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Tony Curtis is a Actor and Executive Producer American born on 3 june 1925 at New York City (USA)

Tony Curtis

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Birth name Bernard Schwartz
Nationality USA
Birth 3 june 1925 at New York City (USA)
Death 29 september 2010 (at 85 years) at Henderson (USA)

Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz; 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 more than 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. He is also the father of actress Jamie Lee Curtis.

Although his early film roles were partly the result of his good looks, by the later half of the 1950s 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 could arguably be called his best performance: three interrelated roles in the comedy Some Like It Hot (1959). Thomson called it an "outrageous film," and a survey carried out by the American Film Institute voted it the funniest American film ever made. The film co-starred Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe, and was directed by Billy Wilder. That was followed by Blake Edwards’s 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. In 1960, Curtis co-starred in Spartacus, which became another major hit for him.

His stardom and film career declined considerably after the early 1960s. His most significant dramatic 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.

Curtis was the father of actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis by his first wife, actress Janet Leigh.


Marriages and children
Curtis was married six times. His first wife was actress Janet Leigh, to whom he was married from 1951 to 1962, and with whom he fathered actresses Kelly and Jamie Lee. "For a while, we were Hollywood's golden couple," he said. "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."

The studio he was under contract with, Universal-International, generally stayed out of their stars' love lives. However, when they chose to get married, studio executives spent three days trying to talk him out of it, telling him he would be "poisoning himself at the box office." They threatened "banishment" back to the Bronx and the end of his budding career. In response, Curtis and Leigh decided to defy the studio heads and instead eloped and were married by a local judge in Greenwich, Connecticut. Comedian and close friend Jerry Lewis came as a witness.

It was Leigh's third marriage. They divorced in 1962 and, in 1963, Curtis married Christine Kaufmann, the 17-year-old German co-star of his latest film, Taras Bulba. He stated that his marriage with Leigh had effectively ended "a year earlier". Curtis and Kaufmann had two daughters, Alexandra (born July 19, 1964) and Allegra (born July 11, 1966). They divorced in 1968. Kaufmann resumed her career, which she had interrupted during her marriage.

Curtis was also married to:

Leslie Allen (April 20, 1968 – 1982); divorced, two sons: Nicholas Curtis (1970–1994) and Benjamin Curtis (born May 2, 1973)
Andrea Savio (1984–1992); divorced
Lisa Deutsch (February 28, 1993 – 1994); divorced
Jill Vandenberg Curtis (November 6, 1998 – September 29, 2010; his death)
His last wife was 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."

His son Nicholas (December 31, 1970 – April 2, 1994, with Leslie Allen) died of a heroin overdose at the age of 23. On his son's death, Curtis remarked, "You never get over that. The death of a child. No. Can't talk about it," and that it was "a terrible thing when a father loses his son."

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Curtis, who had a problem with alcoholism and drug abuse, went through the treatment center of the Betty Ford Clinic in the mid-1980s, which was successful for him.

Beginning in 1990, Curtis and his daughter Jamie Lee Curtis took a renewed interest in their family's Hungarian Jewish heritage, and helped finance the rebuilding of the "Great Synagogue" in Budapest, Hungary. The largest synagogue in Europe today, it was originally built in 1859 and suffered damage during World War II. In 1998, he also founded the Emanuel Foundation for Hungarian Culture, and served as honorary chairman. The organization works for the restoration and preservation of synagogues and 1300 Jewish cemeteries in Hungary. He dedicated this to the 600,000 Jewish victims of the Holocaust in Hungary and lands occupied by the Hungarian Army. He also helped promote Hungary's national image in commercials.

Books and appearances
In 1965, Tony Curtis was animated in an episode of The Flintstones; he also voiced his character.
In 1994, a mural featuring his likeness, painted by the artist George Sportelli, was unveiled on the Sunset Boulevard overpass of the Hollywood Freeway Highway 101 in California. The mural was relocated to Hollywood Boulevard and Bronson Avenue in September 2011.

Also in 1994, the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation awarded its Lone Sailor Award for his naval service and his subsequent acting career.

In 2004, he was inducted into the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Hall of Fame. A street is named after him in the Sun City Anthem development in Henderson, Nevada.

In 2008, he was featured in the documentary The Jill & Tony Curtis Story about his efforts with his wife to rescue horses from slaughterhouses.

In October 2008, Curtis's autobiography American Prince: A Memoir, was published. In it, he describes his encounters with other Hollywood legends of the time including Frank Sinatra and James Dean, as well as his hard-knock childhood and path to success. It was followed by the publication of his next book, The Making of Some Like it Hot: My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Classic American Movie (2009). Curtis shared his memories of the making of the movie, in particular about Marilyn Monroe, whose antics and attitude on the set made everyone miserable.

On May 22, 2009, Curtis apologized to the BBC radio audience after he used three profanities in a six-minute interview with BBC presenter William Crawley. The presenter also apologized to the audience for Curtis's "Hollywood realism." Curtis explained that he thought the interview was being taped, when it was in fact live.

Best films

The Great Race (1965)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Trapeze (1956)
Taras Bulba (1962)
The Vikings (1958)
The Defiant Ones (1958)

Usually with

Russel Gausman
Russel Gausman
(25 films)
Bud Westmore
Bud Westmore
(23 films)
Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas
(11 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Tony Curtis (96 films)

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I Am Not Your Negro, 1h33
Directed by Raoul Peck
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Harry Belafonte, Dick Cavett, Bob Dylan, Sidney Poitier, Doris Day
Roles Various Roles (archive footage)
Rating78% 3.948233.948233.948233.948233.94823
À travers les propos et les écrits de l’écrivain noir américain James Baldwin, Raoul Peck propose un film qui revisite les luttes sociales et politiques des Afro-Américains au cours de ces dernières décennies.
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, 1h26
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the visual arts, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Marlene Dietrich, Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles, Leslie Caron, Kirk Douglas
Roles Eric (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating76% 3.8347453.8347453.8347453.8347453.834745
En 2001, Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) est devenu le premier directeur de la photographie de l'histoire des Oscars à recevoir un Oscar d'honneur. Mais la première fois qu'il a serré la célèbre statuette dans sa main, c'était un demi-siècle plus tôt, lorsque son travail de caméra en Technicolor avait été récompensé pour le Narcisse noir de Powell et Pressburger. Au-delà de The African Queen de John Huston et de War and Peace de King Vidor, les films du duo créatif britannico-hongrois (The Red Shoes et A Matter of Life and Death également) garantissent l'immortalité au célèbre caméraman dont la carrière s'étend sur soixante-dix ans.
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, 2h4
Origin Canada
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about pornography, Documentary films about business, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Jenny McCarthy, Pat Boone, Dick Cavett, Tony Curtis, Robert Culp, Tony Bennett
Roles Self
Rating69% 3.4880453.4880453.4880453.4880453.488045
En 1953, Hugh Hefner lançait le magazine pour homme Playboy, devenant ainsi le porte-étendard de la révolution sexuelle. Le succès du premier numéro est alors instantané. Aujourd'hui, le fondateur de l'empire Playboy est âgé de 84 ans, et fait réagir partout où il passe avec les plantureuses jeunes femmes qui l'accompagnent. Toutefois, peu de gens savent que par ses actions et par les textes qu'il a accepté de publier dans les pages de son magazine, cet hédoniste rebelle a été un défenseur des droits civils, des droits humains et du premier amendement, laissant à sa façon sa trace dans le grand livre de l'histoire de l'Amérique.
Play It to the Bone, 2h4
Directed by Ron Shelton
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films, Buddy films
Actors Antonio Banderas, Woody Harrelson, Lolita Davidovich, Tom Sizemore, Lucy Liu, Robert Wagner
Roles Himself (Ringside Fan)
Rating55% 2.750982.750982.750982.750982.75098
Aging prizefighters and longtime pals Cesar Dominguez (Banderas) and Vince Boudreau (Harrelson) always regretted not getting one last shot. Out of the blue, such an opportunity comes their way — except it is to fight each other.
Jackie Brown, 2h34
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Mob film, Action, Crime, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro
Roles himself
Rating74% 3.748793.748793.748793.748793.74879
Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is a flight attendant for a small Mexican airline, the latest step down for her career, since she used to work for larger airlines. To make ends meet, she smuggles money from Mexico into the United States for Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), a black-market gun runner living in the Los Angeles area under the ATF's close watch, forcing him to use couriers.
The Celluloid Closet, 1h47
Directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Historical
Themes Films about films, Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur l'homosexualité, Documentary films about cities, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Susan Sarandon, Lily Tomlin, Armistead Maupin, Arthur Laurents, Antonio Fargas, Tom Hanks
Roles Himself
Rating77% 3.8948653.8948653.8948653.8948653.894865
Le film montre comment le cinéma hollywoodien a évoqué le thème de l’homosexualité, comment cette représentation a évolué au fil des ans et comment, en retour, elle a influencé la perception de l’homosexualité par le grand public.
The Immortals, 1h38
Directed by Richard Donner, Brian Grant
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Chase films, HIV/AIDS in film
Actors Eric Roberts, Joe Pantoliano, Tia Carrere, Tony Curtis, Clarence Williams III, William Forsythe
Roles Dominic
Rating54% 2.706442.706442.706442.706442.70644
A crafty nightclub owner (Jack) brings together a group of small time hoods and teams them up in unusual pairs (black man and white racist, Ivy Leaguer and simpleton) for a set of multiple heists which turn out to be an elaborate double cross against a notorious gangster (Dominic). During an extended standoff in a nightclub between Jack and his band of thieves and Dominic's henchman, the hoods discover why Jack brought them all together for what amounts to a suicidal mission.
A Century of Cinema, 1h12
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Attenborough, Dan Aykroyd, Kim Basinger, Milton Berle, George Burns
Roles Self
Rating57% 2.8569552.8569552.8569552.8569552.856955
Un siècle de cinéma vu par quelques-uns de ses plus prestigieux représentants…
Naked in New York, 1h31
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about sexuality, Films about television, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Mary-Louise Parker, Ralph Macchio, Eric Stoltz, Jill Clayburgh, Tony Curtis, Timothy Dalton
Roles Carl Fisher
Rating54% 2.749862.749862.749862.749862.74986
The film is narrated in flashback by Jake Briggs (Eric Stoltz), a young aspiring playwright, culminating in the production of one of his plays off-Broadway by agent Carl Fisher (Tony Curtis). The play is a flop, at least in part because the lead parts are given to two actors, Dana Coles and Jason Brett (Kathleen Turner and Chris Noth), who are "not right" for the roles. Along the journey, Jake reviews his relationships with girlfriend Joanne (Mary-Louise Parker), best friend Chris (Ralph Macchio), his mother Shirley (Jill Clayburgh), and his mostly absentee father Roman (Paul Guilfoyle). The film ends with Jake and Joanne going their separate ways, mostly because of competing career goals, and Jake hoping to write more plays with greater success.
The Mummy Lives
Genres Drama, Horror
Actors Tony Curtis, Mohammad Bakri, Mosko Alkalai
Roles Aziru / Dr. Mohassid
Rating35% 1.7534251.7534251.7534251.7534251.753425
Une jeune femme prénommée Sandra, ressemblant trait pour trait à une ancienne prêtresse gisant dans un sarcophage découvert par un groupe de scientifiques, arrive au Caire. C'est alors que la malédiction de la momie peut s'accomplir.
Christmas in Connecticut, 1h33
Directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Christmas films
Actors Dyan Cannon, Kris Kristofferson, Tony Curtis, Richard Roundtree, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jimmy Workman
Roles Alexander Yardley
Rating48% 2.40462.40462.40462.40462.4046
Elizabeth est la vedette d'une émission de cuisine à succès et l'auteur de plusieurs livres de cuisine. Mais quand son manager, Alexander, voit le garde forestier Jefferson, qui a perdu sa cabane dans un incendie, commentant à la télévision qu'il souhaitait un dîner de Noël préparé à la maison, il organise un spectacle spécial à Noël pour qu'Elizabeth lui prépare Noël. Dîner. Seule Elizabeth ne peut pas cuisiner, et essayer d'empêcher Jefferson et le public de la découvrir en live peut être un peu difficile.
Lobster Man from Mars, 1h22
Directed by Stanley Sheff
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Space adventure films, Mars in film, Comedy science fiction films, Martiens, Comedy horror films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Tony Curtis, Patrick Macnee, Deborah Foreman, Dean Jacobson, Anthony Hickox, Philip Proctor
Roles J.P. Shelldrake
Rating53% 2.659812.659812.659812.659812.65981
Young filmmaker Stevie Horowitz (Dean Jacobson) eagerly awaits a meeting with big shot Hollywood film producer J.P. Shelldrake (Tony Curtis). Shelldrake has been desperately searching for a way to avoid problems with the IRS and unpaid millions owed them in back taxes. His brilliant yet overpaid accountant (Phil Proctor) devises a scheme to allow the producer to write off the expenses of his next movie release, but only if the film is a box office flop. Armed with his foolproof plan, Shelldrake agrees to meet with Stevie and screen his film "Lobster Man From Mars" (financed by Stevie's jailed con man Uncle Joey). The plot resembles the premise of The Producers by Mel Brooks.
Tarzan in Manhattan, 1h34
Directed by Michael Schultz
Genres Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about children, Tarzan films
Actors Joe Lara, Tony Curtis, Jan-Michael Vincent
Roles Archimedes Porter
Rating40% 2.036282.036282.036282.036282.03628
Tarzan leaves Africa and goes to present-day New York City to seek vengeance for the murder of his Ape mother Kala, and to rescue Cheeta who was taken by hunters working for B. B. Brightmore (Jan-Michael Vincent) and his Brightmore Foundation. Soon Tarzan discovers this supposed philanthropic organization is conducting illegal tests on animal brains in an effort to transfer the thoughts and knowledge of one creature to another, and he sets out to rescue the animals and expose Brightmore. He is aided by Jane Porter (a cab driver, played by Kim Crosby) and her father, Archimedes "Archie" Porter (Tony Curtis), a retired police officer, now the head of his own security agency.