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Birthday: April 4, 1932
Place: New York, New York, USA
Height: 6' 2"
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| An shy, slender actor whose name became virtually synonymous with legendary screen Psycho Norman Bates despite numerous solid performances in films outside the Hitchcock originated series, Anthony Perkins' sensitive and versatile early performances remain unfortunately obscured by his portrayal of the gender-bending sociopath that made filmgoers reluctant to shower alone for decades to come. Born to actor Osgood Perkins in April 1932 (who would die when Tony was but five years old), the young Perkins decided to follow in his father's footsteps when, at age 15, he became a member of the Actor's Equity. Soon taking the stage in summer stock, the fledgling and humble thespian embraced even the more unglamorous aspects of stage work and worked tirelessly to develop into an actor who could find celluloid success. Subsequent performances in such Rollins College productions as The Importance of Being Ernest helped him to develop the necessary skills, and following a relocation to Hollywood, Perkins was cast alongside Spencer Tracy in the film adaptation of Ruth Gordon's dramatic play The Actress. Reluctant to dive headfirst into what he considered the questionable ethics of Tinsletown, Perkins packed his bags for Columbia University. Landing roles in such Golden Age of Television staples as Studio One and G.E. Theater found the actor continuing to gain positive notice and exposure, with the success carrying over to Broadway, where Perkins would gain the respect of some of New York's harshest critics for his performance as a college student suspected of homosexuality in Robert Anderson's Tea and Sympathy. Nearly becoming a teen idol after crooning "A Little Love Goes a Long, Long Way" in the Goodyear TV Playhouse production Joey, Perkins was signed to Epic Records and later RCA Victor shortly before earning an Oscar nomination for his breakthrough roles in both William Wyler's Friendly Persuasion (1956) and Robert Mulligan's Fear Strikes Out (1957). With his portrayal as a timid pacifist and a disturbed baseball player respectively, Perkins' sensitive performances riveted audiences and resulted in numerous film offers. Appearing in The Matchmaker (1958) and On the Beach (1959) in the following years, Perkins' screen image as a soft-spoken everyman would be forever shattered with the release of Alfred Hitchcock's controversial masterpiece Psycho. Purposefully cast against type as twitchy, psychotic mama's boy Norman Bates, it would be that characterization which would haunt Perkins' career for the rest of his days. In an attempt to shake the association, Perkins would move to Europe after becoming a minor cultural icon following his role in Goodbye Again (1961) (for which he was named Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival). Appearing in such efforts as Orson Welles' The Trial (1963) and Is Paris Buring? (1966) throughout much of the duration of the 1960s, Perkins made somewhat of a return to American screens with such later efforts as Pretty Poison (1968), Catch-22 (1970), and Mahogany (1975). Working more frequently in television moving into the 1980s (1978's Les Miserables and The Sins of Dorian Gray ), Perkins also continued to thrill theatergoers with roles in such films as The Black Hole (1979) and Ffolkes (1980) before returning to the character of Norman Bates in the inevitable sequel Psycho II. Directed this time by Hitchcock prot
- Boycotted the 1987 television movie Bates Motel (1987) (TV).
- Son of Osgood Perkins.
- Father of Oz Perkins and Elvis Perkins.
- Entered Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in September 1950. During his first year at Rollins he was on the small campus with 'Fred Rogers' (aka "Mr. Rogers") who graduated in 1951 and 'John Reardon' class of 1952. In 1953 he was offered a leading part in the movie The Actress(1953)_'qv'. Almost immediately after returning to his studies he had the opportunity to replace 'John Kerr' in Tea and Sympathy on Broadway. He never completed his degree but was given an honorary degree by the college some twenty years later.
- 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.
- Brother-in-law of Marisa Berenson.
- Attended prestigious Buckingham Browne & Nichols high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Other alumni include Sopranos' actress Ari Graynor jazz musician Nate Peterson and Broadway star Lizzie Rose .
- Auditioned for the role of the Phantom in the original Los Angeles production of Andrew Lloyd Webber 's The Phantom of the Opera. He lost the role to 'Robert Guillame' .
- According to the book "Anthony Perkins: Split Image" (Alyson Books 2006), Perkins contracted the AIDS virus around the time of Psycho III (1986), and kept the illness secret for 6 years till his death so he could keep working and not worry his friends and his 2 sons. The only person who knew he was sick was his wife Berry. Anthony officially found out that he was HIV positive, when the National Enquirer wrote a story about it in their magazine in 1990.
- Charles Winecoff's book "Anthony Perkins: Split Image," revised and updated for a 10th anniversary edition in 2006, illuminated Perkins's early life, his homosexuality, his later drug use, and his life with his family. Some contributors to the biography were Janet Leigh, Hilton A. Green, Jeff Fahey, John Gavin, Joseph Stefano etc. plus an impressive number of Perkins's friends and relatives. His wife, Berry, however, did not participate. Winecoff amended the book with a chapter about the murder of Berry Perkins nine years after the death of her husband - while she was on board on American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11th, 2001.
- Was an only child, and his mother and father gave him no middle name.
- Was cremated, and the superscription on his urn reads "Don't Fence Me In".
- Was into Psycho-Analysis, and was treated by Dr. Mildren Newman in New York, starting from the early 1950s and into the late 1970s.
- During 1990, he got a blood sample taken from a palsy on the side of his face, and 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.
- Had agreed to voice the dentist on "The Simpsons" (1989) episode "Last exit to Springfield" but was prevented from doing so due to his death. The role went to Hank Azaria.
- 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."
- Shares his birthday with director Andrei Tarkovsky .
- Was a huge admirer of Orson Welles , and was even planning on writing a book about Orson, but aborted the project in fear of upsetting his idol. Welles later said that he would have loved the idea.
- His performance as Norman Bates in "Psycho" (1960) is ranked #4 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
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