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One of my faves passes away, Tony Curtis is gone.

Harry here - and Dr Death can just go straight to the corner for a long sit out, because it seems we're losing someone every day and in multiples. It seemed to start with the great Gloria Stewart, Claude Rains' babe in INVISIBLE MAN - but just now as I was getting set for bed, I got the news flash... TONY CURTIS DIES. Fuck. How cool was Tony Curtis? He married JANET LEIGH for one, and their kid is the mega-awesome Jamie Leigh Curtis. And that's amongst the coolest couples and kid in the history of cool couples with cool kids. Now I know we all love these three... but there's a reason that Tony Curtis was the coolest of their family unit... It's because... He's Tony Curtis. About 6 years ago, Tony Curtis called me. I can't remember what the initial purpose was, but we wound up chatting for about an hour straight about the world of Hollywood that he came from, and he was so kind being complete game to tell some kid in Texas that shouldn't ever register on his radar, a bunch of stories that made me wish I was Tony Curtis - moreso than all the obvious reasons. Let's admit it guys, the girls were always right about Tony Curtis. And he looked a helluvalot better than Lemmon in a dress. Right? Remember his gigolo in the Film Noir classic, CRISS CROSS? Or his fantastic turn as that boxer in FLESH AND FURY? I assume more of us have enjoyed his fantastically hokey biopic HOUDINI - a film that magically created Jamie Leigh Curtis. He met Janet Leigh then. HOUDINI has always been a mild obsession of mine. For one, I watched this film on WGN in about 1977 - and discovered that ERIC from THE VIKINGS was playing a guy named HARRY - who was the greatest magician of all time - and at that point in my life I had a 8 weekend gig as a Magician's Apprentice at a Rennaisance Faire - so I wanted to know all about this Harry Houdini fella... my perceived competition. So I have collected a bit of Houdini ephemera - not much, it is an expensive mild obsession. But I love Tony Curtis' HOUDINI. I loved the way he dressed. I loved his beautiful assistant - and I was absolutely shocked by the death. Quickly after that, my father showed me TRAPEZE thanks to a friend of his that had a 16mm print. A film that introduced me to Gina Lollabrigida - and Tony was the smooth devil that could bag a Gina Lollabrigida and even at an early stage in my life, I realized just how cool that is. I mean. Really. The athleticism of the role was amazing, I always had a feeling that actors were simply magic. Because just look at everything they seem to be able to do. I mentioned earlier, that when I saw HOUDINI, I thought of Tony Curtis as ERIC from THE VIKINGS. Well - two years prior my parents had a friend of mine screen THE VIKINGS for us. For one, he had a 16mm Scope print. And watching that film on your backyard porch with a starlit sky above... God, I watched THE VIKINGS constantly throughout my life. When ever I am in a boat and it begins to set sail - I think of THE VIKINGS and my interior soundtrack booms that soaring score. But I'll never forget Tony Curtis' viking slave Eric, I'll never ever forget him putting his hawk onto Kirk Douglas' face to rip the side of his face and eye out. I also love how he goes from slave to hero - wish Lucas had paid a bit more attention to THE VIKINGS and Tony's performance. It was classic. Of course everything was classic about that film. And really that's a defining bit of terminology when talking about Tony Curtis. He was classic. In fact he was classic cool. Oh, and smooth. Perhaps my favorite performance of Tony Curtis' since I've been a grown up was discovering the brilliant SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS. Tony's SIDNEY FALCO is one of the best most awesome Press Agent performances I've ever seen. And I have seen alot of Press Agents in the last 14 years - and I've yet to find a SIDNEY FALCO - thank god. Just a grade A cool sleazy asshole. Tony made it awesome though. There was something purely magical about it all. But then there's his Joe/Joesephine performance in SOME LIKE IT HOT! Just. Fuck - who could do that now? And be that cool? That, just flat out cool. Then Tony was so cool that he was in two of the best movies ever made in back to back years. He did SOME LIKE IT HOT in 1959 for Billy Wilder, then turns right around and plays the amazing Antoninus in SPARTACUS for bleeding KUBRICK! And it's SPARTACUS! A film that has literally become better and better throughout my life. Not just in my own estimation, but thanks to a successful restoration story - the film is actually BETTER THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN! Just for the record, SPARTACUS is just amongst the very bests. Then you see that same guy years and years later being a sexaholic Pilot in the awesome that is BOEING BOEING. Had to have been one of the most fun movies ever made. All us AICN staffers saw that at one of Quentin Tarantino's QT Fests - and again - he's just classic cool. And that is in a fashion that I just don't quite see around today. There's just a pure sweetness, devil, angel, tough, romantic about Tony Curtis. Of course - thanks to my DVD column - I got introduced to Tony Curtis' brilliant role as THE BOSTON STRANGLER directed by Richard Fleischer and co-starring Henry Fonda and the awesome of George Kennedy. This is a whole other side of Tony. He's just amazing. Tony Curtis was rumored to have a part in a film currently shooting called MORELLA. We don't have a Tony Curtis anymore and we'll never see his specific classy cool again. He will always be one of my favorite movie stars.

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  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:30 a.m. CST

    RIP Tony

    by Weresmurf77

    Wow that really sucks. RIP :( Tony, you'll be missed man :( RIP.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Read Tony Curtis' biography a while back...

    by Righteous Brother

    a great read. RIP.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:32 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by jackalcack

    Very sad news.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Valhalla does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Set him to sea in a viking longboat and flame the arrows.<p> Tony Curtis RIP.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:35 a.m. CST

    RIP Mr. Curtis

    by kusc0t0pia

    Very sad! He´s one of my heroes. Rest in peace!!!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Is this an obit?

    by cool_britannia79

    As it's in a different format from Beaks obit's. If someone from The Company could clarify so talkbackers know where they stand before they get banned please?

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:37 a.m. CST

    The Persuaders...

    by abiggerboat

    Awesome!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:37 a.m. CST

    So very sad...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    I was lying in bed when I read this on Twitter... immediately had to email you, Harry, hoping you'd be up if you hadn't heard. Tony Curtis was a special kind of Hollywood legend, the likes of which we probably won't see again. Might have to fight sleep and watch "Some Like it Hot" or "Spartacus" or "Sex and the Single Girl" as a tribute. Thanks for writing the obit. It's a fitting memorial to an incredible actor.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Sad news

    by KelseysNuts

    Spartacus, Some Like It Hot, The Vikings... any actor would love to have those on his/her resume. There's enough in those three films alone to make us forget the crapfest Manitou. Oh, and The Great Race is a great underrated film. Curtis played the perfect hero against Jack Lemmon's fantastic Professor Fate. RIP Mr. Curtis.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:40 a.m. CST

    This is way past "the rule of three".

    by DiscoGodfather

    How about a week or two where we don't lose some figure beloved in their industry, which we have done nearly every day for the past week or so? Pop culture fans could use the break. RIP Tony, Sally, Greg, and the rest of the beloved figures we've lost this week.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:40 a.m. CST

    The sad thing is.....

    by Righteous Brother

    is that he didn't really make any decent films from the 1970's onwards, even though he still had it in him. He would have been only what, in his mid-forties? He made too many wacky zany films about big races and chimps, and unfortunately Hollywood stopped calling. But man, when he was at his peak, he had all the Hollywood starlets falling over themselves to bed him, what an enviable position. And he starred in one of the greatest comedies of all-time. So he lived the kind of life most people can only ever dream about.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:44 a.m. CST

    The world is now smaller and paler.

    by Manos

    It just is.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Cinema L E G E N D

    by quantize

    And yes Harry...amazing in Boston Strangler..

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:45 a.m. CST

    cool_britannia79

    by HEADGEEK

    We have always asked from the beginning that talkbackers be respectful of the topic for Obits. I know for a fact that family members of this actor read this site. But beyond that, just common decency and basic respect for the magnitude of the subject matter. I mean, did your parents never show you Tony Curtis movies, because Tony would never have been a disrespectful soul with their name attached. Perhaps that's the problem with monikers. It makes ya throw out all those good manners and respectful behavior and tosses it. Though I really do kinda dig the solidarity of the D.Vader cult shouting I'M D.VADER all Tony Curtis fashion. I suppose I'm touched. But he'll be out for a 90 day ban. Then he'll get his handle back. That's just how it works. <BR><BR>Seriously - be Tony Curtis - be cool.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST

    I remember what we were talking about!

    by HEADGEEK

    I was trying to get him to come in that year for BUTT-NUMB-A-THON with a screening of THE BOSTON STRANGLER - and stay the night talking movies with us - that screened. He loved the idea - and we bounced a whole host of fun things around, but it didn't work into that year's schedule. I hate that I never followed that up. Damn, I hate that feeling.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST

    HOUDINI, THE VIKINGS, TRAPEZE...

    by Master Bruce

    I too was introduced to these films by my Dad as a wee lad back in the 70s, & they quickly became favorites, as have many other performances by Tony Curtis since. RIP Tony, & condolences to Jamie, & all his family & friends.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:49 a.m. CST

    "You're dead, son. Get yourself buried."

    by aint_it_cruel?

    Requiescat in pace.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:50 a.m. CST

    The Persuaders was AWESOME too...

    by Kefrif

    A TV shade of awesome, and as legendary a show as The Prisoner or The Avengers. Jamie Lee, my heart goes out to you at this sad time.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Rest in Peace Tony

    by UrbanSamurai

    It was my mother who passed her love and passion for movies on to me. As a kid I spent the evenings watching the likes of Cary Grant, Lemmon & Matthau, Jimmy Stewart or Bogey. “Some like it hot" is a special favourite of my mom's, so I saw that repeatedly in my younger years. A special movie, one of a kind. And it was not the only unique movie experience I had because of Tony Curtis. A special place in MY heart will always have his portrayal as Self Made Millionaire Danny Wilde in “The Persuaders". It still is a huge hit in Germany, due to the ingenious dubbing that complimented his skills as actor and comedian. Tony was a great actor (one of the best physical comedians, a fact that has never gotten the recognition that his skills deserved) and a strong and positive human being. He will never be forgotten. Goodnight, sweet american prince.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:54 a.m. CST

    "SOME LIKE IT HOT" was one of...

    by andyny29

    the truly funniest pics ever.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Journey well, Mr. Curtis.

    by ReportAbuse

    A great actor who left some great movies behind that we can still enjoy for many years to come. I don't think the "Fuck!" of frustration is necessarily appropriate though. He died at the respectable age of 85 and we should just honor what he left behind. All any of us can ever hope for is death at a decently ripe age, with minimal unpleasantness, and leaving behind a life we're not (too) ashamed of. Tony Curtis is one who, like Dennis Hopper earlier this year, went above and beyond those minimal expectations of life. I wish him well in whatever form or condition he finds himself in.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:56 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by thefiendishdrwu

    Jesus has this been the worst week for celebrity death or what? pretty upsetting stuff

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Exit Tony Curtis - you will be missed...

    by irishraidersfan

    One of the most under appreciated actors (by today's 'audiences') - look at the body of work he was involved in - the sheer diversity.<p> Sure, it became cool for a while to imitate the "I love you, Spartacus" scene, but I challenge anyone to watch it and not be moved.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:01 a.m. CST

    He was awesome in The Great Race

    by Giant Fish

    As The Great Leslie, opposite Jack Lemmon and Natalie Wood. Wonderful fencing scenes. And in The Persuaders, with Roger Moore.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Why even mention Curtis in Criss Cross?

    by Itchyroo

    Comes off as just a way to show off your film knowledge since he's only in the movie for a single scene. Sad that you feel like you have to boast about your film knowledge in what's supposed be an obit for a legendary film star. Pathetic.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:04 a.m. CST

    PS

    by thefiendishdrwu

    The Defiant Ones was amazing

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:09 a.m. CST

    jackalcack

    by Righteous Brother

    whilst I agree with your sentiments, I don't think here's the place dude.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:17 a.m. CST

    It's all about YOU, ain't it Harry?

    by LargoJr

    God, you just can't stop can you? Even when Eulogizing a Legend, it's 99% about you. <p> And last time I checked, publicists call to initiate the interview, and either hand off the phone or have you wait for the call. Love how you imply these people just call you out of the blue like a 11pm pizza order.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:17 a.m. CST

    And it's not even 2012 yet

    by Rex Carsalot

    Yikes

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Tony Curtis ended up with the face and physique of a man who looked like he lived life to the full... you can't be too sad when you reach Curtis's age because something's going to take you.<p> I don't want to go off topic but Harry himself brought up Beaks banning. The reason there's been an outcry is because, like at a football match when a ref makes a terrible decision and they show it back on TV, you are going to hear the stadium ring out with boos.<p> Harry - as the governing body you're in a position to right the wrongs of 'your referees'.<p> At any rate, how can it be a smart business move to ban your most popular and long standing community members?<p> RIP Tony Curtis, life goes on but i'll look forward to watching one of your flicks this week in memoriam.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    goodbye bernie

    by brabon300

    you tried so hard to make everyone think you were italian...but man, you were a straight out brooklyn jew...baruch dayan haemet

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Some Like It Hot

    by TheComedian77

    Undoubtedly his best work. Best Cary Grant impersonation ever....? Maybe!! The Bostom Strangler is fantastic, but mostly due to his performance. The facts are debatable, so it's not a truly great True Crime film per se. But very watchable nevertheless. It's too bad he never really got over that bumbp in his career. Depression, I think is what I read, possibly due to (no offence to the guy) realising his looks were going. He was talented, but Hollywood always thought of his looks first and foremost. They was his bread and butter, as it were. Off topic; (sort of) Tony Curtis is dead, sadly. He ain't coming back in 90 days. Vader will be (I didn't know it was temporary til Harry said so). I'm sure we won't hear the end of this when he returns either. 90 days.....not forever. I wish Tony Curtis could come back 90 days from now. He was warned; we all were. He was banned. Get over it.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:28 a.m. CST

    RighteousBrother

    by jackalcack

    I couldn't agree with you more but then why is Harry choosing to address such a volatile issue here? In one of the obits that are now so sacred that people get banned for posting off topic comments?!! Can't you see the hypocrisy?!! <p> What, he thinks no one is going to challenge him?!!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:28 a.m. CST

    STAY ON TOPIC! D.VADER DIDN'T.

    by MacReady452

    Will I forget D.Vader?<p>NEV-AHH!!!!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Itchyroo

    by HEADGEEK

    It isn't bragging, I like that one scene, and because I love Tony Curtis - and CRISS CROSS is the shit, and there's never a wrong time to remind people about CRISS CROSS and its hidden jewels, I bring it up. The man was there and the film was awesome with him being the cherry.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    NO BODY TAWKS LIKE THAT...!!!!

    by greigy just wanted to say

    Last of the real legends.... shame. Never really appreciated in his time... very versatile.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Of all his leading ladies Piper Laurie was the hottest

    by Chain

    Son of Ali Baba was when he hit the cool hall of fame for me.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Yondah lies da castle of my faddah

    by cushing1967

    I loved Tony Curtis and even though he never actually said what's in the subject of this post it still makes me smile.<p>As a wee boy I loved 'Monte Carlo or Bust' and The Persuaders - as I grew older I began to realise that he was an actor that was effortlessly cool in almost everything he did. My tastes mature and Some Like It Hot became one of my favourite movies - his Cary Grant impression is just magnificent. Even when he started guest starring in Vega$ he brought class. I can never have anything but respect for someone who was in Spartacus and appeared in The Flinstones as Stony Curtis.<p>RIP Mr Curtis and thank you.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST

    I met him in NY in the early 90s. Helluva nice guy.

    by vic twenty

    Tony, you will be missed. RIP.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Did Harry stay on topic?

    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

    Oh yeah, this is all about him, so I guess he did.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Love that skit with him and Tom Hanks on SNL...

    by jimbojones123

    Where Hanks keeps realizing who he is like every 20 seconds. Too funny.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Harry, since you are here.

    by vic twenty

    With the D.Vader thing, that email you supposedly sent, bringing on Faraci, I just don't know, my friend. This site has been part of my daily ritual since the 90s and recent events just have me wondering why. <p> I realize that folks are rarely what they seem to be, but you think after 13 years of reading somenes rants and raves you know what they are about. <p> That couldn't be further from the truth. Here is to hoping the ship gets righted soon.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST

    WHEN TONY CURTIS FIRST WALKED ONSCREEN CARRYING A BAG OF GROCERI

    by Darth Busey

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST

    A BAG OF GROCERIES!

    by Darth Busey

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST

    YOU TOOK ONE LOOK AT HIM AND SAID "THAT'S A MOVIE STAR!"

    by Darth Busey

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Tony Curtis has never been that familiar to be

    by tomimt

    I mean, I've seen a lot of his movies and I've seen most of people consider classics, but I actually wouldn't have been able to name any of his more famous pics, if someone had asked me in what movies he was in. That, of course, won't change the fact, that he was in some pretty damn good movies.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Horrible news

    by steele8280

    Some Like it Hot is still one of my favourite movies, has been since I was a kid. First I laughed at the chaos and dresses, then at the interplay between Curtis and Lemmon, then at the plot and the more'adult' humour, finally at the more subtle references like Scarface and his Cary Grant impression. Now I can watch it anytime and I always smile. Thank you Tony for the good times. Hope to see you again, but not for many years.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:52 a.m. CST

    IMPORTANT DEATHS THIS WEEK

    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

    - Gloria Stuart <p> - Sally Menke <p> - Arthur Penn <p> - Greg Giraldo <p> - Tony Curtis <p> - D.Vader <p> - AICN's credibility

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST

    My TC palate isn't as sophisticated as u guys...

    by King Conan

    cuz I really loved the sleazy manager he played in Bad News Bears in Japan! That's how I was introduced to him as a kid and still love that film because of him. Also the Defiant Ones is unspeakably cool. Sorry for your loss Jamie.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST

    I'M SPARTACUS

    by Darth Busey

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Harry, if you have never been to the Magic Castle in Hollywood

    by jimbojones123

    You should find a member and go. I went when I was 15 and it ranks as a top 10 experience in my life.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Dont forget the obit rule!!!

    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

    Stay on topic or face Harry's wrath......oh wait, Tony Curtis isnt one of Harry or Beaks' supposed Hollywood "friends"

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    He was a HUGE old school star and talented too

    by HarryBlackPotter

    He was one handsome son of bitch too! Rest in Peace Tony x

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Don't mentioned D.Vader!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Bad things will happen if you do. Aw shoot! Just mentioned him.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    I remember when me and D. Vader met ol' Tony

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Fuck You Harry

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    I'M D.VADER!

    by Darth Busey

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Oh this HAD to be about you, eh, Harry?

    by ricarleite2

    D.Vader would agree with me.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Harry can't STAY ON TOPIC with his obits

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    It's all ME ME ME ME ME with this fucking guy

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    You can't forget his role as Stoney Curtis on the Flinstones

    by durhay

    Groundbreaking.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:12 a.m. CST

    no offense everybody

    by zom-bot.com

    but i thought he died back in the 90's. i swear i remember that. weird. <br> btw jamie lee was born with a penis.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    He said, "Kissing Marilyn...

    by yodalovesyou

    ...Was like kissing Hitler!"

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    "Yonda lies da castle of my fadda, da king."

    by Ingeld

    RIP

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST

    True Hollywood Class RIP Tony C.

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

    I always used to think when watching Some like it Hot or Sparticus, damn all of these actors are gone, all except Tony Curtis and I would see him being interviewd and think he Acted with Marylin Monroe! Olivier! worked with Kubrick! a direct line back to the golden age of hollywood. The world doesnt make men like that anymore. RIP.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST

    If this rule has been in effect so long, then why oh why.....

    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

    .....do you have to remind us every TB now? <p>No integrity here. First you ban a longtime Talkbacker who actually added something to these shitty antiquated forums and then you accept work Faraci promised to Chud. Classless

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Can't remember a worse week

    by NippleEffect

    man oh man<p> RIP Mr. Curtis<br> And Thank You

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST

    durhay, hell yeah. Fred Flintstone made

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    "Stony" Curtis do his bitch work. As a kid I didn't get it. Later in my teen years when I knew who Tony Curtis was, and knew about Spartacus all of a sudden it was so hysterical.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:18 a.m. CST

    SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

    by yodalovesyou

    Since when did it ever have credibility. The only thing I credit AICN with is taking movies and putting them under so much scrutiny and judgment, they simply stopped being fun and went from being an everyday part of modern life... to being something for boring people to bitch and whine about, like Politicians or an electronic product that keeps breaking down all the time. Basically, I'm say that Harry Knowles is responsible for ruining movies, or at least taking the fun out of them. It might not have been his intention, but he definitely kicked the door open and turned every whiny little pig into an attention seeking child, who simply has to tell everyone how much they hate something that is ultimately trivial at the end of the day.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:19 a.m. CST

    I love you Spartacus

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    has been parodied so much. Don't forget Operation Petticoat where he was the ladykiller officer serving under Cary Grant. Pink submarine - symbolism?

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Goodbye to the man who...

    by WarrenSmooth

    inspired Elvis Presley's hair-do.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    His Name was Bernard Schwartz.

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Gloria Stuart was wonderful in Titanic...

    by Chewtoy

    It really was an incredible career, to be in films in the 30's and then come back around the turn of the century for the biggest film of all time. Those framing sequences with old Rose were really effective in anchoring the tragedy in a historical context, while adding the extra mystery of the necklace... But they mostly worked because of Stuart. Richard CorlIss did a great obituary for her over at Time's website.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Obit Fail!

    by Bandit 37

    How disrespectful is it to constantly type "Fuck" every other sentence? I just seems tasteless, and ignorant.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    I AM D.VADER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    can't blame me.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    I AM DVADER!!!!

    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    yodalovesyou.....

    by Righteous Brother

    there is a hell of a lot of truth in what you just said.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    as far as im concerned..harry & beaks & devin faraci

    by ChocolateJesusMan

    CAN GO FUCK THEMSELVES & THE HORSES THEY RODE IN ON

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST

    righteousbrother, yodalovesyou, chocolatejesus

    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

    Let us combine our powers to encourage anyone with any sense to flee this fucking sinking ship of a movie site....slashfilm, aint it bale news, the playlist, the now Faraci-free CHUD .... let's get rescue these poor souls

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    righteousbrother, yodalovesyou, chocolatejesus

    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

    Let us combine our powers to encourage anyone with any sense to flee this fucking sinking ship of a movie site....slashfilm, aint it bale news, the playlist, the now Faraci-free CHUD .... let's get rescue these poor souls

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Yodalovesyou...

    by Madmarek

    100% agree man, well said. RIP Tony Curtis - One of the last few golden age legends; you will be sorely missed but your legacy will last forever.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    drive that post count up

    by MacReady452

    no one else will

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST

    R.I.P Tony Curtis.

    by vadakinX

    He will be missed. <p> And guys when I started this protest thing I said that we should keep it out of obit threads because however we feel about what Beaks and Harry are doing, it is disrespectful to those who dies to focus on that in these talkbacks, D.Vader wasn't being disrespectful at all but the last thing we need is for more bans in obit threads. <p> So guys keep the protest to the regular talkbacks and leave obit threads alone if only out of respect to those who died.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Real Deal Movie Star Shit!

    by theheavy

    This guy is one of the greats of greats,..its said alot but never been more true here now ,,,"They Just Dont Make Them Like That Anymore",..

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Always seemed like a real fun guy. RIP.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    vadakinX

    by Bandit 37

    Could give a shit about what you want?

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Son_of_The_Choppa...

    by Righteous Brother

    Never been on those sites, if they beat this one (which lets face it, wouldn't be hard) I'll see ya over there!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Joe Mantell from Chinatown is Gone Too

    by Crow3711

    RIP Curtis. Wasn't sure if everyone knew about Mantell. No obit yet. They are falling like flies these last few days. Giraldo is the saddest just cause he was so young, but these guys were great. Fuck off, Death. You've had your fill for a few weeks at least.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Don't Make Waves and Insignificance

    by swanstep

    DMW is Curtis working again with Mackendrick (dir. of Sweet Smell). It's a bit of mess, but worth seeing, and Curtis is great in it, doing a mixture of very light slapstick and farce and also some dark, cynical dialogue. Insigif. is mid '80s, dir. by Nic Roeg, and Curtis is again really good, this time playing a brutal version of Senator Joe McCarthy. RIP Mr Curtis. The cat's in the bag, and the bag's in the river.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    The Great Leslie

    by The StarWolf

    I echo Giant Fish. Curtis was terrific in many roles, but especially in the over-the-top performance he gave as the heroic white-clad daredevil The Great Leslie opposite Jack Lemon's nefarious, black-clad daredevil Professor Fate in the hilarious THE GREAT RACE. One of the all-time funniest comedies out there.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Righteousbrother, Slashfilm scoops this place ALL THE TIME

    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Harry: What a load of shit.

    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

    "Though I really do kinda dig the solidarity of the D.Vader cult shouting I'M D.VADER all Tony Curtis fashion. I suppose I'm touched. But he'll be out for a 90 day ban. Then he'll get his handle back. That's just how it works." <p> That doesnt sound like the spoiled, spiteful douche who wrote that email thats been floating around on these threads. Youre a real fucking tough guy threatening a guy who doesnt even know about it by pegging his hopes of return to the behavior of people he has no control over. You phony fuck.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    by blackwood

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Ain't it Cool, RIP

    by Sirmausalot

    Could we have a separate sidebar or tab for obits? Deaths are not 'cool news' by any stretch.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Bandit 37

    by Bandit 37

    Why did he even bring up D. Vader in the obit? FAIL

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Farewell Mr. Curtis

    by OpticNerve

    My respect for you has only grown stronger with age. You lived a life that all of us should aspire to. What a wild ride! I'm sure you had fun.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    My Tony Curtis Interview

    by Capone

    I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Tony Curtis last December when he was visiting Chicago, and we got to spend some time talking about one of my favorite of his performances in THE BOSTON STRANGLER. He was a true gentleman, funny, and wearing a cowboy hat. Great man among men. http://www.aintitcool.com/node/43341

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Oh my God, someone got banned?

    by theguilty1

    I've never seen a bigger bunch of whiners and big fucking babies as I have on this site. The same people who bitch and moan about every decision made on this site are still coming back every day. Pretty pathetic. Wahwahwahwahwah. You guys are a bunch of fucking losers. No one who runs this site owes any of you a damn thing. Seriously, it's always the same people bitching about the same things. Get over yourselves.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Harry's real thoughts on Vader's banning?

    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

    Found this in another thread. If this is the real deal it sounds ALOT different from what he said up there to coolbrittania: <p>The rules apply to everyone. Going off topic in an Obit has been a reason to be BANNED for the last 14 years of AICN.<br> D. Vader needs to take his 90 day punishment like a man, and not be a bitch. Being a bitch about it is what gets the ban permanent.<br> His infraction was minor in the great scheme of things - but so were some others. He has no special privileges just because he talkbacks constantly.<br> that talkback was never about a discussion regarding ettiquete on an obit, it was on the life of a beautiful and talented woman that has given us some of the best cinema of the last 20 years. THAT was the topic - and yes - even after he saw it, he was OFF TOPIC.<br> BEAKS' post was off topic, but a RULE - and the RULE was not to be discussed in the OBIT.<br> [Vader] will have a 90 day ban, unless he and his friends get annoying, in which case his ban will become perm.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    " Perhaps that's the problem with monikers. It makes ya throw ou

    by SupermanIsMyGod

    Harry...you can't possibly be suggesting that the anonymity of the internet enables people to just say whatever they want with no consequences, can you? I feel shocked, Cotton.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Operation Petticoat

    by vezner2007

    my fav Tony Curtis movie ever.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Harry dishonors Tony Curtis by "writing" about him.

    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Also

    by SupermanIsMyGod

    Too bad about Tony Curtis. He was indeed a cool cat.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Capone should be in charge of this site

    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Sad.

    by UltimaRex

    One of the crown princes of cool is gone. R.I.P Tony Curtis. As for the D.Vader thing... Harry, can I make one point. I'd feel better about D.Vader's ban if Beaks stops doing obits. You dealt with the issue with style, Beaks didn't.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Saw him speak in London a couple of years ago

    by filmcoyote

    After a screening of Billy Wilder's great Some Like It Hot. He was very funny and sharp. He still had it. Sweet Smell Of Success is a stunning film as are so many of his films. He will be missed. First Marilyn, then Billy, then Jack, now Tony; the seminal geniuses that brought Some Like It Hot to us are now all gone. A truly sad day.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Favorite Curtis Role

    by Aquatarkusman

    Definitely Sweet Smell of Success, with his interplay with BUrt Lancaster and his messed-up sister (close second: Boston Strangler, love seeing people play against type). He really did kind of seem like an alien presence to Spartacus, though.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Goodnight, you good Leslie, you.

    by jolaz

    The Great Race has been one of my favourite movies ever since I was a little kid. I used to love watching Tony as The Great Leslie and everyone else in that wonderful movie. He was so fabulous and he left behind a wonderful body of work, that's for damn sure.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Forgot all about Operation Petticoat!

    by StephenKingRules

    Thanks to whomever above mentioned that little gem. It was practically the only movie ever that I could watch with my dad, as he never really cared for movies. But we both loved that show! He was the epitome of a particular Hollywood era for me. He had glamour in a way that A MAN could have glamour. Seeing him makes me think of a bygone Las Vegas. Of martinis, and burlesque, and utter freakin' cool! <p> It's too bad to see so many deaths in one week. I just watched "The Boston Strangler" again the other day. I like that show for his magnificently creepy performance and Fleischer's flamboyant use of split-screens. It is a fine piece of cinema. Maybe I'll have to re-watch "Spartacus" again this week. <p> But, first things first, I must call my dad and arrange a time to go over and watch "Operation Petticoat" with him. <p> R.I.P. Mr. Curtis.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Fucking Tony Curtis man, the guy was a true professional.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Remember that clip of an interview with him in American Pimp? <p> "My lifestyle demands that I must have a beautiful woman" <p> All cocks will be at half mast today.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    I've still never seen "Sweet Smell of Success"

    by StephenKingRules

    I am ashamed.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Operation Petticoat

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

    It's silly, and definitely NOT the film I'm sure Curtis would want to be remembered for, but it'll always be one of my favorites. I saw this flick at least a dozen times when I was a little kid and it still cracks me up and moves me to this day. Just an all around fun and occasionally touching film, and Curtis and Cary Grant were just great in it. Godspeed, Tony.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    The sad thing is...

    by centilope

    That there's nobody out there who can replace greats like Tony Curtis, Paul Newman, Cary Crant, James Stewart, James Dean and others like them. Wherever you look there are only pale shadows of their greatness. Hell, there's nobody who can even replace Pacino or De Niro when they die. Cinema is sinking like the Titanic and there's no one who can save it, there's only a few who seem like they are actually trying to make a good movie these days, when even Cameron, Scott and Spielberg are all phoning it in.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Tony Curtis

    by Real Deal

    There's really nothing I could add that hasn't already been said about this great actor. When I booted up my computer this morning and saw the news I was truly sad as I love movies and immediately thought of " Some Like it Hot! There just aren't actors like Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon anymore. Not that there aren't good actors. It's just that actors like that come along once in a lifetime. I feel like a big part of my movie loving past has gone away. The good part is we'll still have his work forever to enjoy. RIP Mr. Curtis.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Compromise on Obits

    by detectivesoap

    Separate tab with its own special rules. More respectful anyways as such things are not, by definition, cool news. Please consider. It doesn't take much to have an obit section, not much at all. Please do this, as then people who are banned will deserve it. If not, ask yourself seriously why... RIP Tony Curtis. I love your chimp and a babe films too.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    stuntcock...im pretty sure this is a mod talking shit to you

    by Six Demon Bag

    knowles and beaks show plenty respect to the users of this site. but why should they give a shit about those 10 or so whiny self entitled assholes who seem to be under the breathtaking mis-apprehension that they 'make' AICN what it is. because they really dont. and the fact some of these clowns put forward the likes of aintitbale,com as a viable alternative....wow. yeah because reading talkbacks where cockstuntmike replies to himself ad nauseum really gets the geek juices flowing. and all praise to dead_flag_blues not only for the killer handle but for fighting the good fight in the face of pedalback idiocy the site over

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    He made great films...

    by Shalako

    like The Manitou...eh-hem.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    RIP TONY CURTIS

    by sokitome

    Great ACTOR!! my respect to all his family. on a side note. D.VADER got BANNED??? BWAH HAHAHAHAHAHAAHA...sorry me and him have had our diffs in the past but I wonder what got him banned? I don't comment that much anymore onthis site like i used to cause of all the ignorant points of views that seem to be filtering into this site lately but I am curious as to what got him banned

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Rest in Peace, Mr. Curtis

    by heyscot

    What a great life! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Another great leaves us..

    by pumaman

    Rest in peace brother

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Let's not forget The Manitou

    by Baryonyx

    A silly-yet-fun horror flick Curtis did back in the 70s.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    It's NOT all about AICN

    by cool_britannia79

    if anyone wants to read about Curtis' great performances and his life in general, and not a bunch of wannabee's name dropping him in their self publicity like here, check out Empire's coverage of this solemn loss.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    my condolences to his family

    by v3d

    He will be missed by all.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Don't forget Bad News Bears Go to Japan...

    by Charlie & Tex

    ...well, OK, perhaps if is best forgotten. A movie so crap that Jackie Earle Haley had to hide his face under a mask to get away from. Oh, and that's Jamie LEE Curtis.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    The fact is when Clint goes then old school Hollywood

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    will offically be dead. He's the last one. Clint's still pumping it out. I don't know how long that will last, but we need to enjoy it while we can.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    THE MANITOU!

    by food_fight

    I just watched it. Bummed he won't get a cameo in the (eventual) remake.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    @cushing1967

    by UrbanSamurai

    It totally slipped my mind that Tony starred in VEGA$, although I loved him in it. Brought back great memories, so thanks a lot for bringing it up. And props to all the brothers and sisters in mind that give Tony the praise he so much deserves. And everyone (BOTH PARTIES) that bitches in THIS talkback: Tasteless and disgusting. And also really, really sad...

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Love that clip of Curtis in JACKIE BROWN

    by Tacom

    on the Tom Snyder Show talking about he likes to fuck a lot of women. Such a random moment.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Great actor, gay icon, Hollywood legend

    by gun_will_travel

    How many actors have such a huge impact on Hollywood, entertainment, and society?

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    RIP man

    by Omar B

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Nice, jimbojones123 . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . that was Tony Randall in that SNL skit w/ Hanks. Not Tony Curtis . . .

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    One last thing, because...

    by UrbanSamurai

    well, we're mourning Tony f'n Curtis here: Back in 2001, Empire’s Chris Hewitt interviewed the late, great Tony Curtis for the magazine’s Hall of Fame: When talking about the premiere of the SOME LIKE IT HOT musical: CH: And you get to say “nobody’s perfect!” TC: (laughs) At long last! It’ll be on my gravestone. ‘Tony Curtis: Nobody’s Perfect’.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Tony Curtis

    by Snookeroo

    was Decidedly Very much A DEvoted enteRtainer in his own right.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    RIP: D.Vader, I mean T Curtis

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    What about Connery?

    by Righteous Brother

    Isn't he as old school as Clint? Also that Chris Hewitt interview for Empire is online now, anyone with an even vague interest in this Hollywood legend should check it out.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    I've always wondered why in his later years...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...Curtis never did other work. Look at Paul Newman; that guy even did solid supporting work playing opposite Cruise and later on, more character roles as the lead's Dad or grandfather. <p> Even Mickey Rooney is doing comedic bit parts (Night at the Museum). <p> I'd always thought that Curtis would've been great in a well written weekly TV drama.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    You know what I dread....

    by Orbots Commander

    ...is that within the next decade, we'll likely lose Clint, Connery and Ridley Scott. All of those dudes are in their 70's

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    RIP Tony Curtis! The Persuaders and Vega$ were

    by wtriker1701

    my childhood! <p> I later came to appreciate his other movies, Trapeze, and Some Like It Hot! <p> Yeah, he was that kind of guy, who seemed to manage anything, from Drama to Upper Class Comedy! <p> Another masterpiece of the mosaic named Hollywood taken out of the picture! But - we'll always have our memories... and the DVD's! Bye, Tony!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    One of the last great ones...

    by skimn

    I remember, as a young kid, watching Some Like It Hot on NBC's Saturday Night At The Movies. I was wondering what was this movie that started out like some gangster noir and turned into this amazing comedy. I was transfixed. Marilyn's nightclub dress sure helped, but the byplay between Curtis and Lemmon was like music.<p>Okay God..can you take the rest of week off, please?

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Six Demon Bag.....what? No comprenda.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    I wasn't referring to myself. All cocks at half mast = all of us. <p> I haven't been employed at AIBN since March. I'm a man without a Country, so to speak.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Did make a better woman than Lemmon.

    by ROBRAM89

    Hadn't particularly...noticed...but it's true.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Not the greatest actor in the world...

    by IamZardoz

    but certainly a superstar. Odin.....Odiiiinnn...... The guy always had a great looking dame on his arm and even when his career declined he seemed to take it in good spirits and seemed happy in his achievements. Also, he was a submariner in WWII and witnessed the surrender in Tokyo. He paid his dues. RIP Tony.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Odd duck...

    by boogel

    He was never an actor I payed particular attention too. I knew he had a family...but at the same time I always assumed he was gay.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    RIP Mr. Curtis

    by freerangecelt

    So many of the great ones passing, and so few to take their places.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Orbots I was thinking a similar thing....

    by Righteous Brother

    Anthony Hopkins is getting on a bit too, and Michael Caine.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Real legend..

    by Carl's hat

    Good memories of watching Tony Curtis movies with my mum and grandparents at their little one bedroom apartment. Thanks for the memories Tony.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    They don't make 'em like that anymore

    by CherryValance

    Probably the best looking guy ever and a great actor to boot. He's my mom's favorite. So I always heard about him since I was a little kid. He was great in so many movies but The Boston Strangler stands out for me. He's already missed. Of course my thoughts go out to Jamie Lee Curtis and their family and friends at this time.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    RIP Tony Curtis

    by NeverTalksBack

    He brought so much to every film he was a part of, he will indeed be missed. Plus he seemed to be such a funny guy in real life, just so full of vigor and love for life, it's ashame. <p> <p> The D. Vader shit is getting really old people. If you really want to stand up and protest for the guy... fuckin leave, just boycott AICN. Why do you people keep coming back, stand by your stupid ass convictions and go. So annoying, and especially disrespectful in an obit for someone else, seriously.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    RIP Dear Sir..

    by BookhouseBoy

    Sad news. Gonna dig out my copy of The Sweet Smell Of Success.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    And also RIP Arthur Penn

    by palimpsest

    It's been a shitty week so far.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Stuntcock

    by Six Demon Bag

    An undercover mod was making fun of you and aibn for being a stoopid blog where you just post to yerself..in the xmenback. Either Harry or beaks. Thought you would like to know

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    FavoriteTony Curtis film...

    by reddwarfcas

    The Black Shield of Falworth. <p> TC: "Yonder lies the castle of my fadder"

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    RIP. Manatu is easily my favorite horror film from the

    by UltraTron

    70s. It is the most entertaining cheese fest ever made. It is also terrifying to a small child. Manatu's ending is Galacticus. I had to invent a new word to describe it. Anyway I can't believe something could kill him.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Ah Bag, I see now.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Whatever, let 'em have their fun, who cares?

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    The Great Leslie Has Passed...

    by ChallengeR

    I will never forget Mr. Curtis' wonderful turn in "The Great Race". To go from the happy-go-lucky to the dark recreation of the "Boston Strangler" is a testament of his talent. By the way, has anybody ever noticed that Robert Downey Jr. not only looks like a young Tony Curtis but has a lot of his mannerisms as well?

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    WTF? Abe Vigoda finally passed...

    by Snake Foreskin

    gas. He feels much better now. He must've eaten the same meal on that Delta flight as Jimmy Carter.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Tony Curtis, ELO, Star Wars and Manitou

    by Partyslammer

    These are my most prominent memories of Tony Curtis... <p> The first outdoor stadium concert I ever saw was The Electric Light Orchestra at Angel Stadium in Anaheim in April, 1978. Before ELO's set (which was in a huge flying saucer stage set) Tony Curtis came out and had a really funny staged "duel" with some Star Wars storm troopers and Darth Vadar before introducing ELO. He looked uncomfortable and perhaps a bit drunk. At the time I was thinking, "jeeze, how the mighty have fallen." Then a year or two later, I saw "Manitou." Good Lord, what a POS that was.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    It just dawned on me..Corky St. Clair,

    by skimn

    Mr. Nigel Tufnel himself, is/was his son-in-law. Hollywood and marriage makes for some interesting families.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Partyslammer, you win.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Best fucking story I've read all week. <p> And you owe me a keyboard.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Things I've Learned by Tony Curtis Esquire 2006

    by Captain_Clarence_Oveur

    How many people on this planet are van Goghs? Imagine an abstract painter who's fucking nuts, who cuts off his ear, who lives with potato eaters when he could live better. Sells one painting his whole life. Imagine finding a nut like him in the Bronx. Wouldn't be hard. <br> <br> As a kid, I never felt that I had anything or I was anybody. That was my ignorance. I never felt gifted. I paid no attention in high school. Once, I got every word wrong on a spelling test. The teacher gave me a minus zero because I even misspelled my name. I forgot to put the t in Schwartz.<br> <br> If you don't know your gift, you've got no lift.<br> <br> It's been said that you can't understand anybody unless you understand their sexual life. A lot of people are frightened by that. Not me.<br> <br. It's not hard to understand America's fascination with Marilyn Monroe. She was the first girl to wear see-through blouses. I met her in '49 at Universal. I was already under contract. She was looking for a contract. I must've been twenty-three or twenty-four. We met at the studio and started to go out. We were together for six or seven months. Steady. Fucked our heads off — you'll excuse the expression. At the time, nobody knew how big she'd become. I never felt her figure was so proper; I thought it was a little lumpy in places. She was a redhead back then, and at the time she seemed no different from all the other young women with nice knockers trying to get into movies. But then she developed that stupid-woman -- no, I don't want to call it that — it was more like a naive, little-girl quality. In movies, she started to talk slowly, as if she was thinking of the words she was going to say, and that became her magic. That and the see-through blouse fit together perfectly.<br> <br> Sex is something you can become good at, like fencing. You can learn how to fence. You can learn how to fuck. <br> <br. When I left the Navy, I used the GI Bill to get into the Dramatic Workshop, which was located at the President Theatre on Forty-eighth Street. Walter Matthau and Harry Belafonte were students there, too. We were all just trying to make it. Later on, I went out to California, and good things started happening for me. When I came back to New York to do a promotion for City Across the River, they gave me a suite at the Sherry-Netherland and a huge black limo. I took it around to show my buddies in the Bronx and then went by the Dramatic Workshop. It was a terrible, rainy afternoon, and who do I see out in front? Walter Matthau. He's got a long, heavy coat on with a Racing Form sticking out of the pocket, and he's looking down at the gutter. Here I am in this nice, warm limo. And there he is, this grumpy guy surrounded by a cold, miserable world. The look on his face says, "What's ever going to happen for me? Nothin'!" So I tell the driver to pull alongside him and stop. Now Walter's watching the limo. I roll the window down, look at him, and say, "I fucked Yvonne De Carlo!" Then I roll the window back up in a hurry and tell the driver to get the hell out of there.<br> <br> No, no, no, he wasn't mad! For years, Walter loved to tell that story at parties. He'd make it last twenty minutes.<br> <br> I was in Palm Beach with Joe Kennedy just before the inauguration. I don't know why, but the old man loved me. He must've got a kick out of my movies. We were sitting in this study having a drink when the phone rings. He picks it up and it's his son. He's listening for a while and then he gestures for me to come over and sit next to him. He held the phone so I could hear. Jack is reading the inaugural address he's working on over the phone: "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." I didn't realize the importance of those words at the time. But wasn't that neat? I heard that! Heard that before anyone else. I love having had those experiences.<bR> <br> Sometimes I walk around like Jesus. I go to a party — nobody knows I am, but I'm Jesus. That was an acting-class experience, you know. They'd send you out of the room, and the instructor would say, "When he comes back, he's Jesus Christ. Treat him as such." So I'd walk in the room and everybody would stop, look, and part for me. And I'd say to myself, What the fuck is this? Whoever I am, I like it.<br> <br> My first four marriages taught me how to do the fifth. Look how lucky I am. I've got a wife in her thirties. She's sweet, and we have a wonderful relationship — and still I look at girls. I've gotta be careful.<br> <br> I was never around when my kids were growing up. I was divorced from their mothers, so I didn't get to know them very well. I'm sorry — well, I'm not sorry. I just didn't. A few of my children I like very much. A couple I have no relationship with. I'm having a good time with the grandchildren. They come in and draw and make boxes with me and do the stuff that all kids love to do.<br> <br> Wanna hear some poetry? Here's one I wrote: You cannot ask a fish not to swim/It's the only thing that makes him him.<br> <br> I'm eighty years old. Eighty fucking years old. I don't feel any different now than I did when I was thirty. And here I am, sitting next to you now, with all my faculties. Some areas, I'm not what I used to be. My feet hurt. I don't pee on time. My eyes are going. My hearing's going. So I've gotta take care of those things. But I'm lucky. I have no disease that's going to kill me — not yet. Dying, I just don't feel like it.<br> <br> I could be a handsome man at ninety.<br> <br> One of the old hollywood guys who lived life it should: with gusto and panache.<br> <br> I like Esquire magazine because every issue they have a "things I've learned" article by someone that I always find interesting.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Time to ban yourself, Harry

    by MattmanReturns

    for openly discussing the obit rules!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    "I FUCKED YVONNE DE CARLO!!!"

    by nyjett17

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    More bits of wisdom from Mr Curtis

    by Captain_Clarence_Oveur

    It's not hard to understand America's fascination with Marilyn Monroe. She was the first girl to wear see-through blouses. I met her in '49 at Universal. I was already under contract. She was looking for a contract. I must've been twenty-three or twenty-four. We met at the studio and started to go out. We were together for six or seven months. Steady. Fucked our heads off — you'll excuse the expression. At the time, nobody knew how big she'd become. I never felt her figure was so proper; I thought it was a little lumpy in places. She was a redhead back then, and at the time she seemed no different from all the other young women with nice knockers trying to get into movies. But then she developed that stupid-woman -- no, I don't want to call it that — it was more like a naive, little-girl quality. In movies, she started to talk slowly, as if she was thinking of the words she was going to say, and that became her magic. That and the see-through blouse fit together perfectly.<br> <br> Sex is something you can become good at, like fencing. You can learn how to fence. You can learn how to fuck.<br> <br> When I left the Navy, I used the GI Bill to get into the Dramatic Workshop, which was located at the President Theatre on Forty-eighth Street. Walter Matthau and Harry Belafonte were students there, too. We were all just trying to make it. Later on, I went out to California, and good things started happening for me. When I came back to New York to do a promotion for City Across the River, they gave me a suite at the Sherry-Netherland and a huge black limo. I took it around to show my buddies in the Bronx and then went by the Dramatic Workshop. It was a terrible, rainy afternoon, and who do I see out in front? Walter Matthau. He's got a long, heavy coat on with a Racing Form sticking out of the pocket, and he's looking down at the gutter. Here I am in this nice, warm limo. And there he is, this grumpy guy surrounded by a cold, miserable world. The look on his face says, "What's ever going to happen for me? Nothin'!" So I tell the driver to pull alongside him and stop. Now Walter's watching the limo. I roll the window down, look at him, and say, "I fucked Yvonne De Carlo!" Then I roll the window back up in a hurry and tell the driver to get the hell out of there.<br> <br> No, no, no, he wasn't mad! For years, Walter loved to tell that story at parties. He'd make it last twenty minutes.<br> <br> I was in Palm Beach with Joe Kennedy just before the inauguration. I don't know why, but the old man loved me. He must've got a kick out of my movies. We were sitting in this study having a drink when the phone rings. He picks it up and it's his son. He's listening for a while and then he gestures for me to come over and sit next to him. He held the phone so I could hear. Jack is reading the inaugural address he's working on over the phone: "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." I didn't realize the importance of those words at the time. But wasn't that neat? I heard that! Heard that before anyone else. I love having had those experiences.<br> <br> Sometimes I walk around like Jesus. I go to a party — nobody knows I am, but I'm Jesus. That was an acting-class experience, you know. They'd send you out of the room, and the instructor would say, "When he comes back, he's Jesus Christ. Treat him as such." So I'd walk in the room and everybody would stop, look, and part for me. And I'd say to myself, What the fuck is this? Whoever I am, I like it.<br> <br> My first four marriages taught me how to do the fifth. Look how lucky I am. I've got a wife in her thirties. She's sweet, and we have a wonderful relationship — and still I look at girls. I've gotta be careful.<br> <br> I was never around when my kids were growing up. I was divorced from their mothers, so I didn't get to know them very well. I'm sorry — well, I'm not sorry. I just didn't. A few of my children I like very much. A couple I have no relationship with. I'm having a good time with the grandchildren. They come in and draw and make boxes with me and do the stuff that all kids love to do.<br> <br> Wanna hear some poetry? Here's one I wrote: You cannot ask a fish not to swim/It's the only thing that makes him him.<br> <br> I'm eighty years old. Eighty fucking years old. I don't feel any different now than I did when I was thirty. And here I am, sitting next to you now, with all my faculties. Some areas, I'm not what I used to be. My feet hurt. I don't pee on time. My eyes are going. My hearing's going. So I've gotta take care of those things. But I'm lucky. I have no disease that's going to kill me — not yet. Dying, I just don't feel like it.<br> <br> I could be a handsome man at ninety<br> <br> Mr Curtis lived life the way it should be: with panache and gusto. Thanks Mr Curtis for the memories.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Tony Curtis

    by Larry Jay

    One of the movies that continues to resonate with me is the classic "The Black Shield of Falworth" in addition to co-starring Janet Leigh, it showed a very young actor toiling at his trade. You could tell he did his own stunts. Everything was in camera. Beautiful Technicolor. Hard to find. Such a talented and gracious man, he will be missed.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Tony Curtis was awesome

    by Gungan Slayer

    he'll be missed

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Fave Curtis film: OPERATION PETTICOAT

    by Tacom

    He's cool as hell in that one.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Thanks Captain Clarence..

    by Carl's hat

    Loved those quotes. The man did indeed live life to the max. Good luck to him. We all should.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    He got the hottest babe of the bunch

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    nuff said.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    The obit rules also say Tony Curtis was an amazing actor

    by MattmanReturns

    Awesome in Spartacus. Best gay performance ever!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Agree Tacom, OPERATION PETTICOAT fun film

    by Captain_Clarence_Oveur

    He and Cary Grant played off each other so well. Grant was another talent who did comedy with wit and style.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, noon CST

    Every issue of Esquire has Things I've learned article

    by Captain_Clarence_Oveur

    You can go to esquire.com to look them up. Everyone from Christopher Reeves to the warden of the texas penientary which executes more people per year than any other prison. Amazing the wisdom some people have gained with the lives they've had.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    turn off talkbacks

    by torontoxic

    Its the only way to be sure.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Thank you Tony Curtis...

    by matineer

    for so many great roles.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    also RIP Greg Geraldo

    by Right Bastard

    Not in the same realm as Tony Curtis, but he was a funny muthafukka.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    The Black Shield of Falworth

    by 9000rpm

    Yes, one of my favorites, too. The Vikings and The Black Shield of Falworth, a great Saturday afternoon!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    What an icon!

    by RobinP

    I remember his appearance on a TV talk show here in the UK a few years ago when he was in his late seventies. He was questioned about his very young bride and wasn't he scared of a fatal heart attack during sex. Curtis smiled and said "If she dies, she dies" with that trademark twinkle in his eye. So long, Danny Wilde, you were the essence of cool that cool wanted to achieve. Rest in Peace.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Little Miss Marker

    by bingolong

    DVR'd earlier this week and started watching this morning ...was weird to watch movie with him on screen and get online and see that he has passed...

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Well deserved tributes to a legend

    by Wilfy Fredericks

    So sad that the great Tony Curtis has passed, even though his life was extremely well lived. Both versions of his autobiography are tremendous reads but the orginal (mid-90s) version has him coin a phrase me and my mates try to live by to this day: he was a powerhouse player. On a purely personal level my favourite role is Danny Wilde (even though the Persuaders has aged a lot) but look who he worked with: the great Hollywood tough guys - Brynner, Lancaater, Douglas. Comedy legends - Lewis, Lemmon. Actors from so many eras with such different acring styles - and Tony Curtis was NEVER out of place among any of them. In fact there's a good argument to be made that he's more of an acting chameleon than many of the method greats. A true legend, a true loss, a true powerhouse player. God bless and RIP x

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by veritasses

    So sad...<BR><BR> He was in some great, great films... the kind they don't/can't make anymore.<BR><BR> (T_T)

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    RIP Curtis

    by MeMyselfAndNy_aaan

    and go suck a dick D. vader.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    MICKEY ROONEY STILL LIVES

    by Darth Busey

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Curtis was a legend...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...Rest In Peace.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    The Great Leslie

    by TallanDagwood

    Others have said, but so will I. I just love The Great Race. I watch it every time it is on. <p> Some like it hot, is simply a sublime movie. <p> My condolences to his family, he was giant.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Rest In Peace, Mr. Curtis...

    by QuietMan297

    I remember Mr. Curtis in Some Like It Hot, among many others. But that's the one that stands out for me, as it is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. He will be missed.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Saw a recent long form interview with Tony.

    by fiester

    In which they looked back over his entire career film by film. It was fascinating and he seemed like a really sharp, charismatic guy. He even talked about the possibility of doing some acting work near the end of it. It think it was on Turner Classic Movies...it was some sort of old movie channel, but I would encourage people to seek it out as it was riveting. <p> He will be missed.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Some Like It Hot is still hilarious

    by Kaitain

    Especially Curtis's scene on the yacht.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    I always loved The Great Race and The Black Shield of Falworth

    by Lang The Cat

    I realize The Black Shield of Falworth has Tony Curtis with a totally inappropriate accent, but still, this was a really fun film. Just about any film with Torin Thatcher was worth seeing. I grew up with this film and it lead to my life long love affair with steel, swords and axes. The Great Race is brilliant. Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, Curtis as the Great Leslie, Peter Falk as Fate's flunky, Keenan Wynn as the Great Leslie's sidekick, and Natalie Wood as the lady you really would like to share a blanket with in a blizzard. That and a town named Borracho make this a really fun film.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Monster talent. Wow.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    This one is like a punch in the gut for me. Curtis was a phenomenal actor. One of the true classic greats. Very sad to hear that he has passed :(

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    RIP Sir

    by KilliK

    one of my fav actors too.Although from what i have read he was a very difficult person to work with.But regardless,we must thank him for bringing in this world one of the hottest actresses ever. <p>RIP Mr Curtis.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    The Great Race !!

    by KilliK

    i love the scene when he smiles and his teeth flash.haha.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    The “Some Like It Hot” Curse strikes again!

    by Drunken Busboy

    The “Some Like It Hot” Curse strikes again! When will the madness stop? First Marilyn Monroe, Joe E. Brown, George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Jack Lemmon and now Tony Curtis! And Still No Ed McMahon Obituary!! Have you folks now shame?

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    The "Great Imposter" anyone?

    by Drunken Busboy

    I can't believe no one has mentioned that movie yet! He shows his great range in that one!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    The Voice of the Doctor in "Rosemary's Baby"!

    by Drunken Busboy

    The man was in the coolest movies!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    REALLY HARRY?? FAMILY MEMBERS OF HIS READ THIS SITE??

    by OBEY_AICN

    You are such a fucking shill you know that?? Yeah right..Im sure family members of Sally Menke, Greg Giraldo and others read AICN..You are the biggest bag of shit on the internet. Even in a fucking obit you sit here and NAME DROP???????????????? Harry you are a fucking miracle...oh and so I dont get banned for straying off topic..RIP Tony..you will be missed.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Nobody's Perfect

    by Dixie_Twins

    It wasn't Tony Curtis who uttered the famous phrase, it was Joe E. Brown as the character Osgood Fielding III, after Jack Lemmon admits he's a man.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    The silent majority

    by dcro1

    I must have commented on AICN a handful of times but been a long time lurker. I generally go straight to the comments with barely a scan read of the piss poor posts that pass for "news" and that is what makes this site. Time to speak up though-Harry you communist fuck-what happened to freedom of speech? Best wished from the UK-ban away you pathetic, weak excuse for a man.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Ma! Dey wants me in Hollywood to be in Spottacus!

    by MyGodItsFullOfStars

    When he was cast in the right roles, Tony Curtis was perfect (Some Like It Hot, Sweet Smell of Success, etc.). But when he was cast in the wrong roles -- oh boy! As much as I worship Spartacus, I will never be able to adapt to Tony Curtis's presence in that film. Why in God's name would Olivier be tempted to take a bath with Tony Curtis??? I'll never understand.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    The silent majority

    by dcro1

    That was unduly harsh. Sorry Harry you are not a pathetic weak man but your actions re D.vader certainly are. I'm out and not coming back.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. HARRY KNOWLES 1971-2010

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    ....coming soon

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    getting off topic..BANNED...ADVERTS ON OBIT - OK!!!!!!!!!

    by OBEY_AICN

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Some of these Classic Hollywood Actors

    by cylon_conspiracy

    Really put our current crop of tabloid losers to shame.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    MJs, even tho this place has turned into an utter madhouse in the last 24 hrs I wont sully an obit tb by ripping you to shreds.<p> But next time I see you outside of here you evil little runt...<p> ps. Harry you let DVader be banned and yet this MJs_Corpse pos is still here? WHAT?!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    RIP TONY

    by Professor_Bedlam

    RIP MAN

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai Still exists in this Dojo?

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    What's up little faggot....tear me to shreds...LMAO. Crushing you on every talkback is getting old. Your masculinity does not exist in this dojo....homo. RIP Cobra--Kai 1994-2010 "He lived like he died...with dick in his ass"

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    New rule: No one gets banned

    by MattmanReturns

    Cuz they'd have to ban 75% of talkbackers. Oops. Vader's spirit lives on.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    <p>This is HOLY GROUND HighWanker.<p> Like I said i'll be slaying you later runt boy.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Lobster Man From Mars

    by tensticks

    An overlooked B-classic from 1989 directed by my buddy Stanley Sheff, who had nothing but great things to say about working with Mr. Curtis on that project. Rest in peace, Tony.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    unfortunately

    by BBSloth

    He became a puffy simulacra of his former self, much like Alec Guiness

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Sad

    by Star Hump

    The world was a better place with a cool as hell Tony Curtis walking around in it. A fine actor too.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Fucking ban me... PLEASE ban me...

    by SK229

    Does anyone here like pizza? If the moon were made of cheese, would ya eat it? Take my wife, please... See this TOPIC < here? I'm SO off it! I love this crowd!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    RIP TC

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    He was a great actor

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    An underated talent

    by carraway

    Tony Curtis is one of those great underapprecialted talents. He reminds me of Faye Dunaway another actor who does not come to mind immediately when one thinkd of "great" talents. Like Dunaway their talent was obscured by a very pleasant looking veneer. And yet when one looks at the AFI top 100 films you see Spartacus, Some Like It Hot, The Defiant Ones, The Sweet Smell of Success. (Likewise w/ Dunaways Network, Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown) neither of these actors are immediately thoght of when one think of the pantheon of "great" actors and yet their they are in these films that not only consisdered great but are "important". If you don't think Curtis was a great talent watch these these great movies and try hard to reamian skeptical. And yet...there he is often doing the heavy lifitng in some of the greatist movies of all time.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Tony Curtis is Dead! But his toupee lives on!

    by Drunken Busboy

    If only that rug could talk! The stories it would tell! ;)

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 12:48 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by frank cotton

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Tony Curtis even made...

    by Master Bruce

    TARZAN IN MANHATTAN infinitely more watchable!

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 7:10 a.m. CST

    @Dixie_Twins

    by UrbanSamurai

    In the premier perfomance of the “Some like it hot“ musical Curtis in his late 70s or early 80s played the small (but of course pivotal) part of Osgood Fielding III. When an interviewer talked to Curtis about this meaning his life is coming in full circle, Curtis laughed and said that “Tony Curtis - Nobody's perfect" should be on his tombstone.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    @carraway

    by UrbanSamurai

    Maybe it is because Tony Curtis was one of the guys (just like Cary Grant) who managed to let all the heavy lifting look absolute effortless and easy. He studied really hard, constantly being in workshops, working out, really learning his trade. Considering that he would have been able to just rely on his good looks and give a crap about the acting (like so many others did or do) I find that really remarkable.