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Anthony Perkins

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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
1 Although he played Edward Binns' son in Lovin' Molly (1974), he was only sixteen years his junior in real life.
2 Along with Vera Miles and Virginia Gregg, he is one of only three actors to appear in both Psycho (1960) and Psycho II (1983).
3 He was left-handed.
4 Both he and Dallas Buyers Club founder Ron Woodroof died of AIDS on September 12, 1992.
5 Was portrayed by James D'Arcy in Hitchcock (2012).
6 He 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.
7 Was 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.
8 On 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.
9 Had a Top 30 Billboard hit in 1957 with the single "Moonlight Swim".
10 Became an ordained minister and performed the marriage of director Ken Russell to his second wife, Vivian Jolly, in 1983.
11 Charles 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.
12 Auditioned 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.
13 Had his first heterosexual experience at the age of 39 with Victoria Principal.
14 His performance as Norman Bates in Psycho (1960) is ranked #4 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
15 Was 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.
16 Was 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".
17 Had 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.
18 During 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.
19 Was into psychoanalysis and was treated by Dr. Mildren Newman in New York starting in the early 1950s and continuing into the late 1970s.
20 Was cremated and the superscription on his urn reads "Don't Fence Me In".
21 Was an only child and his parents gave him no middle name.
22 Attended 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.
23 Brother-in-law of Marisa Berenson.
24 On 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.
25 Attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He did not graduate but was later given an honorary degree.
26 Father of Oz Perkins and Elvis Perkins.
27 Son of Osgood Perkins.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In the Deep Woods 1992 TV Movie Paul Miller, P.I.
The Naked Target 1992 El Mecano
A Demon in My View 1991 Arthur Johnson
Psycho IV: The Beginning 1990 TV Movie Norman Bates
The Ghost Writer 1990 TV Movie Anthony Strack
I'm Dangerous Tonight 1990 TV Movie Prof. Buchanan
Daughter of Darkness 1990 TV Movie Anton Prince Constantine
Destroyer 1988 Robert Edwards
Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story 1987 TV Mini-Series Talleyrand
Psycho III 1986 Norman Bates
Crimes of Passion 1984 Peter Shayne
The Glory Boys 1984 TV Mini-Series Jimmy
Psycho II 1983 Norman Bates
The Sins of Dorian Gray 1983 TV Movie Henry Lord
For the Term of His Natural Life 1983 TV Mini-Series Rev James North
Double Negative 1980 Lawrence Miles
ffolkes 1980 Kramer
The Black Hole 1979 Dr. Alex Durant
Twice a Woman 1979 Alfred
Winter Kills 1979 John Cerruti
Les Miserables 1978 TV Movie Javert
First, You Cry 1978 TV Movie Arthur Heroz
Remember My Name 1978 Neil Curry
Mahogany 1975 Sean McAvoy
Murder on the Orient Express 1974 McQueen
Lovin' Molly 1974 Gid Frye
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 Reverend LaSalle
Play It As It Lays 1972 B.Z.
Ten Days Wonder 1971 Charles Van Horn - le fils déséquilibré de Théo
Someone Behind the Door 1971 Laurence Jeffries
How Awful About Allan 1970 TV Movie Allan
WUSA 1970 Rainey
Catch-22 1970 Chaplain Capt. A.T. Tappman
BBC Play of the Month 1968 TV Series Tommy Turner
Pretty Poison 1968 Dennis Pitt
The Champagne Murders 1967 Christopher
Evening Primrose 1966 TV Movie Charles Snell
Paris brûle-t-il? 1966 Sgt. Warren
The Fool Killer 1965 Milo Bogardus
Agent 38-24-36 1964 Harry Compton / Nicolas Sergueievitch Miloukne
Le glaive et la balance 1963 Johnny Parsons
The Trial 1962 Josef K.
Le couteau dans la plaie 1962 Robert Macklin
Phaedra 1962 Alexis
Goodbye Again 1961 Philip Van der Besh
Psycho 1960 Norman Bates
Tall Story 1960 Ray Blent
On the Beach 1959 Lt. Peter Holmes
Green Mansions 1959 Abel
The Matchmaker 1958 Cornelius Hackl
Desire Under the Elms 1958 Eben Cabot
This Angry Age 1957 Joseph Dufresne
The Tin Star 1957 Sheriff Ben Owens
The Lonely Man 1957 Riley Wade
Fear Strikes Out 1957 Jim Piersall
Friendly Persuasion 1956 Josh Birdwell
Goodyear Playhouse 1956 TV Series Joey
Front Row Center 1956 TV Series Dexter Green
Studio One in Hollywood 1956 TV Series Clyde Smith
General Electric Theater 1955 TV Series West Wind
Windows 1955 TV Series Benji
The Man Behind the Badge 1954 TV Series Pedro
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1954 TV Series Philippe
The Big Story 1953 TV Series Ralph Darrow
The Actress 1953 Fred Whitmarsh

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House 2016 performer: "You Keep Coming Back Like a Song"
Great Performances 1985 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Crimes of Passion 1984 performer: "Get Happy"
Psycho II 1983 performer: "Piano Sonata Op. 27, No. 2 'Moonlight'", "Piano Sonata Op. 13 'Pathétique'" - uncredited
Evening Primrose 1966 TV 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 balance 1963 performer: "I'm Dreaming Of You"
Desire Under the Elms 1958 performer: "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"
This Angry Age 1957 performer: "One Kiss Away From Heaven" "Malatia"
Goodyear Playhouse 1956 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucky Stiff 1988
Psycho III 1986

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last of Sheila 1973 written by

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House 2016 dedicatee - as A.P.
The Freddy Jenkins Show 2016 TV Mini-Series in memory of - 1 episode
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains 2003 TV Special documentary Norman Bates (#2 Villain)
Reflections on the Silver Screen 1992 TV Series Himself
Chillers 1990-1992 TV Series Himself - Host
Aspekte 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
NDR Talk Show 1991 TV Series Himself
Wetten, dass..? 1991 TV Series Himself
The Horror Hall of Fame 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Un dia és un dia 1990 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1986-1990 TV Series Himself
Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies 1990 Short Himself
The Grand Opening of Universal Studios New Theme Park Attraction Gala 1990 TV Movie Himself
With Orson Welles: Stories from a Life in Film 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1970-1987 TV Series Himself
The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Performer
Na sowas! 1986 TV Series Himself
Cinéma cinémas 1986 TV Series documentary Himself
Hour Magazine 1980-1986 TV Series Himself
Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz 1985 TV Movie Himself
Great Performances 1985 TV Series Himself
One on One 1983 TV Series Himself - Guest
Bitte umblättern 1983 TV Series documentary Himself
Arena 1982 TV Series documentary Himself
Night of 100 Stars 1982 TV Special Himself
The 34th Annual Tony Awards 1980 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Dinah! 1975-1980 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1980 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Horror Show 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis 1977 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Mike Douglas Show 1975-1976 TV Series Himself - Actor
The Annual Theatre World Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Saturday Night Live 1976 TV Series Himself - Host / Norman Bates / Various
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1972 TV Series documentary Himself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Woody Woodbury Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1962-1968 TV Series Himself
Today 1967 TV Series Himself
What's My Line? 1957-1964 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Panelist
Password All-Stars 1962-1964 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
I've Got a Secret 1960-1963 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Guest
Cinépanorama 1962 TV Series documentary Himself
Reflets de Cannes 1961 TV Series documentary Himself
Treffpunkt New York 1961 TV Series documentary Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1958-1960 TV Series Himself
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood 1960 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Mike Wallace Interview 1958 TV Series Himself
Person to Person 1957 TV Series documentary Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Ed Sullivan Show 1957 TV Series Himself
Kraft Theatre 1954-1956 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Talking Pictures 2015 TV Series documentary Norman Bates
Welcome to the Basement 2015 TV Series Norman Bates / Chaplain Capt. A.T. Tappman
Tab Hunter Confidential 2015 Documentary Himself
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles 2014 Documentary Himself
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series Norman Bates
Making the Boys 2011 Documentary Himself
Sing Your Song 2011 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Norman Bates
The Psycho Legacy 2010 Video documentary Himself
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2010 TV Special Norman Bates (uncredited)
Memòries de la tele 2009 TV Series Himself
Agatha Christie: A Woman of Mystery 2007 Video documentary McQueen (in 'Murder on the Orient Express')
Welles Angels 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2007 TV Series documentary Norman Bates
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia 2007 TV Short documentary Himself
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film 2006 Documentary Himself
Premio Donostia a Matt Dillon 2006 TV Special Himself
Premio Donostia a Max Von Sydow 2006 TV Special Himself
Fragiles et sublimes... Stars en clair obscur 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe 2005 TV Special
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
Cineastas contra magnates 2005 Documentary Josef K. (in 'Le Procès')
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
The Cockettes 2002 Documentary Himself
Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation 2001 Video documentary Norman Bates (Psycho)
The American Nightmare 2000 Documentary Himself
Biography 1999 TV Series documentary Himself - Subject
Svengoolie 1998 TV Series
And the Band Played On 1993 TV Movie Himself (epilogue sequence) (uncredited)
Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself
America at the Movies 1976 Documentary Josh Birdwell
The Dick Cavett Show 1972 TV Series Norman Bates
Romy - Portrait eines Gesichts 1967 TV Movie documentary Josef K.
Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963 TV Movie documentary Actor 'Five Miles to Midnight' (uncredited)
Beach Casanova 1962 Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 OFTA Film Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Acting
1991 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award San Sebastián International Film Festival
1974 Edgar Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Motion Picture The Last of Sheila (1973) · Stephen Sondheim
1962 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero) Goodbye Again (1961)
1961 Best Actor Cannes Film Festival Goodbye Again (1961)
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6821 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
1957 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Most Promising Newcomer - Male Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor Psycho III (1986)
1957 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Friendly Persuasion (1956)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1971 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actor Catch-22 (1970)
1962 Bambi Bambi Awards Best Actor - International Goodbye Again (1961)
1961 Bambi Bambi Awards Best Actor - International Psycho (1960)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1963 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actor (Schauspieler)
1962 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best 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.
2 I 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.
3 Haven'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.
5 Women'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.
8 I'd grown up almost exclusively in female company. Males seemed rough and frightening.
9 Hitchcock 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.
14 The 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.
15 I 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.
19 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.

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

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