Reaction to the death of Tony Curtis (AP)

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

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"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.

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"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, actress.

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"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 and son of film producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.

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"Tony Curtis was a Hollywood icon, a great performer and artist and devoted family man. I saw his extraordinary talent and ability to inspire generations of Americans firsthand on the set of 'Christmas in Connecticut,' and will always remember our times together." — Arnold Schwarzenegger, California governor and actor.

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"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."

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"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, actress, advocate and star of 1960s sitcom. "That Girl."

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

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"I'm fan of Billy Wilder films and you know, 'Some Like It Hot.' I mean, it's an iconic, comedic film. Besides the writing being brilliant, the acting was fantastic. Tony Curtis, I mean, he was phenomenal. He was a legend." — Jimmy Fallon, comic and television host.

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"He'd gotten to a transitional place at 55, 60 years old where all of a sudden they're looking for the next Tony Curtis. But the guy was filled with joy. One day we were sitting in a car together, a picture car, and he had these wonderful clothes on from the '30s, as did I, and he turned to me with a huge grin on his face and said, 'Isn't this fun? We're lucky people.'" — Brian Dennehy, actor, co-star with Curtis in the 1980 remake of "Little Miss Marker."

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"I am just a huge fan of his. What he gave to the world will live forever, which is a marvelous gift of this industry." — actress Diane Lane.

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