Tony Curtis dead at 85

By Michael Vass | September 30, 2010

It is truly a shame that great actors pass from us, but they all live on with the movies and television shows they made over the years. This is the case with Tony Curtis.

Tony Curtis had a full career. He was in movies and television. He left an indelible mark on those that saw his films. He was equally capable of dramatic roles, or action, or comedy. A range that few actors dare to take on.

Some of my favorite films with Tony Curtis are his more fun ones. They include:

Operation Petticoat (in no small part the inspiration for Down Periscope)

Some Like it Hot (yes in drag)

The Great Race

But this is not to say that his style and ability did not shine in drama. His role in The Defiant Ones, along with Sidney Poitier, was so strong that he was nominated for an Oscar. And yes I mean the original not the remake.

But there are many other films that he made an impact in. Like Houdini, Sweet Smell of Success, The Vikings, Spartacus, and many others. He worked with some of the greatest Hollywood legends: Sidney Poitier, Cary Grant, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood, Kirk Douglas, Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall, Jerry Lewis, Stanley Kubrick, and the list goes on.

Tony Curtis was no perfect person. There are many that may dwell on his flaws, which only served to show how much of an everyday person he was. But the man born Bernard Schwartz, from the Bronx, should be remembered for more than flaws. He should be remembered for what he gave to us all.

Our condolences to Jill Curtis (sixth wife), Jamie Lee Curtis, Kelly, Allegra, his other 2 children, his extended family and friends.

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