Frank Kurtz

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Birthday
9, 1911
Birthplace
Iowa
Death Date
Oct 31, 1996 (85)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
9, 1911
Birthplace
Iowa
Death Date
Oct 31, 1996 (85)

About

Father of actress Swoosie Kurtz, he was a respected aviator and Olympic diver who won a bronze medal at the 1932 Olympics.

Before Fame

He flew in his own open-cockpit plane between Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Washington D.C., at the age of 16.

Trivia

He served in Australia in World War II, salvaging broken bombers for parts.

Family Life

His daughter, Swoosie Kurtz, was named after an airplane he piloted that was dubbed a half a swan and half a goose - a 'swoose.'

Associated With

His diving abilities were first noticed by Olympic diving champion Johnny Weissmuller, who encouraged him to train in the sport.

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