It’s hard to acknowledge that legendary spitfire Tony Curtis is no longer with us. As we reported earlier the Academy Award nominated actor died at the age of 85 in his Nevada home on Wednesday. Even though he was mostly known for his good looks and charm, Curtis had great range in front of the camera. He could do drama, comedy, or action at the drop of a hat. There will never be another one like him, therefore we wanted to take this opportunity to look at the life of the actor via photos…
A lot of people mention the big three when speaking of Curtis’ career, Some Like it Hot, Smell of Sweet Success, and The Defiant Ones (earned him an Oscar nod). But he had several other relevant movies that were just as entertaining and poignant such as his co-headlining role in 1959′s Operation Petticoat. As a child, Cary Grant was Curtis’ idol and he even modeled the millionaire character in Some Like it Hot after him. Therefore, it was amazing to see those two act opposite one another in the same feature.
He also made several films with Natalie Wood like Sex and the Single Girl and The Great Race, which also co-starred Jack Lemmon. As he got older, he knew he couldn’t continue to tread on his looks so he began taking more serious roles like the deranged killer in The Boston Strangler. He also appeared in The Last Tycoon opposite (newbies at the time) Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson.
Whatever you liked about Curtis, whether it was his pretty face or his eccentric charm, one thing’s for sure — he was an original.
RIP Tony Curtis