpl. Jackson "Jake" Leibowitz
1963The List of Adrian Messenger as Organ Grinder
1962Taras Bulba as Andrei Bulba
196240 Pounds of Trouble as Steve McCluskey
1961The Outsider as Ira Hamilton Hayes
1960Who Was That Lady? as David Wilson
1960The Rat Race as Pete Hammond Jr.
1960The Great Impostor as Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. / Martin Donner / Dr. Gilbert / Ben. W. Stone / Dr. Joseph Mornay / Robert Boyd Hammnd
1960Spartacus as Antoninus
1960Pepe as Tony Curtis
1959Some Like It Hot as Joe (Josephine)
1959Operation Petticoat as Nicholas Holden
1958The Defiant Ones as John 'Joker' Jackson
1958The Perfect Furlough as Cpl. Paul Hodges
1958Kings Go Forth as Caporal Britt Harris
1958The Vikings as Eric
1957The Midnight Story as Joe Martini
1957Mister Cory as Cory
1957Sweet Smell of Success as Sidney Falco
1956The Rawhide Years as Ben Matthews
1956Trapeze as Tino Orsini
1955Six Bridges to Cross as Jerry Florea
1954The Black Shield of Falworth as Myles Falworth
1954Beachhead as Burke
1953Houdini as Harry Houdini
1952Son of Ali Baba as Kashma Baba
1951The Prince Who Was a Thief as Julna
1950Kansas Raiders as Kit Dalton
1950Sierra as Brent Coulter
1950Francis as Captain Jones
1950Winchester '73 as Doan
1950Woman in Hiding as Dave Shaw (voice)
1949The Lady Gambles as Bellboy (as Anthony Curtis)
1949Criss Cross as Gigolo (uncredited)

Himself (4 Credits)

2015CSI Las Vegas: Grave Danger as Himself
2009Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel as Self
1999Play It to the Bone as Himself (Ringside Fan)
1995The Celluloid Closet as Himself


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