Tony Curtis

3 Jun 1925 - 29 Sep 2010

Actor, Producer

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.

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Filmography (66 titles)

(movie, 1999)
···Play It to the Bone
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Himself (Ringside Fan))
(movie, 1998)
···Stargames
Genre: Science Fiction
Role: Actor
(movie, 1995)
···The Immortals
Genre: Action, Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Dominic)
(movie, 1992)
···Christmas in Connecticut
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Alexander Yardley)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mr. Cornfield)
(movie, 1986)
···Murder in Three Acts
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Charles Cartwright)
(movie, 1986)
···Balboa
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Ernie Stoddard)
(movie, 1986)
···Club Life
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Hector)
(movie, 1986)
···Mafia Princess
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Sam (Salvatore) 'Momo' Giancana)
(movie, 1985)
···Insignificance
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as The Senator)
(movie, 1984)
···Where Is Parsifal?
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Parsifal Katzenellenbogen)
(movie, 1982)
···Othello, el comando negro
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Col. Iago)
(movie, 1982)
···Portrait of a Showgirl
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Joey DeLeon)
(movie, 1980)
···The Mirror Crack'd
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Martin N. Fenn)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Robert Talbot)
(movie, 1980)
···Little Miss Marker
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Blackie)
(movie, 1980)
···London Conspiracy
Genre: Action, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Danny Wilde)
(movie, 1980)
···The Scarlett O'Hara War
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as David O. Selznick)
(movie, 1976)
···The Last Tycoon
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Rodriguez)
(movie, 1976)
···Sporting Chance
Genre: Action, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Daniel Wilde)
(movie, 1975)
···The Count of Monte-Cristo
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, TV Movie
Role: Actor (as Fernand Morcerf Mondego)
(movie, 1975)
···Lepke
Genre: Biography, Drama
Role: Actor (as Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter)
(movie, 1975)
···The Big Rip-Off
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as McCoy)
(movie, 1973)
···The Third Girl from the Left
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Joey Jordan)
(movie, 1970)
···You Can't Win 'Em All
Genre: War, Adventure, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Adam Dyer)
(movie, 1969)
···Monte Carlo or Bust!
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Chester Schofield)
(movie, 1968)
···The Boston Strangler
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Albert DeSalvo)
(movie, 1968)
···Rosemary's Baby
Genre: Horror, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Donald Baumgart (voice) (uncredited))
(movie, 1967)
···Don't Make Waves
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Carlo Cofield)
(movie, 1967)
···La cintura di castità
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Guerrando da Montone)
(movie, 1966)
···Drop Dead Darling
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Nick Johnson)
(movie, 1966)
···Not with My Wife, You Don't!
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Tom Ferris)
(movie, 1965)
···Boeing, Boeing
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Bernard Lawrence)
(movie, 1965)
···The Great Race
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Family
Role: Actor (as The Great Leslie)
(movie, 1964)
···Goodbye Charlie
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Role: Actor (as George Wellington Tracy)
(movie, 1964)
···Wild and Wonderful
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Terry Williams)
(movie, 1962)
···Taras Bulba
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Andrei Bulba)
(movie, 1961)
···The Great Impostor
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. · Martin Donner · Dr. Gilbert · Ben. W. Stone · Dr. Joseph Mornay · Robert Boyd Hammnd)
(movie, 1960)
···Spartacus
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Antoninus)
(movie, 1960)
···The Rat Race
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Pete Hammond Jr.)
(movie, 1960)
···Who Was That Lady?
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as David Wilson)
(movie, 1959)
···Operation Petticoat
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Lt. (j.g.) Nicholas Holden)
(movie, 1959)
···Some Like It Hot
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Joe (Josephine))
(movie, 1958)
···Kings Go Forth
Genre: Drama, Action, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Caporal Britt Harris)
(movie, 1958)
···The Vikings
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Role: Actor (as Eric)
(movie, 1958)
···The Defiant Ones
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as John 'Joker' Jackson)
(movie, 1958)
···The Perfect Furlough
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Cpl. Paul Hodges)
(movie, 1957)
···Sweet Smell of Success
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 1957)
···Mister Cory
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Cory)
(movie, 1957)
···The Midnight Story
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Role: Actor (as Joe Martini)
(movie, 1956)
···Trapeze
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Tino Orsini)
(movie, 1955)
···Six Bridges to Cross
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Jerry Florea)
(movie, 1955)
···So This Is Paris
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Role: Actor (as Joe Maxwell)
(movie, 1955)
···The Purple Mask
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as Rene de Traviere · The Purple Mask)
(movie, 1955)
···The Rawhide Years
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Ben Matthews)
(movie, 1955)
···The Square Jungle
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Eddie Quaid · Packy Glennon)
(movie, 1954)
···The Black Shield Of Falworth
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as Myles Falworth)
(movie, 1954)
···Johnny Dark
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Johnny Dark)
(movie, 1953)
···Forbidden
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Eddie Darrow)
(movie, 1953)
···The All American
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Role: Actor (as Nick Bonelli)
(movie, 1952)
···Flesh and Fury
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Paul Callan)
(movie, 1952)
···No Room for the Groom
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Alvah Morrell)
(movie, 1952)
···Son of Ali Baba
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Kashma Baba)
(movie, 1951)
···The Prince Who Was a Thief
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as Julna)
(movie, 1950)
···Winchester '73
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Doan)
(movie, 1949)
···Johnny Stool Pigeon
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Role: Actor (as Joey Hyatt)