Flash! Tony Curtis reported dead

Flash! Tony Curtis reported dead

Tony Curtis was truly a movie star, but never seemed to take himself too seriously.  His memorable roles ranged from classic comedy to serious drama.  He was genre-friendly, and usually seemed to be having a good time with whatever he was doing. 

One other unusual thing?  He was one of the great co-stars.  He had that rare capacity to be equal to, but share with, another top-billed actor.

Some career highlights and interesting roles:

  • Houdini (he starred as the famous magician)
  • Son of Ali Baba (starred in this fantasy)
  • Trapeze (circus pic with co-star Burt Lancaster)
  • The Vikings (with Kirk Douglas)
  • The Defiant Ones (with Sidney Poitier)
  • Some Like it Hot (with Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe…one of his signature roles)
  • Spartacus
  • The Great Imposter (based on a true story, Curtis gets to play many parts when he plays a fraud)
  • Goodbye Charlie (he is reincarnated as…Debbie Reynolds)
  • The Great Race
  • Sex and the Single Girl (with Natalie Wood)
  • The Flintstones (he made fun of himself as “Stony Curtis”)
  • The Boston Strangler (lauded starring role)
  • The Persuaders (starred in this TV series)
  • The Manitou (horror movie)
  • The Bad News Bears Go to Japan
  • Vega$
  • BrainWaves
  • Lobster Man from Mars
  • Tarzan in Manhattan
  • Hollywood Babylon (host of this TV series)
  • Lois & Clark (as Dr. Mamba)

In his later years, he was a popular guest on talk shows.  He could be bawdy and funny and had those great Hollywood stories.

He was married six times, and is the father of Jamie Lee Curtis.

We’ll miss that little boy mischievousness, which he carried into his eighties.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.


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