1950s Heartthrob Tony Curtis Dies at 85

Celebrity News Sep. 30, 2010 AT 8:20AM
1950s Heartthrob Tony Curtis Dies at 85 Credit: Silver Screen Collection/Archive Photos/Getty Images

1950s heartthrob Tony Curtis has died.

He was 85.

He passed away at his Las Vegas area home of a cardiac arrest.

He appeared in such films as Sweet Smell of Success and Some Like It Hot. He earned an Oscar nod for 1958's The Defiant Ones.

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His first wife was Psycho star Janet Leigh; actress Jamie Lee Curtis is their daughter.

After retiring from film and battling drug and alcohol abuse, he turned to painting (some of his canvasses sold for as much as $20,000) later in his life.

"I'm not ready to settle down like an elderly Jewish gentleman, sitting on a bench and leaning on a cane," he said at 60. "I've got a helluva lot of living to do."

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