Breaking News: Actor Tony Curtis Has Passed Away

by 6:42 AM PDT, September 30, 2010
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ET has learned that the Oscar-nominated actor Tony Curtis has died.

His daughter Jamie Lee Curtis’ rep has confirmed to ET the news of the legendary actor’s passing. Jamie reacted to her father's passing, telling ET, "My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages. He leaves behind children and their families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in laws who were devoted to him. He also leaves behind fans all over the world. He will be greatly missed."

The Clark County Coroner told the Associated Press that the actor died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday at 9:25 p.m. MDT in his Nevada home.

Curtis, whose real name was Bernard Schwartz, was perhaps most known for his comedic turn in Billy Wilder’s ‘Some Like It Hot’ with co-stars Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences acknowledged Tony’s talents in 1959 when he received an Academy Award nomination for his role in the movie ‘The Defiant Ones’ starring opposite Sidney Poitier.

Tony was married six times. Jill Vandenberg Curtis was his current wife whom he married in 1998. 

Tony was born June 3, 1925. He died at the age of 85.