Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tony Curtis, R. I. P.

Tony Curtis, Hollywood Icon, Dies at 85 - Obituary (Obit) - NYTimes.com: "Tony Curtis, a classically handsome movie star who earned an Oscar nomination as an escaped convict in Stanley Kramer’s 1958 movie “The Defiant Ones,” but whose public preferred him in comic roles in films like “Some Like It Hot” (1959) and “The Great Race” (1965), died Wednesday of a cardiac arrest in his Las Vegas area home. He was 85."

7 comments:

Max Allan Collins said...

So underrated. SOME LIKE IT HOT alone puts him in the stratosphere, where I hope he is now, garbed all in white like the Great Leslie. Reunited at last with Professor Fate, who is no doubt suffering in heaven.

Bill Crider said...

Lord help me, but I love that movie with Curtis and Lemmon and Falk. Not to mention Natalie Wood.

Todd Mason said...

The most underrated Curtis film by me might be DON'T MAKE WAVES.

Anders E said...

To me, he is most remembered for THE PERSUADERS. Profund? Absolutely not. Entertaining? You bet! And it had the best TV theme music ever (John Barry, who else?).

Max Allan Collins said...

THE GREAT RACE is comic bliss. The opening half hour or so is as funny as anything I ever saw. No one seems to even notice that this is the other Lemmon/Curtis film, or that it stars another tragic beauty in Wood. Blake Edwards is probably the spottiest great writer/director in history, but this is his masterpiece of comedy, edging out even A SHOT IN THE DARK, the other most nearly perfect funny film of his.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

It may not be his best movie, but my favorite is THE VIKINGS.

And who can forget his best line (from a different movie):
"Yonda lies de castle of my fadda."

Lisa said...

I love love love, Tony Curtis. Always have, always will.l. May he rest in peace. Also, I'd like to send loving thoughts to Jamie Lee. R.I.P Tony!