James Curtis

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Born in Los Angeles, James Curtis spent twenty-five years as a senior executive in the insurance and computer industries before turning full time to writing. He is currently researching what he hopes will be the definitive biography of Buster Keaton for Alfred A. Knopf. Simultaneously, he is completing a book about Mort Sahl to be released in conjunction with the groundbreaking satirist's 90th birthday. His newest work, "William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come," was published in November by Pantheon. He is also the author of "Spencer Tracy: A Biography;" "W. C. Fields: A Biography" (winner of the 2004 Theatre Library Association Award, Special Jury Prize); "James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters;" and "Between Flops: A Biography of Preston Sturges." In addition, he has edited three books on film-related subjects, including a biography of actor Walter Huston. Born in Los Angeles, Curtis and his wife, Kim Geary, are longtime residents of Brea, California.

Selected Works

An actor's life like no other!
"A monumental, definitive biography of one of the finest film actors in the history of the medium." - Kirkus Reviews
Now available as eBooks!
"The definitive book about America's most profound comedian." - John Cleese
"One of the most entertaining and engrossing film biographies I've encountered." - Judith Crist
New edition!
"Essential for all who care about the cinema." - Kevin Brownlow
Now on DVD!
With commentaries by Gloria Stuart and James Curtis.