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TODAY   |  September 30, 2010

Remembering the life of actor Tony Curtis

TODAY takes a look back at the life and career of Oscar-nominated actor Tony Curtis, best known for his roles in classic films such as “Some Like It Hot,” “Spartacus” and “The Defiant Ones.” He died aged 85.

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>>> hollywood legend tony curtis died last night of cardiac arrest at his home in nevada. in a career that spanned 59 years and was in "some like it hot" and the father of jamie curtis, he was 85. back to matt and vieira, certainly a huge loss.

>> and jamie lee is a big friend of ours. our condolences go out to her and her entire family. it is a terrible loss. he was here in 2008 when he wrote that book about his time in hollywood . when he got there to hollywood , he was brad pitt and george clooney all rolled into one.

>> that's right.

>> great storyteller.

>> what a life.

>> had quite a life.

>> yes, he did.

>> amy mentioned that some like it hot movie where he got focus marilyn monroe and reporters asked him after the scene, what was it like to kiss marilyn monroe ? he thought it was a dump question and he gave a dump answer, it was like kissing hitler. he got a lot of press at the time. he's a legend in