Served in the Navy during WWII; was wounded while serving in Guam
First professional stage work with the Stanley Woolf Players
First film appearance, had a bit part dancing with Yvonne De Carlo in "Criss Cross"
Made film acting debut in "City Across the River"
Signed to a contract by Universal Studios in the early 1950s
First major success, playing the title role of "Houdini"; co-starred with then-wife Janet Leigh
Formed first of three production companies, Curtleigh Productions
Made his TV acting debut in "Cornada," an episode of "General Electric Theater" (CBS)
Surprised critics with his performance in Alexander Mackendrick's "Sweet Smell of Success"; film produced through Curtleigh Productions
Co-starred with Sidney Poitier in "The Defiant Ones"; film produced through Curtleigh Productions; earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination
Most memorable role was in Billy Wilder's "Some Like It Hot," co-starring Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon
Teamed with Cary Grant in Blake Edwards' "Operation Petticoat"
Portrayed chronically flexible Ferdinand Demara in Robert Mulligan's "The Great Imposter"
Starred with Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier in the swashbuckling "Spartacus"; directed by Stanley Kubrick
Met second wife Christine Kaufmann on the set of "Taras Bulba"
Formed Curtis Enterprises in the 1960s
Played a neurotic orderly in "Captain Newman, M.D."
Cast as the white-suited daredevil in "The Great Race"
Played title role in "The Boston Strangler"
Formed Reynard Productions
TV series debut, co-starring with Roger Moore in "The Persuaders" (ABC)
Co-starred with Robert De Niro in "The Last Tycoon"
Published first novel, <i>Kid Andrew Cody & Julie Sparrow</i>
Played David O. Selznick in the NBC miniseries, "Moviola"
Performed onstage in a production of Neil Simon's "I Ought to Be in Pictures"
Developed skills as an artist; paintings, especially portraits of Marilyn Monroe portraits, fetched considerable sums
Appeared in a restored version of Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus" (1960); included additional footage of the notorious bath scene with Laurence Olivier
Hosted the short-lived syndicated series "Hollywood Babylon"
Co-starred in the ensemble romantic comedy "Naked in New York"
Published <i>Tony Curtis: The Autobiography</i>
Appeared as himself in "The Celluloid Closet," a documentary based on Vito Russo's groundbreaking book about Hollywood's portrayal of homosexuality
Played a ballroom dance instructor in an episode of "Roseanne" (ABC)
Had a cameo role in "Play It to the Bone," starring Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson
His painting "The Red Table" was on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
Featured with wife in the documentary "The Jill & Tony Curtis Story," about their efforts to rescue horses from slaughterhouses