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Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz on June 3, 1925, in the Bronx, the son of Hungarian immigrants. As a young man he joined the Navy and after being wounded in Guam in World War II, took up acting in New York City. In the late 1940s, Universal Studios signed Curtis and launched him on a feature-film career that included roles as varied as Houdini, the Boston Strangler, and, in one of his most memorable performances, a cross-dressing musician who courts Marilyn Monroe.