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Screen legend Tony Curtis dies at 85

Actor Tony Curtis, who was best known for his role in the movie Some Like it Hot, has died, it was reported today.

US TV network ABC News quoted the star's business manager and family spokesman Preston Ahearn, who said the Oscar-nominated actor passed away last night peacefully in bed next to his wife in their home in Henderson, Nevada. He was 85.

Curtis was the father of actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who is known for her roles in the original Halloween movie, True Lies and most recently You Again.

His death was confirmed by Clark County coroner Mike Murphy who said the actor died of a heart attack at his Las Vegas area home.

Curtis, who had heart bypass surgery in 1994, began his acting career as a 1950s heart-throb but became a respected actor with such films as The Defiant Ones and Sweet Smell Of Success.

The Defiant Ones brought him an Oscar nomination in 1958 for his portrayal of a racist escaped convict handcuffed to a black escapee, Sidney Poitier. The following year, he co-starred in one of the most acclaimed film comedies ever, Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot.

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