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Also Known As: Anthony Curtis,Bernard Schwartz,James Curtis,Anthony Curtis Died: September 29, 2010
Born: June 3, 1925 Cause of Death: cardiac arrest
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: Cast ... actor producer
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Dismissed in the early stages of his career for his "pretty boy" features, Hollywood heartthrob Tony Curtis soon developed into one of the most versatile leading men in movies of the 1950s and 1960s. He brought tremendous charisma and energy to both his comic and dramatic projects, including "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957), "The Defiant Ones" (1958) - which earned him an Oscar nomination - "Some Like It Hot" (1959), "Spartacus" (1960), "Captain Newman, M.D." (1963), and "The Great Race" (1965). As with any sex symbol, the time in the sun is fleeting, so by the late 1960s, Curtis' profile began to fade, but he maintained a busy schedule in European features and on television, playing against type as the title role in "The Boston Strangler" (1968). In later years, he enjoyed a successful second career as an artist, while lending his comments and experience to television shows and documentaries about the Golden Age of Hollywood - particularly when it came to remembering his "Some Like it Hot" co-star, Marilyn Monroe. Having been one-half of one of the most beloved off-screen couplings of the 1950s - the other half being actress Janet Leigh - Curtis enjoyed watching his daughter Jamie Lee Curtis blossom into an actress of great skill herself, proving the apple did not fall from the Curtis/Leigh family tree.

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