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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.


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Born:
Jun 3, 1925 In Bronx, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
142
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie I Am Not Your Negro 2017-02-03
Known For
Poster of Reflections of Evil
Poster of Inmates: A Love Story

Tony Curtis Movies Filmography

Movie
I Am Not Your Negro
Various Roles (archive footage) 2017-02-03
Movie
Marlon Brando: An Actor Named Desire
Self - Actor (archive footage) 2014-09-20
Movie
And the Oscar Goes To...
2014-02-01
Movie
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
Eric (archive footage) (uncredited) 2010-05-05
Movie
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
Self 2009-01-01
Movie
David & Fatima
Mr. Schwartz 2008-06-27
Series
The Graham Norton Show
Himself 2007-02-22
Movie
BlackJack: At the Gates
Constable #2 2006-09-24
Series
The One Show
Unknown 2006-08-14
Movie
Billy Wilder Speaks
2006-06-22
Movie
Hugh Hefner: American Playboy
Himself 2003-11-18
Movie
Reflections of Evil
Host 2002-03-22
Series
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Unknown 2000-10-06
Movie
Play It to the Bone
Himself (Ringside Fan) 1999-12-25
Movie
Star Games
King Fendel 1998-06-03
Series
The View
Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie
Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball
Wald 1997-03-30
Movie
The Celluloid Closet
Himself 1996-01-30
Movie
The Immortals
Dominic 1995-10-05
Movie
Perry Mason: The Case of the Grimacing Governor
Johnny Steele 1994-11-09
Movie
Beauty and the Bandit
Lucky Bergstrom 1994-04-03
Movie
Naked in New York
Carl Fisher 1993-11-10
Movie
The Mummy Lives
Aziru / Dr. Mohassid 1993-07-10
Movie
Center of the Web
Stephen Moore 1992-05-15
Movie
Christmas in Connecticut
Alexander Yardley 1992-04-13
Movie
Joseph Cornell: Worlds in a Box
Himself/Narrator 1991-11-29
Movie
Prime Target
Copella 1991-09-27
Movie
Lobster Man from Mars
J.P. Shelldrake 1990-02-09
Movie
Walter and Carlo in America
WIlly La Rouge 1989-11-24
Series
Roseanne
Unknown 1988-10-18
Series
This Morning
Unknown 1988-10-03
Movie
Murder in Three Acts
Charles Cartwright 1986-10-01
Movie
Banter
Charles Foster 1986-08-25
Movie
Balboa
Ernie Stoddard 1986-01-02
Movie
Club Life
Hector 1986-01-01
Movie
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal
Himself 1985-01-01
Movie
Insignificance
The Senator 1985-08-02
Movie
Half Nelson
1985-03-24
Movie
Where Is Parsifal?
1984-01-01
Movie
BrainWaves
Dr. Clavius 1983-08-05
Movie
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie
Black Commando
Col. Iago 1982-11-15
Movie
Portrait of a Showgirl
Joey DeLeon 1982-04-09
Movie
The Million Dollar Face
Chester Masterson 1981-03-11
Movie
Inmates: A Love Story
Flanagan 1981-02-13
Movie
The Mirror Crack'd
Martin N. Fenn 1980-09-19
Movie
It rained all night the day I left
Robert Talbot 1980-08-05
Movie
Little Miss Marker
Blackie 1980-03-21
Movie
Electric Blue 003
Himself 1980-01-01
Movie
The Scarlett O'Hara War
David O. Selznick 1980-01-01
Movie
Title Shot
Frank Renzetti 1979-09-09
Movie
Sextette
Alexei Karansky 1978-03-03
Movie
The Manitou
Harry Erskine 1978-04-28
Movie
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan
Marvin Lazar 1978-06-30
Series
Vega$
Roth 1978-09-20
Movie
The Users
Randy Brent 1978-10-01
Movie
Casanova & Co.
Giacomo Casanova / Giacomino 1977-03-01
Movie
The Last Tycoon
Rodriguez 1976-11-18
Movie
The Switch
Danny Wilde 1976-06-07
Movie
The Count of Monte-Cristo
Fernand Morcerf Mondego 1975-01-10
Movie
Lepke
Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter 1975-01-01
Movie
Sporting Chance
Danny Wilde 1975-01-01
Movie
London Conspiracy
Danny Wilde 1974-10-04
Movie
Mission: Monte Carlo
Danny Wilde 1974-01-01
Movie
The Third Girl from the Left
Joey Jordan 1973-10-16
Series
The Persuaders!
Danny Wilde 1971-09-17
Movie
Norman Jewison, Film Maker
1971-01-01
Movie
Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?
Shannon Gambroni 1970-09-11
Movie
You Can't Win 'Em All
Adam Dyer 1970-07-23
Movie
Monte Carlo or Bust!
Chester Schofield 1969-04-28
Series
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Unknown 1968-01-22
Movie
Rosemary's Baby
Donald Baumgart (voice) (uncredited) 1968-06-12
Series
The Dick Cavett Show
Himself - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie
The Boston Strangler
Albert DeSalvo 1968-10-08
Movie
On My Way to the Crusades, I Met a Girl Who...
Guerrando da Montone 1967-12-01
Movie
Don't Make Waves
Carlo Cofield 1967-06-20
Movie
Arrivederci, Baby!
Nick Johnson 1966-12-28
Movie
Not with My Wife, You Don't!
Tom Ferris 1966-11-02
Movie
Chamber of Horrors
Mr. Julian 1966-10-28
Movie
Boeing, Boeing
Bernard Lawrence 1965-12-22
Movie
The Great Race
The Great Leslie 1965-07-01
Movie
Sex and the Single Girl
Bob Weston 1964-12-25
Movie
Goodbye Charlie
George Wellington Tracy 1964-11-18
Movie
Wild and Wonderful
Terry Williams 1964-06-09
Movie
Paris When It Sizzles
Maurice / Philippe (uncredited) 1964-03-16
Movie
Captain Newman, M.D.
Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz 1963-12-25
Movie
The List of Adrian Messenger
Organ Grinder 1963-05-23
Movie
40 Pounds of Trouble
Steve McCluskey 1962-01-01
Series
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Unknown 1962-10-01
Movie
Taras Bulba
Andrei Bulba 1962-11-21
Movie
The Outsider
Ira Hamilton Hayes 1961-12-27
Movie
The Great Impostor
Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. / Martin Donner / Dr. Gilbert / Ben. W. Stone / Dr. Joseph Mornay / Robert Boyd Hammnd 1961-03-01
Movie
Pepe
Tony Curtis 1960-12-21
Movie
Spartacus
Antoninus 1960-10-13
Series
The Flintstones
Unknown 1960-09-30
Movie
The Rat Race
Pete Hammond Jr. 1960-07-10
Movie
Who Was That Lady?
David Wilson 1960-04-08
Movie
Operation Petticoat
Nicholas Holden 1959-12-05
Movie
Some Like It Hot
Joe (Josephine) 1959-03-19
Movie
The Perfect Furlough
Cpl. Paul Hodges 1958-11-30
Movie
The Defiant Ones
John 'Joker' Jackson 1958-08-14
Movie
The Vikings
Eric 1958-06-11
Movie
Kings Go Forth
Caporal Britt Harris 1958-01-01
Movie
The Midnight Story
Joe Martini 1957-08-01
Movie
Sweet Smell of Success
Sidney Falco 1957-07-04
Movie
Mister Cory
Cory 1957-02-23
Movie
The Rawhide Years
Ben Matthews 1956-04-13
Movie
Trapeze
Tino Orsini 1956-05-30
Movie
The Purple Mask
Rene de Traviere/ The Purple Mask 1955-06-15
Movie
Six Bridges to Cross
Jerry Florea 1955-01-19
Movie
The Square Jungle
Eddie Quaid 1955-01-01
Movie
So This Is Paris
Joe Maxwell 1954-12-30
Movie
A Star Is Born World Premiere
Himself 1954-09-28
Movie
The Black Shield of Falworth
Myles Falworth 1954-09-02
Movie
Johnny Dark
Johnny Dark 1954-06-25
Movie
Beachhead
Burke 1954-02-05
Movie
Forbidden
Eddie Darrow 1953-12-02
Movie
The All American
Nick Bonelli 1953-09-23
Movie
Houdini
Harry Houdini 1953-07-02
Series
The Oscars
Himself 1953-03-18
Series
General Electric Theater
Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie
Come Back Little Shiksa
1952-01-01
Movie
Flesh and Fury
Paul Callan 1952-03-27
Movie
No Room for the Groom
Alvah Morrell 1952-06-13
Movie
Son of Ali Baba
Kashma Baba 1952-08-15
Series
This Is Your Life
Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie
The Re-Inforcer
Baffo 1951-10-04
Movie
The Prince Who Was a Thief
Julna 1951-07-02
Series
What's My Line?
Himself - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Movie
Francis
Captain Jones 1950-02-08
Movie
I Was a Shoplifter
Pepe (as Anthony Curtis) 1950-05-13
Movie
Sierra
Brent Coulter 1950-06-01
Movie
Winchester '73
Doan 1950-07-12
Movie
Kansas Raiders
Kit Dalton 1950-08-19
Series
The Colgate Comedy Hour
Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie
Woman in Hiding
Dave Shaw (voice) 1950-11-22
Movie
Johnny Stool Pigeon
Joey Hyatt (as Anthony Curtis) 1949-09-22
Movie
Take One False Step
Hot Rod Driver (uncredited) 1949-06-22
Movie
The Lady Gambles
Bellboy (as Anthony Curtis) 1949-05-20
Movie
City Across the River
Mitch (as Anthony Curtis) 1949-04-07
Movie
Criss Cross
Gigolo (uncredited) 1949-02-04
Series
The Ed Sullivan Show
Unknown 1948-06-20