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Tony Curtis 1925 - 2010

By . | Miscellaneous | September 30, 2010 |

By . | Miscellaneous | September 30, 2010 |

As Jeremy mentioned earlier, Tony Curtis passed away this morning from a cardiac arrest. He was 85 years old. In addition to being the father of Jamie Lee Curtis, Mr. Curtis was a brilliant screen actor with a lengthy motion picture and television career. Curtis was perhaps best known for starring opposite Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot, although it was his performance as a bigoted prison convict in The Defiant Ones opposite Sidney Poitier that garnered him his only Oscar nomination. In the late 1950s and all of the 1960s, he was one of the biggest motion picture stars in America, starring in Spartacus, The Great Race, The Outsider and The Boston Strangler, among others. In the ’70s, he turned to television, and created memorable characters in the shows, “Persuaders,” “McCoy,” and “Vega$.”

His passing was sad, but damn, he had a hell of a life. In addition to his prolific acting career, the man had relationships with Natalie Wood, Marilyn Monroe, and a marriage to Janet Leigh, one of five marriages for Curtis, who leaves behind five children. He also had the good fortune to work with other icons, like Jimmy Stewart, Robert DeNiro, Douglas Sirk, and Stanley Kubrick, among others.

Rest in peace, Mr. Curtis.

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