Billy Curtis


Actor
Billy Curtis

About

Died
November 09, 1988

Biography

Billy Curtis was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Curtis's early acting career consisted of roles in various films, such as "The Terror of Tiny Town" (1938), the western "Three Texas Steers" (1939) with John Wayne and the drama "Wings For the Eagle" (1942) with Ann Sheridan. He also appeared in the Betty Hutton biopic "Incendiary Blonde" (1945), the musical "April Show...

Biography

Billy Curtis was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Curtis's early acting career consisted of roles in various films, such as "The Terror of Tiny Town" (1938), the western "Three Texas Steers" (1939) with John Wayne and the drama "Wings For the Eagle" (1942) with Ann Sheridan. He also appeared in the Betty Hutton biopic "Incendiary Blonde" (1945), the musical "April Showers" (1948) with Jack Carson and the "Princess of the Nile" (1954) film with Debra Paget. His film career continued throughout the fifties in productions like the Dean Martin comedy "Three Ring Circus" (1954), "Jungle Moon Men" (1955) with Johnny Weissmuller and the comedic adventure "The Court Jester" (1956) with Danny Kaye. He also appeared in "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957) with Grant Williams. Toward the end of his career, he tackled roles in "How To Seduce a Woman" (1973) with Angus Duncan, the Clint Eastwood western "High Plains Drifter" (1973) and "Little Cigars" (1973). He also appeared in the Paul Bartel comedy "Eating Raoul" (1982). Curtis last worked on the Sylvester Stallone action flick "Rambo III" (1988). Curtis passed away in November 1988 at the age of 79.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Night They Saved Christmas (1984)
Eating Raoul (1982)
Little Person Client
The Seduction of Miss Leona (1980)
High Plains Drifter (1973)
Little Cigars (1973)
Cadillac
How to Seduce a Woman (1973)
Norwood (1970)
Edmund B. Ratner
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Out of Sight (1966)
FLUSH assistant
Merry Andrew (1958)
Clown
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Midget
The Court Jester (1956)
Midget
The Conqueror (1956)
Midget tumbler
Dance with Me, Henry (1956)
Jungle Moon Men (1955)
Damu
3 Ring Circus (1955)
Midget clown
Princess of the Nile (1954)
Little Tut
Here Come the Girls (1953)
Clown
Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)
Midget
Superman and the Mole-Men (1951)
Creature
Pygmy Island (1950)
Makuba
Hills of Home (1948)
Mighty Mite
April Showers (1948)
Vanderhouten
Homicide for Three (1948)
Billy Curtis
Jiggs and Maggie in Court (1948)
Little man
Merton of the Movies (1947)
Little man
Buck Privates Come Home (1947)
Man with baby
Blaze of Noon (1947)
Midget barker
Three Wise Fools (1946)
Dugan
An Angel Comes to Brooklyn (1945)
Midget musician
That's the Spirit (1945)
Midget
Incendiary Blonde (1945)
Baby Joe
Ghost Catchers (1944)
Midget
The Hard Way (1943)
Midget
My Gal Sal (1942)
Midget driver
Wings for the Eagle (1942)
Midget
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1942)
Midget
Saboteur (1942)
Midget
Lucky Legs (1942)
Newsboy
Just Off Broadway (1942)
Midget
Meet John Doe (1941)
Midget
Maisie Was a Lady (1941)
Midget
Hellzapoppin' (1941)
Taxi driver
Three Texas Steers (1939)
Hercules
The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)
The Hero [Buck Lawson]
Comedy Set-To (1898)

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Rambo III (1988)
Assistant
Dirty Harry (1971)
Stunts
Dance with Me, Henry (1956)
Stunts for Sherry Alberoni and double for Rusty Hamer
The Thing from Another World (1951)
Stunt double

Cast (Short)

Don't Lie (1942)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (1984)

Life Events

Photo Collections

The Terror of Tiny Town - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Columbia Pictures' The Terror of Tiny Town (1938), featuring "Jed Buell's Midgets." Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

April Showers (1948) - Have A Cigar! Vaudeville stars since their son Buster (Robert Ellis) joined their act, the Tymes (Jack Carson, Ann Sothern) arrive for their big gig in New York and find out from Barnes (Joseph Crehan) that they’re not legal, Billy Curtis walking in with the solution, and Mel Blanc providing the nutty dubbed voice, in Warner Bros.’ April Showers, 1948.
High Plains Drifter - What Took Her So Long? Barber (William O'Connell), shaving sheriff (Walter Barnes) when "Stranger" (star and director Clint Eastwood) points out he's owed a bath, visiting with Mordecai (Billy Curtis) when Callie (Marianna Hill) drops by, in High Plains Drifter, 1973.
Terror of Tiny Town, The - Stagecoach Tumultuous events as the villain (Little Billy Rhodes) and his gang to rob the stagecoach, get cut off by Buck Lawson (Billy Curtis) and his crew, who then rescue the survivors in The Terror of Tiny Town, 1938.
Terror of Tiny Town, The - Serenade Buck (Billy Curtis) performs "Down on the Sunset Trail," for Nancy (Yvonne Moray) who counters with "Mister Jack and Missus Jill," both songs by Lew Porter, in a romantic interlude from The Terror of Tiny Town, 1938.
Terror of Tiny Town, The - Rustlers! Villain Pat Haines (Little Billy Rhodes) shrewdly sews discord between the Lawsons (Billy Curtis as Buck and John Bambury as his father) and rival rancher Tex Preston (Bill Platt) in an early scene from The Terror of Tiny Town, 1938.
Terror of Tiny Town, The - Open Opening title sequence from the novelty Western with an "all-midget cast," The Terror of Tiny Town, 1938, from producer Jed Buell, starring Billy Curtis and Yvonne Moray.

Bibliography