Ben Curtis (actor)
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Benjamin Bowmar Curtis
November 2, 1980
|Other names||Dell Dude|
Benjamin Bowmar Curtis (born November 2, 1980) is an American actor who became known as the Dell Dude in a series of commercials for Dell Computers between 2000 and 2003. Since then, he has acted on stage and on screen.
Early life and education
Curtis, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the second of two children; he attended and graduated from The McCallie School, an all-boys school in Chattanooga, after completing elementary school at Saint Nicholas School, also in Chattanooga.
At the age of thirteen, inspired by illusionist David Copperfield, Curtis started his own magic business; he competed in and win a few national stage contests. He attended Tannen's Magic School in New York City. He then attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts on an acting scholarship. He studied at The Lee Strasberg Institute & the Atlantic Theater Company, and at Tisch's Experimental Theater Wing (both in America and Amsterdam).
The Dell Dude
As part of a commercial advertising campaign, Curtis portrayed the character Steven. The casting call asked for a boy 12 to 17 years old; Curtis was 20. This advertising campaign popularized the phrase "Dude, you're getting a Dell". The commercials would usually feature chipper Steven informing prospective buyers of all the perks of owning a Dell. When the party was sold on the idea he would close with the catchphrase "Dude, you're getting a Dell." The campaign was a huge success and brought prominence to Dell and Curtis.
Curtis’ tenure with Dell ended shortly after he was arrested and accused of buying a bag of marijuana in 2003. Dell terminated the role and according to Curtis, he was blacklisted from the entertainment community, and it was difficult for him to find work.
Life after Dell
In the spring of 2004, Boca Raton, Florida-based AdSouth Partners hired Curtis to lead its marketing campaign for the launch of Gameznflix, an internet video game and movie rental service.
Curtis has guest-starred on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and an episode of Law & Order in 2007. He appeared in Take Me Out at NYU's Abe Burrows Theatre, and in Alexander Klymko's 2011 film Spy.
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