Curt May

    Before devoting my time and energy now to photography, I had another life.

    I was born in Austin, Texas in 1945. My family moved to Longview, Texas when I was about one year old. I had an outstanding track career at Longview High School. (880-yard dash - half mile man.) I attended the University of Arkansas 1963-67 by way of a full athletic scholarship. I was a four year Letterman as a Razorback and the Southwest Conference One Mile Run Champion 1965-66. 

   In 1968 I moved to Hollywood, California to pursue an acting career. The entertainment industry was alien to an east Texas boy such as I, but I worked and studied with some of the world’s best teachers, coaches and dialecticians which include Agnes Moorhead, Jeff Corey, Robert Easton, Stella Adler, Bob McAndrew and Michael Moriarty.  I learned the ins and outs of the business from the ground up. After only two years in L.A., I moved to New York City and lived in Manhattan for 37 years. I was one of the fortunate ones to have earned my living exclusively as an actor.  There were countless stage productions, from touring companies across the country, off-Broadway, five plays at Burt Reynolds’ Theatre in Jupiter, Florida and a four week run at Kennedy Center in our nation’s capitol. I’ve worked onstage with Julie Harris, Vincent Gardenia, Charles Nelson Reilly, Kevin McCarthy, Robert Urich and many others. There were episodic television roles along the way; I was a regular on All My Children for several years in the ’80’s (as Brian Sanders, the slightly-hard-to-take tv news anchorman in Pine Valley.) There was a featured role in Brian De Palma’s Blow Out with John Travolta and John Lithgow; additional dialogue dubbing in Death Wish with Charles Bronson; numerous prime time narrations for The David Letterman Show and Saturday Night Live.  The mainstays of my career were hundreds of national network on-camera and voice-over television commercials, industrial films and documentaries. Exclusively signed to Cunningham, Escott & Dipene (CED - later CESD) in NY and Los Angeles for over 35 years, there were also countless radio commercials (which I conservatively approximate at over six thousand.)  It’s safe to say that I’ve worked for almost every major advertising agency in the world. Looking back, I had a blast. I enjoyed the many friends, agents and talented colleagues with whom I’ve had the privilege to work. In 2010 I bid adieu to NYC and moved back home to the piney woods of East Texas.             

       My long-time affiliation in SAG, AFTRA and AEA provided me the opportunity to retire and spend time on my second (and third) passions: photography and golf.

       On the next page (The Acting Years) you’ll find a few photographs from my days in the industry.  There’s also a sampling of my voice-over work.


John and Curt on the set of Blow Out (1982)

40 Years.  An Actor.