MUMBAI: Tony Curtis, who entertained us
in his films like Some Like It Hot
and The Sweet Smell of Success expired
Wednesday night in Nevada of cardiac arrest.
He was 85.
leading man of more than 140 films including
Spartacus had received an Academy
Award nomination for The Defiant Ones
released in 1958.
Bernard Schwartz in New York, Curtis got
off to a rocky professional start. In one
of his first major roles, playing an Arabian
in Son of Ali Baba released in 1952.
of his most enduring performances came in
Some Like It Hot in which he teamed
up with Jack Lemmon, playing cross-dressers
opposite Marilyn Monroe and The Sweet
Smell of Success in which which he played
a fawning press agent.
his Oscar nomination film The Defiant
Ones Curtis played a racist prison escapee
chained to a black man played by Sidney
Poitier.Some of his other notable films
include Houdini, Trapeze, Operation Petticoat,
The Boston Strangler, The Vikings and
The Great Imposter.
leading roles in film dried up, Curtis struggled
with cocaine and alcohol abuse. He eventually
overcame those problems and transformed
from leading man to character actor, taking
roles on TV.