The service was attended by daughters Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis; Arnold Schwarzenegger; Rich Little; and Vera Goulet, Robert Goulet's widow. In 2004, he was inducted into the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Hall of Fame. Closer Weekly is part of the A360 Media Entertainment Group.Copyright © A360 Media LLC 2021. However, by the time he starred in Houdini (1953) with his wife Janet Leigh, "his first clear success," notes critic David Thomson, his acting had progressed immensely.. In his later years, Curtis made numerous television appearances. In 1994, Curtis lost one of his children, son Nicholas Curtis, who passed away at the age of 23. All Rights Reserved, Meet 'Halloween' Star Jamie Lee Curtis' 2 Kids Annie and Thomas, Your Guide to 101 Classic TV Shows of the 1950s, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Robin Roberts Gives Update on Amber Laign 1 Week After Father Died, Martin Lawrence Has 3 Kids He's Proud Of — Meet His Grown Daughters, Changing It Up! Married to horse trainer Jill Vandenberg, they operated a nonprofit refuge for former race-horses while Tony honed his skills as a painter. (1966) with George C. Scott; Drop Dead Darling (1966), a British comedy; Don't Make Waves (1967), a satire of beach life from director Alexander Mackendrick, with Claudia Cardinale; and On My Way to the Crusades, I Met a Girl Who... (1967), an Italian comedy with Monica Vitti. Ben Curtis. From Vanity Fair, June 2005. Curtis made a Western, The Rawhide Years (1957), was a gambler in Mister Cory (1957) and a cop in The Midnight Story (1957). When Curtis was eight, he and his brother Julius were placed in an orphanage for a month because their parents could not afford to feed them. Actor Tony Curtis always enjoyed making his daughters laugh, even when they were on opposite sides of the world. 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.' — Ben Curtis (@_benacurtis) December 8, 2020. His final TV series was as host of the documentary-retrospective series "Hollywood Babylon"  The part reinforced his reputation as a serious actor with his chilling portrayal of serial killer Albert DeSalvo.  The film co-starred Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe, and was directed by Billy Wilder. It was one of the biggest hits of the year. Also in 1994, the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation awarded its Lone Sailor Award for his naval service and his subsequent acting career. Even when the Hollywood icon fathered six children with his first three wives (he married six times), the actor reportedly chose to leave them all out of his testament five months before his passing in 2010. He then entered the Betty Ford Clinic and vowed to overcome his various illnesses. Throughout his life, Curtis enjoyed painting and, beginning in the early 1980s, painted as a second career. He attended Seward Park High School. The male star was Burt Lancaster who would make a number of films with Curtis. Curtis then teamed up with then-wife Janet Leigh in Houdini (1953), in which Curtis played the title role. 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. Curtis supported Mae West in Sextette (1978) and starred in The Manitou (1978), a horror film, and The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978), a comedy. “I know he loved me and my sisters and brothers deeply and we loved him with our hearts and souls,” Kelly says. “He did what he was supposed to do from a financial standpoint, which was honorable of him,” says Jamie Lee.  In fact, during the 1960s Curtis served as the president of the American 'I Quit Smoking' Club. Lancaster asked for him again, to play scheming press agent Sidney Falco in Sweet Smell of Success (1957), starring and co-produced by Lancaster.