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Tony Curtis

Born Bernard Schwartz
June 3, 1925 (1925-06-03) (age 82)
New York City, New York
Years active 1949 - present
Spouse(s) Janet Leigh (1951-1962)
Christine Kaufmann (1963-1967)
Leslie Allen (1968-1982)
Lisa Deutsch (1993-1994)
Jill Vandenberg Curtis (1998-)

Tony Curtis (b. Bernard Schwartz, June 3, 1925), is an American film actor. He is best known for light comic roles, especially his musician on the run from gangsters in Some Like It Hot (1959) with Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. Over the years he has also assayed more serious dramatic roles, such as his escaped convict in The Defiant Ones (1958), for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Since 1949 he has appeared in more than 100 films and has also made frequent television appearances. Notable people named Tony Curtis include: Tony Curtis, Hollywood film star Tony Curtis (Irish poet) (born 1955), Irish poet Tony Curtis (Welsh poet) (born 1946), Welsh poet and author Tony Curtis (American football) Category: ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... New York, New York redirects here. ... Janet Leigh (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004), born Jeanette Helen Morrison, was an American actress. ... Born the 11 january 1945 in Lengdorf, Austria, from a German father and a French mother, Christine Maria Kaufmann entered very soon in the artistic field. ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Some Like It Hot is a 1959 comedy film directed by Billy Wilder. ... The Defiant Ones is a 1958 film which tells about two escaped prisoners who are shackled together, one white and one black, who must co-operate in order to survive. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Early life

Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz, in the Bronx, New York, in 1925, the son of Hungarian Jewish immigrant parents (from Mátészalka, Szatmár, Hungary) Emanuel and Helen Schwartz. His father was a tailor who had left his home country to find a new life in the United States. In the early days the family lived in the back of his father's shop, parents in one corner and Curtis and his brothers Julius and Robert in another. Curtis has said of his mother, "When I was a child Mom beat me up and was very aggressive and antagonistic." Mrs. Schwartz was later diagnosed with schizophrenia, a mental illness which also affected his brother Robert and led to his institutionalization. When Curtis was eight, he and his younger brother Julius were placed in an orphanage for a month because their parents could not afford to feed them. When Curtis was 13, his brother Julius was hit by a truck and died. It fell to Tony to identify the body. Curtis retains his brother's cap and school books because, he says, "That's all that's left of him." For other uses, see The Bronx (disambiguation). ... This article is about the state. ... History of the Jews in Hungary concerns the Jews of Hungary and of Hungarian origins. ... Location of Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg county in Hungary Mátészalka is a large town in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county, in the Northern Great Plain region of eastern Hungary. ... Szatmár is the name of a historic administrative county (comitatus) of the Kingdom of Hungary. ... Institutionalization is a term used to describe both the treatment of, and damage caused to, vulnerable human beings by the oppressive or corrupt application of inflexible systems of social, medical, or legal controls by publicly owned or not-for-profit organisations originally created for beneficial purposes and intents. ...

Between 1942 and 1945 Curtis served in the United States Navy aboard the submarine tender, the USS Proteus. He witnessed the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay September 14, 1945, from 300 yards (274.32 m) away.[1] After his military service, the young Curtis studied acting in New York alongside Elaine Stritch, Walter Matthau and Rod Steiger. He was "discovered" by talent agent and casting director Joyce Selznick because, as he says, "I was the handsomest of the boys." Arriving in Hollywood in 1948 at 23, he was placed under contract at Universal Pictures and changed his name to Tony Curtis. Although the studio taught him fencing and riding, Curtis admits he was only interested in girls and money. USN redirects here. ... For other uses, see Submarine (disambiguation). ... The third USS Proteus (AS–19) was a Fulton-class submarine tender in the United States Navy. ... Tokyo Bay from space Tokyo Bay ) is a bay in the southern Kantō region of Japan. ... Elaine Stritch (born on February 2, 1925) is an Irish-American actress and singer. ... Walter Matthau (October 1, 1920 – July 1, 2000) was an Academy Award-winning American comedy actor best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and his frequent collaborations with fellow Odd Couple star Jack Lemmon. ... Rod Steiger (April 14, 1925 – July 9, 2002) was an American Academy Award-winning actor best known for his intense performances in such films as In the Heat of the Night, On the Waterfront and Doctor Zhivago. ... A talent agent is a person who finds jobs for actors, musicians, models, and other people in various entertainment businesses. ... A Casting director is a person who is in charge of the casting of a film or other work requiring actors. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ...


Curtis's screen debut came uncredited in the Criss Cross playing a rumba dancer. Later, he cemented his reputation with breakout performances such as in the role of the scheming press agent Sidney Falco in Sweet Smell of Success with Burt Lancaster and an Oscar-nominated performance as a bigoted escaped convict chained to Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones. Criss Cross is a 1949 film noir movie, directed by Robert Siodmak from a novel written by Don Tracy. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Sweet Smell of Success is a 1957 film which tells the story of a powerful newspaper columnist who uses his connections to ruin his sisters relationship with a man he deems inappropriate. ... Burt Lancaster (2 November 1913 – 20 October 1994) was an Academy Award-winning American film actor, noted for his athletic physique, distinct smile (which he called The Grin) and, later, his willingness to play roles that went against his initial tough guy image. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Not to be confused with Sydney Tamiia Poitier. ...

He was so popular during the 1950's as a screen hunk that Elvis Presley[2] copied his on-screen ducktail (DA) hairstyle. Elvis redirects here. ...

Curtis also appeared frequently on television; he co-starred with Roger Moore in the TV series The Persuaders!. Later, he co-starred in McCoy and Vega$. In the early 1960s, he was immortalized as "Stony Curtis," a voice-over guest star on The Flintstones. For other persons named Roger Moore, see Roger Moore (disambiguation). ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ... Not to be confused with The Persuaders (film) or The Persuaders (band). ... McCoy was the title of a American action-adventure television series that aired on NBC during the 1975-1976 season. ... Vega$ was a TV show that aired on ABC between 1978 and 1981. ... The Flintstones is an animated American television sitcom which ran from 1960 to 1966 on ABC. The Flintstones is about a working class Stone Age mans life with his family and his next door neighbor and best friend. ...

Throughout his life Curtis has enjoyed painting, and since the early 1980s has pursued painting as a second career. His work commands more than £25000 a canvas now and he now focuses on painting rather than movies. "I still make movies but I'm not that interested in them any more. But I paint all the time." During 2007 his painting The Red Table was on display in the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan. There is also the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), located in Manhattan. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ...

Curtis has spoken in the past of his disappointment at never being awarded an Oscar. "My profession has never recognized me sufficiently for my work." But in March 2006, Curtis did receive the Sony Ericsson Empire Lifetime Achievement Award. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and received the Order of Arts and Letters from France in 1995. March 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase announces that the 2006 Fiji general elections will be held in the second week of May 2006 from the 6th to the 13th. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Literature) is an Order of France, established on May 2, 1957 by the Minister of Culture, and confirmed as part of lOrdre National du Mérite by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. ...

Personal life

Tony Curtis has been married five times. His first (and most famous) wife was the actress Janet Leigh (1927–2004), to whom he was married for 11 years (June 4, 1951-1962), and with whom he fathered actresses Jamie Lee and Kelly Curtis[3]. "For a while, we were Hollywood's golden couple," he says. "I was very dedicated and devoted to Janet and on top of my trade, but in her eyes that goldenness started to wear off. I realized that whatever I was, I wasn't enough for Janet. That hurt me a lot and broke my heart." It was Leigh's third marriage. Curtis, who admits to cheating on her throughout their marriage, left Leigh in 1962 for Christine Kaufmann, the 17-year-old German co-star of his latest film, Taras Bulba. Leigh was granted a quick divorce and later that year married stockbroker Robert Brandt in Las Vegas. Janet Leigh (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004), born Jeanette Helen Morrison, was an American actress. ... Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is an American film actress and an author of childrens books. ... Kelly Lee Curtis (born June 17, 1956 in Santa Monica, California) is the eldest child of actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh and the sister of actress Jamie Lee Curtis. ... For other uses, see Taras Bulba (disambiguation). ... The Las Vegas metropolitan area, includes the Las Vegas Valley a 600 square mile (1600 km²) basin, and surrounding areas, that are part of Clark County in southern Nevada. ...

Curtis has also been married to:

Curtis' handprints at the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.
Curtis' handprints at the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

His son, Nicholas (with Leslie Allen), died of a heroin overdose on July 2, 1994, at the age of 23[4]. Of this, Curtis has said, "As a father you don't recover from that. There isn't a moment at night that I don't remember him." is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Born the 11 january 1945 in Lengdorf, Austria, from a German father and a French mother, Christine Maria Kaufmann entered very soon in the artistic field. ... is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Disney-MGM Studios is a theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA. The third park to open at the resort, it debuted on May 1, 1989. ... For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ...

In 2002, Curtis purportedly told a British gay magazine attitude, "I was 22 when I arrived in Hollywood in 1948. I had more action than Mount Vesuvius; men, women, animals! I loved it too. I participated where I wanted to and didn't where I didn't. I've always been open about it."[5] attitude is an award winning British gay lifestyle magazine distributed worldwide. ... This article is about the mountain in Italy. ...

His current wife is 42 years his junior. They met in a restaurant in 1993 and married in 1998. "The age gap doesn't bother us. We laugh a lot. My body is functioning and everything is good. She's the sexiest woman I've ever known. We don't think about time. I don't use Viagra either. There are 50 ways to please your lover." // ...

Curtis came close to death when he contracted pneumonia in December 2006 and was in a coma for several days. He now uses a wheelchair and can only walk short distances. [6]

Tony Curtis's last place of residence was Henderson, Nevada. A view of Black Mountain above Henderson, Nevada. ...


  • Criss Cross (1949)
  • City Across the River (1949)
  • The Lady Gambles (1949)
  • Take One False Step (1949) (scenes deleted)
  • Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949)
  • How to Smuggle a Hernia Across the Border (1949) (short subject)
  • Woman in Hiding (1950)
  • Francis (1950)
  • I Was a Shoplifter (1950)
  • Sierra (1950)
  • Winchester '73 (1950)
  • Kansas Raiders (1950)
  • The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951)
  • Meet Danny Wilson (1952) (cameo)
  • Flesh and Fury (1952)
  • No Room for the Groom (1952)
  • Son of Ali Baba (1952)
  • Houdini (1953)
  • The All-American (1953)
  • Forbidden (1953)
  • Beachhead (1954)
  • Johnny Dark (1954)
  • The Black Shield of Falworth (1954)
  • Six Bridges to Cross (1955)
  • So This Is Paris (1955)
  • The Purple Mask (1955)
  • The Rawhide Years (1955)
  • The Square Jungle (1955)
  • Trapeze (1956)
  • Mister Cory (1957)

Criss Cross is a 1949 film noir movie, directed by Robert Siodmak from a novel written by Don Tracy. ... Johnny Stool Pigeon is a 1949 black-and-white film noir directed by William Castle. ... Francis is a 1950 black-and-white comedy film that launched the Francis the Talking Mule series. ... Winchester 73 is a black and white American western movie released by Universal Pictures in 1950. ... Meet Danny Wilson was the debut album from the Scottish pop group Danny Wilson Davy Marys Prayer Lorraine Parade Aberdeen Nothing Ever Goes To Plan Broken China Steamtrains To The Milkyway Spencer Tracey You Remain An Angel Rubys Golden Wedding Girl I Used To Know Five Friendly Aliens... Houdini is a 1953 biographical film about the life of the magician and escapologist Harry Houdini. ... A beachhead is a military term used to describe the line created when a unit (by sea) reaches a beach, and begins to defend that area of beach, while other reinforcements (hopefully) help out, until a unit large enough to begin advancing has arrived. ... The Black Shield of Falworth is a 1954 film made by Universal Studios, produced by Robert Arthur and Melville Tucker and directed by Rudolph Maté. The screenplay was adapted by Oscar Brodney from Howard Pyles novel Men of Iron and starred Tony Curtis as Myles Falworth, Janet Leigh as... Trapeze is a 1956 circus film directed by Carol Reed and starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida, making her debut in American films. ... Mister Cory is a 1957 film by Blake Edwards. ... Sweet Smell of Success is a 1957 film which tells the story of a powerful newspaper columnist who uses his connections to ruin his sisters relationship with a man he deems inappropriate. ... The Vikings was an action/adventure film directed by Richard Fleischer in 1958, produced by and starring Kirk Douglas, and based on a novel by Edison Marshall. ... Kings Go Forth is a 1958 World War II movie about racism starring Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood. ... The Defiant Ones is a 1958 film which tells about two escaped prisoners who are shackled together, one white and one black, who must co-operate in order to survive. ... The Perfect Furlough is a 1958 film by Blake Edwards. ... Some Like It Hot is a 1959 comedy film directed by Billy Wilder. ... Movie theatre lobby poster Operation Petticoat is a 1959 comedic film directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, and Dina Merrill, later adapted for television in 1977. ... Who Was That Lady? is a 1960 comedy movie starring Tony Curtis, Dean Martin, and Janet Leigh. ... The Rat Race is a 1960 film (not to be confused with Rat Race of 2001) directed by Robert Mulligan starring Tony Curtis and Debbie Reynolds. ... Spartacus is a 1960 film directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel of the same name by Howard Fast about the historical life of Spartacus and the Third Servile War. ... Pepe is the name of a 1960 movie starring Cantinflas as the title role, directed by George Sidney and with an amount of cameo appearances vainly trying to replicate the success of another Cantinflas movie, Around the World in Eighty Days. ... Based on Robert Crichtons 1959 book by the same name, The Great Impostor is a 1961 movie based on the life of the con artist Ferdinand Waldo Demara. ... Taras Bulba is a film (1962) based on Nikolai Gogols short story, Taras Bulba, starring Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis as father and son, leaders of a Cossack tribe on the Ukrainian steppes. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Captain Newman, M.D. is a 1963 film with Bobby Darin. ... Paris - When It Sizzles is a 1964 romantic film comedy made by Richard Quine Productions and Charleston Productions and released by Paramount Pictures. ... Goodbye Charlie is a 1964 comedy film about a callous womanizer who gets his just reward. ... Sex and the Single Girl is a best-selling book by Helen Gurley Brown, published in 1962. ... Cover of the 2004 DVD release of The Great Race The Great Race is a 1965 semi-comical, semi-dramatic film directed by Blake Edwards, written by Blake Edwards and Arthur A. Ross, with music by Henry Mancini and cinematography by Russell Harlan. ... This article is about the 1965 Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis comedy. ... Chamber of Horrors is a 1966 horror film directed by Hy Averback and starring Patrick ONeal, Cesare Danova, Wilfrid Hyde-White and Laurat Devon. ... Not with My Wife, You Dont! is a 1966 film comedy starred by Tony Curtis, Virna Lisi and George C. Scott. ... Sharon Tate (foreground) with Claudia Cardinale and Tony Curtis (background) Dont Make Waves (1967) is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer comedy film which starred Tony Curtis, Claudia Cardinale, and Sharon Tate. ... Rosemarys Baby is an Academy Award-winning 1968 horror film directed by Roman Polanski and starring Mia Farrow. ... The Boston Strangler is the pseudonym given to Albert DeSalvo (September 3, 1930 - November 26, 1973), a serial killer active in Boston, Massachusetts (United States) in the early 1960s. ... Monte Carlo or Bust is a 1969 comedy film based around the Monte Carlo Rally. ... You Cant Win Em All is a 1970 war film set in 1922 Turkey starring Tony Curtis and Charles Bronson. ... North American DVD release. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Categories: Literature stubs | 1941 books | 1994 books | Novels ... Sextette is a 1978 Crown International comedy/musical motion picture starring Mae West. ... American horror-movie from 1978 with Tony Curtis and Susan Strasberg Karen enters a hospital in San Fransisco suffering from a growing tumor on her neck. ... The Bad News Bears Go To Japan was released on June 2, 1978 by Paramount Pictures. ... A double-take is a comedy convention in which a character will look at something, but not react to the visual stimulus immediately. ... Little Miss Marker (also known as The Girl in Pawn) is a 1934 film which tells the story of a young girl whose father gives her to a gangster as collateral to pay off a gambling debt. ... The Mirror Crackd is a 1980 feature motion picture directed by Guy Hamilton boasting an all-star cast, Angela Lansbury, Geraldine Chaplin, Tony Curtis, Edward Fox, Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, and Elizabeth Taylor, with Wendy Morgan, Maureen Bennett, Charles Gray, and Charles Lloyd Pack. ... The title Insignificance can refer to: Look up insignificance in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... (1992)stars ralph macchio,eric stoltz,mary louise parker and a cameo by william styron listing all of his authored,penned and film work. ... A Century of Cinema is a 1994 documentary directed by Caroline Thomas about the art of filmmaking (coinciding with cinemas 100th anniversary), containing numerous interviews with some of the most influential characters of the twentieth century. ... The Immortals is a 1995 action/thriller/drama movie produced by Elie Samaha and directed by Brian Grant. ... The Celluloid Closet (1995) is a documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. ... Funny Money is one of the many farces written by Ray Cooney. ...


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  3. ^ Howard Johns. Palm Springs Confidential: Playground of the Stars, Barricade Books, Fort Lee, NJ (2004). ISBN-13: 9781569802977 ISBN: 1569802971.
  4. ^ Howard Johns: Hollywood Celebrity Playground, Barricade Books, Fort Lee, NJ (2006). ISBN-13: 9781569803035 ISBN: 156980303X
  5. ^ IMDb: News for Some Like it Hot
  6. ^ Daily Mail

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) [1] is an online database of information about actors, movies, television shows, television stars and video games. ...

Further reading

  • Curtis, Tony; Barry Paris (1993). Tony Curtis: The Autobiography. New York: William Morrow & Co. ISBN 978-0-688-09759-2. 
  • Ayres, Ian (2006). Van Gogh's Ear: The Celebrity Edition (includes Tony Curtis's prose/poetry/artwork). Paris: French Connection. ISBN 978-2-914-85307-1. 

Barry Paris is an author and journalist based in Pittsburgh, Pa. ...

External links

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  • John Patterson, Some like it very hot (Interview), The Guardian, 18 April 2008
  • Alison Jackson, Some tormented Hollywood souls still like their gossip hot, Profile: Tony Curtis, Sunday Times, 20 April 2008
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