- NAME: Anthony Perkins
- OCCUPATION: Actor
- BIRTH DATE: April 04, 1932
- DEATH DATE: September 12, 1992
- EDUCATION: The Brooks School, The Browne & Nichols School, Columbia University, Rollins College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York City, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Hollywood, California
- Full Name: Anthony Perkins
- AKA: Tony Perkins
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Anthony Perkins is an Oscar-nominated stage and film actor who is best known for his role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
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Born in New York City on April 4, 1932, Anthony Perkins started acting as a teen and later received an Oscar nomination for his role in 1956's Friendly Persuasion. He starred in several other films before landing his most well-known part as innkeeper Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Perkins went on to star in many other movies from the 1960s to the 1980s, both in Europe and the U.S. Perkins died on September 12, 1992, in Hollywood,
"I never look backwards, you know. I made my first movie over 30 years ago. Without Psycho, who's to say if I would have endured?"
"I have learned more about love, selflessness and human understanding from the people I have met in this great adventure in the world of AIDS than I ever did in the cutthroat, competitive world in which I spent my life."
Anthony Perkins was born in New York City, New York on April 4, 1932, to Janet Rane and Osgood Perkins, an actor. The younger Perkins would eventually speak of having a tortured, emotionally strained relationship with his parents and feeling deep anguish over the death of his father when he was 5 years old.
At age 15, Perkins joined Actors Equity and began performing in stage productions, eventually attending Rollins College and Columbia University. He made his feature film debut in The Actress (1953), co-starring with Jean Simmons and Spencer Tracy, and went on to do television and stage work, earning praise for his Broadway debut in 1954's Tea and Sympathy. Perkins began to establish himself as a singer, as well.
The lanky thespian returned to the big screen in the 1956 drama Friendly Persuasion portraying a young Quaker caught between his spiritual, pacifist upbringing and military obligation during the Civil War. Perkins earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for the role, continuing to build performances noted for their sensitivity and genuineness.
In addition to starring in the westerns The Tin Star and The Lonely Man in 1957, Perkins garnered acclaim as a leading man in the film Fear Strikes Out. Here Perkins played Jimmy Piersall, a famed baseball player who suffers a devastating emotional breakdown.
At the close of the decade, Perkins took on more romantic fare in films like The Matchmaker (1958; with Shirley MacLaine) and Green Mansions (1959; with Audrey Hepburn), and earned a Tony Award nomination. Then, in 1960, he starred in what would become one of the most talked about horror films in cinematic history—Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Co-starring with Janet Leigh and Vera Miles in the film, Perkins played Norman Bates, a seemingly helpful innkeeper with a sinister, sociopathic secret.
Typecasting from the Bates role would follow Perkins for years in American film circles, and he would relocate to Europe after receiving recognition at Cannes for his part in the Ingrid Bergman film Goodbye Again (1961). Perkins starred in several Europe-based films throughout the 1960s, including Orson Welles's The Trial (1963), but would eventually return to American films.
His 1970s work included the mystery ensemble Murder on the Orient Express (1974), the drama Mahogany (1975; with Diana Ross) and the Disney sci-fi adventure The Black Hole (1979). He also co-wrote the 1973 film The Last of Sheila with Stephen Sondheim.
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