James Curtis

Photo credit: Kim Geary


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 and writing what he hopes will be the definitive biography of Buster Keaton for Alfred A. Knopf. His newest work, "Last Man Standing: Mort Sahl and the Birth of Modern Comedy" is now available. He is also the author of "William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come;" "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, James Curtis and his wife, Kim Geary, are longtime residents of Brea, California.

Selected Works

A celebration of one of film's most potent visualists!
"James Curtis’s informative and beautifully written book does a thorough job of bringing Menzies to life.” - Martin Scorsese
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.