Tony Curtis

Biography

Date of Birth 3 June 1925, The Bronx, New York, USA Birth Name Bernard Schwartz Nickname Boinie Height 5' 9" (1.75 m) Mini Biography Bernard Schwartz, better known as Tony Curtis, was born in the Bronx and started his career at the movies in 1949 coming from the theatre using at first James Curtis and later Anthony Curtis as names. He always tried to work in various genres in order to avoid being typecast. In the genre of comedy one has to mention e.g. Goodbye Charlie (1964) and at the adventures e.g. The Vikings (1958). That he is also able to play more complex and psychological roles he showed in The Boston Strangler (1968). Curtis also produced some movies and appeared after 1973 several times in different TV productions. His daughter Jamie Lee Curtis with his first wife Janet Leigh has followed her father successfully into the movie business. IMDb Mini Biography By: Volker Boehm Spouse Jill Vandenberg Curtis (6 November 1998 - present) Lisa Deutsch (28 February 1993 - 1994) (divorced) Andrea Savio (1984 - 1992) (divorced) Leslie Allen (20 April 1968 - 1982) (divorced) 2 children Christine Kaufmann (8 February 1963 - 1967) (divorced) 2 children Janet Leigh (4 June 1951 - June 1962) (divorced) 2 children Trivia Father of Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis (with Janet Leigh). Father of Allegra Curtis (with Christine Kaufmann). His son Nicholas died of seizures due to an overdose of heroin (2 July 1994). His wife Jill Vandenberg Curtis is 42 years his junior. Born to Emanuel Schwartz, a Hungarian tailor who emigrated to the United States, and his wife Helen, he grew up with two brothers, Julius and Robert. Enjoys painting and creating "shadow boxes" of art objects. In late 2005, the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY) acquired one of his canvasses for its permanent collection. Lives in Henderson, Nevada. Appears on sleeve of The Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" Suffers from fear of flying. He made a literary cameo in Matt Whyman's debut romantic comedy novel, 'Man or Mouse', in which the main character, Ren, e-mails Curtis with his love-life problems, and finally meets him briefly. He has two adopted sons. Was the inspiration for, and voice of, the character "Stoney Curtis" in The Flintstones (1994). Since re-dubbing the bath scene in Spartacus (1960) in which he starred with Laurence Olivier, Curtis has said that whenever he encounters Anthony Hopkins (who did the voiceover for Olivier in the re-dubbed version following Olivier's death), he hollers "Oh Tony... it's Antininus". Has appeared in a musical based on Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot (1959) in which he appears as millionaire Osgood Fielding III, originally assayed by Joe E. Brown in the film. He is a militant anti-smoker. Both Sir Michael Caine and Sir Roger Moore have credited Curtis with helping them quit smoking cigarettes in the early 1970s, though not cigars. Serving with "F-Troop" actor Larry Storch in the US Navy from 1942 to 1945 aboard a submarine tender, he witnessed the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay from a vantage point 300 yards away. Thus, he and Storch have had a life long friendship. Along with Ernest Borgnine, Curtis refused to watch, and publicly condemned, Brokeback Mountain (2005). Nearly died in hospital from pneumonia at Christmas 2006. Was originally considered for one of the leading roles of Lady L (1965). Has appeared in tourism advertisements for his ancestral homeland Hungary. His favorite movie star was Cary Grant. Elvis Presley copied his duck-tail hairstyle after seeing it on screen. His brother Julius died after being hit by a truck (1938). He enjoys playing the flute for pleasure and relaxation. He is a very accomplished player. Personal Quotes They gave me away as a prize once - a Win Tony Curtis For A Weekend competition. The woman who won was disappointed. She'd hoped for second prize - a new stove. I ran around with a lump in my pants, chased all the girls. This is what I reflected on the screen. There wasn't anything deeper or less deep than that. What's the secret to a long and happy life? Young women's saliva! When asked who the most attractive person he worked with was, he replied calmly, "I am". I wouldn't be seen dead with a woman old enough to be my wife. I had to be careful where I went because I was a Jew, because I was young and because I was handsome. It made me wiry and erratic and paranoid, which is what I still am. Always on guard. Hollywood... the most sensational merry-go-around ever built. Comedy is the most honest way for an actor to earn his living. People would rather laugh than cry. The quickest way to change drama into comedy is simply to speed up the film. Fame is another profession. I feel that I have two professions, I have the profession of being an actor and I have the profession of being famous. I was 22 when I arrived in Hollywood in 1948. I had more action than Mount Vesuvius - men, women, animals! I loved it too. I participated where I wanted to and didn't where I didn't. I've always been open about it. My father was a tailor. I used to deliver for him. I'd have to hold the clothes up high to keep them from dragging on the ground. Salary The Boston Strangler (1968) $30,000/week Operation Petticoat (1959) $700,000 The Vikings (1958) $25,000/week Trapeze (1956) $150,000 Forbidden (1953) $1,500/week All American (1953) $1,500/week Houdini (1953) $1,500/week Flesh and Fury (1952) $700/week Kansas Raiders (1950) $225/week Criss Cross (1949) $75/week Where Are They Now (June 2002) Co-starring as Osgood Fielding III in musical stage version of "Some Like It Hot" (1993) Release of his book, "Tony Curtis: The Autobiography" by Tony and Barry Paris.

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Some Like It Hot

Joe / Josephine / Shell Oil Junior

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The Vikings

Eric

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The Defiant Ones

John 'Joker' Jackson

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Sweet Smell Of Success

Sidney Falco

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The Boston Strangler

Albert DeSalvo

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Boeing, Boeing

Bernard Lawrence

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Taras Bulba

Andrei Bulba

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The Black Shield of Falworth

Myles

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Houdini

Harry Houdini

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Trapeze

Tino Orsini

Starring In
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Dream Girl: The Making of Marilyn Monroe

Self (archive footage)

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Blonde

Tony Curtis

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Charlton Heston: Von Moses zum Waffennarr

Self (archive footage)

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Jamie Lee Curtis - Schrei nach Freiheit in Hollywood

Self (archive footage)

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78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene

Joe / Josephine (archive footage)

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The Fabulous Allan Carr

Self (archive footage)

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And the Oscar Goes To...

Himself (archive footage)

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Sing Your Song

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Tony Curtis, le gamin du Bronx

Self (archive footage)

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Unlawful Killing

Self - Actor, Friend of Dodi (archive footage)

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Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

Eric (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Ativista e Rebelde

Himself

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Hollywood on the Tiber

Himself (archive footage)

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Любовь-Морковь

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Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

Pete Hammond Jr. (archive footage) (uncredited)

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De Caunes/Garcia - Le meilleur de Nulle Part Ailleurs 2... suite et fin!

Self (archive footage)

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Sometimes in April

Jeffrey Patterson

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The Rat Pack

Himself

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Mayor of the Sunset Strip

Himself (archive footage)

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Playboy - The Ultimate Pamela Anderson

Himself (archive footage)

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ELVIS MEETS NIXON

Himself (uncredited)

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Play it to the Bone

Ringside Fan

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Stargames

King Fendel

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Bounty Hunters 2 - Hardball

Wald

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Reptile Man

Jack Steele

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Jackie Brown

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Celluloid Closet

Himself

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Marilyn Monroe - The Mortal Goddess

Junior (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Immortals

Dominic

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Beauty and the Bandit

Lucky Bergstrom

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Naked in New York

Carl Fisher

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The Mummy Lives

Aziru / Dr. Mohassid

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Center of the Web

Stephen Moore

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Derrick contre Superman

Danny Wilde (archive footage)

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Christmas in Connecticut

Alexander Yardley

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Prime Target

Marietta Copella

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Walter & Carlo i Amerika

Willy La Rouge

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Lobster Man From Mars

J.P. Shelldrake

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Tarzan in Manhattan

Archimedes Porter

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Sparky's Magic Piano

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Murder in Three Acts

Charles Cartwright

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Club Life

Hector

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The Last of Philip Banter

Charles Foster

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Insignificance

The Senator

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Brainwaves

Dr. Clavius

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Hollywood Out-Takes and rare Footage

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Portrait of a Showgirl

Joey DeLeon

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The Mirror Crack'd

Martin N. Fenn

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Little Miss Marker

Blackie

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The Amorous Mis-Adventures of Casanova

Giacomo / Casanova

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The Bad News Bears Go to Japan

Marvin Lazar

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The Manitou

Harry Erskine

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Electric Light Orchestra "Out Of The Blue" Tour/Discovery

Himself

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Sextette

Alexei Karansky

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The Last Tycoon

Rodriguez

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The Count of Monte Cristo

Fernand Mondego

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Lepke

Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter

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Sporting Chance

Danny Wilde (archive footage)

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London Conspiracy

Danny Wilde (archive footage)

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The Third Girl from the Left

Joey Jordan

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You Can't Win 'Em All

Adam Dyer

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Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?

Shannon Gambroni

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Those Daring Young Men in their Jaunty Jalopies

Chester Schofield

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Rosemary's Baby

Donald Baumgart (voice) (uncredited)

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The Boston Strangler

Albert DeSalvo

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Don't Make Waves

Carlo Cofield

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La Cintura di Castità

Guerrando da Montone

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Bromas con mi mujer, no

Tom Ferris

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Die Schreckenskammer

Mr. Julian (uncredited)

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Arrivederci, Baby!

Nick Johnson

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Boeing, Boeing

Bernard Lawrence

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The Great Race

Leslie 'The Great Leslie' Gallant III

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The Legend of Marilyn Monroe

Actor 'Some Like It Hot' (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Sex and the Single Girl

Bob Weston

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Goodbye Charlie

George Tracy

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Paris When It Sizzles

Maurice / Philippe, 2nd policeman (uncredited)

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Captain Newman, M.D.

Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz

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The List of Adrian Messenger

Cameo (as organ grinder)

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40 Pounds of Trouble

Steve McCluskey

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Taras Bulba

Andrei Bulba

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Ein charmanter Hochstapler

Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. / Martin Donner / Dr. Gilbert / Ben. W. Stone / Dr. Joseph Mornay / Robert Boyd Hammnd

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The Outsider

Ira Hayes

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Spartacus

Antoninus

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The Rat Race

Pete Hammond Jr.

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Pepe

Tony Curtis (uncredited)

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Who Was That Lady?

David Wilson

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Operation Petticoat

Lt. JG Nicholas Holden

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Some Like It Hot

Joe / Josephine / Shell Oil Junior

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The Perfect Furlough

Cpl. Paul Hodges

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The Defiant Ones

John 'Joker' Jackson

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Kings Go Forth

Cpl. Britt Harris

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The Vikings

Eric

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The Vikings

Eric

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Sweet Smell Of Success

Sidney Falco

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Le Avventure di Mr Cory

Cory

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The Midnight Story

Joe Martini

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Trapeze

Tino Orsini

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The Square Jungle

Eddie Quaid / Packy Glennon

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The Purple Mask

Rene de Traviere aka The Purple Mask

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The Rawhide Years

Ben Matthews

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Six Bridges to Cross

Jerry Florea

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The Black Shield of Falworth

Myles

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Beachhead

Burke

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Johnny Dark

Johnny Dark

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Houdini

Harry Houdini

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Forbidden

Eddie

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Flesh and Fury

Paul Callan

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No Room for the Groom

Alvah Morrell

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Der Sohn von Ali Baba

Kashma Baba

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Zu allem entschlossen

Himself - Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

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Die Diebe von Marschan

Julna

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Winchester '73

Doan (as Anthony Curtis)

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I Was a Shoplifter

Pepe (as Anthony Curtis)

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Francis

Captain Jones (as Anthony Curtis)

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Sierra

Brent Coulter (as Anthony Curtis)

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Kansas Raiders

Kit Dalton

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Woman in Hiding

Voice of Dave Shaw (voice) (uncredited)

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City Across the River

Mitch (as Anthony Curtis)

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Criss Cross

Gigolo (uncredited)

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The Lady Gambles

Bellboy (as Anthony Curtis)

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Take One False Step

Hot Rod Driver (uncredited)

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Johnny Stool Pigeon

Joey Hyatt (as Anthony Curtis)

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