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".