Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis File Photos (June 3, 1925 - September 29, 2010)

Curtis in 1954, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Bernard Schwartz

Date of Birth: June 3, 1925

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: September 29, 2010

Place of Death: Henderson, Nevada, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Tony Curtis was an American actor. His films include Son of Ali Baba, Houdini, Trapeze, The Midnight Story, Sweet Smell of Success, The Vikings, The Defiant Ones, Some Like It Hot, Operation Petticoat, Spartacus, Taras Bulba, Captain Newman, M.D., Sex and the Single Girl, The Boston Strangler, Lepke, and The Mirror Crack’d, among many others.

Tony’s parents, Helen (Klein) and Emanuel “Manuel” Schwartz, were Jewish emigrants. His father was from Ópályi, now in Mátészalka, eastern Hungary. His mother was from Nagymihály, now in Slovakia. Tony’s first language was said to be Hungarian.

Tony had six children, two, actresses Kelly Curtis and Jamie Lee Curtis, with his former wife, actress Janet Leigh; two, including actress and businessperson Allegra Curtis, with his former wife, German actress Christine Kaufmann; and two with his former wife Leslie Allen.

Tony’s paternal grandfather was Victor/Viktor Schwartz/Schwarcz (the son of Samuel Schwartz/Schwarz and Barbra/Borbala/Barbara Engel). Victor was born in Mátészalka. Barbra was possibly the daughter of Isaak Ignaz Engel and Regina Rosenfeld.

Tony’s paternal grandmother was Rose/Rosa/Róza/Rozália Taub (the daughter of Herman Taub and Pearl Greenbaum). Rose was born in Mátészalka.

Tony’s maternal grandfather was named Izidor Klein.

Tony’s maternal grandmother was named Matilda Grűnwald.

Sources: Tony’s family background –

Genealogy of Tony Curtis –

Genealogy of Tony Curtis (focusing on his father’s side) –

Death record of Tony’s paternal grandfather, Victor/Viktor Schwartz/Schwarcz –

Tony Curtis at the Turner Network's Summer 2008 TCA press Tour.

Curtis in 2008, photo by s_bukley/


Curious about ethnicity

7 Responses

  1. ethnic says:

    Follers, Id prefer to use a pic from a stock photos subscription as there is always a chance of copyright infringement using any wiki pics.

  2. andrew says:

    he’s in “Slovak-Americans” page on Wikipedia

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