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Screen legend Tony Curtis dies at 85

Sep. 30, 2010by: Paul Tassi

He's starred in over 150 film in his long career, which has finally drawn to a close. Actor Tony Curtis has died at 85. He was the father of Jamie Lee Curtis, who had this to say about his passing:

"My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages," actress Jamie Lee Curtis said in a statement Thursday. "He leaves behind children and their families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted to him. He also leaves behind fans all over the world. He will be greatly missed."

Curtis's most memorable roles are from decades ago, with appearances in SPARTACUS (1960) with Kurt Douglas, SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) with Marilyn Monroe and was nominated for an Oscar in 1958 for THE DEFIANT ONES with Sidney Poitier.

His personal life was a bit rockier, he divorced five times and battled drug and alcohol addiction for many years, but ultimately it's his massive and diverse catalog of films that he'll be remembered for. RIP Tony.

Here's a classic scene with him and Jack Lemmon cross dressing in SOME LIKE IT HOT:

Extra Tidbit: Greg Giraldo died too huh? Random.
Source: CNN

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9:14AM on 10/01/2010
This has definitely been a random week of celebrity deaths, and in the case of Anthony Schwartz, not one to shrug at. My personal favorite was his role as Sidney Falco in "The Sweet Smell of Success" opposite Burt Lancaster's creepy celebrity columnist. One of those movies that still packs a punch, even if the politics are strictly of their time.
This has definitely been a random week of celebrity deaths, and in the case of Anthony Schwartz, not one to shrug at. My personal favorite was his role as Sidney Falco in "The Sweet Smell of Success" opposite Burt Lancaster's creepy celebrity columnist. One of those movies that still packs a punch, even if the politics are strictly of their time.
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6:02AM on 10/01/2010
RIP Curtis. Fuck Hollywood is depressing this week with all the deaths.
RIP Curtis. Fuck Hollywood is depressing this week with all the deaths.
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8:27PM on 09/30/2010
One of the greatest actors of our time. RIP, Mr. Curtis.
One of the greatest actors of our time. RIP, Mr. Curtis.
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7:42PM on 09/30/2010
RIP big guy
RIP big guy
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5:32PM on 09/30/2010

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Tony starred in SPARTACUS with "Kirk" Douglas. Just letting you know. And of course, respects to the great Mr. Curtis.
Tony starred in SPARTACUS with "Kirk" Douglas. Just letting you know. And of course, respects to the great Mr. Curtis.
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2:57PM on 09/30/2010

Great actor, great clip

Tony Curtis, you will be missed. But thanks for all the great performances; you brought joy to millions.
Tony Curtis, you will be missed. But thanks for all the great performances; you brought joy to millions.
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2:45PM on 09/30/2010

A true hollywood great

A truly amazing actor, who's films have bought many laughs & tears. Thank you for memories. RIP Legend
A truly amazing actor, who's films have bought many laughs & tears. Thank you for memories. RIP Legend
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1:23PM on 09/30/2010

RIP

I believe that if you live pass 80 that you have lived life ... he certainly did!!
I believe that if you live pass 80 that you have lived life ... he certainly did!!
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1:10PM on 09/30/2010
Great actor who will be missed. RIP Tony. :(
Great actor who will be missed. RIP Tony. :(
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