Reaction to the death of Tony Curtis

The Associated Press, Thursday, September 30, 2010, 10:37am (PDT)

Reaction to the death of Tony Curtis at home in Henderson, Nev., at age 85:

"All Tony ever wanted to be was a movie star. He didn't want to be the most dramatic actor. He wanted to be a movie star, ever since he was a little kid." — Jill Curtis, wife


"My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages. 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." — Jamie Lee Curtis, daughter


"He's one of those actors who in the '50s was a beautiful, charismatic leading man, who became sort of iconic as a sex symbol. Not somebody who you originally thought had a lot of depth. He was just charming and funny and yet he revealed himself to be quite complex and gave some great performances." — Tony Goldwyn, actor, director, son of film producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr.


"The guy was such a sweetheart. Beautifully neurotic, in a very endearing kind of Woody Allen way." — Sam Rockwell, actor with Curtis in the 1998 movie "Louis and Frank"


"Tony Curtis and Eddie Fisher in the same week. It's very sad. He was funny, so very funny, very talented and a great spirit." — Marlo Thomas


"One thing Tony always said: 'God is great, God won't hurt us, 'cause he looks like Tony Curtis.' I guess now he knows how he looks." — Jill Curtis


Associated Press Writer Oskar Garcia in Las Vegas, AP entertainment editor Michael Weinfeld in Washington, D.C., and AP video producer Nicole Evatt in New York contributed to this report.

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