LAS VEGAS – The Clark County coroner says actor Tony Curtis has died.
Coroner Mike Murphy says Curtis died at 9:25 p.m. MDT Wednesday at his Las Vegas area home of a cardiac arrest.
Curtis, who had heart bypass surgery in 1994, began his acting career as a 1950s heartthrob but became a respected actor with such films as “The Defiant Ones” and “Sweet Smell of Success.
“The Defiant Ones” brought him an Oscar nomination in 1958 for his portrayal of a racist escaped convict handcuffed to a black escapee, Sidney Poitier. The following year, he co-starred in one of the most acclaimed film comedies ever, Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot.”
We at TheDeminZone especially liked Tony because he once sent over a nice bottle of wine to our table at Spago just because earlier that evening we had done him a small favor at the bar by moving down one seat so as to make room for his guest. He didn’t have to do that.