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In Memory of Tony Curtis

Posted by on 1 October 2010

I can’t believe that we lost another legend this week.  Actor Tony Curtis died 29 September at the age of 85 in Las Vegas.  One surely can’t say that he didn’t live a long and prosperous life.  However, it wasn’t without it’s turmoil.

Tony was born Bernard Schwatz in the Bronx.  After serving in the military, he used his GI Bill to attend acting school.  He was married to Janet Leigh for 11 years and they had 2 children.  One their children is Jamie Lee Curtis, whom he was estranged from for many years, but they were able to reconcile.  Tony was married 5 other times after that.

Tony Curtis had small roles in movies like Winchester ’73, but he was also in memorable roles in movies like The Defiant Ones, Spartacus, and The Vikings.  One of my favorite movies that Tony was in was Captain Newman, M.D., while kiddo prefers him in The Great Race with Natalie Wood and Jack Lemmon.  He’s also unforgettable opposite Cary Grant (his favorite actor) in Operation Petticoat and playing a girl along with Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot.

Although he had a long career, Tony abused drugs and alcohol when his roles became fewer and far between.  He was still able to overcome it and it’s even been said that he helped Roger Moore and Michael Caine quit smoking.  Tony was an avid non-smoker for about the last 30 years or so.

So much can be said about Tony Curtis and what he added to the Hollywood of old.  He’ll surely be missed, but his mark will forever remain.

R.I.P. Tony!!

3 Responses to In Memory of Tony Curtis

  1. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    I was very sad when I read about his death. My mom did a great job of making sure I saw the “classics,” and The Great Race and Some Like It Hot quickly became favorites. I’m going to pass that on to my daughter when she’s old enough. I’ll hope she’ll be able to appreciate movies like that and Brigadoon, Oklahoma, etc., for the breadth of talent the actors and actresses back then had. There are so few that can act, dance and sing anymore.

    Ah well. Thank you for this wonderful tribute to Mr. Curtis.

  2. kickupthearts

    A very sad loss.

    I would add that most people dont realise that he was an artist too. I spent a day with him when he actually told me that he was an artist first and an actor second

    He also told me that his proudest moment was when a painting was selected for MoMA in NY and surpringly not anything connecting with acting!

    (full story of our meeting and discussion about his art on my blog a kick up the arts)

  3. Steve Molloy

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