Tony Curtis Dies Aged 85
TONY CURTIS, the American actor and star of 'Some Like It Hot', has died aged 85, reports Entertainment Tonight. Curtis starred in over 140 Hollywood movies throughout his career, and was nominated for an Oscar in 1959 for his portrayal of 'John Jackson' in 'The Defiant Ones'.
The actor's daughter, JAMIE LEE CURTIS, confirmed the death but did not provide any further details. Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz in New York City in 1925, and grew up in the Bronx. After briefly working in the US Navy, he took acting classes and made his film debut in the 1948 movie 'Criss Cross', before going on to star in 'The Vikings', 'The Boston Strangler', and STANLEY KUBRICK'S 'Spartacus'. He also appeared on the legendary cover of THE BEATLES' record 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club', as well as providing the voice of 'Stony Curtis' in the hit animated series 'The Flintstones'.
Curtis was married five times in total, and is survived by his wife Jill Vandenberg, and his five children. The UK's Guardian newspaper report that during a Southbank interview in 2008, Curtis was asked by an audience member what he would like to have written on his gravestone, to which he replied, 'Nobody's perfect'.