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Donald Curtis
Donald Curtis in The Amazing Mr. X (1948).jpg
Curtis in The Amazing Mr. X (1948)
Curtis D. Rudolf

(1915-02-27)February 27, 1915
DiedMay 22, 1997(1997-05-22) (aged 82)
Years active19401967
Margaret Jennings
(m. 1940)

Donald Curtis (born Curtis D. Rudolf; February 27, 1915 May 22, 1997) was an American actor who had roles in dozens of films and television series.



Curtis was born in Spokane, Washington, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl W. Rudolph. [1] Before he began acting in films, he taught at Northwestern University, Allegheny College, and Duquesne University. [2]

Curtis's early acting experience included work at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. [2] He also was in two Broadway plays, Caribbean Carnival (1947) and Anybody Home (1949). [3] In the summer of 1950, Curtis portrayed Adam Conway in the comedy Detective's Wife on CBS television. [4]

Curtis resumed using his birth name when he became a religious leader. As Curtis D. Rudolf, he ministered in the First Church of Religious Science in New York City before he became leader-director of the Church of Religious Science in Philadelphia. [5] He also was pastor of the Church of Religious Science in Santa Barbara, California [6] and the First Church of Religious Science in Dallas, Texas. [1]

Curtis married Margaret Jennings in 1940. [2]

On May 22, 1997, Curtis died in Desert Hot Springs, California. [3]


1940 Emergency Squad Ambulance InternUncredited
1940 Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe RonalSerial, [Chs. 1-12], Uncredited
1940 Tear Gas Squad Second CadetUncredited
1940 Murder in the Air QuartermasterUncredited
1940 Junior G-Men Henchman AkinSerial, Uncredited
1940 Knute Rockne All American West Point Football PlayerUncredited
1940 North West Mounted Police Mountie SecretaryUncredited
1940 Take Me Back to Oklahoma Henchman Snapper
1940 The Son of Monte Cristo GuardUncredited
1940 Texas Rangers Ride Again Ranger StaffordUncredited
1941 Secret Evidence Detective Murphy
1941 City of Missing Girls ReporterUncredited
1941 Hands Across the Rockies Dade Crawley
1941 Criminals Within Lt. John Harmon
1941 The Son of Davy Crockett Jack Ringe - Henchman
1941 Thunder Over the Prairie Henchman Taylor
1941 We Go Fast The Real Nabob of BorriaUncredited
1941 The Royal Mounted Patrol Frenchy Duvalle
1941 Today I Hang Ticket AgentUncredited
1942 Code of the Outlaw Taggart - Henchman
1942 Hello, Annapolis Chief Petty OfficerUncredited
1942 Westward Ho Rick West
1942 In Old California Pike - Dawson's HenchmanUncredited
1942 Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die Phineas Clanton
1942 Friendly Enemies SoldierUncredited
1942 Joan of Ozark Leonard Jones
1942 Invisible Agent German SentryUncredited
1942 War Dogs Fred
1942 A Tornado in the Saddle Steve Duncan - aka Slim Stevens
1943 Law of the Northwest Frank Mason
1943 Bataan Lieutenant
1943 Salute to the Marines Randall James
1943 Swing Shift Maisie Joe Peterson
1943 Swing Fever ReporterUncredited
1943 The Cross of Lorraine Marcel
1943 Lost Angel Mounted PolicemanUncredited
1944 See Here, Private Hargrove Sgt. Heldon
1944 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Lieut. Randall
1944 Meet Me in St. Louis Dr. GirardUncredited
1944 National Velvet AmericanUncredited
1945 This Man's Navy Operations Officer
1945 Without Love Prof. EllisUncredited
1945 Son of Lassie Sergeant Eddie Brown
1945 Thrill of a Romance K.O. Karny
1945 Spellbound Harry
1945 They Were Expendable Lt. (J.G.) 'Shorty' Long / Radio Announcer
1946 A Letter for Evie Capt. Budlowe
1946 Bad Bascomb John Fulton
1946 Courage of Lassie Charlie
1946 White Tie and Tails Nate Romero
1946 Gallant Bess Lt. Bridgeman
1947 Night Song George
1947 Dangerous Years Jeff Carter
1948 I Love Trouble Martin
1948 The Fuller Brush Man Gregory Cruckston
1948 The Amazing Mr. X Paul Faber
1949 Stampede Stanton
1950 Two Flags West Uncredited
1954 The Shanghai Story LeaderUncredited
1954 Phffft Rick Vidal
1955 It Came from Beneath the Sea Dr. John Carter
1955 All That Heaven Allows Howard Hoffer
1956 Flame of the Islands Johnny
1956 Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Maj. Huglin
1956 The Ten Commandments Mered
1956 7th Cavalry Lt. Bob Fitch
1957 Night Passage Jubilee
1967 Warning Shot Dr. James B. RustonUncredited

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