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Old Hollywood leading man Tony Curtis has died at 85

September 30, 2010 | 12:08 pm

Tony-curtis-some-like-it-hot marilyn monroe jack lemmonIt takes a bold man to wear a dress. Tony Curtis, the leading man/sex symbol of the 1950s and '60s (who, of course, famously dressed in drag for Billy Wilder's classic romp "Some Like It Hot") died Wednesday at 85.

"My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages," his daughter actress Jamie Lee Curtis said in a statement. "He leaves behind children and their families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted to him. He also leaves behind fans all over the world."

Read more about Curtis, who appeared in more than 100 films, and check out this photo gallery of some of his classic moments. Plus check out his and other famous faces' celebrity bios with our virtual tour of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Photo: Tony Curtis, left, Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon in "Some Like It Hot." Credit: United Artists / AFP/ Getty Images

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