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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Had a Top 30 Billboard hit in 1957 with the single "Moonlight Swim".
Became an ordained minister and performed the marriage of director Ken Russell to his second wife, Vivian Jolly, in 1983.
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.
His performance as Norman Bates in Psycho (1960) is ranked #4 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
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.
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".
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.
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.
Was into psychoanalysis and was treated by Dr. Mildren Newman in New York starting in the early 1950s and continuing into the late 1970s.
Was cremated and the superscription on his urn reads "Don't Fence Me In".
Was an only child and his parents gave him no middle name.
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.
[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.
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.
Haven't bought a stitch of clothing in the last 15 years. I just keep what they give me to wear in my pictures.
[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.
Women's liberation has liberated me too.
[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.
[on his acting] I was always very keen. I would do anything they asked of me.
I'd grown up almost exclusively in female company. Males seemed rough and frightening.
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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
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.
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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
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.