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January 24, 2022

Oscar-nominated actor Tony Curtis dies

LOS ANGELES – Tony Curtis, whose good looks made him a Hollywood star well before he became an accomplished actor in movies such as “The Sweet Smell of Success” and “Some Like It Hot,” died at his home in Nevada, ABC News reported on Thursday. He was 85.

Curtis, one of the biggest box-office stars of the 1950s and one of Hollywood’s busiest playboys during that time, died in bed at midnight in Henderson, Nevada, ABC said, citing his business manager and family spokesman, Preston Ahearn.

His Oscar nomination came for the 1959 film “The Defiant Ones,” in which he played racist escaped con chained to Sidney Poitier. Other notable films included “Houdini,” “Trapeze,” “Operation Petticoat,” “The Boston Strangler,” “The Vikings” and “The Great Imposter.” Curtis made more than 140 films, mixing comedies with dramas, but part of his life was plagued by poor movies and struggles with cocaine and alcohol.

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