Dan Curtis

Dan Curtis

Highest Rated: 92% Trilogy of Terror (1975)

Lowest Rated: 43% House of Dark Shadows (1970)

Birthday: Aug 12, 1927

Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Producer-director Dan Curtis began his showbiz career as a salesman at NBC and later MCA. In the early 1960s, the Bridgeport, CT native founded his own production company and also became the owner and executive in charge of the Emmy-winning sports program "CBS Golf Classic" (1963-73). Curtis then moved into daytime TV as the creator of the drama serial "Dark Shadows" (1966-71). At its premiere, the show had a Gothic tone to it as it centered on an orphaned governess who goes to work for a wealthy family. Ratings were low and the network threatened cancellation. Taking an anything goes approach, the writers introduced a character of a vampire and the show swiftly became a must-see. "Dark Shadows" was somewhat campy in its day but it also appealed to a rabid fan base that continues to the present. While its roster of performers boasted such figures as Joan Bennett, Oscar nominee Grayson Hall and Jonathan Frid as the vampire Barnabas Collins, it also introduced future TV and film players ranging from Marsha Mason (who had a bit role) to Kate Jackson, Emmy-winner John Karlen and David Selby, among others. Eschewing typical soap opera stories, the series mined many of the popular themes found in sci-fi and horror literature (e.g., time travel, the Frankenstein and Wolf Man myths, etc.) but did not neglect the romance of the genre. If for nothing else, Curtis could be recalled for pushing the boundaries of daytime drama storytelling. He segued to the big screen with features based on the mythology of the show. "House of Dark Shadows" (1970) recast the original story and was more graphically violent that TV would allow. A second spin-off film "Night of Dark Shadows" (1972) proved less successful as did Curtis' attempt to revive the series in primetime for NBC in 1991.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saving Milly Director,
Executive Producer
- 2005
No Score Yet 68% Our Fathers Director - 2005
No Score Yet 77% The Love Letter Director,
Producer
- 1998
No Score Yet 32% Trilogy of Terror II Director - 1996
No Score Yet 12% Me and the Kid Director $45.7K 1993
No Score Yet 48% Intruders Director - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Advance of the Landing Director,
Producer
- 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Long Days of Summer Director,
Executive Producer
- 1980
No Score Yet 33% The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Supertrain Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. R's Daughter Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet When Every Day Was the Fourth of July Director - 1978
No Score Yet 33% Curse of the Black Widow Director,
Producer
- 1977
54% 43% Burnt Offerings Director,
Producer
- 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kansas City Massacre Director,
Producer
- 1975
92% 57% Trilogy of Terror Director,
Producer
- 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Legend of Machine Gun Kelly Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Turn of the Screw Director,
Producer
- 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightmare at 43 Hillcrest Executive Producer - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Melvin Purvis: G-Man Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Ice Rip-Off Director,
Producer
- 1974
No Score Yet 21% Scream of the Wolf Director,
Producer
- 1974
60% 43% Dracula Director,
Producer
- 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frankenstein Producer - 1973
No Score Yet 33% The Norliss Tapes Director,
Producer
- 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hunter Director - 1973
No Score Yet 42% The Picture of Dorian Gray Producer - 1973
86% 84% The Night Strangler Director,
Producer
- 1973
86% 76% The Night Stalker Producer - 1971
No Score Yet 43% Night of Dark Shadows Director,
Producer
- 1971
43% 70% House of Dark Shadows Director,
Producer
- 1970

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Intruders Director 1992
50% No Score Yet Dark Shadows Executive Producer 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet War and Remembrance Executive Producer,
Director
1988-1989

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