Tony Curtis, born Bernard Schwartz on June 3, 1925, remains one of Hollywood's most talented and respected actors with such films as 1953's Houdini, 1956's Trapeze in which he co-starred with the incredible Burt Lancaster, 1957's Sweet Smell Of Success, 1958's The Defiant Ones (a personal favourite) and Some Like It Hot the next year.
Of course, these are only a few of his films since Tony has over 100 finished projects including more recent appearances on the hit CBS show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2007 and in the dramatic love story between an Israeli man and Palestinian woman titled David And Fatima released in 2008.
Despite these recent appearances, Tony has decided to make painting his passion over acting selling each canvas at over $25,000!
Nothing can stop Tony Curtis now and nothing could stop him then. Although Curtis has never won an Oscar even for his gritty portrayal of John 'Joker' Jackson in The Defiant Ones, he was inducted into the UNLV Hall of Fame in 2004.
The reason why we all love Tony Curtis is because we never know what to expect. With such diverse roles in Some Like It Hot, The Boston Strangler and The Vikings, it is no surprise that he refuses to play it safe. His comedic timing is impeccable. The sensuality of his voice during a love scene is enough to make any sane and normal functioning woman swoon. The fluidity of his physical movements are natural, honest, believable. He is a magnificent actor... compelling, incomparable beyond ones understanding, intriguing, astonishingly talented. Makes me wonder why this man has yet to win an Oscar but Halle Berry, George Clooney and Jennifer Hudson have. Hmm... Oh well.
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