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Film star Tony Curtis dies at 85

Post  chrissie on Thu 30 Sep - 12:19

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11443271

30 September 2010 Last updated at 12:10


Film star Tony Curtis dies at 85

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Hollywood star Tony Curtis has died of a cardiac arrest at his US home in Nevada aged 85.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who starred in Some Like it Hot opposite Marilyn Monroe, passed away peacefully in bed, a family spokesman said.

The star received an Oscar nod in 1959 for The Defiant Ones, in which he starred with Sidney Poitier.
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His career spanned six decades and he made more than 120 films including Trapeze, Spartacus and The Vikings.

Clark County coroner Mike Murphy told the Associated Press that the actor died at 2125 local time on Wednesday.

Born Bernard Schwartz on 3 June 1925 in New York, the actor served in World War II before taking on the name Tony Curtis when he began his film career in 1949.

He began his career as a heart-throb, but became a respected actor after starring in more substantial roles, starting in 1957 with harrowing showbusiness tale Sweet Smell of Success.

He went on to appear in The Defiant Ones as an escaped racist convict handcuffed to a black escapee.
Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh with daughters Kelly and Jamie Lee Tony Curtis was married to actress Janet Leigh, with whom he had actress daughter Jamie Lee Curtis

But he became best known for his role in Billy Wilder's acclaimed comedy Some Like It Hot, where he donned women's clothing.

After his star faded in the late 1960s, Curtis shifted to lesser roles and fell into drug and alcohol addiction.

In the 1970s he turned to television, starring in a number of TV series including The Persuaders! opposite Sir Roger Moore, and Michael Mann's Vegas.

Sir Roger led the tributes to the actor, calling him "a fine actor".

"We had a lot of laughs together for about 15 months, working together every day. He was great fun to work with, a great sense of humour and wonderful ad libs. We had the best of times."

After recovering from addiction in the early 1980s, he later became a painter whose canvasses sold for as much as $20,000 (£12,600).

The actor was married six times, including to Psycho star Janet Leigh, with whom he had two children including daughter and actress Jamie Lee Curtis.

He is survived by his wife, Jill Vandenberg Curtis, and six children.




RIP Tony.

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Post  wjk on Thu 30 Sep - 12:22

RIP Tony

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Post  Panda on Fri 1 Oct - 8:43


Tony Curtis really was hardly recognisable in the interview I saw yesterday, but he was probably the original
pin-up. He appeared in several quality Films and with 6 marriages had an eventful life so at 85 yrs of age he
made the most of his life.

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