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Dick Curtis

Tall, hulking character actor Dick Curtis spent years at Columbia Pictures menacing everyone from cowboy star Charles Starrett to the slapstick team of The Three Stooges. Curtis, unlike many movie villains, showed a genuine flair for comedy--especially physical comedy--in his many appearances in the studio's two-reelers and could do a double-take, a pratfall, take a pie in the face, a finger-poke to the eyes or a crowbar on the top of the head with the best of them. Although much of his career was spent at Columbia, where he specialized in western villains, he can also be seen as one of the crewmen who set out to rescue Fay Wray from the clutches of the giant ape in the original King Kong (1933). He died in Hollywood of pneumonia in 1952.

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May 11, 1902
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Tell It to the Marines 1926-12-23
Latest Project:
Movie What Waits Below 1984-11-19
Known For
Poster of Lawless Breed
Poster of Cowboy in the Clouds
Poster of Stick to Your Guns
Poster of Across the Sierras
Movie What Waits Below Lemurian 1984-11-19
Movie Motel Hell Guy Robaire / TV Preacher 1980-08-14
Series The Ray Stevens Show 1970-06-20
Series Cattanooga Cats 1969-09-13
Movie Rose of Cimarron Clem Dawley 1953-01-01
Movie My Six Convicts Guard 1952-03-20
Movie Whirlwind Lon Kramer 1951-04-16
Movie Don't Throw That Knife Mr. Wycoff 1951-05-03
Movie Three Arabian Nuts Hassan 1951-01-04
Movie Government Agents vs Phantom Legion Regan 1951-07-04
Movie Lorna Doone Carth 1951-05-31
Movie Roar of the Iron Horse Campo - The Baron's Chief Gunman 1951-05-31
Movie The Vanishing Westerner Bartender 1950-03-30
Movie Rock Island Trail Barton - Railroad Agitator 1950-05-18
Movie Covered Wagon Raid Henchman Grif 1950-06-30
Movie The Gunfighter Crowd Extra (uncredited) 1950-06-23
Movie Navajo Trail Raiders Henchman Brad 1949-10-15
Movie Bride and Gloom Joe Keeler 1947-03-27
Movie Wyoming Ed Lassiter 1947-07-28
Movie Song of Arizona Henchman Bart 1946-03-08
Movie California Gold Rush Chopin - the Harmonica Killer 1946-02-04
Movie Abilene Town 'Cap' Ryker 1946-01-11
Movie Lost City of the Jungle Henchman Johnson 1946-04-23
Movie Wild Beauty John Andrews 1946-08-08
Movie Lawless Breed Bartley Mellon / Captain Isaac Mellon 1946-08-16
Movie The Three Troubledoers Badlands Blackie 1946-04-26
Movie Traffic in Crime Jake Schultz 1946-06-28
Movie Santa Fe Uprising Henchman Luke Case 1946-11-15
Movie Off Again, on Again Louie Derringer 1945-02-16
Movie Pistol Packin' Nitwits Rawhide Pete 1945-04-04
Movie Scarlet Street Detective (uncredited) 1945-12-25
Movie Wagon Wheels Westward Henchman Tuttle 1945-12-21
Movie Crash Goes the Hash Prince Shaam of Ubeedarn 1944-02-04
Movie Lady in the Death House Willis Millen 1944-03-15
Movie Spook Town Sam Benson 1944-06-03
Movie The Mystery of the Riverboat Craig Cassard [Ch. 1] 1944-10-24
Movie Riders of the Northwest Mounted Victor Renaud 1943-02-15
Movie Batman Agent Croft of Section 50 1943-07-16
Movie Cowboy in the Clouds Roy Madison 1943-12-23
Movie I Can Hardly Wait Patient (uncredited) 1943-08-13
Movie Salute to the Marines Cpl. Mosley 1943-09-02
Movie Men of San Quentin Butch Mason 1942-05-15
Movie Jackass Mail Jim Swade 1942-07-01
Movie Shut My Big Mouth Henchman 1942-02-19
Movie Tombstone: The Town too Tough to Die Frank McLowery 1942-06-13
Movie Pardon My Gun Clint Hayes 1942-12-01
Movie City of Silent Men Ed Muller 1942-10-12
Movie Vengeance of the West Jeff Gorman 1942-08-16
Movie So Ends Our Night Gestapo Stormtrooper (uncredited) 1941-02-27
Movie Across the Sierras Mitch Carew 1941-02-13
Movie The Roundup Ed Crandall (as Richard Curtis) 1941-04-03
Movie Billy the Kid Kirby Claxton 1941-05-30
Movie Sea Raiders Mate on the 'Astoria' 1941-10-13
Movie Arizona Cyclone Quirt Crenshaw 1941-11-14
Movie Honky Tonk Tough Man on Train 1941-10-01
Movie Stick to Your Guns Nevada Teale 1941-09-17
Movie Blazing Six Shooters Lash Bender 1940-04-10
Movie Terry and the Pirates Master Fang 1940-04-12
Movie Pioneers of the Frontier Matt Brawley 1940-02-14
Movie Men Without Souls Duke 1940-05-20
Movie Blondie on a Budget Tony - Mechanic (uncredited) 1940-02-29
Movie Bullets for Rustlers Strang 1940-03-05
Movie Texas Stagecoach Shoshone Larsen 1940-05-23
Movie Ragtime Cowboy Joe Bo Gilman 1940-09-19
Movie The Son of Monte Cristo Guard 1940-12-05
Movie Wyoming Corky - Henchman 1940-09-13
Movie Boom Town Hiring Boss (uncredited) 1940-08-30
Movie Spoilers of the Range Lobo Savage 1939-04-26
Movie Mandrake the Magician Dorgan 1939-05-06
Movie Blind Alley Trooper with Joe 1939-05-11
Movie Let Us Live Death Row Inmate (uncredited) 1939-03-29
Movie Homicide Bureau Radio Broadcaster (voice) 1939-01-05
Movie Yes, We Have No Bonanza Maxey 1939-05-19
Movie The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt Heavy 1939-01-27
Movie We Want Our Mummy Jackson (uncredited) 1939-02-24
Movie Western Caravans Mort Kohler 1939-06-14
Movie The Amazing Mr. Williams Joe (uncredited) 1939-11-22
Movie The Stranger from Texas Bat Stringer 1939-12-02
Movie My Son is Guilty Monk 1939-12-28
Movie Outpost of the Mounties Wade Beaumont 1939-09-12
Movie Glove Slingers Madigan - Kid Benson's Trainer (uncredited) 1939-11-24
Movie The Man They Could Not Hang Jury Foreman Clifford Kearney 1939-08-17
Movie Behind Prison Gates Capt. Simmons 1939-07-28
Movie Overland with Kit Carson Drake 1939-07-21
Movie City Streets Madden (uncredited) 1938-07-01
Movie You Can't Take It with You Strongarm Man (uncredited) 1938-08-23
Movie The Main Event Sawyer 1938-06-22
Movie Rawhide Henchman Butch 1938-04-08
Movie Crashing Through Danger Foreman 1938-09-14
Movie Women in Prison Mac 1938-03-02
Movie Time Out for Trouble Louie Derringer 1938-03-17
Movie Flat Foot Stooges Mr. Reardon 1938-12-05
Movie Juvenile Court Detective Capturing Dutch Adams 1938-09-15
Movie Adventure in Sahara Karnoldi 1938-11-15
Movie Rio Grande Ed Barker 1938-12-08
Movie The Lady Objects Jail Guard 1938-10-12
Movie West of the Santa Fe Matt Taylor 1938-10-02
Movie Two Gun Law Len Edwards 1937-04-06
Movie Bar-Z Bad Men Brent - Ranch Foreman 1937-04-21
Movie The Gambling Terror Dirk - Brett's Henchman 1937-02-15
Movie The Singing Buckaroo Henchman Odie 1937-01-15
Movie Guns in the Dark Brace Stevens 1937-05-13
Movie Valley of Terror Henchman Buck 1937-01-20
Movie Murder in Greenwich Village Campbell Security Guard 1937-11-03
Movie Outlaws of the Prairie Dragg 1937-12-01
Movie The Shadow Carlos 1937-12-22
Movie A Lawman Is Born Lefty Drogan 1937-06-21
Movie The Old Wyoming Trail Ed Slade 1937-11-08
Movie Boothill Brigade Bull Berke 1937-08-02
Movie Burning Gold Swede 1936-05-22
Movie Wildcat Trooper Henri 1936-07-01
Movie Ghost Patrol Henchman Charlie 1936-08-02
Movie The Lion's Den Henchman Slim Burtis 1936-07-07
Movie Phantom Patrol Henchman Josef 1936-09-29
Movie The Nitwits Cop on Stakeout 1935-06-07
Movie Northern Frontier Henchman Pete 1935-02-01
Movie The Arizonian Saloon Patron 1935-06-27
Movie Mutiny Ahead Stevens (as Richard Dye) 1935-03-01
Movie Code of the Mounted Henchman Snakey 1935-06-07
Movie Trails of the Wild Henchman Roper 1935-07-31
Movie Racing Luck 'Dynamite' 1935-11-19
Movie Skybound Master of Ceremonies 1935-09-22
Movie Western Frontier Pioneer Settler 1935-08-07
Series The Three Stooges Unknown 1934-05-05
Movie King Kong Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited) 1933-03-15
Movie The Druggist's Dilemma Man in Crowd 1933-05-22
Movie The Famous Ferguson Case O'Toole (uncredited) 1932-04-19
Movie Shooting Straight Butch 1930-06-20
Movie Up the River New Inmate (uncredited) 1930-10-12
Movie Tell It to the Marines Marine in Barracks 1926-12-23
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