Donald Curtis


Brief Bio

Donald Curtis (born Curtis D. Rudolf; February 27, 1915 – May 22, 1997) was an American actor who had roles in more than 200 films and television series.  See the links below to go to his Wikipedia page or IMDB for more on his extensive acting career.

While working as an actor, Donald Curtis discovered New Thought through the Science of Mind teachings of Ernest Holmes. Holmes, after meeting him and training him, encouraged Curtis to go into the ministry.  The idea resonated with Curtis who then began is training in 1949.

From 1949-1953 he was a Science of Mind Student, training for practitioner and ministry in New York at First Church of Religious Science, Frederick Bailes’ ministry; and Church of Truth. In 1954 he became minister of Santa Barbara Church of Religious Science, until 1957 when he became Minister-Director of Science of Mind Church in Los Angeles. There he was publisher of monthly magazine The Golden Bridge. In 1968, he became Minister of First Church of Religious Science in Dallas, Texas; originator and speaker on “Science of Mind” TV program on Channel 8 for 36 weeks; had daily radio vignettes on WFAA Radio; and was a guest speaker for various organizations. In 1969 He founded and was Minister of Science of Mind Church and Institute of Dallas, Texas; and founded Science of Mind Church of Houston. He conducted 15-minute radio programs on KBOX and KVIL, Dallas. Later in life, he appeared on the popular Oprah Winfrey TV show on September 18, 1987, where he discussed “The True Meaning of the New Age”.

He was a noted author and lecturer. He published over 30 best selling books including the following: Helping Heaven Happen, Your Thoughts Can Change Your Life, Human Problems and How to Solve Them, Daily Power for Joyful Living, The Golden Bridge and New Age Understanding. He authored many inspirational booklets and wrote numerous articles which appeared regularly over the years in Science of Mind magazine, New Thought Quarterly, and Unity periodicals. His writings have been used as textbooks in healing, meditation, and spiritual education at many churches and centers.  A student of Eastern Religions, he published his final book Understanding and Standing Under The Bhagavad Gita in October, 1996, for which well known author Wayne Dyer wrote the forward.

Curtis died shortly afterward in May 1997.



Other Biographical Resources

Wikipedia page

IMDB page

Catherine Ponder’s Memories of Donald Curtis (

WWWHubs website

New Thought Wisdom website 


Online Recordings

Human Problems and How to Solve Them

One World One God

5 Minutes that Will Change Your Life (Short radio notices)


Useful Online Videos

Unity of Dallas 2015 Tribute to Donald Curtis (with film clips and audio recordings)


Books & Audiobooks

None of Curtis’ books can be found in the public domain.  Most of his books can still be found via bookseller searches.  Search Amazon or other booksellers to find books for purchase.