Acting Legend Tony Curtis Dies at 85

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hollywood leading man Tony Curtis died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at the age of 85 in his Las Vegas home. The actor's good looks propelled him from a grim childhood in the Bronx to a long and successful career of comic and dramatic roles.

With piercing blue eyes and a famously arresting stare, Curtis was an icon of male beauty during the golden years of Hollywood in the mid-20th century. Curtis was respected for his intensity in memorable roles like "Spartacus" and for his playful camp as he dressed in drag in "Some Like it Hot." He was nominated for an Oscar for his role as a white supremacist who escapes from prison handcuffed to a black man in 1958's "The Defiant Ones".

Listen to a clip of the actor talking to Leonard Lopate in 2008, following the release of his memoir, "American Prince".


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james andrea

I drove a yellow cab in the city in the early 80s and while many celebrities could be passably social enough should they be a passenger, many would barely acknowledge you if you called or waved. On one nice day when tables were extended outside the front of one bistro, I happened around the corner slowly and Tony Curtis was holding court amidst several who were with him. He was facing the street and it was unmistakeably him and I just waved instinctively upon recognizing him. He seemed thrilled that I did and waved enthusiastically back despite the fact that there was this entourage with him. He could have easily ignored me. He was a "class act" and a mensch.

Oct. 01 2010 10:31 PM
Pam Machefsky from Israel

Farewell to an actor who gave audiences his best and never forgot his roots. His support of the aging Jewish community in Hungary showed what a "mensch" he was. May his memory be for a blessing.

Oct. 01 2010 02:10 AM

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