Friday, October 1, 2010

The passing of a film legend - Tony Curtis (1925-2010)

The late Tony Curtis acted in many films but the ones that stood out most in my mind and which have left a lasting impression in me are SPARTACUS (with Kirk Douglas), THE GREAT RACE (with Jack Lemmon) and THE DEFIANT ONES (with Sidney Poitier).

Actor Tony Curtis, star of "Some Like It Hot" and many other top Hollywood comedies, has died at the age of 85, US media reported Thursday, quoting his daughter Jamie Lee Curtis and his ex-wife, Christine Kaufmann.

Curtis died late Wednesday in Los Angeles after a serious illness, according to a German gossip magazine, Bunte, which quoted Kaufmann saying, "I am sadder than I realized I was going to be. It seems like an era is over."

Actress Kaufmann was Curtis' second wife, from 1963 to 1967, and they had two children. He married five times in all. His last wife, Jill Vandenberg, a horse-riding instructor, was at his deathbed.

News reports in summer said Curtis needed hospital treatment for asthma.

Curtis acted in more than 100 movies. He shot to world fame in "Some Like It Hot", a 1959 comedy with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon and about two men on the run who disguise themselves as women.

Mostly Curtis played comic roles, but he also portrayed darker characters such as murderers and pirates. -

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