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RIP Tony Curtis

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm •  Published: September 30, 2010
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Actor Tony Curtis, star of “Some Like It Hot,” “The Defiant Ones” and “Sweet Smell of Success” has died at age 85.   NewsOK has the full report.

The Oscar-nominated actor died about 9:25 p.m. PDT Wednesday at his Henderson, Nev., home of a cardiac arrest, Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy told the Associated Press on Thursday.

Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe in "Some Like It Hot."
Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe in "Some Like It Hot."

Curtis will always be one of my favorites for his role in “Some Like It Hot,” in which he and Jack Lemmon impersonate female musicians in an attempt to escape the Chicago mob.  Along the way, Curtis’s saxophone-playing Joe falls for the band’s vocalist and ukulele player, Sugar, played by Marilyn Monroe.  The film was directed by Billy Wilder.

The American Film Institute named “Some Like It Hot” the greatest American comedy and the #14 American film.  It’s one of my favorites, and I rewatch it at least once  a year.

- Matt Price


by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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