What better way to remember Tony Curtis (who died last night at the age of 85) than by looking back on some of his best moments on screen? His career spanned six decades and yielded some classic American films — none the least of which is the great Billy Wilder comedy Some Like It Hot. Curtis played a musician who runs from the mob by disguising himself as woman in a traveling all-female band. In the clip below, Curtis and costar Jack Lemmon wobble on high heels and drool over Marilyn Monroe.
Before Some Like It Hot, Curtis earned his first and only Oscar nomination for his role in 1958’s The Defiant Ones, opposite Sidney Poitier.
Here’s a brief glimpse of Curtis, enslaved next to Kirk Douglas in 1960’s Spartacus.
And here he is looking noir suave as Sidney Falco in 1957’s The Sweet Smell of Success.
That’s just a sample of Curtis’ best work. What’s your favorite movie of his? (Be sure to check out Life.com’s photo gallery of Curtis’ life and career.)
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