The Way of the Word

30. September 2010

RIP Tony Curtis

Filed under: Commentary,movies,RIP,TV,Uncategorized — jensaltmann @ 11:11

Born Bernard Schwartz on June 3, 1925, died September 30, 2010

Bernard Schwartz, the son of poor Hungarian immigrants, became Tony Curtis when he signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1948, at the age of 23.  His screen debut was a rumba dancer in the 1949 movie Criss Coss. He was a very versatile actor who convinced audiences in whatever genre he was playing — western, romance, action-adventure, thriller, horror or comedy. In the course of his career, he played viking warriors, submarine officers (he served on a submarine in WW2), trapeze artists, serial killers (the Boston Strangler was perhaps his most acclaimed role).

He also worked for television, most notably on The Persuaders (a global flop but a huge hit in Germany), McCoy (kind of a prototype Leverage) and Vega$.

Since the 1980s, his focus had shifted away from acting and more towards painting.

For me, he will always be first Danny Wilde from The Persuaders, just before Lt. Holden in Operation Petticoat and The Great Leslie in The Great Race. Despite his versatility, I will always remember him best for his comedies. He was a very funny man.



  1. and Hollywood loses another great…*Tony Curtis*… R.I.P. Tony Curtis.

    Comment by Dog — 30. September 2010 @ 13:48

  2. […] for driving me from a room … RIP Tony Curtis « The Way of the Word Filed under: Commentary, RIP, TV, movies — jensaltmann @ 11:11 … became Tony Curtis when he […]

    Pingback by RIP Tony Curtis — 30. September 2010 @ 15:44

  3. I got to meet him a few years ago, and blogged about it just a few weeks ago. Lovely man & fabulous actor.

    Comment by Nick — 30. September 2010 @ 17:24

  4. I’ve never met him, but if he was only half as charming in real life as he was on the screen…

    Comment by jensaltmann — 30. September 2010 @ 17:34

  5. Universal Studios is still one of the best film studios and you can also visit their offices ::

    Comment by Wire Shelving : — 31. October 2010 @ 00:43

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