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Tony Curtis

Born: 1925-07-03 - Died: 2010-09-29
Cause of Death:
Pulmonary Disease

Death Summary: Curtis had been hospitalized since mid-July for trouble breathing due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Who was Tony Curtis : Tony Curtis was an American actor who was known for his versatility in acting. Due to him appearing in various genres he was able to rack up a filmography that spanned 100 movies, and numerous appearances on television.

Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz, and grew up in Bronx, New York. His early life was met with struggle as his mom was a schizophrenic, and for four years of his young life him and his brother lived in an orphanage.

Curtis' acting break came in 1948 when he moved out to Hollywood. It was during this time he changed his name, while being discovered by a talent agent. He was signed by Universal Pictures, and received his first role (uncredited) in the movie Criss Cross. He played a rumba dancer.

His breakout role would come by way of the movie Sweet Smell of Success, who also starred Burt Lancaster. This role eventually led to his next performance for which he earned an Oscar nomination; The Defiant Ones. He played a bigoted escape convict, and acted alongside Sidney Poitier.

Throughout his career,Curtis would appear in a large variety of films. Ranging from comedies such as Some Like It Hot, to more intense dramas, like The Outsider. Along with acting, Curtis had a second profession in artistic painting. His works price for around $25,000.

In Curtis' personal life, he was married six times and fathered four children during this time. The most famous being Jamie Lee Curtis. In 2008, Curtis released an autobiography titled: American Prince: A Memoir. In it he talks about the struggles of his childhood, and his encounters with entertainment legends such as Frank Sinatra.
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  1. Ross Myddelton Says:

    His death is a sad moment but his star quality will go on forever.

  2. Sherell Says:

    Wow, what a shock! Tony Curtis was a “Multi-talented Legend.” I am sadened for the lost of an ALL TIME GREAT… I know the family doesn’t know me personally, however; I feel like, “it’s a lost to the entire nation… Mr. Curtis was georgeous and just wonderfully blessed. My mother use to rave about him when I was just a little girl. We use to watch him as The famous Whodini, (did I spell that right?) Who cares If I did or didn’t. You know what I mean. But seriously though, My thoughts and prayers go out to the Family and close friends. And Jaime Curtis, even though I’m not famous. Just a regular women, I have watched and supported you through your career. You are just like your dad. Strong and very very talented. You sort of remind me of myself, but this isn’t about me. Please stay strong and look to the CHRIST for direction. The lord knows all things light-years before we do!!! Again my prayers are with you and your lovely family. Take care and for Mr. Curtis, I guess it’s so long sir and thank you for decades of entertainment…..

  3. lawrence p cooke Says:

    god bless mr curtis..

  4. Velma Brchmiller Says:

    I remeber watching his movies when i was growing up, and thoses were the best movies ever not like today’s movies. You did not have to worry about bad words, sexual contents. He was a talented legend. My pray’s go out to his family and friends, May god bless them through their sorrow and grief.

  5. Kirk Da Silva Says:

    may God be with you. Rest in Peace.

  6. April Haas Says:

    Love and Peace to all the Family and Friends…. It is so very hard to lose someone we love under regular conditions, I can’t imagine what it is like with the whole world watching you. Love each other and hold one another up God Bless!

  7. J. Cortez Says:

    He was a beautiful man, inside & out.
    I will always remember him as Antonino, in Spartacus, playing side to side with that other great legend Kirk Douglas.
    My deepest sympathies to his family.
    God bless you Tony.

  8. Linda Milo Says:

    So sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. He was a very talented actor as well as a gifted artist. He wii be missed. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  9. Linda Milo Says:

    So sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. He was a very talented actor as well as a gifted artist. He will be missed. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  10. Terri Crawford Says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. I just loved him when I was a child to adulthood. Not only was he a gorgeous man in his youth, also one hell of an actor, he was fantastic in everything he did. I shall miss him as millions will. My prayers are with his family at this sad time.

  11. Bob Melde Says:

    Goodby friend, will not forget the chess game we played got me five moves ckeck mate. Hope you never forget your signal flages and light codes. Rest in Peace GOD pless you.

  12. grass Says:

    You guys are so touching! Im not related but i believe he will be deaply missed.

  13. Velma Brchmiller Says:

    You will be missed alot, no one could make movies like you did. R.I.P. Tony. May God Bless your family and friends.

  14. DEREK SMITH Says:

    likeable man great actor

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  16. tony curtis evans Says:

    i was name after tony curtis

  17. lauren Says:

    all we have to say is rest in peace

  18. Lisa Weiner Says:

    To Tony Curtis,
    I thought you were a great actor. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and your daughter Jamie too. Lisa Weiner

  19. Clyde Ernde Says:

    Avery fine Actor who will be soley missed,All My thoughts go out to His Family

  20. Edward Says:

    Rest in peace, Great Tony !!

  21. Lisa Palmgren Hogg Says:

    Tony Curtis….No actor Like you Now or Before You….Best of Our Century……..Love you….
    …So Very sorry to hear of the Loss to the World…God will take good care of them….Their Passing is Never easy…I know..It is never easy..Blessings to the Family…
    Sincerely,Lisa Palmgren Hogg

  22. LIN Says:

    Now I knew the great Tony Curtis was Jewish.


    My favorite actor ever. He was the best-looking actor ever.


    Rosanne Melnick

  25. Tony Rayjack Says:

    Farewell Tony and if anyone is immortal that is you
    My deepest condolences to the family

  26. Val Baker Says:

    Another great loss but it came at the end of a marvellous and varied career.Will be missed by many,Tony was gorgeous and whenever he was interviewed he came across as a friendly extrovert without any airs(as often displayed by lesser souls).He was one of the great stars of the studio system and a national treasure.
    Sleep wellx

  27. Ddrhl Says:

    I so wanted to marry him when I was a kid watching him in the movies 🙂 RIP

  28. pat psoma Says:

    Brilliant comic actor. Unbelievable mix of talent brains and looks. I’m so sorry.

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  31. ellen owen Says:

    A truely talented beautiful man xx god bless

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  33. Tina Riserbato Says:

    I have always loved Tony’s old films – he was a gorgeous movie star in his youth. We have lost one of the great old true movie stars.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Tony in Toronto when he was selling his art down in Yorkville. I will never forget the joy I felt when I met this great actor and when he gave me his autograph. I am sure he is with Janet dancing in heaven, just like in one of her musicals.

  34. Harout K Says:

    May GOD Bless your Soul
    One of my Favorite actors

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