Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Spaghetti Western English Speaking Voice Actors ~ Jack Curtis


Jacob ‘Jack’ Curtis Jr. was the son of agent Jack Curtis Sr. (Jacob Zinn) and Vaudeville star Mabel Ford [1888-1982]. He was born on June 16, 1926, in Queens, New York. Jack was the half-brother actress, singer [1906-1963]. Jack’s aunt was actress Dora Ford and cousin of magician Roy Benson (Edward Emerson Ford McQuaid) [1914-1977].  As a teenager in the 1940s he first got into voice acting. He performed on a myriad of radio shows, including Coast to Coast on a Bus, where he first met Peter Fernandez. Jack did many voice-overs and cartoon voices. He did not appear before the camera because he was born with a defect; his hand had been wrapped up in his mother's umbilical cord and never formed properly. He played the piano, however, quite well. He was a wonderful musician and was very witty. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always made puns and played on words. His voice was featured in several cartoons, Speed Racer, Marine Boy and Kimba the White Lion. He directed, shot and edited a film called “The Flesh Eaters” (1964) under a pseudonym. He wasn't a union member and didn't want to get in trouble. His main career was as an editor. He had a company called Film Sync and did a lot of dubbing. In September 1970, at the age of 44 Jack met his untimely death from pneumonia, which he contracted in the hospital for which he could not be treated as he was allergic to penicillin.

CURTIS, Jack (aka Curt Jacques) [6/16/1926, Queens, New York, U.S.A. – 9/?/1970, New York City, New York, U.S.A.] – director, film editor, voice actor, married to writer, actress Paulette Rubinstein (1964-1970) father of producer, actress Liane Alexandra Curtis [1965-    ].

Jack Curtis’ Euro-western dubbing:

Fistful of Dollars – 1964 [English voice of Pepe Calvo, Mario Brega, José Riesgo, gunman, additional voices]


[submitted by Mike Ferguson]

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