1 Oct 2010

Tributes for Hollywood star Tony Curtis

1:28 pm on 1 October 2010

Tributes are being paid to Hollywood star Tony Curtis who has died at his home in Nevada aged 85.

The ABC reports he was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s with movies such as The Sweet Smell of Success and Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon.

His career spanned six decades and he made more than 120 films including Trapeze, Spartacus and The Vikings.

The BBC reports Curtis received an Oscar nomination in 1959 for The Defiant Ones, in which he starred with Sidney Poitier.

Sir Roger Moore, who worked with Curtis on a TV series in the 1970s, The Persuaders!, called him a fine actor.

He added: He was great fun to work with, a great sense of humour and wonderful ad libs.

Sir Michael Parkinson, who interviewed Curtis several times, said his performance in Some Like It Hot would live forever.

Some Like It Hot is one of the greatest comedies of all time, he said.

Billy Wilder did not suffer fools so for Tony Curtis to work with him and make that film shows just how good he was. He was an extraordinary man.

He was a great chatshow guest and was wonderfully indiscreet, but he was very bright and did not take himself too seriously, he added.

He is survived by his wife, Jill Vandenberg Curtis, and six children.