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Alan Curtis (American actor)

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Full Name  Harry Ueberroth
Role  Film actor
Name  Alan Curtis
Years active  1936-1951
Occupation  Film actor

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Born  July 24, 1909 (1909-07-24) Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Cause of death  complication of surgery
Resting place  Memorial Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Skokie, Illinois
Died  February 2, 1953, New York City, New York, United States
Spouse  Betty Dodero (m. 1950–1951), Ilona Massey (m. 1941–1942), Priscilla Lawson (m. 1937–1940)
Movies  High Sierra, Hitler's Madman, Mannequin, Gung Ho!, Renegade Girl
Similar People  Ilona Massey, Robert Siodmak, Priscilla Lawson, Jean Yarbrough, Ray Enright

Alan Curtis (July 24, 1909 – February 2, 1953) was an American film actor who appeared in over 50 films.

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Early life and career

Born Harry Ueberroth or Harold Neberroth in Chicago, he began his career as a model before becoming an actor, appearing in local newspaper ads. His looks did not go unnoticed in Hollywood. He began appearing in films in the late 1930s (including a Technicolor appearance in the Alice Faye-Don Ameche film Hollywood Cavalcade and a memorable role in High Sierra (1941). He is probably best known as one of the romantic leads in Abbott and Costello's first hit film Buck Privates.

His chance for leading-man stardom came when he replaced the unwilling John Garfield in the 1943 production Flesh and Fantasy. Curtis played a ruthless killer opposite Gloria Jean. However, the studio cut their performances from the final film version. The footage was later expanded into a B-picture melodrama Destiny. The film failed to establish Curtis as a major-name star, but it did typecast him in hardbitten roles, like the man framed for murder in Phantom Lady (1944) and the detective Philo Vance. Curtis starred in over two dozen movies and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal life

Alan Curtis was married four times, including to actresses Priscilla Lawson and Ilona Massey.

Death

Curtis had a routine kidney operation on January 28, 1953, at Saint Clare's Hospital in New York City. Several hours after the surgery, as he sipped some tea, he "died" for four minutes when his heart failed. He was revived and seemed to be improving but died five days later, aged 43. He is buried in the Ueberroth family plot in Evanston, Illinois.

Partial filmography

  • Swing Time (1936) (uncredited)
  • Walking on Air (1936)
  • Mannequin (1937)
  • Yellow Jack (1938)
  • The Shopworn Angel (1938)
  • The Duke of West Point (1938)
  • Sergeant Madden (1939)
  • Good Girls Go to Paris (1939)
  • Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)
  • Four Sons (1940)
  • High Sierra (1941)
  • Buck Privates (1941)
  • We Go Fast (1941)
  • The Great Awakening (1941)
  • Hitler's Madman (1943)
  • Crazy House (1943)
  • Gung Ho! (1943)
  • Phantom Lady (1944)
  • The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944)
  • The Naughty Nineties (1945)
  • The Pirates of Capri (1949)
  • Love and Blood (1951)
  • Shadows Over Naples (1951)
  • References

    Alan Curtis (American actor) Wikipedia


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