Manhattan, New York City, New York, U. American film actor whose career spanned six decades but who was mostly popular in the 1950s and early 1960s. He acted in more than 100 films in roles covering a taras Bulba the education of their sons range of genres, from light comedy to serious drama. In his later years, Curtis made numerous television appearances.
Although his early film roles were partly the result of his good looks, by the latter half of the 1950s he became a strong screen presence with 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. His stardom and film career declined considerably after 1960. 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. He later starred alongside Roger Moore in the ITC TV series The Persuaders! Curtis playing American millionaire Danny Wilde.
Curtis is the father of actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis by his first wife, actress Janet Leigh. When Curtis was eight, he and his brother Julius were placed in an orphanage for a month because their parents could not afford to feed them. Four years later, Julius was struck and killed by a truck. Curtis joined a neighborhood gang whose main crimes were playing hooky from school and minor pilfering at the local dime store. Curtis enlisted in the United States Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor and war was declared. Following his discharge from the Navy, Curtis attended City College of New York on the G. In 1948, Curtis arrived in Hollywood at age 23.
When he was placed under contract at Universal Pictures, he changed his name from Bernard Schwartz to Tony Curtis. It is also the same studio where he met unknown actors Rock Hudson, Julie Adams and Piper Laurie. I was a million-to-one shot, the least likely to succeed. I wasn’t low man on the totem pole, I was under the totem pole, in a sewer, tied to a sack. The male star was Burt Lancaster who would make a number of films with Curtis.
It was a hit at the box office and Curtis was now established. It was one of the biggest hits of the year. Janet Leigh also starred and the resulting movie was a massive hit. Curtis and Leigh made one more film together Who Was That Lady? It was a huge hit and earned Curtis a Golden Globe nomination. Curtis then made his first movies in a while without a significant “name” co star. He supported Gregory Peck in Captain Newman, M.