Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tony Curtis 1925 - 2010

He played everything from an androgynous poet in Spartacus to the Boston Strangler, but I'll always remember him in this movie.




Did any other straight guy ever look so good in a dress?

Thanks for everything.

8 comments:

Ciss B said...

He was a fabulous actor.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory!

Lapinbizarre said...

The rampantly heterosexual image notwithstanding, Curtis never came over to me as being altogether straight. Maybe I'm wrong. Guess we'll see.

Counterlight said...

He never struck me as entirely straight either, but I wonder if it's because there was really something there, or just wishful thinking on my part.

Lapinbizarre said...

Don't know to what extent one's antennae were thrown off by Some Like it Hot either. Don't think that that's the case.

JCF said...

I agree w/ your 'dars (FWIW. Not much.)

(Feeling too lazy to Google) What was Curtis's birthname? (Just know it was Jewish---don't know if he practiced)

Shalom, Tony.

Counterlight said...

He was born Bernard Schwartzman in the Bronx. He was the son of very poor Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and he apparently had a very tough childhood.

JCF said...

Here's the quote being attribute to Tony (over at JMG---I assume it's from a memoir):

I was 22 when I arrived in Hollywood in 1948. I had more action than Mount Vesuvius - men, women, animals! I loved it too. I participated where I wanted to and didn't where I didn't. I've always been open about it.

...yet at the same time, when Brokeback Mountain came out, he apparently found "seeing two men on screen" distasteful, and chose not see it.

Complicated---like human beings so often are!