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Bernard Schwartz was born on 3 June 1925, in The Bronx, New York City USA, of Hungarian-Jewish and Slovak ancestry. Tony was an actor, whose career spanned six decades. He’s been part of various films including “Houdini”, “Sweet Smell of Success”, and “The Boston Strangler”. All of his efforts helped put his net worth to where it was prior to his passing in 2010.

How rich was Tony Curtis? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $60 million, mostly earned through a successful career as an actor. He also worked on radio, and all of these ensured his wealth before his passing.

Tony Curtis Net Worth $60 million

Tony was born into a very problematic family – he didn’t learn English until he was five or six years old. His mother was also very aggressive, beating him up and being a negative influence in his life; she would be diagnosed with schizophrenia, so when he was eight years old he was placed in an orphanage, and then became involved with local gangs. He was helped by a neighbor who offered to send him to a Boy Scout camp, and that changed his life. He attended Seward Park High School and experienced his first acting opportunity there. Inspired by newsreels, he joined the US Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. and served aboard the submarine USS Proteus. After finishing his service, he attended the City College of New York and then studied acting at The New School. Eventually he was discovered, and he moved to Hollywood, changing his name from Bernard Schwartz to Tony Curtis.

He made his debut in the film “Criss Cross” though he was not credited for it. He then continued with an appearance in the film “City Across the River”, but would truly get recognition for his performance as the press agent Sidney Falco in the film “Sweet Smell of Success”. He also got his first Academy Award nomination for his performance in “The Defiant Ones” in 1958. After these films, Curtis became one of the most in-demand stars in Hollywood. He continued to do a lot of drama and comedy films including “Sex and the Single Girl”, “Spartacus”, and “The Last Tycoon”. He also made regular appearances on television including in “The Persuaders!” alongside Roger Moore and “Vega$”. Tony also did a voice over for “The Flinstones”. His net worth mounted steadily.

Aside from films and television, Curtis was well known for his paintings and some of them are now valued at around $25,000. Later in his career he focused more on painting than films and was inspired by the works of Picasso and Van Gogh. He received several honors later in his life including the Sony Ericsson Empire Lifetime Achievement Award and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Curtis also released an autobiography entitled “American Prince: A Memoir” which includes stories of his time with legends such as James Dean and Frank Sinatra. He also wrote the book “The Making of Some Like it Hot: My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Classic American Movie”. He was featured in the documentary “The Jill & Tony Curtis Story” and also participated in philanthropic work with her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis.

For his personal life, Tony was married six times, first to actress Janet Leigh from 1951 to 1962; they had two daughters, one of whom was Jamie Lee. The following year he married Christine Kaufmann, who was 17 years old at the time. They also had two daughters but divorced in 1968. His next marriage was to Leslie Allen(1968-82) who he had two sons with. His other marriages were to Andrea Savio(1984-92), Lisa Deutsch(1993-94), and Jill Vanderberg. Jill was 42 years younger than Tony and she remained with him until his death. He died on September 2010 as a result of cardiac arrest. He had suffered from lung problems later in his life due to smoking, though he had quit thirty years earlier.

Quick Facts

Birth date: June 3, 1925
Birth place: The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Death date: September 29, 2010, Henderson, Nevada, United States
Height:1.75 m
Profession:Actor
Education:City College of New York, The New School, Seward Park Campus
Nationality:American
Spouse:Jill Vandenberg Curtis (m. 1998–2010), Lisa Deutsch (m 1993-1994), Andrea Savio (m 1978-1992), Leslie Curtis (m 1968-1982), Christine Kaufmann (m 1963-1968), Janet Leigh (m 1951-1962)
Children:Jamie Lee Curtis, Kelly Curtis, Allegra Curtis, Nicholas Curtis, Alexandra Curtis, Ben Curtis Tony Curtis
Parents:Emanuel Schwartz, Helen Schwartz
Siblings:Robert Schwartz, Julius Schwartz
TV shows:The Persuaders!, McCoy, Hollywood Babylon
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1In his 2008 autobiography "American Prince: A Memoir" Curtis accused many people he worked with of holding anti-Semitic views.
2Although he played Ernest Borgnine's son in The Vikings (1958), he was only eight years his junior in real life.
3Met Julie Adams and Piper Laurie, when the three were all under contract with Universal in 1949.
4Lifelong friends of: Julie Adams and Piper Laurie.
5George Stevens' "Gunga Din" is his favorite film.
6Release of his book, "American Prince: A Memoir" by Tony with Peter Golenbock. [October 2008]
7Co-starring as Osgood Fielding III in musical stage version of Some Like It Hot (1959). [June 2002]
8Release of his book, "Tony Curtis: The Autobiography" by Tony and Barry Paris. [1993]
9Was a liberal Democrat and attended several of the Democratic National Conventions until his death. He was even a frequent White House guest during the Lyndon Johnson and John F. Kennedy Administrations.
10Serving with F Troop (1965) actor Larry Storch in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 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 room mate/asst' in the comedy 'Forty Pounds of Trouble' (1962).
11From the top of his submarine in Tokyo Bay, using a pair of binoculars, he was able to witness the Japanese surrender on the deck of the USS Missouri, about a mile away. He considered this experience to be one of the highlights of his life.
12Father of two sons, with Leslie Curtis: Nicholas Curtis (desceased) and Benjamin Curtis.
13He disinherited all of his children from his will and left the bulk of his estate to his wife Jill Vandenberg Curtis.
14Following his death, he was buried with some of his favorite possessions - a Stetson hat, an Armani scarf, driving gloves, an iPhone and a copy of his favorite novel, "Anthony Adverse," a book that inspired his celebrity name.
15Suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in his last years.
16According to his autobiography, he really desired the lead male role of Paul Varjack in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). Director Blake Edwards considered the idea, but the role eventually went to George Peppard.
17Admits that he is largely estranged from all six of his children, including actress Jamie Lee Curtis, one of his children by first wife Janet Leigh.
18Like many before and after, he changed his name from Bernard Schwartz to Tony Curtis, partly in response to Hollywood anti-Semitism.
19Broke 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).
20Claims he probably had a sexual addiction. Among his female conquests boasted of in his 2008 memoir was a pre-star Marilyn Monroe who was a very young, pony-tailed redhead during their teenage affair.
21His sixth wife, Jill Vandenberg Curtis (since 1998), who is 46 years younger than he, runs a wild-horse refuge.
22Recovered from a cocaine addiction in the 1980s.
23Claims that his mother was physically abusive and that his father was impassive.
24Now in his 80s, he spends 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.
25He enjoys playing the flute for pleasure and relaxation. He is a very accomplished player.
26His brother Julius died after being hit by a truck (1938).
27Elvis Presley copied his duck-tail hairstyle after seeing it on screen.
28His favorite movie star was Cary Grant.
29Has appeared in tourism advertisements for his ancestral homeland Hungary.
30Was originally considered for one of the leading roles of Lady L (1965).
31Nearly died in hospital from pneumonia at Christmas 2006.
32Along with Ernest Borgnine, Curtis refused to watch, and publicly condemned, Brokeback Mountain (2005).
33Serving with F Troop (1965) actor Larry Storch in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 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 room mate/asst' in the comedy 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962).
34He was a militant anti-smoker, having been a heavy smoker himself for about thirty years. Both Sir Michael Caine and Sir Roger Moore credited Curtis with helping them quit smoking cigarettes in the early 1970s, though not cigars.
35Appeared 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.
36Since 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".
37Was the inspiration for and voiced the character Stoney Curtis on an episode of The Flintstones (1960), along with Ann-Margret as Ann Marg-rock.
38He has two adopted sons.
39He 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.
40Suffers from fear of flying.
41Appears on the cover of The Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".
42Lives in Henderson, Nevada.
43Enjoys painting and creating shadow boxes. In late 2005, the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY) acquired one of his canvasses for its permanent collection.
44Born 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.
45His son, Nicholas Curtis, died of seizures due to an overdose of heroin (2 July 1994).
46Father of Allegra Curtis and Alexandra Curtis (with Christine Kaufmann).
47Father of Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis (with Janet Leigh).


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
Lobster Man from Mars (1989)$100,000
Othello, el comando negro (1982)$300,000
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978)$150,000
Sextette (1978)$150,000
Casanova & Co. (1977)$300,000
The Boston Strangler (1968)$30,000 /week
The Great Race (1965)$125,000
Sex and the Single Girl (1964)$400,000
Operation Petticoat (1959)$700,000
The Vikings (1958)$25,000 /week
Trapeze (1956)$150,000
Proibito (1954)$1,750 /week
Forbidden (1953)$1,500 /week
The All American (1953)$1,500 /week
Houdini (1953)$1,500 /week
Flesh and Fury (1952)$700 /week
Kansas Raiders (1950)$225 /week
Winchester '73 (1950)$225 /week
Criss Cross (1949)$75 /week


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Crooning voice.
2Thick, black hair, with curly forelock
3Pretty-boy looks
4Distinctive Bronx accent


Quotes

#Quote
1(On Don't Make Waves (1967) The plot was utterly ridiculous, but I agreed to appear in the film because I got a percentage of the gross.
2[on his love scene with Marilyn Monroe on the yacht in Some Like It Hot (1959)] It was like kissing Hitler. She'd gone funny, her mind was all over the place. It was awful. She nearly choked me to death by deliberately sticking her tongue down my throat into my windpipe.
3[on working with Laurence Olivier on Spartacus (1960)] Olivier taught me a lot about acting. He said to me, "Tony, clothes maketh the man." He taught me that you choose your clothes and you put them on and you finally become that character. He didn't just put on any costume that was given to him. He chose what was best for the character he was playing and he showed me how that helps to take the character into another dimension. I learned that from him and always used it. So he gave me tips on acting and I gave him tips on body-building. I took him behind the set and said, "On your face." Then I showed him how to do press-ups properly and it helped to get him into good shape.
4God is great, he won't hurt us, 'cause he looks like Tony Curtis.
5I got a lot of girls while I was at the peak. If I didn't get them, I got their stand-ins.
6Painting is more meaningful to me than any performance I've ever given.
7I have met every President of the United States from Kennedy on, except Nixon.
8I enjoy being Tony. I was the only one who ever knocked Burt Lancaster on his *ss in Trapeze (1956), and I took Kirk Douglas' eye out in The Vikings (1958), and I took two girls away from Jack Lemmon. I also took away Cary Grant's submarine, so I've got these nice moments in my movies.
9[on Some Like It Hot (1959)] It's one of the most outstanding movies I've made. It was a very complicated role. I played a straight man, I played a comic, I played a woman, I played a saxophone player, I played a millionaire, I played a little bit of Cary Grant as well. When the picture was over, Billy Wilder ran the picture for Cary, and said, 'Well, how did you like Tony's impression?' and Cary said (doing Cary Grant imitation) 'I don't talk like that!'
10Here in America, you have to die before they say something nice about you.
11Don't listen to them, when they say don't drink, or drink very little, don't smoke, don't eat too much, don't eat badly, don't get fat, don't get ugly, and p*ssed off that life is passing you by. There's no such animal, my friend.
12[His advice to George Michael after his 1998 arrest for lewd conduct] Keep smiling.
13I was resented and hated because I was so good-looking and Jewish. It's true. This is not paranoia. I think that because of the Iraq war, anti-Semitism is on the increase again.
14They are all dead now; Cary Grant, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, all my Hollywood friends. Sometimes I feel so lonely. Actors today achieve nothing nor do they have any glamour. They seem more interested in adopting babies than films. All the films are terrible, too, because the scripts are so bad and there are no decent film-makers.
15[on his love for the ladies] Listen, we all do. I tell ya, there isn't a guy a met that wouldn't love to jump on a beautiful woman without knowing her name. And if that's what you call womanizing, then call me the King.
16When I made Sweet Smell of ­Success, The Defiant Ones, I should have continued in that milieu. It was my own stupidity that I didn't. I just went on blithely from one picture to the next, ­letting other people guide my ­destiny, instead of taking hold of it myself. But that's not bad either because I find now that there's no period in my life that I regret. Each had a reason and a purpose. The thing is to learn to accept it and not spend your present and your future looking back and thinking, 'Oh shit, I wish I hadn't done that.'
17[on Marlon Brando] He was an interesting man, different, a genius in the way he thought.
18One of the big reasons I started using cocaine was that I was told it was great for sex. It didn't make me superhuman in the longevity department, but it certainly did make my sexual experiences more intense.
19[on today's actors, starting with Brad Pitt] That Pitt fellow - what's his name? He hasn't got it. Now, Robert Downey Jr. - I think he might have something.
20[on Cary Grant] The greatest movie actor of all time.
21[on Marilyn Monroe] You could tell she'd already been battered by life, and I found that she'd been in an orphanage, as I had, and that her mother was also schizophrenic. I loved her. And she loved me, but we both wanted to be in the movies, and that meant everything.
22I just wanted to be treated like anybody else. There was a lot of opposition to me during the early years of movies. It had an effect on me. I don't feel like I got the movies I should've gotten. I felt I deserved more than that the industry had given me. I felt I should have been considered more, with a little more respect from the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy. I don't feel like I contributed what I wanted to contribute in the movies.
23[on the long-running feud with daughter Jamie Lee Curtis] What am I going to do? God bless her, I wish her the best. If she can't forgive me, then get another father.
24[on his 1951 marriage to first wife Janet Leigh] I even married Janet for my career. I could see the two of us could get more attention together. We had the paparazzi wherever we went, we were on the cover of all the movie magazines. It wasn't enough for a man to be cute, he had to be connected to the right woman...What better way to get famous?
25[on his relationship with his mother] I got nothing from her. I got slapped around is what I got.
26[on dying] I may have them take my ashes and spread them all over Las Vegas!
27[on his troubled relationship with daughter Jamie Lee Curtis] I have a feeling she wanted to teach me a lesson for abandoning her mother and her. But I couldn't be with Janet Leigh anymore. She was disappearing into her own madnesses.
28[on Brokeback Mountain (2005)] This picture is not as important as we make it. It's nothing unique. The only thing unique about it is they put it on the screen. And they make 'em gay cowboys. 'Howard Hughes (I)' and John Wayne wouldn't like it.
29[in 2008] I'm just wondering how many more years I have. I don't have 20. I don't have 15. How many years do I have? I don't know, but I plan to reinvent myself as an 84-year-old, as an 85-year-old man who can do anything and everything.
30I realized if I could [have sex with] a girl . . . a woman has accepted me. The main force in me was to be accepted by others. Not education, not money in my pocket, nothing except to be accepted by a girl.
31On living in the present: So far so good, and I'm ready for more. My art will give me more. There'll be more shows, and this book will open things up for me again. There's still so much to discover. So I have to take good care of myself so you don't find me in the gutter.
32[on what he misses] I miss a pale-green Buick convertible with Dynaflow drive. I miss a little beach house in Malibu with the waves lapping on the beach. [This was during his first months in Hollywood, when he would bring then-unknown Marilyn Monroe back to his beach house]
33[on finally forgiving his mother long after she died] We could have all turned out like her. She cleaned houses in Hungary from when she was six or seven. She had no opportunities.
34[about his sixth wife Jillie] She's the only one who didn't want me to change after I married her.
35It's rather nice not to be waiting for a script to come through the door, and even if it did, I would turn it down.
36[about Some Like It Hot (1959)] It was perfect. Great dialogue. Crisp acting. Billy Wilder was brilliant, and Jack Lemmon and I always had a great time together; even though we were from different backgrounds - he was Harvard-educated, very intelligent and urbane. We balanced each other out.
37A lot of things that would have meant a lot to me were denied me by Hollywood. I didn't speak properly. I spoke with a thick New York accent. Everyone knew my name was Schwartz - and Jews were not welcome. [I suffered resentment from the Hollywood establishment for marrying a "shiksa goddess" in Janet Leigh.] "Debbie Reynolds was the centre of gravity for a glitzy Caucasian crowd, and I could tell they didn't appreciate me. They didn't pick on you, they just ignored you. I couldn't understand it.
38I became great friends with all my co-stars. With Gregory Peck, Burt Lancaster, Jack Lemmon and Cary Grant . . . Cary Grant . . . Cary Grant. He could have picked anyone, but he allowed me the privilege to be in the movie with him. Jesus. To be in a movie with Cary Grant. Meeting him was the best thing that ever happened to me. He was the reason why I wanted to get into the movies - and that is all I ever wanted.
39I was the best-looking kid in town. It's not what you have but what you do with it that counts.
40[on his ambitions] I even married Janet Leigh for my career. I could see the two of us could get more attention together. We had the paparazzi wherever we went, we were on the cover of all the movie magazines. It wasn't enough for a man to be cute, he had to be connected to the right woman.
41[about first meeting Marilyn Monroe] She was 19 and didn't look anything like what she became. She had reddish-brown hair and her figure was not distinguished yet. Her bosoms weren't what they were later and her legs were a little scrawny, but she was putting it all together. Don't you see? Once she accepted she was a woman, then, look out, world. There was no guy that was safe. If she liked you, there was no man who could resist.
42[about the starlet system of 1950s Hollywood] These girls of 18 or 20 were fodder. All the guys at the studios, including myself, would feast on them, taking their sweetness. There were a lot of them. I don't remember their names. Then they would go home and get married. Poor darlings. They came and went.
43[about his schizophrenic mother's influence on his childhood] Yes, yes, that had a lot to do with it. I got nothing from her. I got slapped around is what I got. But I liked to be with women. I never did it with dogs or elephants or men. Only with women.
44[about his many sexual dalliances] It was love. I was falling in love every day. I am completely in love with women. Every woman. I loved their company and there was always a chance you could kiss them. I found kissing a very appealing experience. I was just always hoping for that conquest, hoping for that physical affection . . . that ejaculation.
45Early on, I decided I didn't want to be known as a mere actor. I wanted to feel like a star. I wanted to get my footprints in Hollywood on the sidewalk, which I got. I wanted to be on the cover of all the magazines and go to parties in a limousine with a beautiful girl. I did all of that - and more. And I appreciate it. Every day I'm reminded of who I am. People stop me in the street all the time. Women love to see me - and I love to see them. I have an affinity for women, you know.
46Look. I'm so privileged to be alive in this studio that happens to be mine. I'm 83 years old and I'm still a factor in this world, I still contribute wherever I go. It's astounding. I could have been a politician or a brain surgeon. But I didn't have an education, so there wasn't anything I could do but get into the movies. And, boy, did I ever. To burst into the movies like I did. Isn't that neat?
47Well, on the one hand you could say I was tremendously blessed, on the other I was definitely cursed.
48[about Spartacus (1960)] Kirk Douglas is tough, but Stanley Kubrick was tougher!
49[on Marilyn Monroe on the set of Some Like It Hot (1959)] I knew there was something disturbing her. For some inexplicable reason, she was going down the wrong path and no one knew it.
50[on Marilyn Monroe] I'm in love with her now. I've loved her all these years.
51My father was a tailor. I used to deliver for him. I'd have to hold the clothes up high to keep them from dragging on the ground.
52I was 22 when I arrived in Hollywood in 1948. I had more action than Mount Vesuvius - men, women, animals! I loved it too. I participated where I wanted to and didn't where I didn't. I've always been open about it.
53Fame is another profession. I feel that I have two professions, I have the profession of being an actor and I have the profession of being famous.
54Comedy is the most honest way for an actor to earn his living. People would rather laugh than cry. The quickest way to change drama into comedy is simply to speed up the film.
55Hollywood... the most sensational merry-go-around ever built.
56I had to be careful where I went because I was a Jew, because I was young and because I was handsome. It made me wiry and erratic and paranoid, which is what I still am. Always on guard.
57I wouldn't be seen dead with a woman old enough to be my wife.
58[asked who the most attractive person he ever worked with was] I am.
59What's the secret to a long and happy life? Young women's saliva!
60I ran around with a lump in my pants, chased all the girls. This is what I reflected on the screen. There wasn't anything deeper or less deep than that.
61They gave me away as a prize once - a Win Tony Curtis For A Weekend competition. The woman who won was disappointed. She'd hoped for second prize - a new stove.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008Grand Prix Special des AmériquesMontréal World Film Festival
2006Lifetime Achievement AwardEmpire Awards, UK
2004Lifetime Achievement AwardCalifornia Independent Film Festival
2004Golden Camera for Lifetime AchievementGolden Camera, Germany
2001Special DavidDavid di Donatello Awards
2000"The General" Honorary AwardSitges - Catalonian International Film Festival
1997Distinguished Hollywood Film Artist AwardSt. Louis International Film Festival
1995Desert Palm Achievement AwardPalm Springs International Film Festival
1973BambiBambi AwardsTV Series InternationalThe Persuaders! (1971)· Roger Moore
1972Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Male TV Star (TV-Star m)
1964Sour AppleGolden Apple AwardsLeast Cooperative Actor
1961Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - MaleTogether with Rock Hudson
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6817 Hollywood Blvd.
1959Most Popular Male StarPhotoplay Awards
1958Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1958BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalSweet Smell of Success (1957)
1958Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actor
1952Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actor

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a SpecialThe Scarlett O'Hara War (1980)
1969Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaThe Boston Strangler (1968)
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star9th place.
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star14th place.
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Comedy PerformanceCaptain Newman, M.D. (1963)
1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star13th place.
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star4th place.
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Dramatic PerformanceThe Outsider (1961)
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star4th place.
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star6th place.
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Comedy PerformanceWho Was That Lady? (1960)
1959OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Defiant Ones (1958)
1959Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaThe Defiant Ones (1958)
1959BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorThe Defiant Ones (1958)
1958BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorSweet Smell of Success (1957)
1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Dramatic PerformanceSweet Smell of Success (1957)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Comedy Performance40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)
1960BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalSome Like It Hot (1959)
1959BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalThe Defiant Ones (1958)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
McCoy1975-1976TV SeriesMcCoy
The Big Rip-Off1975TV MovieMcCoy
Lepke1975Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter
The Count of Monte-Cristo1975TV MovieFernand Mondego
Shaft1973TV SeriesClifford Grayson
The Third Girl from the Left1973TV MovieJoey Jordan
The Persuaders!1971-1972TV SeriesDanny Wilde / Aunt Sophie
The ABC Comedy Hour1972TV Series
Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?1970Shannon Gambroni
You Can't Win 'Em All1970Adam Dyer
Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies1969Chester Schofield
The Boston Strangler1968Albert DeSalvo
Rosemary's Baby1968Donald Baumgart (voice, uncredited)
On My Way to the Crusades, I Met a Girl Who...1967Guerrando da Montone
Don't Make Waves1967Carlo Cofield
Arrivederci, Baby!1966Nick Johnson
Not with My Wife, You Don't!1966Tom Ferris
Chamber of Horrors1966Mr. Julian (uncredited)
Boeing, Boeing1965Bernard Lawrence
The Flintstones1965TV SeriesStony Curtis
The Great Race1965The Great Leslie
Sex and the Single Girl1964Bob Weston
Goodbye Charlie1964George Tracy
Wild and Wonderful1964Terry Williams
Paris When It Sizzles1964Maurice / Philippe - 2nd Policeman (uncredited)
Captain Newman, M.D.1963Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz
The List of Adrian Messenger1963Cameo (as organ grinder)
40 Pounds of Trouble1962Steve McCluskey
Taras Bulba1962Andrei Bulba
The Outsider1961Ira Hamilton Hayes
The Great Impostor1961Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. / Martin Donner / Dr. Gilbert / ...
Pepe1960Tony Curtis (uncredited)
Spartacus1960Antoninus
The Rat Race1960Pete Hammond Jr.
Who Was That Lady?1960David Wilson
Startime1960TV SeriesThe Juggler
Operation Petticoat1959Lt. JG Nicholas Holden
Some Like It Hot1959Joe / Josephine / Shell Oil Junior
General Electric Theater1957-1959TV SeriesDavid / Mario Galindo
The Perfect Furlough1958Cpl. Paul Hodges
The Defiant Ones1958John 'Joker' Jackson
Kings Go Forth1958Cpl. Britt Harris
The Vikings1958Eric
Schlitz Playhouse1958TV SeriesCharlie
Sweet Smell of Success1957Sidney Falco
The Midnight Story1957Joe Martini
Mister Cory1957Cory
Trapeze1956Tino Orsini
The Square Jungle1955Eddie Quaid / Packy Glennon
The Rawhide Years1955Ben Matthews
The Purple Mask1955Rene de Traviere aka The Purple Mask
Six Bridges to Cross1955Jerry Florea
So This Is Paris1954Joe Maxwell
The Black Shield of Falworth1954Myles
Johnny Dark1954Johnny Dark
Beachhead1954Burke
Forbidden1953Eddie Darrow
The All American1953Nick Bonelli
Houdini1953Harry Houdini
Son of Ali Baba1952Kashma Baba
No Room for the Groom1952Alvah Morrell
Flesh and Fury1952Paul Callan
The Prince Who Was a Thief1951Julna
Kansas Raiders1950Kit Dalton
Winchester '731950Doan (as Anthony Curtis)
Sierra1950Brent Coulter (as Anthony Curtis)
I Was a Shoplifter1950Pepe (as Anthony Curtis)
Woman in Hiding1950Voice of Dave Shaw (voice, uncredited)
Francis1950Capt. Jones (as Anthony Curtis)
How to Smuggle a Hernia Across the Border1949Short
Johnny Stool Pigeon1949Joey Hyatt (as Anthony Curtis)
Take One False Step1949Hot Rod Driver (uncredited)
The Lady Gambles1949Bellboy (as Anthony Curtis)
City Across the River1949Mitch (as Anthony Curtis)
Criss Cross1949Gigolo (uncredited)
David & Fatima2008Mr. Schwartz
The Blacksmith and the Carpenter2007ShortGod (voice)
Hope & Faith2004TV SeriesMorris
Reflections of Evil2002Host
Play It to the Bone1999Ringside Fan
Stargames1998King Fendel
Louis & Frank1998Lenny Star Springer
Suddenly Susan1998TV SeriesPeter DiCaprio
Brittle Glory1997Jack Steele
Hardball1997VideoWald
Roseanne1996TV SeriesHal
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1996TV SeriesDr. Mamba
The Immortals1995Dominic
A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor1994TV MovieJohnny Steele
Bandit: Beauty and the Bandit1994TV MovieLucky Bergstrom
Naked in New York1993Carl Fisher
The Mummy Lives1993Aziru / Dr. Mohassid
Center of the Web1992Stephen Moore
Christmas in Connecticut1992TV MovieAlexander Yardley
Prime Target1991Marietta Copella
Thanksgiving Day1990TV MovieMax Schloss
Charlie1989TV MovieScott Parish
Walter & Carlo i Amerika1989Willy La Rouge
Midnight1989Mr. B
Tarzan in Manhattan1989TV MovieArchimedes Porter
Lobster Man from Mars1989J.P. Shelldrake
Welcome to Germany1988Mr. Cornfield
Sparky's Magic Piano1987VideoTV Interviewer (voice)
Murder in Three Acts1986TV MovieCharles Cartwright
The Last of Philip Banter1986Charles Foster
Club Life1986Hector
Mafia Princess1986TV MovieSam Giancana
Insignificance1985Senator
Where Is Parsifal?1984Parsifal Katzenellenbogen
Balboa1983Ernie Stoddard
The Fall Guy1983TV SeriesJoe O'Hara
BrainWaves1982Dr. Clavius
Black Commando1982Col. Iago
Portrait of a Showgirl1982TV MovieJoey DeLeon
The Million Dollar Face1981TV MovieChester Masterson
Vega$1978-1981TV SeriesRoth
Inmates: A Love Story1981TV MovieFlanagan
The Mirror Crack'd1980Martin N. Fenn
The Scarlett O'Hara War1980TV MovieDavid O. Selznick
It Rained All Night the Day I Left1980Robert Talbot
Little Miss Marker1980Blackie
Title Shot1979Frank Renzetti
The Users1978TV MovieRandy Brent
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan1978Marvin Lazar
The Manitou1978Harry Erskine
Sextette1978Alexei Karansky
Some Like It Cool1977Giacomo Casanova
The Last Tycoon1976Rodriguez

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Captain Newman, M.D.1963performer: "Jingle Bells"
The List of Adrian Messenger1963performer: "A Wand'ring Minstrel, I"
Some Like It Hot1959performer: "Runnin' Wild" 1922, "Sugar Blues" 1920, "Some Like It Hot" 1958, "Sugar Blues - Runnin' Wild" - uncredited
So This Is Paris1954performer: "WAIT 'TIL PARIS SEES US", "THE TWO OF US", "IT'S REALLY UP TO YOU", "A DAME'S A DAME", "THREE BON VIVANTS"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Startime1960TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Sweet Smell of Success1957executive producer - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista2013TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Días de cine2010TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
The New Bike2009Short acknowledgment
Tony Curtis on 'Some Like It Hot'2001Video documentary short special thanks
Free Enterprise1998grateful acknowledgment
Jackie Brown1997very special thanks
Norman Jewison, Film Maker1971Documentary gratefully acknowledged assistance

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
What Ever Happened to Norma Jeane?2017Documentary filmingHimself
Hollywood RenegadeDocumentary post-productionHimself
Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom2011DocumentaryHimself
Brasch - Das Wünschen und das Fürchten2011DocumentaryHimself
Let It Begin! A Filmmaker's Journey2010Documentary short
Tony Curtis erzählt...2010Documentary shortHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2010TV SeriesHimself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2010TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Question Presenter
Marilyn Monroe - Ich möchte geliebt werden2010DocumentaryHimself
Marilyn Monroe - Tod einer Ikone2010DocumentaryHimself
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel2009DocumentaryHimself
Secrets of Life2009DocumentaryHimself
Good Night Chicago Show2009TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2008-2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Timewatch2009TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
The Bonnie Hunt Show2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Vivement dimanche2008TV SeriesHimself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Il était une fois...2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Shrink Rap2008TV SeriesHimself
The Jill & Tony Curtis Story2008DocumentaryHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Graham Norton Show2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Where's Marty?2006VideoHimself
The Morning After: Remembering the Persuaders!2006Video documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2006TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'Some Like It Hot'2006Video documentary shortHimself
48 Hours2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood Greats2002-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Jerry Lewis - König der Komödianten2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
War Stories with Oliver North2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2005TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Legenden2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates2004Video documentaryHimself - Actor
Die Johannes B. Kerner Show2004TV SeriesHimself
Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography1995-2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Untitled Star Wars Mockumentary2003ShortHimself
One Less Tear2003VideoHimself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Films2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Backstory2001TV Series documentaryHimself / Albert DeSalvo
Rescued from the Closet2001Video documentaryHimself
Tony Curtis on 'Some Like It Hot'2001Video documentary shortHimself
Wetten, dass..?2001TV SeriesHimself
Playboy: The Party Continues2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cinema 32000TV SeriesHimself
Caiga quien caiga2000TV SeriesHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies2000TV Special documentaryHimself
The Rat Pack1999TV Series documentaryHimself
La nuit des 7 d'or1999TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Hollywood: Wild in the Streets1999Video documentaryHimself - Party footage
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1999TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Private Screenings1999TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Fashion Machine1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Clive Anderson All Talk1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hugh Hefner: American Playboy Revisited1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Elvis Meets Nixon1997TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Very Important Pennis1997TV SeriesHimself
Ciné61997TV SeriesHimself
The Mrs. Merton Show1997TV SeriesHimself
The Sunday Show1996TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait1996TV Series documentaryJosephine / Junior
Tonight with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Nulle part ailleurs1995-1996TV SeriesHimself
Gran premio internazionale della TV1996TV SeriesHimself - Winner
Lights, Camera, Action!: A Century of the Cinema1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Celluloid Closet1995DocumentaryHimself
Vincent à l'heure1995TV SeriesHimself
Matin Bonheur1995TV SeriesHimself
A Century of Cinema1994DocumentaryHimself
Cilla's World1994TV MovieHimself
Clive James1994TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1993TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Celebrity Guide to Entertaining1993Video documentary
Hollywood Babylon1992-1993TV SeriesHimself - Host
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier1992TV SpecialHimself
Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time1992DocumentaryHimself
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hollywood Babylon II1992Video documentaryHimself - Narrator
Joseph Cornell: Worlds in a Box1991TV Movie documentaryHimself - And also narrator
Reflections on the Silver Screen1991TV SeriesHimself
The Dame Edna Experience1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Later with Bob Costas1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Wogan1988TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hour Magazine1983-1988TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1987TV SeriesHimself
Nightlife1987TV SeriesHimself
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Director
Fame, Fortune and Romance1986TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder1986TV Special documentaryHimself
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal1985DocumentaryHimself
Playboy Mid Summer Night's Dream Party 19851985TV MovieHimself
Drôle de festival1985TV Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood '841984TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Aspel & Company1984TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Circus of the Stars #81983TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
Bitte umblättern1981TV Series documentaryHimself
Electric Light Orchestra: 'Out of the Blue' Tour Live at Wembley1978TV MovieHimself - Introduction
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1965-1978TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself / Martin Lazar from film BAD NEWS BEARS GO TO JAPAN / ...
The Mike Douglas Show1970-1978TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Guest
The Joe Franklin Show1978TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1978TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Looks Familiar1977TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 2nd Annual People's Choice Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Introducing Brenda Vaccaro to Stage
Today1973-1975TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Annie and the Hoods1974TV SpecialHimself
The Annual National Sports Awards1974TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1972TV SeriesHimself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1972TV Series documentaryHimself
Parkinson1972TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The ABC Comedy Hour1972TV SeriesHimself
Norman Jewison, Film Maker1971DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Laugh-In1968-1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest Performer / Himself
The Dick Cavett Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Film Night1970TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Bracken's World1969TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHimself
The 41st Annual Academy Awards1969TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role / Best Short Subject Cartoon / Co-Presenter: Short Subject Live Action / ...
The Song Is You1968TV MovieHimself
Good Company1967TV SeriesHimself
Behind the Scenes with Blake Edwards' 'The Great Race'1965Documentary shortHimself
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHimself
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards1961TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Documentary Awards
The Jack Benny Program1960TV SeriesHimself
Special Gala to Support Kennedy Campaign1960TV MovieHimself - Performer
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards1960TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Writing Awards
Menschen, Hoffnungen, Medaillen1960DocumentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1960TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1959TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Recipient
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Animated Short Film and Best Live Action Short Film
I've Got a Secret1958TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1958TV SeriesHimself
A Private Little Party for a Few Chums1957TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1955-1956TV SeriesHimself
The Rosemary Clooney Show1956TV SeriesHimself
The George Gobel Show1956TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Linkletter Show1956TV SeriesHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1951-1955TV SeriesHimself - Cameo Appearance
Allen in Movieland1955TV MovieHimself
What's My Line?1955TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest #1
Person to Person1954TV Series documentaryHimself
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHimself
Red Skelton Revue1954TV SeriesHimself
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The World's Most Beautiful Girls1953Documentary shortHimself
Olympic Fund Telethon1952TV SpecialHimself
Meet Danny Wilson1951Himself - Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Penthouse Party1951TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Sing Your Song2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2010TV Series documentaryHarry Erskine
Cinema 32010TV SeriesHimself
A Star Is Born: Special Features2010Video
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff2010DocumentaryEric (uncredited)
Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger2010DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Heroes of Jules Verne Festival2010DocumentaryHimself
50 años de2009TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood sul Tevere2009DocumentaryHimself
The Graham Norton Show2008TV SeriesHimself
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project2007DocumentaryPete Hammond Jr. (uncredited)
Ein Leben wie im Flug2007TV MovieHimself
Billy Wilder Speaks2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ciclo Agatha Christie2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Cineastas contra magnates2005DocumentaryAlbert DeSalvo (in 'The Boston Strangler')
Cuando España se desnudó2005TV Movie documentaryJoe / Josephine
Marilyn's Man2004Documentary
Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003DocumentaryHimself
Heroes of Comedy2002TV Series documentary
Playboy: The Ultimate Pamela Anderson2002Video documentaryHimself
Memories from the Sweet Sue's2001Video shortJosephine
Hollywood Remembers2000TV Series documentary
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialSpoticus (uncredited)
Playboy: Playmate Pajama Party1999Video documentaryHimself
Classified X1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Alien X Factor1997Dr. Lancaster
Jackie Brown1997Himself (uncredited)
50,000,000 Joe Franklin Fans Can't Be Wrong1997DocumentaryHimself
Biography1995TV Series documentaryHimself
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentarySidney Falco, ' Sweet Smell of Success' (uncredited)
100 Years at the Movies1994TV Short documentaryHimself
Kirk Douglas: Video Scrapbook1994Video documentaryHimself
The Best of the Don Lane Show1994TV MovieHImself
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: 25th Anniversary Reunion1993TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
Derrick contre Superman1992TV ShortDanny Wilde
Memories of 1970-19911991TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActor - 'Some Like It Hot' (uncredited)
Magic with the Stars1982TV MovieHarry Houdini (uncredited)
Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
Good Old Days Part II1978TV SpecialHimself
Sporting Chance1975Danny Wilde
London Conspiracy1974Danny Wilde
Mission: Monte Carlo1974Danny Wilde
Film Night1971TV SeriesHimself
Film Review1968TV Mini-SeriesJoe
Mia and Roman1968Documentary shortHimself
ABC Stage 671966TV SeriesHimself
The Legend of Marilyn Monroe1966DocumentaryActor 'Some Like It Hot' (uncredited)
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Welcome to the Basement2014TV SeriesDancer
The March2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Franz Antel - Meister der Unterhaltung2013DocumentaryHimself
Talking Pictures2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Too Young to Die2012TV Series documentaryCarlo Cofield
No me la puc treure del cap2012TV SeriesJoe
America's Book of Secrets2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Unlawful Killing2011DocumentaryHimself - Actor, Friend of Dodi
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute

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