June 3, 1925
September 29, 2010
5 ft 9 in | 175 cm
62 kg | 136 lbs
Tony Curtis was born in The Bronx, Manhattan, New York, United States, on June 3, 1925, was an American actor.
Young Tony Curtis first started acting during his years at the Seward Park High School in Manhattan in school play, at the age of sixteen.
He signed contract with Universal Pictures in 1948.
He was discovered by talent agent Joyce Selznick.
He made his big screen debut in movie Criss Cross (1949) in uncredited role as rumba dancer.
He got his television debut in comedy music movie Allen in Movieland (1955) in role as Himself.
Tony's breakthrough performance came as Tino Orsini in circus movie Trapeze (1956) opposite Burt Lancaster and Gina Lollobrigida.
He was nominated for the Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as John "Joker" Jackson in drama thriller film The Defiant Ones (1958).
He was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Sidney Falco in drama noir movie Sweet Smell of Success (1957).
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Albert DeSalvo in neo-noir drama movie The Boston Strangler (1968).
He portrayed Joe /"Josephine"/ "Shell Oil Junior" in romantic comedy film Some Like It Hot (1959) opposite Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon.
Spartacus (1960) epic historical drama directed by Stanley Kubrick
Operation Petticoat (1959) action romance with Cary Grant
Houdini (1953) biography drama with Janet Leigh
Taras Bulba (1962) drama action with Yul Brynner
The Last Tycoon (1976) drama romance opposite Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson and Theresa Russell
The Great Race (1965) comedy action opposite Natalie Wood and Jack Lemmon
The Vikings (1958) epic historical action opposite Kirk Douglas
Insignificance (1985) comedy drama with Theresa Russell
The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975) drama history with Richard Chamberlain
Boeing Boeing (1965) comedy opposite Jerry Lewis
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role as David O. Selznick in TV docudrama The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980).
He portrayed Danny Wilde / Aunt Sophie in ITC Entertainment action comedy series The Persuaders! (1971-1972).
He played Fernand Mondego in television film The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975).
McCoy (1975-1976) NBC comedy drama series in role as McCoy
Vega$ (1978-1981) ABC private detective crime drama television series in role as Roth
He hosted drama series Hollywood Babylon (1992–1993).
Attended Seward Park High School in Manhattan, New York City.
Attended City College of New York.
Studied acting at The New School in Greenwich Village.
Had brothers Julius and Robert.
He made over 100 films in his career.
Served in the United States Navy (1942-1945).
He also had a second career as a painter, since the early 1980s.
His favorite actor was Cary Grant.
Elvis Presley copied his duck-tail hairstyle.
Was close friend with Jerry Lewis.
Published autobiography "American Prince: A Memoir" in 2008 and "The Making of Some Like it Hot: My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Classic American Movie" in 2009.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6817 Hollywood Boulevard in 1960.
He toured in a musical adaptation of "Some Like It Hot" in 2002.
Founded the Emanuel Foundation for Hungarian Culture in 1998.
Received the Sony Ericsson Empire Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
He won a Golden Globe Award for World Film Favorite, Male in 1958 and 1961.
Received a David di Donatello Award in 2001 and Empire Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
Curtis died on September 29, 2010, Henderson, Nevada, United States, at the age of 85.
He was married to:
Jill Vandenberg (1998-2010)
Lisa Deutsch (1993-1994)
Andrea Savio (1984-1992)
Leslie Allen (1968-1982) they had two sons, Nicholas and Benjamin Curtis
Christine Kaufmann (1963-1968) they had two daughters, Alexandra and Allegra
Janet Leigh (1951-1962) they had two daughters, Kelly Curtis and Jamie Lee Curtis
He briefly dated Marilyn Monroe in 1948.
He dated Debee Ashby (1984), Natalie Wood (1960-1961) and Gloria DeHaven (1954).