Tony Curtis: 1925-2010

Summary

Academy Award nominated actor Tony Curtis, the star of such classics as Some Like It Hot, Spartacus, and Sweet Smell of Success, died in Los Vegas Wednesday of cardiac arrest. He was 95. Curtis began his Hollywood career as a contract player at Universal, appearing in bit parts before his breakout success in 1957 as an unscrupulous press agent alongside Burt Lancaster in Sweet Smell of Success. The following year, he co-starred with Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones, earning a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a racist chained to a fellow prison escapee who happens to be African American. Curtis soon proved to be equally adept in comedies, co-starring with Jack Lemmon and Marylyn Monroe in Billy Wilder's classic 1959 farce Some Like it Hot. Back to Article

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Todd F.

Todd Foster

RIP Tony Curtis you were one of the best, and you will be dearly missed.

Sep 30 - 10:31 AM

August M.

Agustin Macias

Rest in Peace.

Sep 30 - 10:33 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Favorite film of Tony Curtis so far is "The Sweet Smell of Success" with that awesome Jazzy musical score and may Tony Curtis rest in peace!

Sep 30 - 11:06 AM

Matt the Hat

Matt The Hat

He was terrific in The Defiant Ones. I had to choke back the tears near the end. RIP

Sep 30 - 11:50 AM

The Reaper

Iron Will

Great actor. In Roger Moore autobigraphy, ol' Rog had nothing but good things to say about his The Persauder's co-star. Said he was an awesome guy and a good friend. RIP.

Sep 30 - 12:01 PM

Cole R.

Cole Ruster

RIP Tony...think I'll watch The Great Race tonight...one of the funniest movies of all time.

Sep 30 - 12:07 PM

cuni34

Max Cunillera

RIP Mr. Curtis

Thanks for all the grest moments you bring us with your talent!

Sep 30 - 12:13 PM

cuni34

Max Cunillera

RIP Mr. Curtis

Thanks for all the great moments you bring us with your talent!

Sep 30 - 12:19 PM

daftfunk

Mircea M

RIP.

He was such a natural on screen it was scary how comfortable he was. Sweet Smell Of Success, and The Defiant Ones would be my favorite movies with him. I just got the Boston Strangler so I guess I'll watch that tonight.

Sep 30 - 12:47 PM

sunsaz

Chris Moore

RIP, Mr. Curtis. Just an awesome actor.

Sep 30 - 03:50 PM

Chase R

Chase R

RIP Tony, You were good in Spartacus.

Sep 30 - 03:50 PM

Jenna B.

Jenna Blackwell

Rest in Peace, Tony.

He was fantastic in Some Like It Hot! He was absolutely a natural. Now I have to see The Sweet Smell of Success, The Defiant Ones and Spartacus. I've always wanted to.

Love you, Tony. This is so sad.

Sep 30 - 05:31 PM

JAKEofMIDWORLD

Jake Almond

RIP, I'll never forget watching Some Like It Hot for the first time with a group of people and all of us laughing through the whole film. I went out and bought it right away.

Sep 30 - 08:05 PM

Luxo Jr.

Luxo Jr.

Loved him in Some Like it Hot. Now neither him, Jack Lemmon, or Marylin Monroe are alive now. Shame. I love that movie.

Sep 30 - 11:45 PM

LividEmerald

David E. Miller

Who is Marylyn Monroe? And where is Los Vegas? Someone is orthographically challenged.

Oct 1 - 04:07 PM

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