Sad news, indeed. Actor Tony Curtis died last night the age of 85. I loved him in Some Like it Hot, one of my all time favorite movies. Curtis along with co-star Jack Lemmon disguised themselves as women to escape the Mob in this fabulous 1959 Billy Wilder classic comedy. The movie also starred Marilyn Monroe and was picked by the American Film Institute as the #1 screen comedy ever.
Curtis lived a life that could easily have been made into a movie. Born Bernard Schwartz and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., to Hungarian immigrants, Curtis completed only one year of high school, spent two years in the U.S. Navy, and learned to act on the GI Bill, which led to a contract gig with Universal Studios. Graduating to bigger parts in films like the 1952 Son of Ali Baba and 1953 Houdini, Curtis made a point of working in several genres.
Curtis had an Academy Award nomination for his performance in the 1958 crime drama The Defiant Ones where he portrayed a bigoted escaped convict. He was also in the noir drama Sweet Smell of Success. Curtis starred in the title role of the 1968 Boston Strangler. On TV he starred alongside Roger Moore in the caper series The Persuaders! as well as having a recurring role on Vegas.
He won Golden Globe awards in 1958 and 1961.
He was in many films during his long Hollywood career. He will be missed.