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Anthony Quinn

Biography

Exuberant actor who earned Academy Awards for Ideal Supporting Professional for his jobs in the movies Viva Zapata! (1952) and Lust forever (1956). He also received a Country wide Panel of Review Prize for Best Professional for his starring function as Alexis Zorba within the 1964 film Zorba the Greek. In his youngsters, he proved helpful as a specialist boxer and researched art and structures with Frank Lloyd Wright. He starred within the 1954 Federico Fellini film La Strada. His initial wife was professional Cecil B. DeMille’s followed daughter. He performed a supporting function within the 1956 film Lust forever, where Kirk Douglas portrays Dutch painter Vincent truck Gogh.

Quick Facts


Full Name Anthony Quinn
Date Of Birth April 21, 1915
Died June 3, 2001, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Place Of Birth Chihuahua, Mexico
Height 1.85 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Hammel Street Elementary School, Polytechnic High School, Belmont High School
Nationality American, Mexican
Spouse Kathy Benvin, Jolanda Addolori, Katherine DeMille
Children Francesco Quinn, Lorenzo Quinn, Danny Quinn, Alex A. Quinn, Valentina Quinn, Duncan Quinn, Christina Quinn, Ryan Quinn, Antonia Quinn, Christopher Quinn, Sean Quinn, Catalina Quinn
Parents Francisco Quinn, Manuela Oaxaca
Siblings Stella Quinn
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, National Board of Review Award for Best Actor, David di Donatello Golden Plate Award
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Movies Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia, The Guns of Navarone, La Strada, Viva Zapata!, Lust for Life, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Barabbas, Requiem for a Heavyweight, A Walk in the Clouds, The Secret of Santa Vittoria, Wild Is the Wind, The Message, The Savage Innocents, Jungle Fever, The Greek Tycoon, Lion of the Desert, Road to Morocco, Last Action Hero, Last Train from Gun Hill, Blood and Sand, They Died with Their Boots On, The Ox-Bow Incident, Back to Bataan, Lost Command, Warlock, Only the Lonely, Man from Del Rio, The Plainsman, Gotti, Heller in Pink Tights, Across 110th Street, The 25th Hour, The Black Orchid, Mobsters, Guns for San Sebastian, The Ride Back, Avenging Angelo, The Black Swan, Union Pacific, Against All Flags, City for Conquest, Behold a Pale Horse, Buffalo Bill, The Magnificent Matador, A High Wind in Jamaica, Road to Singapore, Sinbad the Sailor, Blowing Wild, The Naked Street, Guadalcanal Diary
TV Shows Jesus of Nazareth, The Man and the City, La noche de los castillos, Treasure Island in Outer Space
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#Fact
1His first job in Hollywood was tending animals at the Selig Studio.
2His father was killed in a motor accident when he was age 9.
3He met his third wife, Jolanda Addolori, a wardrobe assistant, while he was in Rome filming Barabbas (1961).
4He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6251 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
5Had appeared with Irene Papas in seven films starting as far back as 1954. The films are Attila (1954),The Guns of Navarone (1961), Zorba the Greek (1964), A Dream of Kings (1969), the Mexican produced, Spanish languaged and filmed in Rome short film El asesinato de Julio César (1972), The Message (1976) and Lion of the Desert (1981).
6Was good friends with actress Maureen O'Hara, they starred together six times. The films are The Black Swan (1942), Buffalo Bill (1944), Sinbad, the Sailor (1947), Against All Flags (1952), The Magnificent Matador (1955) and Only the Lonely (1991).
7Was very fond of Keanu Reeves. They became friends during the filming of A Walk in the Clouds (1995).
8He was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, in 1915, during the Mexican revolution, in which his father was a soldier in the army of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. After the revolution, the family moved to Los Angeles, California, where Quinn's father eventually secured a job as a cameraman at Selig Film Studios. Quinn often accompanied his father to work, and became acquainted with such stars as Tom Mix and John Barrymore, with whom he kept up the friendship into adulthood.
9Underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery in February 1990.
10Donated blood to John Barrymore whenever the older actor needed a transfusion.
11He was one of the few actors to move easily and successfully between starring and supporting roles throughout his career. In both categories, the Irish-Mexican Quinn played a vast array of characters and ethnicities, including American, Arab, Basque, Chinese, English, French, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hun, Irish, Italian, Mexican, Mongol, Native American, Filipino, Portuguese, Spaniard and Ukranian.
12Ex-father-in-law of Lauren Holly and Melissa Quinn.
13He did not get along well with his first father-in-law, legendary producer-director Cecil B. DeMille, though they later developed a civil relationship.
14While many biographies have the young Quinn, who was the son of an Irish father and Mexican mother, growing up on the streets of East Los Angeles, the truth was that he grew up in Echo Park, attending Polytechnic (which at the time was located in downtown Los Angeles before it moved to North Hollywood) and Belmont High Schools. In later years, he would recount how, while growing up in Echo Park, young Chicano toughs would come over to his house to enlist his help in brawling with the Irish gangs, and that later in the same day, young Irish bruisers would visit him to enlist his services in fighting the Mexicans. He would always beg off choosing sides by having his mother chase the young delinquents out of her house, after which he would resume one of his favorite pastimes, drafting and drawing.
15Had played in the band of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson as a youth and as a deputy preacher.
16According to Joseph McBride's Searching for John Ford (St. Martin's Press, 2001 - ISBN 0312242328), director John Ford was urged to cast Richard Boone and Quinn as the Little Wolf and Dull Knife characters in Cheyenne Autumn (1964), as both allegedly had Native American blood. Ricardo Montalban and Gilbert Roland, who were of Mexican ancestry, were cast instead.
17Took acting class from Michael Chekhov in Hollywood.
18Around 1972, he announced his desire to play Henry Cristophe, the 19th-century emperor of Haiti. Upon this announcement, several prominent black actors, including Ossie Davis and Ellen Holly, stated that they were opposed to a "white man" playing "black". Davis stated, "My black children need black heroes on which to model their behavior. Henry Cristophe is an authentic black hero. Tony, for all my admiration of him as a talent, will do himself and my children a great disservice if he encourages them to believe that only a white man, and Tony is white to my children, is capable of playing a black hero.".
19Was nominated for Broadway's 1961 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for Becket.
20For extra cash, he entered dance contest, from which he sold the statues.
21Was scheduled to appear in the David Lean-directed "Nostromo" in 1991, but Lean died and the production came to a halt.
22His sidelines were painting and sculpting.
23Son of an Irish-Mexican father and Mexican mother, he grew up in the barrio of East Los Angeles shining shoes and selling newspapers.
24Brother-in-law of screenwriter Martin Goldsmith.
25Won his second Oscar for a movie in which he only appeared on screen for a total of 23 minutes and 40 seconds.
26Before he launched his acting career, Quinn worked odd jobs as a butcher, a boxer, street corner preacher and a slaughterhouse worker. He also won a scholarship to study architecture with Frank Lloyd Wright, with whom he developed a close relationship.
27Lived in Bristol, Rhode Island, and befriended Providence's controversial mayor Buddy Cianci.
28He had to shave his hair for The Magus (1968). He had an insurance policy against the risk that it might not grow back.
29Became a naturalized United States citizen in 1947, just before he was "gray-listed" for his association with Communists such as screenwriter John Howard Lawson and what were termed "fellow travelers", though he himself was never called before the House Un-American Activities Committee. When warned of his gray-listing by 20th Century-Fox boss Darryl F. Zanuck (a liberal), Quinn decided to go on the Broadway stage where there was no blacklist rather than go through the process of refuting the suspicions.
30Had five children, Christopher Quinn (born October 27, 1938 - died March 15, 1941), Christina Quinn (born December 1, 1941), Catalina Quinn (born November 21, 1942), Duncan Quinn (born August 4, 1945) and Valentina Quinn (born December 26, 1952), with Katherine DeMille. Had three children, Francesco Quinn (born March 22, 1963 - died August 5, 2011), Danny Quinn (born April 16, 1964) and Lorenzo Quinn (born May 7, 1966), with Jolanda Addolori. Had two children, Sean Quinn (born February 7, 1973) and Alex A. Quinn (born December 30, 1976), with Friedel Dunbar and had two children, Antonia Quinn (born July 23, 1993) and Ryan Quinn (born July 5, 1996), with Kathy Benvin.
31Had appeared in more movies with other Oscar-winning actors than any other Oscar-winning actor - a total of 46 Oscar-winning co-stars (28 male, 18 female).
32Release of the book, "Anthony Quinn" by Melissa Amdur.
33Release of his book, "Lovers and Other Strangers: Paintings by Jack Vettriano".
34Release of his book, "One Man Tango," by Anthony Quinn with Daniel Paisiner.
35Quinn's first job in Hollywood was tending animals at the Selig Studio.
36Quinn's father was killed in a motor accident when he was age 9.
37He met his third wife, Jolanda Addolori, a wardrobe assistant, while he was in Rome filming 'Barabbas.".
38Anthony Quinn appeared with Irene Papas in 7 films starting as far back as 1954. The films are Attila (1954),The Guns of Navarone (1961)), Zorba the Greek (1964), A Dream of Kings (1969), the Mexican produced, Spanish languaged and filmed in Rome short film El asesinato de Julio César (1972), The Message (1977), and Lion of the Desert (1981).
39Was good friends with actress Maureen O'Hara, they starred together 6 times, first being The Black Swan (1942) and the last time being Only the Lonely (1991).
40Was very fond of Keanu Reeves. They became friends during the filming of A Walk in the Clouds (1995).
41He was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, in 1915, during the Mexican revolution, in which his father was a soldier in the army of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. After the revolution the family moved to Los Angeles, CA, where Quinn's father eventually secured a job as a cameraman at Selig Film Studios. Quinn often accompanied his father to work, and became acquainted with such stars as Tom Mix and, John Barrymore, with whom he kept up the friendship into adulthood.
42Underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery in February 1990.
43Donated blood to John Barrymore whenever the older actor needed a transfusion.
44He was one of the few actors to move easily and successfully between starring and supporting roles throughout his career. In both categories, the Irish-Mexican Quinn played a vast array of characters and ethnicities, including American, Arab, Basque, Chinese, English, French, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hun, Irish, Italian, Mexican, Mongol, Native American, Filipino, Portuguese, Spaniard and Ukranian.
45Ex-father-in-law of Lauren Holly and Melissa Quinn.
46He did not get along well with his first father-in-law, legendary producer-director Cecil B. DeMille, though they later developed a civil relationship.
47While many biographies have the young Quinn, who was the son of an Irish father and Mexican mother, growing up on the streets of East L.A., the truth was that he grew up in Echo Park, attending Polytechnic (which at the time was located in downtown L.A. before it moved to North Hollywood) and Belmont high schools. In later years he would recount how, while growing up in Echo Park, young Chicano toughs would come over to his house to enlist his help in brawling with the Irish gangs, and that later in the same day, young Irish bruisers would visit him to enlist his services in fighting the Mexicans. He would always beg off choosing sides by having his mother chase the young delinquents out of her house, after which he would resume one of his favorite pastimes, drafting and drawing.
48Played in the band of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson as a youth and as a deputy preacher.
49According to Joseph McBride's Searching for John Ford (St. Martin's Press, 2001 - ISBN 0312242328), director John Ford was urged to cast Richard Boone and Quinn as the Little Wolf and Dull Knife characters in Cheyenne Autumn (1964), as both allegedly had Native American blood. Ricardo Montalban and Gilbert Roland, who were of Mexican descent, were cast instead.
50Took acting class from Michael Chekhov in Hollywood.
51Around 1972 he announced his desire to play Henry Cristophe, the 19th-century emperor of Haiti. Upon this announcement, several prominent black actors, including Ossie Davis and Ellen Holly, stated that they were opposed to a "white man" playing "black." Davis stated, "My black children need black heroes on which to model their behavior. Henry Cristophe is an authentic black hero. Tony, for all my admiration of him as a talent, will do himself and my children a great disservice if he encourages them to believe that only a white man, and Tony is white to my children, is capable of playing a black hero".
52Was nominated for Broadway's 1961 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for Becket.
53For extra cash he entered dance contest, from which he sold the statues.
54Was scheduled to appear in the David Lean-directed "Nostromo" in 1991, but Lean died and the production came to a halt.
55Sidelines: painting and sculpting.
56Son of an Irish-Mexican father and Mexican mother, he grew up in the barrio of East L.A. shining shoes and selling newspapers.
57Brother-in-law of screenwriter Martin Goldsmith.
58Won his second Oscar for a movie in which he only appeared on screen for a total of 23 minutes and 40 seconds.
59Before he launched his acting career Quinn worked odd jobs as a butcher, a boxer, street corner preacher and a slaughterhouse worker. He also won a scholarship to study architecture with Frank Lloyd Wright, with whom he developed a close relationship.
60Lived in Bristol, RI, and befriended Providence's controversial mayor Buddy Cianci.
61For The Magus (1968) he had to shave his hair. He had an insurance policy against the risk that it might not grow back!
62Became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1947, just before he was "gray-listed" for his association with Communists such as screenwriter John Howard Lawson and what were termed "fellow travelers", though he himself was never called before the House Un-American Activities Committee. When warned of his gray-listing by 20th Century-Fox boss Darryl F. Zanuck (a liberal), Quinn decided to go on the Broadway stage where there was no blacklist rather than go through the process of refuting the suspicions.
63He had 5 children, Christopher Quinn (born October 27, 1938 - died March 15, 1941), Christina Quinn (born December 1, 1941), Catalina Quinn (born November 21, 1942), Duncan Quinn (born August 4, 1945) and Valentina Quinn (born December 26, 1952), with Katherine DeMille. He had 3 children, Francesco Quinn (born March 22, 1963 - died August 5, 2011), Danny Quinn (born April 16, 1964) and Lorenzo Quinn (born May 7, 1966), with Jolanda Addolori. He had 2 children, Sean Quinn (born February 7, 1973) and Alex A. Quinn (born December 30, 1976), with Friedel Dunbar and he had 2 children, Antonia Quinn (born July 23, 1993) and Ryan Quinn (born July 5, 1996), with Kathy Benvin.
64Appeared in more movies with other Oscar-winning actors than any other Oscar-winning actor - a total of 46 Oscar-winning co-stars (28 male, 18 female).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Magus1968Maurice Conchis
Guns for San Sebastian1968Leon Alastray
The Rover1967Peyrol
The Happening1967Roc Delmonico
The 25th Hour1967Johann Moritz
Lost Command1966Lt. Col. Pierre Raspeguy
Marco the Magnificent1965Kublai Khan, Mongol Emperor of China
A High Wind in Jamaica1965Chavez
Zorba the Greek1964Alexis Zorba
Behold a Pale Horse1964Viñolas
The Visit1964Serge Miller
Lawrence of Arabia1962Auda Abu Tayi
Requiem for a Heavyweight1962Louis 'Mountain' Rivera
Barabbas1961Barabbas
The Guns of Navarone1961Andrea
Portrait in Black1960Dr. David Rivera
The Savage Innocents1960Inuk
Heller in Pink Tights1960Thomas 'Tom' Healy
Last Train from Gun Hill1959Craig Belden
Warlock1959Tom Morgan
The Black Orchid1958Frank Valente
Hot Spell1958John Henry Duval
Wild Is the Wind1957Gino
The Ride Back1957Bob Kallen
The River's Edge1957Ben Cameron
The Wild Party1956Tom Kupfen
The Hunchback of Notre Dame1956Quasimodo
Man from Del Rio1956Dave Robles
Lust for Life1956Paul Gauguin
ITV Play of the Week1956TV SeriesTroke
Schlitz Playhouse1951-1955TV SeriesClay Waldon
Seven Cities of Gold1955Capt. Gaspar de Portola
The Naked Street1955Phil Regal
The Magnificent Matador1955Luís Santos
Attila1954Attila (as Anthony Qvinn)
Ulysses1954Antinoos
La Strada1954Zampanò
The Long Wait1954Johnny McBride
Angels of Darkness1954Francesco Caserto
Il più comico spettacolo del mondo1953uncredited
Blowing Wild1953Ward 'Paco' Conway
East of Sumatra1953Kiang
Ride, Vaquero!1953José Constantino Esqueda
City Beneath the Sea1953Tony Bartlett
Seminole1953Osceola
Fatal Desire1953Alfio
Against All Flags1952Capt. Roc Brasiliano
The Brigand1952Prince Ramón
The World in His Arms1952Portugee
Viva Zapata!1952Eufemio
Mask of the Avenger1951Viovanni Larocca
Danger1951TV Series
The Brave Bulls1951Raul Fuentes
The Ford Theatre Hour1951TV Series
Lights Out1951TV Series
Somerset Maugham TV Theatre1951TV Series
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse1951TV SeriesBabe Callahan
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1949TV Series
Tycoon1947Ricky
Black Gold1947Charley Eagle
The Imperfect Lady1947Jose Martínez
California1947Don Luís Rivera y Hernandez
Sinbad, the Sailor1947Emir
Back to Bataan1945Capt. Andrés Bonifácio
Where Do We Go from Here?1945Chief Badger
China Sky1945Chen-Ta
Irish Eyes Are Smiling1944Al Jackson
Roger Touhy, Gangster1944George Carroll
Ladies of Washington1944Michael Romanescue
Buffalo Bill1944Chief Yellow Hand
Guadalcanal Diary1943Jesus ('Soose') Alvarez
The Ox-Bow Incident1943Juan Martínez
The Black Swan1942Wogan
Road to Morocco1942Mullay Kasim
Larceny, Inc.1942Leo Dexter
The Perfect Snob1941Alexander Moreno
They Died with Their Boots On1941Crazy Horse
Bullets for O'Hara1941Tony Van Dyne
Blood and Sand1941Manolo de Palma
Thieves Fall Out1941Chic Collins
Knockout1941Trego
Texas Rangers Ride Again1940Joe Yuma
City for Conquest1940Murray Burns
The Ghost Breakers1940Ramon Mederos / Francisco Mederos
Road to Singapore1940Caesar
Parole Fixer1940Francis 'Big Boy' Bradmore
Emergency Squad1940Nick Buller
Television Spy1939Forbes
Island of Lost Men1939Chang Tai
Union Pacific1939Cordray
King of Chinatown1939Mike Gordon
King of Alcatraz1938Lou Gedney
Bulldog Drummond in Africa1938Deone Fordine
Hunted Men1938Legs
Tip-Off Girls1938Marty
Dangerous to Know1938Nicholas 'Nicki' Kusnoff
The Buccaneer1938Beluche
Daughter of Shanghai1937Harry Morgan
Partners in Crime1937Nicholas Mazaney
The Last Train from Madrid1937Capt. Ricardo Álvarez
Under Strange Flags1937Rebel Soldier (uncredited)
Waikiki Wedding1937Kimo
Swing High, Swing Low1937The Don
Night Waitress1936Gangster (uncredited)
The Plainsman1936A Cheyenne Indian
Sworn Enemy1936Gangster (uncredited)
Parole!1936Zingo Browning
The Milky Way1936Todd Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Avenging Angelo2002Angelo Allieghieri
Oriundi2000Giuseppe Padovani
Camino de Santiago1999TV Mini-SeriesFélix Foulé
Cosby1999TV SeriesProf. Christo
Tierra de cañones1999Sr. de Sicart
Il sindaco1997Antonio Baracano
Freixenet 19961996ShortKing
Gotti1996TV MovieNeil Dellacroce
Seven Servants1996Archie
La noche de los castillos1995TV SeriesRey Falop
Il mago1995TV MovieErcole
A Walk in the Clouds1995Don Pedro Aragon
Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur1994TV MovieZeus
Hercules in the Underworld1994TV MovieZeus
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - Hercules and the Circle of Fire1994TV MovieZeus
Somebody to Love1994Emillio
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - Hercules and the Lost Kingdom1994TV MovieZeus
Hercules and the Amazon Women1994TV MovieZeus
This Can't Be Love1994TV MovieMichael Reyman
Last Action Hero1993Tony Vivaldi
Mobsters1991Don Masseria
Only the Lonely1991Nick Acropolis
Jungle Fever1991Lou Carbone
A Star for Two1991Dr. Gabriel Todd
The Old Man and the Sea1990TV MovieSantiago
Revenge1990/ITibey
Ghosts Can't Do It1989Scott
The Cosby Show1989TV SeriesMr. Fuentes
A Man of Passion1989Mauricio
Stradivari1988Antonio Stradivari
Onassis: The Richest Man in the World1988TV MovieSocrates Onassis
L'isola del tesoro1987TV Mini-SeriesLong John Silver
Regina Roma1982Papa
Valentina1982Mosen Joaquín
Crosscurrent1981TV Movie
High Risk1981Mariano
The Salamander1981Bruno Manzini
Lion of the Desert1980Omar Mukhtar
The Passage1979The Basque
The Children of Sanchez1978Jesús Sánchez
Caravans1978Zulffiqar
The Greek Tycoon1978Theo Tomasis
Jesus of Nazareth1977TV Mini-SeriesCaiaphas
Target of an Assassin1977Ernest Hobday 'Sailor' Slade
The Inheritance1976Gregorio Ferramonti
The Message1976Hamza
High Rollers1976Philip Bang
The Destructors1974Steve Ventura
The Don Is Dead1973Don Angelo DiMorra
Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears1973Erastus 'Deaf' Smith
El asesinato de Julio César1972Short
Across 110th Street1972Capt. Mattelli
The Man and the City1971-1972TV SeriesThomas Jefferson Alcala
The City1971TV MovieMayor Thomas Jefferson Alcala
Flap1970Flapping Eagle
R.P.M.1970Prof. F.W.J. 'Paco' Perez
A Walk in the Spring Rain1970Will Cade
A Dream of Kings1969Matsoukas
The Secret of Santa Vittoria1969Bombolini
The Shoes of the Fisherman1968/IArchbishop Kiril Pavlovich Lakota

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Oriundi2000producer
Summer Heat1982executive producer - uncredited
Circle of Power1981executive producer - uncredited
Across 110th Street1972executive producer
Zorba the Greek1964associate producer
The Visit1964co-producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 38th Annual Tony Awards1984TV Special performer: "I Am Free"
The Long Wait1954performer: "ONCE"
City for Conquest1940performer: "The Continental" 1934, "Shadow Waltz" 1933, "She's a Latin from Manhattan" 1934, "I'm Just Wild About Harry" 1921, "Jalousie" Jealousy 1925 - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Buccaneer1958
Pastoral1947TV Movie

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last Station2009in memory of: with gratitude
Evocator2009Short grateful acknowledgment
Biography1998TV Series documentary very special thanks - 1 episode
Ingrid1984Documentary thanks
The Voice of La Raza1972Documentary thanks
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis1970Documentary particular thanks for contributing their talents

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mobsters2007TV SeriesHimself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second2003Video documentaryHimself - Interviewee
From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff2002DocumentaryHimself
Anthony Quinn: The Final Words2001Video documentaryHimself
Biography1997-2001TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Actor
Dino De Laurentiis: The Last Movie Mogul2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
2000 Hispanic Heritage Awards2000TV Special
The Making of 'Lawrence of Arabia'2000Video documentaryHimself
Memories of Navarone2000Video documentary shortHimself - Andrea
Larry King Live2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Arena2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Private Screenings1999TV SeriesHimself
The World's Best Sellers: The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The DeMille Dynasty1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Corazón, corazón1996-1997TV SeriesHimself
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Intimate Portrait1997TV Series documentaryHimself
¿Qué apostamos?1995-1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
¡Soy un niño!1996TV SpecialHimself
Cine de barrio1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Mundo VIP1996TV SeriesHimself
Die Harald Schmidt Show1996TV SeriesHimself
Lights, Camera, Action!: A Century of the Cinema1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
John Cassavetes: To Risk Everything to Express It All1996DocumentaryHimself
Inside the Actors Studio1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
O. Henry's Christmas1996TV MovieHimself - Host
Late Show with David Letterman1995TV SeriesHimself
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Mae West and the Men Who Knew Her1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Golden Globes 50th Anniversary Celebration1994TV MovieHimself
Arnold, the Man Behind the Muscle1994Video documentaryHimself
Tal cual1993TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Larry King TNT Extra 31992TV MovieHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1991TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Late Night with David Letterman1991TV SeriesHimself
The 45th Annual Tony Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Musical
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1972-1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Motion Picture Drama
The Howard Stern Show1990TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Reflections on the Silver Screen1990TV SeriesHimself
American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts1989-1990TV SeriesHimself - Host
Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey1989TV MovieHimself
La luna1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gregory Peck1989TV SpecialHimself
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Àngel Casas Show1988TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Gregory Peck: His Own Man1988DocumentaryHimself
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts Annual Tribute: A Salute to Kirk Douglas1987TV MovieHimself - Speaker
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Foreign Language Film
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Cecil B. DeMille Award
Fame, Fortune and Romance1986TV SeriesHimself
exclusiv1985TV Series documentaryHimself
Salute to Lady Liberty1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 38th Annual Tony Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Presenter: Best Direction of a Play
Ingrid1984DocumentaryHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1983TV Special documentaryHimself
Kazantzakis1983TV ShortHimself
Rembetika1983DocumentaryNarrator
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
The Making of Lion of the Desert1981Documentary shortHimself
Everyday1979TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1978TV Series documentaryHimself
Clapper Board1977TV SeriesHimself
The Making of an Epic: Mohammad Messenger of God1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
Parkinson1973TV SeriesHimself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1973TV Series documentaryHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1972-1973TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Actor / Himself - Guest
The Voice of La Raza1972DocumentaryHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1972TV SeriesHimself
Arruza1972DocumentaryHimself - Narrator
The David Frost Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 25th Annual Tony Awards1971TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
The Kraft Music Hall1970TV SeriesHimself
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis1970DocumentaryHimself
The 27th Annual Golden Globes Awards1970TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy / Musical
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHimself - Guest
San Sebastian 1746 in 19681968Short documentaryHimself
The Shoes of the Fisherman1968/IIDocumentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Gala du Midem1967TV SeriesHimself
The 37th Annual Academy Awards1965TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in Leading Role
Reflets de Cannes1964TV Series documentaryHimself
Cinépanorama1964TV Series documentaryHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1962-1963TV SeriesPoetry Reader / Himself
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest
What's My Line?1960-1963TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
Honeymoon on Rhodes1961ShortHimself
PM East1961TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The Western1959TV MovieHimself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Supporting Actor
Person to Person1958TV Series documentaryHimself
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Supporting Actress
The 29th Annual Academy Awards1957TV Special documentaryHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Van Gogh: Darkness Into Light1956Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement2016TV SeriesHimself
Ochéntame... otra vez2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Memòries de la tele2008-2011TV SeriesHimself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryAuda Abu Tayi
Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger2010DocumentaryOsceola (uncredited)
Banda sonora2009TV SeriesAlexis Zorba
Hollywood contra Franco2008DocumentaryViñolas
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia2007TV Short documentaryHimself
Brando2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesMossèn Joaquín
Voces2006TV Series documentarySeveral Roles
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That2005TV Movie documentaryManola de Palma
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesSr. de Sicart
Las cerezas2005TV SeriesHimself
Anthony Quinn and Kirk Douglas2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Lawrence of Arabia'2003Video documentaryHimself
Making 'Avenging Angelo'2003Video short documentaryHimself
De bende van Wim2003TV SeriesAuda Abu Tayi
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema2002DocumentaryHimself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
The Magic of Fellini2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHimself
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryAlexis Zorba (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
Fonda on Fonda1992TV Movie documentaryJuan Martínez (uncredited)
Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Henry Fonda: The Man and His Movies1982TV Movie documentaryJuan Martínez (uncredited)
Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
Lionpower from MGM1967ShortLeon Alastray (uncredited)
Mondo Hollywood1967DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003Lifetime Achievement AwardChamizal Independent Film Festival
2001Prize of the City of HuelvaHuelva Latin American Film FestivalPosthumously.
2001Lifetime Achievement AwardLos Angeles Latino International Film FestivalPosthumously.
1996Golden Camera for Lifetime AchievementGolden Camera, GermanyInternational
1987Cecil B. DeMille AwardGolden Globes, USA
1964NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActorAlexis Zorbas (1964)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6251 Hollywood Blvd.
1957OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleLust for Life (1956)
1953OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleViva Zapata! (1952)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1997Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TVGotti (1996)
1997Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionGotti (1996)
1992Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorMobsters (1991)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialOnassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988)
1970Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actor - Musical/ComedyThe Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Dramatic PerformanceThe Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star11th place.
1966BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorAlexis Zorbas (1964)
1965OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleAlexis Zorbas (1964)
1965Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actor - DramaAlexis Zorbas (1964)
1963Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actor - DramaLawrence of Arabia (1962)
1963BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorLawrence of Arabia (1962)
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Action PerformanceLast Train from Gun Hill (1959)
1958OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleWild Is the Wind (1957)
1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Dramatic PerformanceWild Is the Wind (1957)
1957Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActorLust for Life (1956)


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#Quote
1[on Marlon Brando] We forget how he revolutionized acting. Look at the chances he takes - think of all the stars who drift along playing themselves.
2When I was just starting in movies, I got a reputation for being a scene stealer. Once I was in a film with a famous star and had to stand behind him in one scene. "Now watch that Quinn," this star told the director, "I don't want him stealing the scene behind my back." The director parked me in a chair and I just sat there. Next day, when we were looking at the rushes, the star said, "See, I told you! Look at him!" The director exclaimed: "But he's only sitting there!" "Only," rejoined the star, "Maybe so, but he's thinking!".
3Spencer Tracy's a dangerous actor. You never know what he's going to do. He's one of the few actors you can never steal a scene from. He and Olivier and Jean Gabin.
4[In 1962] Ten years ago, there wasn't an actor who didn't envy Brando. He was superb. His potential was enormous. But what happened? He went out to Hollywood, and instead of fighting giants, he fought pygmies. He stopped growing. He threw his potential away.
5[on Zorba the Greek (1964) (aka "Zorba the Greek")] Nobody wanted to do this role. Burl Ives and Burt Lancaster turned it down. They said "Who cares about an old man making love to a broken-down old broad?".
6[on Marilyn Monroe] An empty-headed blonde with a fat rear. Oh, Monroe was pretty enough to look at, but there were hundreds of better-looking actresses poking around Hollywood. Even after she hit the big time, with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), I never could see what all the fuss was about.
7[on Marlon Brando] I admire Marlon's talent, but I don't envy the pain that created it.
8[on Ingrid Bergman] I reckon there wasn't a man who came within a mile of her who didn't fall in love with her.
9I have lived in a flurry of images, but I will go out in a freeze frame.
10I never satisfied that kid [referring to himself], but I think he and I have made a deal now. It's like climbing a mountain. I didn't take him up Mount Everest, but I took him up Mount Whitney. And I think that's not bad.
11[In the 1980s] I don't see many men today. I see a lot of guys running around on television with small waists, but I don't see many men.
12They said all I was good for was playing Indians.
13I never get the girl. I wind up with a country instead.
14[when asked about his ethnicity] It doesn't make a difference as long as I'm a person in the world.
15In Europe, an actor is an artist. In Hollywood, if he isn't working, he's a bum.
16[on Marlon Brando] We forget how he revolutionized acting. Look at the chances he takes - think of all the stars who drift along playing themselves.
17When I was just starting in movies, I got a reputation for being a scene stealer. Once I was in a film with a famous star and had to stand behind him in one scene. 'Now watch that Quinn,' this star told the director, 'I don't want him stealing the scene behind my back.' The director parked me in a chair and I just sat there. Next day, when we were looking at the rushes, the star said,'See, I told you! Look at him!' The director exclaimed: 'But he's only sitting there! 'Only,' rejoined the star, 'Maybe so, but he's thinking!'
18Spencer Tracy's a dangerous actor. You never know what he's going to do. He's one of the few actors you can never steal a scene from. He and Olivier and Jean Gabin.
19[In 1962] Ten years ago there wasn't an actor who didn't envy Brando. He was superb. His potential was enormous. But what happened? He went out to Hollywood, and instead of fighting giants, he fought pygmies. He stopped growing. He threw his potential away.
20[on Zorba the Greek (1964) (aka "Zorba the Greek")] Nobody wanted to do this role. Burl Ives and Burt Lancaster turned it down. They said 'Who cares about an old man making love to a broken-down old broad?'.
21[on Marilyn Monroe] An empty-headed blonde with a fat rear. Oh, Monroe was pretty enough to look at, but there were hundreds of better-looking actresses poking around Hollywood. Even after she hit the big time, with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), I never could see what all the fuss was about.
22[on Marlon Brando] I admire Marlon's talent, but I don't envy the pain that created it.
23[on Ingrid Bergman] I reckon there wasn't a man who came within a mile of her who didn't fall in love with her.
24I have lived in a flurry of images, but I will go out in a freeze frame.
25I never satisfied that kid [referring to himself], but I think he and I have made a deal now. It's like climbing a mountain. I didn't take him up Mount Everest, but I took him up Mount Whitney. And I think that's not bad.
26[speaking in the 1980s] I don't see many men today. I see a lot of guys running around on television with small waists, but I don't see many men.
27They said all I was good for was playing Indians.
28I never get the girl. I wind up with a country instead.
29[when asked about his ethnicity] It doesn't make a difference as long as I'm a person in the world.
30In Europe an actor is an artist. In Hollywood, if he isn't working, he's a bum.

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