Bernard Schwartz, better known as Tony Curtis (June 3, 1925 September 29, 2010), was an American actor from New York City.
His career spanned six decades, but he was mostly popular as a leading man in the late 1950s and early '60s. He played in more than 100 films in roles covering a wide range of genres, from light comedy to epic movies and serious drama. In his later years, Curtis also made numerous television appearances.
His filmography includes:
- Winchester '73 (1950; bit part as a cavalryman)
- Trapeze (1956)
- Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
- The Vikings (1958)
- The Defiant Ones (1958)
- Operation Petticoat (1959)
- Some Like It Hot (1959)
- Spartacus (1960)
- Taras Bulba (1962)
- Paris When It Sizzles (1964; uncredited)
- Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
- The Great Race (1965)
- Don't Make Waves (1967)
- The Boston Strangler (1968)
- Rosemary's Baby (1968; uncredited voice)
- Monte Carlo or Bust! (1969)
- The Persuaders! (1971)
- Sextette (1978)
- The Manitou (1978)
- The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (1980)
- The Immortals (1985)
Tropes associated with the actor:
- Fake Nationality: His parents were Hungarian Jews, but he played characters of Italian descent in Trapeze, Sweet Smell of Success, and The Boston Strangler.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: He spoke with a Bronx accent no matter what character he played; this is why the apocryphal line "Yonder lies the castle of my fodda" is associated with him.
- Those Two Actors:
- He was friends with Larry Storch and the two appeared in six films together, including The Great Race.
- Curtis and Natalie Wood appeared in three films together (Kings Go Forth, Sex and the Single Girl, The Great Race) even though they had acrimonious interactions on set.
- He played alongside Kirk Douglas in The Vikings and Spartacus.
- He played with Jack Lemmon in two pictures, Some Like It Hot and The Great Race.
- He played in two films with Burt Lancaster, Trapeze and Sweet Smell of Success.