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Ben Curtis

also known as Dell Dude

actor, singer, guitarist

Ben Curtis is an actor best known for his role as the "Dell dude." He appeared in 26 different commercials for the goliath PC company in the early 2000s and became a national sensation for his "Dude, you're getting a Dell!" catchphrase.


Benjamin Bowmar Curtis was born on November 2, 1980 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S. Son of Reverend Jim Curtis (a preacher) and Anne Curtis. Curtis is the second of two children, and has an older sister named Polly. He is an actor and producer, known for "We Are the Hartmans" (2011), "Spy" (2011) and "Ball Boy" (2014).


He attended and graduated from the McCallie School, an all-boys school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, after completing elementary school at Saint Nicholas School, also in Chattanooga.

At four years old, Curtis met illusionist David Copperfield. Inspired by Copperfield's performance, Curtis started his own magic business at the age of thirteen. Curtis later attended Tannen's Magic School in New York City. Ben created, produced, directed, and starred in his first full-scale illusion show. The show consisted of his skills in music, acting, magic, and mime.

Curtis attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts on an acting scholarship.

At NYU, Ben has attended The Lee Strasberg Institute & the Atlantic Theater Company, as well as studying the techniques of Grotowski and Brecht at Tisch’s Experimental Theater Wing (both in America and Amsterdam).


As part of a commercial advertising campaign, Curtis portrayed the character Steven. 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 not only helped bring prominence to Dell, but to Curtis as well.


  • Has been a professional magician since he was 13.

  • At age 18, Ben achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

  • Attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts on an Acting Scholarship.

  • Teaching to inner-city kids in low income public schools across New York City


  • actor

    • Gameznflix

    • Off-Broadway comedy

    • Short film Raccoon opposite Jonathan

    • Film "Spy" and Take Me Out at NYU's Abe Burrows Theatre

    • Adult Swim's The Jack and Triumph Show.

  • guest star

    • Show with Jay Leno


Ben was born in a family of preachers. Therefore, the age of six, he entered the St. Nicholas School is a private elementary Episcopal school in Chattanooga, Tennessee for preschool through fifth grade. Since childhood, he knew everything about religion.


This incident happened On September 11, 2001. Ben Curtis was sleeping in his Lower Manhattan apartment when an airliner hit the first World Trade Center tower. His roommate, a photographer, ran to the disaster scene a few blocks away, but Ben went back to sleep, thinking the noise was a gas explosion. When the second tower was struck, he got up and looked out the window. Seeing the fire, he decided his roommate might need help.When the first tower collapsed, Ben rushed into the subway entrance nearby to escape the flying debris. Clouds of soot poured down into the tunnel. He took his shirt off and tied it around his face to breathe. A woman came down the stairs with a severe gash on her head. "At first I was completely freaked out," he said, "but then my Scout training came back to me." He used his shirt as a pressure bandage and helped the woman to safety.

Later officials told the boys exactly what was needed: paper towels one day, garbage bags another. The boys set up a table on a corner collecting donations, then wheeled the products in borrowed grocery carts to the armory.The city's Emergency Management Office said the Scouts made an important contribution to the recovery effort.

This incident will forever remain in the memory of Ben Curtis. Open your heart to others, offer help in a difficult moment the most important thing in life.


Ben played Soccer, Football, and did some cheerleading as well. Ben's hobbies are acting. Curtis played New York's subway stations. Don’t be surprised when Ben Curtis, the man himself, approaches your table and explains the tequila list.Curtis has been a waiter and bartender.

On February 9, 2003, Curtis was caught attempting to buy a bag of marijuana on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Curtis was arrested and charged with criminal possession of marijuana. Due to recognizability of Curtis, word of the arrest spread quickly through the media.

The case was adjourned in contemplation of dismissal, such that the case would be dismissed and Curtis's record cleared if he remained clean for the next twelve months. Dell spokesman Venancio Figueroa maintained that Curtis' relationship with the company was "still in place." Despite this statement, Dell, Inc. terminated Curtis' employment and ended its relationship with him soon afterward, citing unspecified violations of company policy; whether these violations were related to the arrest is unclear. However, it is believed that Curtis was already in the process of being phased-out in favor of a new pitch for Dell. In early 2003, the ad campaign was dropped in favor of a new set of commercials about three Dell interns.


  • Politicians


  • Writers

    Hermann Hesse, Hanh, Thich Nhat,Kenson Stephen, Achebe Chinua

  • Sport & Clubs

    Yoga, rock-climbing, rowing

  • Athletes

    Pelé, Rafa Nadal,Hank Aaron

  • Other Interests

    Guitar, mandolin(e), children,films.

  • Music & Bands

    Favorite Bands Are Led Zepplin,Pearl Jam,

    Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers.