Actor Tony Curtis dies at Las Vegas-area home

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 30, 2010 15:57

LAS VEGAS — Tony Curtis molded himself from a 1950s movie heart-throb to a respected actor, showing a determined streak that served him well with such films as "Sweet Smell of Success," ''The Defiant Ones" and "Some Like It Hot."

The Oscar-nominated actor died at age 85 Wednesday evening of cardiac arrest at his home in the Las Vegas-area city of Henderson, Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said Thursday.

Curtis began in acting with frivolous movies that exploited his handsome physique and appealing personality but then steadily moved to more substantial roles, starting in 1957 in the harrowing show business tale "Sweet Smell of Success."


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