By Denise Miller
The world lost one of its finest legendary actors on September 29, 2010 when Tony Curtis passed away from cardiac arrest at his Las Vegas home at the age of 85. Tony was born to a Bronx tailor and grew to become a truly respected actor and 50’s movie heartthrob.
He preformed in 150 films in his 60 year acting career. In 1957, he was in “Sweet Smell of Success”. 1958 was when he gained critical acclaim in “The Defiant Ones” portraying a white racist escaped convict handcuffed to a black escapee portrayed by Sidney Poitier. This film earned him an Academy Award Nomination.
In 1959 he worked in Billy Wilders’ comedy, “Some Like It Hot” alongside Marilyn Monroe. He is also remembered for his role in “Spartacus”. Sir Roger Moore worked with Curtis in a TV show “The Persueders!” and is quoted in an interview with Britain’s Sky News as saying “He had a great sense of humor and was fun to work with.”
Evidence of his humor is in an interview with Matt Lauer on the “Today” show while promoting his book, “American Prince: A Memoir”. He was asked by Matt if his good looks were a curse or blessing; he replied, ”I never found them a curse, no, I loved it!”
Interesting to note, he appeared on the cover of the Beatles, “Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” and voiced his character in the cartoon “The Flintstones”. Also, his paintings have been displayed in galleries all over the world.
Tony Curtis married six times during his lifetime. His first wife was Janet Leigh, famed for “Psycho.” Their daughter is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. She once said that “my father leaves a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages. He also leaves a family who love and respect him, and fans all over the world.”
~ In Loving Memory ~ (June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010)
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