Movie star Tony Curtis dies at 85
'Some Like It Hot' star reinvented himself throughout career
Movie Star Tony Curtis began as a 1950s heartthrob in light film fare. He then reinvented himself into a serious actor with roles in "The Sweet Smell of Success" and "The Defiant Ones." When movie roles dried up, he reinvented himself as a character actor. When those roles dried up, he began a successful career as a fine artist. "I'm not ready to settle down like an elderly Jewish gentleman, sitting on a bench and leaning on a cane," Curtis declared at the age of 60. "I've got a helluva lot of living to do." Tony Curtis has passed away at his Las Vegas home. He was 85.
Actor Tony Curtis, whose real name was Bernard Schwartz, was perhaps most known for his comedic turn in Billy Wilder's 'Some Like It Hot' with co-stars Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Curtis' most famous role is probably his comedic turn as a musician who dresses as a woman following a 1920s mob hit to join an all-woman orchestra with Jack Lemmon in "Some Like It Hot." Featuring the iconic Marilyn Monroe as well, "Hot" was declared the funniest American comedy by the American Film Institute.
Curtis started in such forgettable films such as "Francis," "I Was a Shoplifter," "No Room for the Groom" and "Son of Ali Baba." He first attracted critical notice as Sidney Falco, the press agent seeking favor with a sadistic columnist, played by Burt Lancaster, in the 1957 classic "Sweet Smell of Success."
Curtis lent his presence to such other classic films as Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus," "Captain Newman, M.D.," "The Vikings," "Kings Go Forth" and "Operation Petticoat." "The Defiant Ones" remained his only Oscar-nominated role.
"My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages," actress Jamie Lee Curtis, Curtis' daughter with onetime wife Janet Leigh of "Psycho" fame said in a statement.
"He leaves behind children and their families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted to him. He also leaves behind fans all over the world."
Curtis remained vigorous and highly visible up until the end of his life. Authorities he died of a cardiac arrest in his Las Vegas home.
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