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 Houdini (1953), Sweet Smell of Success, The Defiant Ones, and Spartacus, 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 Schwartz (the son of Samuel Schwartz and Barbra/Borbala/Barbara Engel).

Tony’s paternal grandmother was named Rose/Rosa Taub.

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 Schwartz –

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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