Tony Curtis

Birthday:
06/03/1925
Place of birth:
Bronx, New York, USA:
Biography:
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.

Credits

Marlon Brando, un acteur nommé désir (2014)
as Self - Actor (archive footage)
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom (2012)
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)
as Eric (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2009)
as Self
David & Fatima (2008)
as Mr. Schwartz
The Legacy of 'Some Like It Hot' (2006)
as Himself
The Making of 'Some Like It Hot' (2006)
as Himself
Billy Wilder Speaks (2006)
Jerry Lewis - König der Komödianten (2006)
as Himself
Hugh Hefner: American Playboy (2003)
as Himself
The Untitled Star Wars Mockumentary (2003)
as Himself
Reflections of Evil (2002)
as Host
Tony Curtis on 'Some Like It Hot' (2001)
as Himself
Play It to the Bone (1999)
as Himself (Ringside Fan)
Star Games (1998)
as King Fendel
The Continued Adventures of Reptile Man (1997)
as Jack Steele
Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball (1997)
as Wald
The Celluloid Closet (1996)
as Himself
The Immortals (1995)
as Dominic
A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor (1994)
as Johnny Steele
Beauty and the Bandit (1994)
as Lucky Bergstrom
A Century of Cinema (1994)
Naked in New York (1993)
as Carl Fisher
The Mummy Lives (1993)
as Aziru / Dr. Mohassid
Center of the Web (1992)
as Stephen Moore
Christmas in Connecticut (1992)
as Alexander Yardley
Joseph Cornell: Worlds in a Box (1991)
as Himself/Narrator
Prime Target (1991)
as Copella
Lobster Man from Mars (1990)
as J.P. Shelldrake
Walter og Carlo: I Amerika (1989)
as WIlly La Rouge
Midnight (1989)
as Mr. B
Tarzan in Manhattan (1989)
as Archimedes Porter
Der Passagier - Welcome to Germany (1988)
as Mr. Cornfield
Sparky's Magic Piano (1987)
Murder in Three Acts (1986)
as Charles Cartwright
Banter (1986)
as Charles Foster
Mafia Princess (1986)
as Sam Giancana
Balboa (1986)
as Ernie Stoddard
Club Life (1986)
as Hector
Insignificance (1985)
as The Senator
Half Nelson (1985)
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)
as Himself
That's Insignificance (1984)
Where Is Parsifal? (1984)
BrainWaves (1983)
as Dr. Clavius
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983)
as Himself (archive footage)
Otelo (Comando negro) (1982)
as Col. Iago
Portrait Of A Showgirl (1982)
as Joey DeLeon
The Million Dollar Face (1981)
as Chester Masterson
Inmates: A Love Story (1981)
as Flanagan
The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
as Martin N. Fenn
It rained all night the day I left (1980)
as Robert Talbot
Little Miss Marker (1980)
as Blackie
Electric Blue 003 (1980)
as Himself
The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980)
as David O. Selznick
Title Shot (1979)
as Frank Renzetti
The Users (1978)
as Randy Brent
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978)
as Marvin Lazar
The Manitou (1978)
as Harry Erskine
Sextette (1978)
as Alexei Karansky
Casanova & Co. (1977)
as Giacomo Casanova / Giacomino
The Last Tycoon (1976)
as Rodriguez
The Switch (1976)
as Danny Wilde
The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975)
as Fernand Morcerf Mondego
Sporting Chance (1975)
as Danny Wilde
Lepke (1975)
as Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter
London Conspiracy (1974)
as Danny Wilde
Mission: Monte Carlo (1974)
as Danny Wilde
The Third Girl from the Left (1973)
as Joey Jordan
Norman Jewison, Film Maker (1971)
Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (1970)
as Shannon Gambroni
You Can't Win 'Em All (1970)
as Adam Dyer
Monte Carlo or Bust! (1969)
as Chester Schofield
The Boston Strangler (1968)
as Albert DeSalvo
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
as Donald Baumgart (voice) (uncredited)
La cintura di castità (1967)
as Guerrando da Montone
Don't Make Waves (1967)
as Carlo Cofield
Arrivederci, Baby! (1966)
as Nick Johnson
Not with My Wife, You Don't! (1966)
as Tom Ferris
Chamber of Horrors (1966)
as Mr. Julian
Boeing, Boeing (1965)
as Bernard Lawrence
The Great Race (1965)
as The Great Leslie
Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
as Bob Weston
Goodbye Charlie (1964)
as George Wellington Tracy
Wild and Wonderful (1964)
as Terry Williams
Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
as Maurice / Philippe (uncredited)
Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)
as Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
as Organ Grinder
Taras Bulba (1962)
as Andrei Bulba
40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)
as Steve McCluskey
The Outsider (1961)
as Ira Hamilton Hayes
The Great Impostor (1961)
as Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. / Martin Donner / Dr. Gilbert / Ben. W. Stone / Dr. Joseph Mornay / Robert Boyd Hammnd
Pepe (1960)
as Tony Curtis
Spartacus (1960)
as Antoninus
The Rat Race (1960)
as Pete Hammond Jr.
Who Was That Lady? (1960)
as David Wilson
Operation Petticoat (1959)
as Nicholas Holden
Some Like It Hot (1959)
as Joe (Josephine)
The Perfect Furlough (1958)
as Cpl. Paul Hodges
The Defiant Ones (1958)
as John 'Joker' Jackson
The Vikings (1958)
as Eric
Kings Go Forth (1958)
as Caporal Britt Harris
The Midnight Story (1957)
as Joe Martini
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
as Sidney Falco
Mister Cory (1957)
as Cory
Trapeze (1956)
as Tino Orsini
The Rawhide Years (1956)
as Ben Matthews
The Purple Mask (1955)
as Rene de Traviere/ The Purple Mask
Six Bridges to Cross (1955)
as Jerry Florea
The Square Jungle (1955)
as Eddie Quaid
So This Is Paris (1954)
as Joe Maxwell
A Star Is Born World Premiere (1954)
as Himself
The Black Shield Of Falworth (1954)
as Myles Falworth
Johnny Dark (1954)
as Johnny Dark
Beachhead (1954)
as Burke
Forbidden (1953)
as Eddie Darrow
The All American (1953)
as Nick Bonelli
Houdini (1953)
as Harry Houdini
Son of Ali Baba (1952)
as Kashma Baba
No Room for the Groom (1952)
as Alvah Morrell
Flesh and Fury (1952)
as Paul Callan
Come Back Little Shiksa (1952)
The Re-Inforcer (1951)
as Baffo
The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951)
as Julna
Fairfax Avenue (1951)
Woman in Hiding (1950)
as Dave Shaw (voice)
Kansas Raiders (1950)
as Kit Dalton
Winchester '73 (1950)
as Doan
Sierra (1950)
as Brent Coulter
I Was a Shoplifter (1950)
as Pepe (as Anthony Curtis)
Francis (1950)
as Captain Jones
Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949)
as Joey Hyatt (as Anthony Curtis)
Take One False Step (1949)
as Hot Rod Driver (uncredited)
The Lady Gambles (1949)
as Bellboy (as Anthony Curtis)
City Across the River (1949)
as Mitch (as Anthony Curtis)
Criss Cross (1949)
as Gigolo (uncredited)
An Eye for an Eye
Nightmare
as Tony
Nobody's Perfect - The Making of Some Like It Hot
as Self

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