Alan Curtis (American actor)

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Alan Curtis
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Curtis in Hitler's Madman (1943)
Harry Ueberroth

(1909-07-24)July 24, 1909
DiedFebruary 2, 1953(1953-02-02) (aged 43)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Resting placeMemorial Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Skokie, Illinois
Other namesHarold Neberroth
Years active1936–1951
    (m. 1937;div. 1940)
      (m. 1941;div. 1942)
        Sandra Lucas aka Alexandra Crowell
        (m. 1946;div. 1949)
          Betty Dodero
          (m. 1950;div. 1951)

Alan Curtis (born Harry Ueberroth or Harold Neberroth, July 24, 1909 February 2, 1953) was an American film actor who appeared in over 50 films.


Early life and career

Born Harry Ueberroth or Harold Neberroth [1] [2] in Chicago, he began his career as a model [3] 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, making his screen debut in Winterset (1936). [4] His film activities included a Technicolor appearance in the Alice Faye-Don Ameche film Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) and a memorable role in High Sierra (1941). He was one of the romantic leads in Abbott and Costello's first hit film Buck Privates (1941) and played composer Franz Schubert in The Great Awakening (1941). [5]

His chance for leading-man stardom came when he replaced the unwilling John Garfield in the production Flesh and Fantasy (1943). 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 (1944). 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.

Personal life

Alan Curtis was married four times and had no children:


Curtis had a routine kidney operation on January 28, 1953, at Saint Clare's Hospital in Manhattan. Several hours after the surgery, as he sipped some tea, he "died" for four minutes when his heart failed. [9] He was revived and seemed to be improving but died five days later, aged 43. [10] He is buried in the Ueberroth family plot in Memorial Park Cemetery in Skokie, Illinois. [11]


Curtis has a star at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in the Motion Picture section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was dedicated on February 8, 1960. [12]


Alan Curtis and Patricia Morison in Hitler's Madman (1943). Alan Curtis-Patricia Morison in Hitler's Madman.jpg
Alan Curtis and Patricia Morison in Hitler's Madman (1943).
Curtis and Ella Raines in Phantom Lady (1944) Phantom-Lady-1.jpg
Curtis and Ella Raines in Phantom Lady (1944)
1936 The Witness Chair Reporter in CourtroomUncredited
1936 Undersea Kingdom GuardsmanUncredited
1936 The Last Outlaw Convertible DriverUncredited
1936 Swing Time Minor RoleUncredited
1936 Walking on Air Fred Randolph
1936 Don't Turn 'Em Loose Wedding Attendant with TelegramUncredited
1936 Without Orders Co-PilotUncredited
1936One Live GhostAlanShort, Uncredited
1936 Smartest Girl in Town Male Model Who Escorts CookieUncredited
1936 Winterset SailorUncredited
1937 Don't Tell the Wife Second Stockbroker at Shaw & AllenUncredited
1937 Sea Devils Radio Operator, Yacht MonaUncredited
1937 China Passage Ship's OfficerUncredited
1937 The Woman I Love Uncredited
1937 Between Two Women InterneUncredited
1937 Bad Guy Prison Switchboard OperatorUncredited
1937 The Firefly French SoldierUncredited
1937 Mannequin Eddie Miller
1938 Yellow Jack Brinkerhof
1938 The Shopworn Angel Thin Lips
1938 The Duke of West Point Cadet Strong
1939 Burn'Em Up O'Connor Jose 'Rocks' Rivera
1939 Sergeant Madden Dennis Madden
1939 Good Girls Go to Paris Tom Brand
1939 Hollywood Cavalcade Nicky Hayden
1940 Four Sons Karl
1941 High Sierra 'Babe'
1941 Come Live with Me Bit PartUncredited
1941 Buck Privates Bob Martin
1941 Blood and Sand Minor Role(scenes deleted)
1941 The Great Awakening Franz Schubert
1941 We Go Fast Bob Brandon
1942 Remember Pearl Harbor Bruce Gordon
1943 Hitler's Madman Karel Vavra
1943 Two Tickets to London First Mate Dan Driscoll
1943 Crazy House Himself
1943 'Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders John Harbison
1944 Phantom Lady Scott Henderson
1944 Follow the Boys HimselfUncredited
1944 The Invisible Man's Revenge Mark Foster
1944 Destiny Cliff Banks
1945 Frisco Sal Rio Jordan aka John Warren
1945 See My Lawyer Charlie Rodman
1945 The Naughty Nineties Mr. Crawford
1945 Shady Lady Marty Martin
1945 The Daltons Ride Again Emmett Dalton
1946 Inside Job Eddie Norton aka Eddie Mitchell
1946 Flight to Nowhere Hobe Carrington
1946 Renegade Girl Capt. Fred Raymond
1947 Philo Vance's Gamble Philo Vance
1947 Philo Vance's Secret Mission
1948 The Enchanted Valley Johnny Nelson
1949 Apache Chief Young Eagle
1949 The Masked Pirate Commodore Van Diel
1951 Amore e sangue Paolo Giacomo(final film role)

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