Screen legend Tony Curtis dies

The Hollywood icon has died at the age of 85

Hollywood screen legend Tony Curtis died yesterday at the age of 85.

His death was confirmed by a representative of his daughter, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, although no details of how he died were released.

Curtis had been suffering health issues for a number of years, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and was hospitalised in July with breathing problems.

In 2006, he almost died following a bout of pneumonia and as a result was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

A veteran of 140 films, Curtis gained an Oscar nomination for his role in 1958’s The Defiant Ones, in which he starred opposite Sidney Poitier.

However, his most enduring role had to be alongside Marilyn Monroe in Billy Wilder’s 1959 hit, Some Like it Hot, although he starred in a wealth of Hollywood classics, including Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus and The Boston Strangler.

Famous for his tumultuous private life, Curtis was married six times and fathered six children.


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