of 106 films above the title, Tony Curtis has shown
his versatility as an actor in such movies as "Some
Like it Hot", "The Boston Strangler",
"Trapeze", "Spartacus", "The
Great Race", "Sweet Smell of Success"
and "The Defiant Ones", which earned him an
Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
Tony has devoted over
50 years to his profession and is the consummate professional
on the set. Not only is Tony internationally revered
and thought of as an Icon, he is also one of the most
daring actors, accepting roles that many others won't,
and constantly looking for roles that challenge him.
His recent television roles have been on "Suddenly
Susan" and "Lois and Clark". Both roles
were critically acclaimed in TV Guide.
Referred to as the current
day Valentino in Europe, Tony received a lifetime achievement
award from the Italian Oscars in May of 1996 and in
Spain in 2001. He was knighted in France in March 1995,
with the Chevalier De L'Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres
for his work in Films and his original art works. Tony
has also been honored by the USA Film Festival and the
Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Tony has worked with a
variety of film directors including Billy Wilder, Blake
Edwards, Stanley Kubrick, Elia Kazan, Vincente Minnelli
and Nicolas Roeg. Tony has also starred in several carefully
selected television movies and series including "The
Mafia Princess", "Inmates a Love Story",
and the Arnold Schwarzenegger-directed TNT comedy "Christmas
in Connecticut". His series include "McCoy",
"Vegas", "Hollywood Babylon", and
the widely acclaimed British series "The Persuaders"
with Roger Moore, which over 20 years later, still airs
nightly in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe.
Tony served in the Navy
during World War II and, upon his release, used the
GI educational program to study drama. He first gained
attention in a Greenwich Village stage production of
"Golden Boy", and was quickly offered a contract
by Universal Pictures. His screen debut had him dancing
with Yvonne de Carlo in "Criss Cross". His
few seconds on screen were enough to generate thousands
of fan letters to the handsome young man, Universal
had the fastest rising star in Hollywood and one of
the most enduring prolific actors of modern times.
Fifty years later, handsome,
charming and fit, Tony completed his autobiography in
l994. In addition to the autobiography, Tony continues
to have major one man exhibitions in the United States
and his London debut exhibition sold out before it opened
to the public. His bright acrylic canvases, which have
been compared to Matisse, assemblages, collages and
boxes are in the private collections of Billy Wilder,
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, Frank and Kathy
Lee Gifford, Lew Wasserman, Frank Sinatra, Arsenio Hall,
Walter Mathau, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. Tony's
originals are also on display at the Butler Institute
of American Art, the Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, The
Toronto Museum, National Hungarian Museum, Harrods Department
Store, Spago Restaurant, The Navy Memorial, The Mirage
in Las Vegas, and the Caitlyn Gallery in St. Louis.
up-to date information about how Tony is doing on this
Some Like It Hot tour, see Liz
Smith's June 30th column.
Tony Curtis as Osgood Fielding III with the nurses
Credit: 2002 Carol Rosegg courtesy of Dallas Summer
credit: Tony Curtis Portrait: Ricardo Meredoni / 002
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