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Actor who have played the iconic function of Norman Bates within the horror film, Psycho. He was nominated for an Oscar Prize for his function in Friendly Persuasion. He received the Golden World Prize for New Superstar of the entire year for his film debut within the Actress. Due to movie director Alfred Hitchcock, people found understand him as Norman. He wedded professional photographer Berry Berenson in 1973, as well as the couple got two sons jointly. He became known for playing Norman Bates in Psycho. Bates was afterwards portrayed by Vince Vaughn.

Quick Facts


Full Name Anthony Perkins
Date Of Birth April 4, 1932
Died September 12, 1992, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.87 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Brooks School, Columbia University, Rollins College
Nationality American
Spouse Berry Berenson
Children Oz Perkins, Elvis Perkins
Parents Osgood Perkins, Janet Esselstyn Rane
Awards Palme d'Or, Cannes Best Actor Award, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actor, Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Movies Psycho, Psycho II, Psycho III, Friendly Persuasion, Fear Strikes Out, Goodbye Again, Pretty Poison, Murder on the Orient Express, Psycho IV: The Beginning, The Black Hole, Green Mansions, Edge of Sanity, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, The Trial, The Tin Star, Tall Story, On the Beach, The Actress, Desire Under the Elms, Remember My Name, Winter Kills, Crimes of Passion, Catch-22, Mahogany, Phaedra, North Sea Hijack, The Matchmaker, The Last of Sheila, This Angry Age, Five Miles to Midnight, The Lonely Man, Play It as It Lays, Lovin' Molly, WUSA, How Awful About Allan, Daughter of Darkness, The Champagne Murders, The Fool Killer, Is Paris Burning?, Someone Behind the Door, A Demon in My View, Ten Days' Wonder, First, You Cry, I'm Dangerous Tonight, Lucky Stiff, Une ravissante idiote, Les Misérables, Two Are Guilty, The Psycho Legacy, Twice a Woman, Evening Primrose
TV Shows Chillers, Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story, Goodyear Television Playhouse, Armstrong Circle Theatre, The Man Behind the Badge, Windows, For the Term of His Natural Life
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1Although he played Edward Binns' son in Lovin' Molly (1974), he was only sixteen years his junior in real life.
2Along with Vera Miles and Virginia Gregg, he is one of only three actors to appear in both Psycho (1960) and Psycho II (1983).
3He was left-handed.
4Both he and Dallas Buyers Club founder Ron Woodroof died of AIDS on September 12, 1992.
5Was portrayed by James D'Arcy in Hitchcock (2012).
6He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Motion Pictures at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
7Was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport in 1984 for possession of eight grams of marijuana and three spots of LSD. In 1989 he was arrested again at the Angel Hotel in Cardiff for illegally importing 1.3 grams of marijuana.
8On November 7, 1988, he campaigned at a rally for Governor Michael Dukakis in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, the night before the U.S. presidential election of 1988.
9Had a Top 30 Billboard hit in 1957 with the single "Moonlight Swim".
10Became an ordained minister and performed the marriage of director Ken Russell to his second wife, Vivian Jolly, in 1983.
11Charles Winecoff's book "Anthony Perkins: Split Image" (Alyson Books, first published in 1996; 2006 10th Anniversary Revised Edition) illuminated Perkins' early life, his homosexuality, his later drug use and life with his family. Contributors to the biography included some of his co-stars and colleagues, plus an impressive number of Perkins' friends and relatives. His wife, Berry Berenson, however, did not participate. According to the book, Perkins contracted the AIDS virus around the time of Psycho III (1986) and kept the illness secret for six years until his death so he could keep working and not worry his friends and his two sons. The only person who knew he was sick was his wife Berry. Anthony officially found out that he was HIV positive when the tabloid "National Enquirer" wrote a story about it in 1990. Author Winecoff amended his book with a chapter about the death of Berry Perkins nine years after the death of her husband, as a passenger on board ill-fated American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11th, 2001.
12Auditioned for the role of the Phantom in the original Los Angeles production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera", which went to Robert Guillaume.
13Had his first heterosexual experience at the age of 39 with Victoria Principal.
14His performance as Norman Bates in Psycho (1960) is ranked #4 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
15Was a huge admirer of Orson Welles, and was even planning on writing a book about him, but aborted the project in fear of upsetting his idol. Welles later said that he would have loved the idea.
16Was nominated twice for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1958, as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "Look Homeward, Angel", and in 1960, as Best Actor (Musical) for "Greenwillow".
17Had agreed to voice the dentist on The Simpsons (1989) episode "Last Exit to Springfield" but died before work began. The role then went to Hank Azaria.
18During 1990, he got a blood sample taken due to a palsy on the side of his face. The National Enquirer illegally had Tony's blood sample tested for the AIDS virus, and found out that it was positive. Later that year, the National Enquirer wrote a story about his battle with AIDS, but the ironic thing was that he only found out that he was HIV positive from this article. He suspected that he probably was, but he never checked for it before the article was written.
19Was into psychoanalysis and was treated by Dr. Mildren Newman in New York starting in the early 1950s and continuing into the late 1970s.
20Was cremated and the superscription on his urn reads "Don't Fence Me In".
21Was an only child and his parents gave him no middle name.
22Attended Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Other alumni include The Sopranos (1999) actress Ari Graynor, jazz musician Nate Peterson and Broadway star Lizzie Rose.
23Brother-in-law of Marisa Berenson.
24On September 11, 2001, his widow and mother of his two sons, Berry Berenson was one of the 58 victims on AA-11 out of Boston that terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center.
25Attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He did not graduate but was later given an honorary degree.
26Father of Oz Perkins and Elvis Perkins.
27Son of Osgood Perkins.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In the Deep Woods1992TV MoviePaul Miller, P.I.
The Naked Target1992El Mecano
A Demon in My View1991Arthur Johnson
Psycho IV: The Beginning1990TV MovieNorman Bates
The Ghost Writer1990TV MovieAnthony Strack
I'm Dangerous Tonight1990TV MovieProf. Buchanan
Daughter of Darkness1990TV MovieAnton Prince Constantine
Destroyer1988Robert Edwards
Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story1987TV Mini-SeriesTalleyrand
Psycho III1986Norman Bates
Crimes of Passion1984Peter Shayne
The Glory Boys1984TV Mini-SeriesJimmy
Psycho II1983Norman Bates
The Sins of Dorian Gray1983TV MovieHenry Lord
For the Term of His Natural Life1983TV Mini-SeriesRev James North
Double Negative1980Lawrence Miles
ffolkes1980Kramer
The Black Hole1979Dr. Alex Durant
Twice a Woman1979Alfred
Winter Kills1979John Cerruti
Les Miserables1978TV MovieJavert
First, You Cry1978TV MovieArthur Heroz
Remember My Name1978Neil Curry
Mahogany1975Sean McAvoy
Murder on the Orient Express1974McQueen
Lovin' Molly1974Gid Frye
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean1972Reverend LaSalle
Play It As It Lays1972B.Z.
Ten Days Wonder1971Charles Van Horn - le fils déséquilibré de Théo
Someone Behind the Door1971Laurence Jeffries
How Awful About Allan1970TV MovieAllan
WUSA1970Rainey
Catch-221970Chaplain Capt. A.T. Tappman
BBC Play of the Month1968TV SeriesTommy Turner
Pretty Poison1968Dennis Pitt
The Champagne Murders1967Christopher
Evening Primrose1966TV MovieCharles Snell
Paris brûle-t-il?1966Sgt. Warren
The Fool Killer1965Milo Bogardus
Agent 38-24-361964Harry Compton / Nicolas Sergueievitch Miloukne
Le glaive et la balance1963Johnny Parsons
The Trial1962Josef K.
Le couteau dans la plaie1962Robert Macklin
Phaedra1962Alexis
Goodbye Again1961Philip Van der Besh
Psycho1960Norman Bates
Tall Story1960Ray Blent
On the Beach1959Lt. Peter Holmes
Green Mansions1959Abel
The Matchmaker1958Cornelius Hackl
Desire Under the Elms1958Eben Cabot
This Angry Age1957Joseph Dufresne
The Tin Star1957Sheriff Ben Owens
The Lonely Man1957Riley Wade
Fear Strikes Out1957Jim Piersall
Friendly Persuasion1956Josh Birdwell
Goodyear Playhouse1956TV SeriesJoey
Front Row Center1956TV SeriesDexter Green
Studio One in Hollywood1956TV SeriesClyde Smith
General Electric Theater1955TV SeriesWest Wind
Windows1955TV SeriesBenji
The Man Behind the Badge1954TV SeriesPedro
Armstrong Circle Theatre1954TV SeriesPhilippe
The Big Story1953TV SeriesRalph Darrow
The Actress1953Fred Whitmarsh

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House2016performer: "You Keep Coming Back Like a Song"
Great Performances1985TV Series performer - 1 episode
Crimes of Passion1984performer: "Get Happy"
Psycho II1983performer: "Piano Sonata Op. 27, No. 2 'Moonlight'", "Piano Sonata Op. 13 'Pathétique'" - uncredited
Evening Primrose1966TV Movie performer: "If You Can Find Me I'm Here", "Arts and Crafts", "When", "Take Me to the World", "Take Me to the World reprise"
Le glaive et la balance1963performer: "I'm Dreaming Of You"
Desire Under the Elms1958performer: "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"
This Angry Age1957performer: "One Kiss Away From Heaven" "Malatia"
Goodyear Playhouse1956TV Series performer - 1 episode

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucky Stiff1988
Psycho III1986

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last of Sheila1973written by

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House2016dedicatee - as A.P.
The Freddy Jenkins Show2016TV Mini-Series in memory of - 1 episode
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV Series in memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains2003TV Special documentaryNorman Bates (#2 Villain)
Reflections on the Silver Screen1992TV SeriesHimself
Chillers1990-1992TV SeriesHimself - Host
Aspekte1991TV Series documentaryHimself
NDR Talk Show1991TV SeriesHimself
Wetten, dass..?1991TV SeriesHimself
The Horror Hall of Fame1990TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Un dia és un dia1990TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1986-1990TV SeriesHimself
Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies1990ShortHimself
The Grand Opening of Universal Studios New Theme Park Attraction Gala1990TV MovieHimself
With Orson Welles: Stories from a Life in Film1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970-1987TV SeriesHimself
The 40th Annual Tony Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Na sowas!1986TV SeriesHimself
Cinéma cinémas1986TV Series documentaryHimself
Hour Magazine1980-1986TV SeriesHimself
Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz1985TV MovieHimself
Great Performances1985TV SeriesHimself
One on One1983TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Bitte umblättern1983TV Series documentaryHimself
Arena1982TV Series documentaryHimself
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
The 34th Annual Tony Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Dinah!1975-1980TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1980TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock1979TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Horror Show1979TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis1977TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Mike Douglas Show1975-1976TV SeriesHimself - Actor
The Annual Theatre World Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Saturday Night Live1976TV SeriesHimself - Host / Norman Bates / Various
V.I.P.-Schaukel1972TV Series documentaryHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Woody Woodbury Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1968TV SeriesHimself
Today1967TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1957-1964TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Panelist
Password All-Stars1962-1964TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
I've Got a Secret1960-1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Guest
Cinépanorama1962TV Series documentaryHimself
Reflets de Cannes1961TV Series documentaryHimself
Treffpunkt New York1961TV Series documentaryHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1958-1960TV SeriesHimself
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood1960TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Mike Wallace Interview1958TV SeriesHimself
Person to Person1957TV Series documentaryHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Ed Sullivan Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Kraft Theatre1954-1956TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Talking Pictures2015TV Series documentaryNorman Bates
Welcome to the Basement2015TV SeriesNorman Bates / Chaplain Capt. A.T. Tappman
Tab Hunter Confidential2015DocumentaryHimself
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles2014DocumentaryHimself
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesNorman Bates
Making the Boys2011DocumentaryHimself
Sing Your Song2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss2010TV Mini-Series documentaryNorman Bates
The Psycho Legacy2010Video documentaryHimself
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialNorman Bates (uncredited)
Memòries de la tele2009TV SeriesHimself
Agatha Christie: A Woman of Mystery2007Video documentaryMcQueen (in 'Murder on the Orient Express')
Welles Angels2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2007TV Series documentaryNorman Bates
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia2007TV Short documentaryHimself
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film2006DocumentaryHimself
Premio Donostia a Matt Dillon2006TV SpecialHimself
Premio Donostia a Max Von Sydow2006TV SpecialHimself
Fragiles et sublimes... Stars en clair obscur2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe2005TV Special
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Cineastas contra magnates2005DocumentaryJosef K. (in 'Le Procès')
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live2005TV Special documentaryHimself
The Cockettes2002DocumentaryHimself
Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation2001Video documentaryNorman Bates (Psycho)
The American Nightmare2000DocumentaryHimself
Biography1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Subject
Svengoolie1998TV Series
And the Band Played On1993TV MovieHimself (epilogue sequence) (uncredited)
Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryJosh Birdwell
The Dick Cavett Show1972TV SeriesNorman Bates
Romy - Portrait eines Gesichts1967TV Movie documentaryJosef K.
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryActor 'Five Miles to Midnight' (uncredited)
Beach Casanova1962Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationActing
1991Donostia Lifetime Achievement AwardSan Sebastián International Film Festival
1974EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Motion PictureThe Last of Sheila (1973)· Stephen Sondheim
1962DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)Goodbye Again (1961)
1961Best ActorCannes Film FestivalGoodbye Again (1961)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6821 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
1957Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - MaleFriendly Persuasion (1956)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorPsycho III (1986)
1957OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleFriendly Persuasion (1956)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1971NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorCatch-22 (1970)
1962BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalGoodbye Again (1961)
1961BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalPsycho (1960)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1963Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actor (Schauspieler)
1962Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actor (Schauspieler)

TitleSalary
Edge of Sanity (1989)$666,000 .
Psycho (1960)$40,000

#Quote
1[on typecasting] It was frustrating. I had plenty of offers, but not for the lighter roles, the comedy roles I had always felt would be the main strength of my career. Even today, I don't get as many of those offers as I'd like.
2I had wild fantasies, but my erotic experience was mostly solitary. Along the way I'd had homosexual encounters, but that kind of sex always felt unreal to me and unsatisfying. And I had never had sex with a woman-the very thought of it terrified me.
3Haven't bought a stitch of clothing in the last 15 years. I just keep what they give me to wear in my pictures.
4[on his wife] I look at women closely - they fascinate me. But we've been together 11 years now and I've never seen another woman I could love as much as I love Berry.
5Women's liberation has liberated me too.
6[on his mother] Just a strong-willed, dominant, New England kind of woman. She controlled everything about my life, including my thoughts and feelings. "Finish your homework. Put your toys away. Take a bath now. Where are you going? What are you reading? Why are you doing that?" She felt she was taking responsibility, but she was really taking control.
7[on his acting] I was always very keen. I would do anything they asked of me.
8I'd grown up almost exclusively in female company. Males seemed rough and frightening.
9Hitchcock thought of Psycho (1960) as a comedy. When it first came out, it was greeted with screams of laughter. People laughed all the way through, so much so that he declared it was the first time he had ever been outthought by an audience. He knew it was going to be funny, but he didn't realize it was going to be that funny.
10[on dating Victoria Principal] It was a case of spontaneous combustion. I tried everything I could think of, because I thought I might never get another chance.
11[on Norman Bates] I do have affection for Norman as a person. He does the best he can out of the diminished circumstances with which his personality stranded him, and Norman's childhood was difficult and traumatic. Norman is, at heart, a benevolent soul, with a dark side, but Norman's conscious mind is always on the positive things in life.
12[on playing Norman Bates] It is the Hamlet of horror roles, and you can never quite get enough of playing Norman Bates. It's always interesting.
13[on playing Norman Bates and the Psycho movies] I think it's my favorite role as well. So many thousands of people have come up to me on the street and in hotel lobbies and in department stores and have shared their experiences of seeing the films with me. It's always been with the greatest amount of pleasure that they've done so. They've told me stories about the dates they had with their future wives, and they've told me stories about sneaking out of the bathroom window and seeing it against their parents orders - and many stories like that, which have imprinted it into their minds. Always with a feeling of having been entertained and having been taken in by the story and having a good time. Of course, I enjoy that.
14The violence in the Psycho movies is born out of plot, passion and character... Don't just dispatch people by six to the reel and say it's entertainment.
15I have a lot of affection for Norman Bates and a lot of sympathy. So does the audience, I think. He's not just a monster. He's tortured. The real secret of the Psycho movies is that they're tragedies first and horror movies second.
16[on playing Norman Bates in Psycho (1960)] Not many people know this, but I was in New York rehearsing for a play when the shower scene was filmed in Hollywood. It is rather strange to go through life being identified with this sequence knowing that it was my double. Actually, the first time I saw Psycho and that shower scene was at the studio. I found it really scary. I was just as frightened as anybody else. Working on the picture, though, was one of the happiest filming experiences of my life. We had fun making it - never realizing the impact it would have.
17[part of his last letter, given to his sons after his death] Boys, don't try to find a woman as wonderful as your mother to marry because if you do, you'll stay single your whole lives.
18[statement made shortly before his death, on why he was private about his battle with AIDS] I chose not to go public about this because, to misquote Casablanca, I'm not much at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of one old actor don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.
19I 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.

#Trademark
1His eternally boyish good looks.
2Nervous, sweet but often unbalanced characters.

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