Jack was born in San Francisco in 1880 in to the well-known Curtis family. Chris Curtis was himself well-known in the financial circles. His uncle William was a lawyer in New York City in the early 1900s. Jack and Lil met on a ship heading to Hong Kong in 1904 and were married sometime in 1904. Both had toured with Vaudeville companies. They had one child born April 7, 1914, a daughter named Laura Ann Curtis, later becoming Hurst in 1935. Jack started in films in 1915 and lasted until 1951 when a stroke slowed him down. He was a great grandfather and a wonderful story teller.
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