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Coroner: Actor Tony Curtis dies at Las Vegas home

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Clark County coroner says actor Tony Curtis has died.

Coroner Mike Murphy says Curtis, 85, died Wednesday night at his Las Vegas area home of a cardiac arrest.

Curtis, who had heart bypass surgery in 1994, began his acting career as a 1950s heartthrob 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."

He is the father of Jamie Lee Curtis.

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