American light leading man Alan Curtis worked as a male model before his 1936 film debut in Winterset. After a few years of "other man" roles, Curtis signed with Universal Pictures, where, among many other assignments, he played the romantic lead in Abbott and Costello's Buck Privates (1941). His best assignment at Universal was as the meticulously set-up murder suspect in the moody Phantom Lady (1945). Among his last film roles was the title character in Philo Vance's Gamble (1946). In the early 1950s, Curtis made headlines when he was revived on the operating table after being declared officially dead. Alan Curtis was married three times; his wives included actresses Priscilla Lawson and Ilona Massey.