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Birth information

3 June 1925 The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

Death information

29 September 2010 Henderson, Nevada, USA

Given Name

Bernard Herschel Schwartz

Nickname

Boinie

How tall is Tony Curtis?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Jill Vandenberg Curtis
Lisa Deutsch
Andrea Savio
Leslie Curtis
Christine Kaufmann
Janet Leigh

Life Story of Tony Curtis

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 learned how to take care of both himself and younger brother, Julius. Curtis grew up in poverty, as his father, Emanuel, who worked as a tailor, had the sole responsibility of providing for his entire family on his meager income. This led to constant bickering between Curtis's parents over money, and Curtis began to go to movies as a way of briefly escaping the constant worries of poverty and other family problems. The financial strain of raising two children on a meager income became so tough that in 1935, Curtis's parents decided that their children would have a better life under the care of the state and briefly had Tony and his brother admitted to an orphanage. During this lonely time, the only companion Curtis had was his brother, Julius, and the two became inseparable as they struggled to get used to this new way of life. Weeks...

Significant features of Tony Curtis

Distinctive Bronx accent
Pretty-boy looks
Thick, black hair, with curly forelock
Crooning voice.

How much money has Tony Curtis earned?

Criss Cross (1949) $75 /week
Winchester '73 (1950) $225 /week
Kansas Raiders (1950) $225 /week
Flesh and Fury (1952) $700 /week
Houdini (1953) $1,500 /week
The All American (1953) ...

Publications and Magazines about Tony Curtis

Allan Hunter Tony Curtis: The Man and His Movies. 1985
Tony Curtis, with Barry Paris Tony Curtis: The Autobiography. 1993
Tony Curtis with Peter Golenbock American Prince: A Memoir. 2008
Aubrey Malone The Defiant One: A Biography of Tony Curtis. 2013
Tony Curtis, w/Mark Vieira The Making of "Some Like It Hot": My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Classic American Movie. 2009

What movies did Tony Curtis play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Startime (1960) , Sweet Smell of Success (1957) ,
Actors Filmography
David & Fatima (2008) Mr. Schwartz, The Blacksmith and the Carpenter (2007) God, Hope & Faith (2004) Morris, Reflections of Evil (2002) Host, Play It to the Bone (1999) Ringside Fan, Stargames (1998) King Fendel, Louis & Frank (1998) Lenny Star Springer, Suddenly Susan (1998) Peter DiCaprio, Brittle Glory (1997) Jack Steele, Hardball - Die Kopfgeldjäger II (1997) Wald, Roseanne (1996) Hal, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1996) Dr. Mamba, The Immortals...

Birth information

3 June 1925 The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

Death information

29 September 2010 Henderson, Nevada, USA

Given Name

Bernard Herschel Schwartz

Nickname

Boinie

How tall is Tony Curtis?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Jill Vandenberg Curtis
Lisa Deutsch
Andrea Savio
Leslie Curtis
Christine Kaufmann
Janet Leigh

Life Story of Tony Curtis

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 learned how to take care of both himself and younger brother, Julius. Curtis grew up in poverty, as his father, Emanuel, who worked as a tailor, had the sole responsibility of providing for his entire family on his meager income. This led to constant bickering between Curtis's parents over money, and Curtis began to go to movies as a way of briefly escaping the constant worries of poverty and other family problems. The financial strain of raising two children on a meager income became so tough that in 1935, Curtis's parents decided that their children would have a better life under the care of the state and briefly had Tony and his brother admitted to an orphanage. During this lonely time, the only companion Curtis had was his brother, Julius, and the two became inseparable as they struggled to get used to this new way of life. Weeks...

Significant features of Tony Curtis

Distinctive Bronx accent
Pretty-boy looks
Thick, black hair, with curly forelock
Crooning voice.

How much money has Tony Curtis earned?

Criss Cross (1949) $75 /week
Winchester '73 (1950) $225 /week
Kansas Raiders (1950) $225 /week
Flesh and Fury (1952) $700 /week
Houdini (1953) $1,500 /week
The All American (1953) ...

Publications and Magazines about Tony Curtis

Allan Hunter Tony Curtis: The Man and His Movies. 1985
Tony Curtis, with Barry Paris Tony Curtis: The Autobiography. 1993
Tony Curtis with Peter Golenbock American Prince: A Memoir. 2008
Aubrey Malone The Defiant One: A Biography of Tony Curtis. 2013
Tony Curtis, w/Mark Vieira The Making of "Some Like It Hot": My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Classic American Movie. 2009

What movies did Tony Curtis play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Startime (1960) , Sweet Smell of Success (1957) ,
Actors Filmography
David & Fatima (2008) Mr. Schwartz, The Blacksmith and the Carpenter (2007) God, Hope & Faith (2004) Morris, Reflections of Evil (2002) Host, Play It to the Bone (1999) Ringside Fan, Stargames (1998) King Fendel, Louis & Frank (1998) Lenny Star Springer, Suddenly Susan (1998) Peter DiCaprio, Brittle Glory (1997) Jack Steele, Hardball - Die Kopfgeldjäger II (1997) Wald, Roseanne (1996) Hal, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1996) Dr. Mamba, The Immortals...

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Tony Curtis and Joan Blackman in Ein charmanter Hochstapler (1960)

Father of Allegra Curtis and Alexandra Curtis (with Christine Kaufmann).

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Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis, and Françoise Ruggieri in Boeing-Boeing (1965)

Born to Emanuel Schwartz, a Hungarian tailor who emigrated to the United States, and his wife Helen, he grew up with two brothers, Julius and Robert.

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Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis, Suzanna Leigh, and Dany Saval in Boeing-Boeing (1965)

Enjoys painting and creating shadow boxes. In late 2005 New York City's Museum of Modern Art acquired one of his canvasses for its permanent collection.

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Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis, and Thelma Ritter in Boeing-Boeing (1965)

Settled in Henderson, NV, where he eventually died.

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Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis in Boeing-Boeing (1965)

Suffers from fear of flying.

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Tony Curtis and Thelma Ritter in Boeing-Boeing (1965)

He made a literary cameo in Matt Whyman's debut romantic comedy novel, 'Man or Mouse', in which the main character, Ren, e-mails Curtis with his love-life problems, and finally meets him briefly.

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Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis, and Dany Saval in Boeing-Boeing (1965)

He has two adopted sons.

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Tony Curtis and Dany Saval in Boeing-Boeing (1965)

Was the inspiration for and voiced the character Stoney Curtis on an episode of The Flintstones (1960), along with Ann-Margret as Ann Marg-rock.

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Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis, and Dany Saval in Boeing-Boeing (1965)

Since re-dubbing the bath scene in Spartacus (1960) in which he starred with Laurence Olivier, Curtis has said that whenever he encounters Anthony Hopkins (who did the voiceover for Olivier in the re-dubbed version following Olivier's death), he hollers, "Oh Tony . . . it's Antoninus".

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Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis in Boeing-Boeing (1965)

Appeared in "Sugar", a stage musical based on Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot (1959) . He appeared as millionaire Osgood Fielding III, the character played by Joe E. Brown in the film.

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Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis, and Suzanna Leigh in Boeing-Boeing (1965)

He was a militant anti-smoker, having been a heavy smoker himself for about 30 years. Both Sir Michael Caine and Sir Roger Moore credited Curtis with helping them quit smoking cigarettes in the early 1970s, though not cigars.

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Tony Curtis in Boeing-Boeing (1965)

Serving with F Troop (1965)'s Larry Storch in the U.S. Navy from 1942-45 aboard a submarine tender, he witnessed the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay from a vantage point 300 yards away. He and Storch have had a lifelong friendship. They appeared together in The Great Race (1965). Storch also co-starred as his roommate/assistant in 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962).

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Tony Curtis, Thelma Ritter, and Christiane Schmidtmer in Boeing-Boeing (1965)

Nearly died in hospital from pneumonia at Christmas 2006.

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Tony Curtis, Thelma Ritter, and Christiane Schmidtmer in Boeing-Boeing (1965)

Was originally considered for one of the leading roles of Lady L (1965).

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Tony Curtis, Suzanna Leigh, and Thelma Ritter in Boeing-Boeing (1965)

Has appeared in tourism advertisements for his ancestral homeland Hungary.

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Tony Curtis and Suzanna Leigh in Boeing-Boeing (1965)

His favorite movie star was Cary Grant.

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Ernest Borgnine, Tony Curtis, Brian Keith, etc.

He enjoys playing the flute for pleasure and relaxation. He is a very accomplished player.

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Tony Curtis and Marisa Berenson in Hilfe, ich bin eine männliche Jungfrau (1977)

In his 80s he spent most of his time painting. Some of his works are a part of a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Tony Curtis in Hilfe, ich bin eine männliche Jungfrau (1977)

Claims that his mother was physically abusive and that his father was impassive.

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Tony Curtis and Britt Ekland in Hilfe, ich bin eine männliche Jungfrau (1977)

Recovered from cocaine addiction in the 1980s.

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Tony Curtis and Sylva Koscina in Hilfe, ich bin eine männliche Jungfrau (1977)

His sixth wife, Jill Vandenberg Curtis (since 1998), who is 46 years younger than he, runs a wild-horse refuge.

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Tony Curtis and Marisa Mell in Hilfe, ich bin eine männliche Jungfrau (1977)

Broke a Hollywood taboo in the 1950s by insisting that an African-American actor, Sidney Poitier, have co-starring billing next to him in the movie The Defiant Ones (1958).

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Tony Curtis and Mae West in Sextette (1977)

Has stated that Gunga Din (1939) is his favorite film.

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Tony Curtis and Walter Matthau in Ein reizender Fratz (1980)

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

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Julie Andrews and Tony Curtis in Ein reizender Fratz (1980)

Although he played Ernest Borgnine's son in The Vikings (1958), he was only eight years his junior in real life.

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Tony Curtis, Brian Dennehy, and Bob Newhart in Ein reizender Fratz (1980)

In his 2008 autobiography "American Prince: A Memoir" he accused many people he worked with of holding anti-Semitic views.

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Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis, and Sara Stimson in Ein reizender Fratz (1980)

Although his effort might have been lost on audiences that could not tell his native Bronx accent from a Boston accent, when he played the title role in The Boston Strangler (1968), he labored to achieve an authentic local accent.

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Tony Curtis and Walter Matthau in Ein reizender Fratz (1980)

Got the part in The Great Race (1965) when Charlton Heston had to turn it down due to production delays on The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965).

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Tony Curtis and Walter Matthau in Ein reizender Fratz (1980)

Joined the Pacific Submarine Force during World War II after watching his favorite film star, Cary Grant, in Destination Tokyo (1943). Curtis would later team up with Grant to play naval officers serving together on a WW2 submarine in Operation Petticoat (1959).

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Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in Flucht in Ketten (1958)

Mentioned in "The Jack Benny Program (1950)" The Jack Benny Program: Jack Casting for TV Special (1961).

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Tony Curtis and Cara Williams in Flucht in Ketten (1958)

He has appeared in five films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Winchester '73 (1950), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Some Like It Hot (1959), Spartacus (1960) and Rosemary's Baby (1968).

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Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in Flucht in Ketten (1958)

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Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in Flucht in Ketten (1958)

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Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in Flucht in Ketten (1958)

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