Hollywood has lost one more precious gem from its golden age. Oscar-nominated actor Tony Curtis, one of Hollywood’s biggest screen icons, has died after suffering a cardiac arrest in his Las Vegas home early Wednesday. The veteran actor suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and had been admitted to a Las Vegas hospital for tests in mid-July after he had trouble breathing. He was 85.
Entertainment Tonight reports,
His daughter Jamie Lee Curtisâ rep has confirmed to ET the news of the legendary actorâs 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.
I always had a special corner in my heart for Tony Curtis because he was my father’s favorite Hollywood actor, and I grew up hearing about his golden movies from my father’s mouth. He practically hammered Tony’s charisma and popularity deep into my young head. And I’m grateful to him for doing this to me. Plus, I always enjoyed watching his movies on TV. I especially remember and cherish one movie – The Great Race (with Jack Lemmon) – wherein his golden tooth would sparkle each time he smiled mischievously after overtaking Jack Lemmon.
R.I.P. Tony Curtis. You will always be remembered by your fans and the entire entertainment world.