tony curtis comp 500 Tony Curtis, legendary actor, dies at 85Tony Curtis, father of actress Jamie Lee Curtis and 1950s movie heartthrob, has died. He was 85.

The acclaimed star of “Some Like It Hot” died Wednesday night (Sept. 29) in his Henderson, Nev., hom of a cardiac arrest.  

Curtis began his film career with films such as “Son of Ali Baba” and “Houdini.” It wasn’t until he starred in 1957’s “Sweet Smell of Success,” in which he plays an unscrupulous and sleazy press agent, that he started getting cast in more substantial roles.

A year later, he received an Oscar nomination for his role in “The Defiant Ones.” The film paired him with Sidney Poitier as escaped convicts handcuffed to each other.

]]>Jack Lemmon masquerade as women to hide out in an all-girl band, which includes Marilyn Monroe, after witnessing a mob hit.

Other highlights of his resume include “Spartacus” and “The Great Race.”

Curtis’ life was also marked by drug and alcohol abuse.

He was also married multiple times. His and his first wife, Janet Leigh of “Psycho,” are the parents to Jamie Lee Curtis and daughter Kelly Curtis.

tony curtis mural Tony Curtis, legendary actor, dies at 85Curtis has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a mural of Curtis greets drivers heading southbound on Highway 101 southbound at the Sunset Blvd. exit.

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