Also in 1994, the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation awarded its Lone Sailor Award for his naval service and his subsequent acting career. By …  He had four lines in The Lady Gambles (1949) and a bigger part in Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949).  A street is named after him in the Sun City Anthem development of his adopted hometown, Henderson, Nevada. To his millions of fans he was the last of the great matinee idols. His sixth and last wife, Jill Vandenberg, was 45 years his junior. In 1960, Curtis played a supporting role in Spartacus, which became another major hit for him. Ben Curtis was born on November 2, 1980 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA as Benjamin Bowmar Curtis. Inside Halle Berry’s Life With Her Boyfriend and Kids, It’s Good to Be Bad! “I think my dad’s greatest accomplishment is that he became a big star and was able to take care of his family,” says Allegra.  His mother was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was one of the villains in The Count of Monte Cristo (1975) and had the title role in the gangster film Lepke (1975). Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz on June 3, 1925, at the Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital on 105th Street in Manhattan, New York City, the first of three boys born to Helen (née Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz. Another two daughters, Alexandra, 56, and Allegra, 54, joined the family after he wed German actress Christine Kaufmann. He used his good looks, magnetism and prodigious talent to quickly become one of the most bankable actors of the 1950s and 1960s, starring in dramas (Sweet Smell of Success), comedies (Some Like It Hot) and epics (Spartacus). Curtis graduated to more prestigious projects when he was cast in support of Burt Lancaster and Gina Lollobrigida in Trapeze (1956). Trivia (11) Auditioned for the role of John Connor in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Actor Tony Curtis was buried Monday with a melange of his favorite possessions -- a Stetson hat, an Armani scarf, driving gloves, … “Ours was a deep bond.”. Star on the Walk of Fame–Motion Picture 6817 Hollywood Blvd. He acted in more than 100 films in roles covering a wide range of genres, from light comedy to serious drama. , In 2008, he was featured in the documentary The Jill & Tony Curtis Story about his efforts with his wife to rescue horses from slaughterhouses.. He made some comic adventure tales: You Can't Win 'Em All (1970) with Charles Bronson and Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came (1970). Curtis then gave what could arguably be called his best performance: three interrelated roles in the comedy Some Like It Hot (1959). Because of the poor performance of a series of comedies, Curtis fired his agent and took a pay cut to $100,000 to play the title role in The Boston Strangler (1968), his first dramatic film in several years. 1995-03-30 04:00:00 PDT Boston-- Two men were in custody yesterday and police were searching for one more on charges related to the death in July on Cape Cod of musician Nicolas Curtis… "I was very dedicated and devoted to Janet, and on top of my trade, but in her eyes that goldenness started to wear off. 50s heartthrob Tony Curtis was the father of six children, the result of his 6 marriages, among them movie star Jamie Lee Curtis. ... Curtis' Tony Carroll-trained 7 … They met in a restaurant in 1993 and married on November 6, 1998. '” laughs Allegra. He will be greatly missed.. I also learned humility and self-reliance from him, two of the most valuable lessons of my life.”, At other times, Tony could also be unexpectedly generous. We don't think about time. “He was the one who taught me that it’s OK if men cry.”. It was a huge hit and earned Curtis a Golden Globe nomination. The film was a box office disappointment, but Curtis, for the first time in his career, received sensational reviews. Kelly, who Tony nicknamed “Number One” for being his firstborn, recalls that “he expected a lot from me as an adult. But to his family, life with Tony Curtis — who had six children and six wives — was a more fraught affair. “He was one of the funniest people ever,” Allegra Curtis exclusively confides to Closer magazine in the latest issue, on newsstands now. The following year, on February 28, 1993, he married Lisa Deutsch. , Curtis enlisted in the United States Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. (AP) _ Nicholas B. Curtis, the 23-year-old son of actor Tony Curtis, died after suffering a seizure. 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Curtis' Tony Carroll-trained 7-2 shot was short of room when hampered and brought down two furlongs from the finish. This established Tony as a Hollywood icon. He later starred alongside Roger Moore in the ITC TV series The Persuaders!, with Curtis playing American millionaire Danny Wilde. The organization works for the restoration and preservation of synagogues and the 1300 Jewish cemeteries in Hungary and is dedicated to the 600,000 Jewish victims of the Holocaust in Hungary and lands occupied by the Hungarian Army. Biographies have propagated a misconception that he was born in the Bronx, probably due to the family's moves when he was very young, but Tony pointedly corrected this in a TV interview. In the early 1960s, he was a voice-over guest star on The Flintstones as "Stoney Curtis". In response, Curtis and Leigh decided to defy the studio heads and instead eloped and were married by a local judge in Greenwich, Connecticut.  Investor Kirk Kerkorian, actor Kirk Douglas, and singer Phyllis McGuire were among the honorary pallbearers. Tony starred in several other movies afterward, but he didn't get his major break until 1951 when he scored the major role in 'The Prince Who Was a Thief.' “I know he loved me and my sisters and brothers deeply and we loved him with our hearts and souls,” Kelly says. In 1945, he signed a contract with Columbia Pictures to star in various musical Westerns, playing the romantic lead in most of his films. But I paint all the time." “He could describe a formation of a cloud and make you think,” says Allegra. At one point, he and a brother were handed over to the state because his parents couldn’t feed them. In 1965, Tony Curtis was animated in an episode of The Flintstones; he also voiced his character Stoney Curtis. After his son's death, Curtis remarked that it was "a terrible thing when a father loses his son. For a number of years Curtis was voted by exhibitors in an annual poll from Quigley Publishing as among the top stars in the United States: On My Way to the Crusades, I Met a Girl Who... Sony Ericsson Empire Lifetime Achievement Award, How to Smuggle a Hernia Across the Border, Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies, A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special, Sitges Catalonian International Film Festival, Distinguished Hollywood Film Artist Award. Five months before his death he rewrote his will, naming all his children and intentionally disinheriting them with no explanation, then leaving his entire estate to his wife.. He attended Seward Park High School. The box office performances of these films were solid, and Curtis was growing in popularity. (1960), a comedy with Dean Martin. In 1948, Curtis arrived in Hollywood at age 23. Tony Curtis A year after the famed actor’s death, The Tony Curtis Estate held an auction to sell off memorabilia and other items owned by the actor. From the moment he arrived in Hollywood as an impossibly handsome young man, Tony knew how to be a charmer.  The following year he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in The Defiant Ones (1958) alongside Sidney Poitier (who was also nominated in the same category). Curtis then co-starred with Frank Sinatra and Natalie Wood in Kings Go Forth (1958), a war story. It was a huge success and became a classic; equally popular was Operation Petticoat (1959), a military comedy which Curtis made for Edwards alongside Cary Grant. They were both frantic comedies, and displayed his impeccable comic timing. “If he had one sort of failing, I suppose it was with women,” Peter Golenbock, co-author of Tony’s 2008 memoir American Prince, tells Closer, explaining that once children entered Tony’s marriages, he would start to wander. (1963) and had an uncredited dual role in Paris When It Sizzles (1964). But, since his return to the saddled 23 days later, Curtis has picked up where he left off, with five winners since the start of the year. 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. , During the 1971 filming of The Persuaders!, Curtis developed a reputation among his costars and crew as a frequent marijuana smoker. In the last years of his life, he concentrated on painting rather than movies. Yet even as Tony grew up running with street gangs in the Bronx, he maintained his sensitivity and an artist’s eye for beauty. “He was incapacitated, what parent wouldn’t be? Daughters Kelly, 64, and Jamie Lee, 62, arrived during his marriage to Psycho actress Janet Leigh. The couple divorced in 1962, and the following year Curtis married Christine Kaufmann, the 18-year-old German co-star of his latest film, Taras Bulba. “He was always happiest when he was creating.”, Even if Tony wasn’t an ideal family man, it didn’t matter in the end. The six-times-married star fathered six children, creating a big blended family. He returned to comedy for Monte Carlo or Bust! His stardom and film career declined considerably after 1960. His paintings can also be seen at the Tony Vanderploeg Gallery in Carmel, California. 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." She won a BAFTA award in the category of ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her … “He would call me and leave me a message like, “Allegra, this is Dracula. His work commands more than $25,000 a canvas now.  In 1984, Curtis was rushed to the hospital suffering from advanced cirrhosis as a result of his alcoholism and cocaine addiction. He was one of many names in The Last Tycoon (1976) and had the title role in an Italian comedy Casanova & Co. (1977). On April 20, 1968, Curtis married Leslie Allen, with whom he had two sons: Nicholas Bernard (December 31, 1970 – July 2, 1994) and Benjamin Curtis (born May 2, 1973). In 1994, Curtis lost one of his children, son Nicholas Curtis, who passed away at the age of 23. ... Ben, 47, and Nicholas, who died tragically in … “I was 22 and didn’t know what I wanted to do with myself,” she says. Curtis' career spanned over six decades, starring in more than 100 films. He starred with Suzanne Pleshette in the comedy 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962), which was a mild hit. Lancaster asked for him again, to play scheming press agent Sidney Falco in Sweet Smell of Success (1957), starring and co-produced by Lancaster. He leaves behind children and their families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted to him. , On July 8, 2010, Curtis, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), was hospitalized in Las Vegas after suffering an asthma attack during a book-signing engagement in Henderson, Nevada, where he lived.. Anthony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz; June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010) was an American actor whose career spanned six decades, achieving the height of his popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s. He stated that his marriage with Leigh had effectively ended "a year earlier". He supported Gregory Peck in Captain Newman, M.D. 59410614, citing Palm Memorial Park, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave . Born: Benjamin Bowmar Curtis November 2, 1980 (age 40) Chattanooga, Tennessee. ... Yesenia and Ben join Curtis as he explores everything this area has to offer. Curtis decided it was time to turn to television and co-starred with Roger Moore in the TV series The Persuaders!. He was the son of actor Tony Curtis of Los Angeles. , Curtis was married six times. He was an accomplished keyboard musician and artist.  In 1998, he also founded the Emanuel Foundation for Hungarian Culture, and served as honorary chairman. ", In 1994, his son Nicholas died of a heroin overdose at the age of 23. When the star passed away in 2010 at age 85 following a cardiac arrest, he was buried with a pair of his son Nicholas’ baby shoes. In his second film, City Across the River (also in 1949), he was credited as "Anthony Curtis". He was in three Westerns, Sierra (1950), starring Audie Murphy, one of many names he worked with (including fellow Universal contractee, Rock Hudson), Winchester '73 (1950), starring James Stewart and Shelley Winters, and Kansas Raiders (1951), in which he supported Murphy again, playing Kit Dalton and billed as "Tony Curtis.". Nicholas Curtis also had a seizure about a month ago and was undergoing tests to determine the cause, Walsh said. Actor Tony Curtis always enjoyed making his daughters laugh, even when they were on opposite sides of the world. How long is your neck?”, His eldest daughter, Kelly Curtis, also has strong sentimental memories of her famous father. Curtis had the lead in a TV series that did not last, McCoy (1975–76). Curtis then teamed up with then-wife Janet Leigh in Houdini (1953), in which Curtis played the title role. We laugh a lot. Comedian and close friend Jerry Lewis was present as a witness.. The service was attended by daughters Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis; Arnold Schwarzenegger; Rich Little; and Vera Goulet, Robert Goulet's widow.  "I still make movies but I'm not that interested in them any more. 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). His next movies were more "B" fare: All American (1953), as a footballer; Forbidden (1953), as a criminal; Beachhead (1954), a war film; Johnny Dark (1954), with Laurie, as a racing car driver; and The Black Shield of Falworth (1954), a medieval swashbuckler with Leigh. “He worshipped his father and loved his mother, but I don’t believe he ever felt taken care of by his parents,” explains Kelly. The Flats star was sent spinning along the Wolverhampton course for several metres, before amazingly getting up after treatment and helping himself into an ambulance. For a change of pace he did a musical, So This Is Paris (1955), then it was back to more typical fare: Six Bridges to Cross (1955), as a bank robber; The Purple Mask (1955), a swashbuckler; The Square Jungle (1955), a boxing film. He then studied acting at The New School in Greenwich Village under the influential German stage director Erwin Piscator. For this story and more, pick up the latest issue of Closer magazine, on newsstands now. (1969), an all-star car race film in the vein of The Great Race. It was one of the biggest hits of the year. He followed it up with Flesh and Fury (1952), a boxing movie; No Room for the Groom (1952), a comedy with Laurie directed by Douglas Sirk; and Son of Ali Baba (1952), another film set in the Arab world with Laurie. Jamie Lee Curtis is an American actress, author, and activist who is best known for her work in films such as Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Trading Places (1983), Blue Steel (1990), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), True Lies (1994), The Tailor of Panama (2001), Veronica Mars (2014), and Knives Out (2019). 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The first name was from the novel Anthony Adverse and "Curtis" was from Kurtz, a surname in his mother's family. Ben Curtis. 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.  Curtis and Kaufmann had two daughters, Alexandra (born July 19, 1964) and Allegra (born July 11, 1966). He returned to epics with Taras Bulba (1962), co starring Yul Brynner and Christine Kaufmann, who became Curtis' second wife. The actor finally got the sons he craved during his third marriage to The Last Tycoon actress Leslie Allen: Ben, 47, and Nicholas, who died tragically in 1994 at age 23. My body is functioning and everything is good. There was no arguing with him. It was mildly popular, but The Defiant Ones (1958), was a bigger success. She's the sexiest woman I've ever known. Film in the United States Navy after the passing of classic Hollywood Tony. 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