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Tony Curtis (1925 -- 2010)

Born Bernard Schwartz, Tony Curtis starred in more than 100 films in a career spanning five decades. He played a variety of comic and dramatic roles a variety of roles, ranging from everybody's favourite comedy Some Like It Hot (1959) to The Boston Stranger (1968). His performance as an escaped convict in The Defiant Ones (1958) earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. In the early 1970s he came to the UK to star alongside Roger Moore in TV's The Persuaders.

Curtis married six times, most famously to Janet Leigh, with whom he had two daughters. One, Jamie Lee Curtis, followed in her parents' footsteps and became a successful leading actress. Tony Curtis died from a cardiac arrest in his Las Vegas home on 29 September 2010. His passing made headline news around the world.