Tony Curtis, legendary actor, dies at 85

tony-curtis-comp-500.jpg Tony Curtis, father of actress Jamie Lee Curtis and 1950s movie heartthrob, has died. He was 85.

The acclaimed star of "Some Like It Hot" died Wednesday night (Sept. 29) in his Henderson, Nev., hom of a cardiac arrest.  

Curtis began his film career with films such as "Son of Ali Baba" and "Houdini." It wasn't until he starred in 1957's "Sweet Smell of Success," in which he plays an unscrupulous and sleazy press agent, that he started getting cast in more substantial roles.

A year later, he received an Oscar nomination for his role in "The Defiant Ones." The film paired him with Sidney Poitier as escaped convicts handcuffed to each other.