Tony Curtis (I) (1925–2010)

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Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz, the eldest of three children of Helen (Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Curtis himself admits that while he had almost no formal education, he was a student of the "school of hard knocks" and learned from a young age that the only person who ever had his back was himself, so he ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Some Like It Hot Joe / Josephine / Shell Oil Junior
Sweet Smell of Success Sidney Falco
The Persuaders! Danny Wilde / Aunt Sophie
Spartacus Antoninus


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 2022 Blonde
Tony Curtis
 2008 David & Fatima
Mr. Schwartz
 2007 The Blacksmith and the Carpenter (Short)
God (voice)
 2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Tony Curtis
- Grave Danger (1) (2005) ... Tony Curtis
 2004 Hope & Faith (TV Series)
- Jack's Back (2004) ... Morris
 2002 Reflections of Evil
 1999 Play It to the Bone
Ringside Fan
 1998 Roxanne's Best Christmas Ever (Short)
 1998 Louis & Frank
Lenny Star Springer
 1998 Suddenly Susan (TV Series)
Peter DiCaprio
- Matchmaker, Matchmaker (1998) ... Peter DiCaprio
 1997 Elvis Meets Nixon (TV Movie)
Tony Curtis (uncredited)
 1997 Stargames
King Fendel
 1997 Hardball (Video)
 1996 Brittle Glory
Jack Steele
 1996 Roseanne (TV Series)
- Ballroom Blitz (1996) ... Hal
 1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Dr. Mamba
- I Now Pronounce You... (1996) ... Dr. Mamba
 1995 The Immortals
 1994 Bandit: Beauty and the Bandit (TV Movie)
Lucky Bergstrom
 1993 The Mummy Lives
Aziru / Dr. Mohassid
 1993 Naked in New York
Carl Fisher
 1992 Center of the Web
Stephen Moore
 1992 Christmas in Connecticut (TV Movie)
Alexander Yardley
 1991 Prime Target
Marrietta Coppella
 1990 Thanksgiving Day (TV Movie)
Max Schloss
 1989 Charlie (TV Movie)
Scott Parish
 1989 Walter & Carlo i Amerika
Willy La Rouge
 1989 Tarzan in Manhattan (TV Movie)
Archimedes Porter
 1989 Lobster Man from Mars
J.P. Shelldrake
 1988 Midnight
Mr. B
 1988 Welcome to Germany
Mr. Cornfield
 1987 Sparky's Magic Piano (Video)
TV Interviewer (voice)
 1986 Murder in Three Acts (TV Movie)
Charles Cartwright
 1986 The Last of Philip Banter
Charles Foster
 1986 Club Life
 1986 Mafia Princess (TV Movie)
Sam Giancana
 1985 Insignificance
 1985 Half Nelson (TV Movie)
Antonio Marco
 1984 Where Is Parsifal?
Parsifal Katzanella-Boden
 1983 Balboa (TV Movie)
Ernie Stoddard
 1983 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Joe O'Hara
- Eight Ball (1983) ... Joe O'Hara
 1982 BrainWaves
Dr. Clavius
 1982 Black Commando
Col. Iago
 1982 Portrait of a Showgirl (TV Movie)
Joey DeLeon
 1981 The Million Dollar Face (TV Movie)
Chester Masterson
 1978-1981 Vega$ (TV Series)
- Time Bomb (1981) ... Roth (uncredited)
- Heist (1981) ... Roth
- Deadly Blessings (1980) ... Roth
- Aloha, You're Dead: Part 1 (1980) ... Roth (credit only)
- The Usurper (1979) ... Roth
 1981 Inmates: A Love Story (TV Movie)
 1980 The Mirror Crack'd
Martin N. Fenn
 1980 The Scarlett O'Hara War (TV Movie)
David O. Selznick
 1980 It Rained All Night the Day I Left
Robert Talbot
 1980 Little Miss Marker
 1979 Title Shot
Frank Renzetti
 1978 The Users (TV Movie)
Randy Brent
 1978 The Bad News Bears Go to Japan
Marvin Lazar
 1978 The Manitou
Harry Erskine
 1977 Sextette
Alexei Andrea Karansky
 1977 Some Like It Cool
Giacomo / Casanova
 1976 The Last Tycoon
 1975-1976 McCoy (TV Series)
- New Dollar Day (1976) ... McCoy
- In Again, Out Again (1976) ... McCoy
- Double Take (1975) ... McCoy
- Bless the Big Fish (1975) ... McCoy
- The Big Ripoff (1975) ... McCoy
 1975 Lepke
Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter
 1975 The Count of Monte-Cristo (TV Movie)
Fernand Mondego
 1973 Shaft (TV Series)
Clifford Grayson
- Hit-Run (1973) ... Clifford Grayson
 1973 The Third Girl from the Left (TV Movie)
Joey Jordan
 1971-1972 The Persuaders! (TV Series)
Danny Wilde / Aunt Sophie
- Read and Destroy (1972) ... Danny Wilde
- Nuisance Value (1972) ... Danny Wilde
- A Death in the Family (1972) ... Danny Wilde / Aunt Sophie
- Element of Risk (1971) ... Danny Wilde
- The Ozerov Inheritance (1971) ... Danny Wilde
 1968-1971 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- The Wedding of Tyrone and Gladys (1970) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
- Guest Starring Tony Curtis Again (1970) ... Guest Performer
- Guest Starring Tony Curtis (1969) ... Guest Performer
- Guest Starring James Garner (1969) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
 1970 You Can't Win 'Em All
Adam Dyer
 1970 Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came
Shannon Gambroni
 1969 Bracken's World (TV Series)
Tony Curtis
- Fade In (1969) ... Tony Curtis (uncredited)
 1968 The Boston Strangler
Albert DeSalvo
 1968 Rosemary's Baby
Donald Baumgart (voice, uncredited)
 1967 Don't Make Waves
Carlo Cofield
 1966 Arrivederci, Baby!
Nick Johnson
 1966 Not with My Wife, You Don't!
Tom Ferris
 1966 Chamber of Horrors
Mr. Julian (uncredited)
 1965 Boeing, Boeing
Bernard Lawrence
 1965 The Flintstones (TV Series)
Stony Curtis
- The Return of Stony Curtis (1965) ... Stony Curtis (voice)
 1965 The Great Race
The Great Leslie
 1965 Exports Booming (Short)
 1964 Sex and the Single Girl
Bob Weston
 1964 Goodbye Charlie
George Tracy
 1964 Wild and Wonderful
Terry Williams
 1964 Paris When It Sizzles
Imagined Actor Portraying Maurice or Philippe (uncredited)
 1963 Captain Newman, M.D.
Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz
 1963 The List of Adrian Messenger
Organ Grinder
 1962 40 Pounds of Trouble
Steve McCluskey
 1962 Taras Bulba
Andrei Bulba
 1961 The Outsider
Ira Hayes
 1960 The Great Impostor
Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. / Martin Donner / Dr. Gilbert / ...
 1960 Pepe
Tony Curtis (uncredited)
 1960 Spartacus
 1960 The Rat Race
Pete Hammond Jr.
 1960 Who Was That Lady?
David Wilson
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
The Juggler
- The Young Juggler (1960) ... The Juggler
 1959 Operation Petticoat
Lt. JG Nicholas Holden
 1959 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
- Man on a Rack (1959) ... Charlie
 1959 Some Like It Hot
Joe / Josephine / Shell Oil Junior
 1957-1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
David / Mario Galindo
- The Stone (1959) ... David
- Cornada (1957) ... Mario Galindo
 1958 The Perfect Furlough
Cpl. Paul Hodges
 1958 The Defiant Ones
John 'Joker' Jackson
 1958 Kings Go Forth
Cpl. Britt Harris
 1958 The Vikings
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Man on a Rack (1958) ... Charlie
 1957 Sweet Smell of Success
Sidney Falco
 1957 The Midnight Story
Joe Martini
 1957 Mister Cory
 1956 The Rawhide Years
Ben Matthews
 1956 Trapeze
Tino Orsini
 1955 The Square Jungle
Eddie Quaid / Packy Glennon
 1955 The Purple Mask
Rene de Traviere aka The Purple Mask
 1955 Six Bridges to Cross
Jerry Florea
 1954 So This Is Paris
Joe Maxwell
 1954 Johnny Dark
Johnny Dark
 1954 Beachhead
 1953 Forbidden
 1953 All American
Nick Bonelli
 1953 Houdini
Harry Houdini
 1952 Son of Ali Baba
Kashma Baba
 1952 No Room for the Groom
Alvah Morrell
 1952 Flesh and Fury
Paul Callan
 1952 Meet Danny Wilson
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
 1950 Kansas Raiders
Kit Dalton
 1950 Winchester '73
Doan (as Anthony Curtis)
 1950 Sierra
Brent Coulter (as Anthony Curtis)
 1950 I Was a Shoplifter
Pepe (as Anthony Curtis)
 1950 Francis
Captain Jones (as Anthony Curtis)
 1950 Woman in Hiding
Voice of Dave Shaw (voice, uncredited)
 1949 Take One False Step
Hot Rod Driver (uncredited)
 1949 The Lady Gambles
Bellboy (as Anthony Curtis)
 1949 Johnny Stool Pigeon
Joey Hyatt (as Anthony Curtis)
 1949 City Across the River
Mitch (as Anthony Curtis)
 1949 Criss Cross
Gigolo (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(6/02) Stage: Appeared (as "Osgood Fielding III") in "Some Like It Hot" musical by Peter Stone, Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, based on the screenplay by Billy Wilder and 'I.A.L. Diamond' (Fqv), based on a story by Robert Thoeren. Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA. See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 7 Interviews | 19 Articles | 10 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Anthony Curtis | James Curtis


5' 9" (1.75 m)


Jill Vandenberg Curtis  (his death) | See more »


Kelly Curtis | See more »


Emanuel Schwartz | Helen Klein


Raphael Curtis (grandchild) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

Well, on the one hand you could say I was tremendously blessed, on the other I was definitely cursed. See more »


Met Julie Adams and Piper Laurie, when the three were all under contract with Universal in 1949. See more »


Pretty-boy looks See more »



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