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Anthony Perkins (1932 - 1992)

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Anthony Perkins
1932 - 1992
Born
April 4, 1932
New York, New York United States
Death
September 12, 1992
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California United States
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Tony
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Anthony Perkins was born on April 4, 1932 in New York, New York United States. He died on September 12, 1992 in Los Angeles, California United States at age 60.
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Anthony Perkins (April 4, 1932 – September 12, 1992) was an American actor, director, and singer. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his second film, Friendly Persuasion (1956)
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Anthony Perkins Born April 4, 1932 in New York City, New York, USA Died September 12, 1992 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (pneumonia as a complication of AIDS) Nickname Tony Height 6' 2" (1.88 m) Anthony Perkins was born April 4, 1932 in New York City to Janet Esselstyn (Rane) and Osgood Perkins, an actor of both stage and film. His paternal great-grandfather was noted engraver Andrew Varick Stout Anthony. Perkins attended the Brooks School, the Browne & Nichols School, Columbia University and Rollins College. He made his screen debut in The Actress (1953), and was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar Friendly Persuasion (1956). Four years later, he appeared in what would be his most memorable role to date, Norman Bates in Psycho (1960). Spouse (1) Berry Berenson (9 August 1973 - 12 September 1992) ( his death) ( 2 children) Son of Osgood Perkins. Father of Oz Perkins and Elvis Perkins. Entered Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in September 1950. Also on campus during his first year were Fred Rogers (of Mister Rogers Neighborhood (1968)) who graduated in 1951 and John Reardon, class of 1952. In 1953 he was offered a leading part in the movie The Actress (1953). Almost immediately after returning to his studies he left 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 20 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. Brother-in-law of Marisa Berenson. Attended prestigious Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Berry Perkins nine years after the death of her husband, was a passenger on board the ill-fated American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11th, 2001. Anthony was cremated and the superscription on his urn reads "Don't Fence Me In". 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". His performance as Norman Bates in Psycho (1960) is ranked #4 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. Didn't have sex with a woman until he was 39 years old. He lost his virginity - as People magazine worded it - to Victoria Principal in 1971. Became an ordained minister and performed the marriage of director Ken Russell to his second wife, Vivian Jolly, in 1983. Was a fan of Elvis Presley. Anthony Perkins campaigned at a rally for Governor Michael Dukakis in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, the night before the U.S. presidential election of 1988 (Mon, 7 Nov 1988). 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. Along with Vera Miles and Virginia Gregg, he is one of only three actors to appear in both Psycho (1960) and Psycho II (1983). Grandfather of actors James Perkins and Beatrix Perkins. According to Tab Hunter's autobiography, Perkins and Hunter were in a relationship in the mid to late 1950s. [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. [on playing Norman Bates in Psycho (1960)] Not many people know this, but I was in New York rehearsing for a play [Frank Loesser's "Greenwillow"] 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. Women's liberation has liberated me too. [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. Haven't bought a stitch of clothing in the last 15 years. I just keep what they give me to wear in my pictures.

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Amanda S. Stevenson commented on Nov 22, 2020
I met him when he was starring on Broadway in Look Homeward Angel and Greenwillow. I was 15 and 16 years old when I met him. He autographed Playbills for his teenage fans but he was obviously not interested in girls like other teen idols in theater like Brandon deWilde and Warren Berlinger.

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Anthony Perkins, the actor who starred in dozens of films and plays but was best known for his role as Norman Bates, the eerily soft-spoken psychopath in Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller "Psycho," died on Saturday afternoon at his home in Hollywood. He was 60 years old. Mr. Perkins died of AIDS, Leslee Dart, a press agent who said she was speaking for the family, reported on Saturday night. Though he began his career as Hollywood's next teen idol, Mr. Perkins created in "Psycho," one of his early films, a persona that has become a part of American iconography: one that he could never shake as an actor and one that he returned to more than a quarter of a century later, in the first of three sequels. "Norman appears on request," he said in an interview in 1989. "I would even say on demand. I can dial my own personal 800 number and Norman will reply." Ms. Dart said that as Mr. Perkins became increasingly ill last week, he wanted to talk about his condition. "I chose not to go public about this," he said, "because, to misquote 'Casablanca,' 'I'm not too 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 old world.' " "There are many who believe that this disease is God's vengeance, but I believe it was sent to teach people how to love and understand and have compassion for each other. "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." A Childhood Ambition Mr. Perkins, the son of the actor Osgood Perkins, was born in New York City on April 4, 1932. From childhood, he wanted to be an actor, working in amateur productions and later in summer stock and television. After enrolling at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., he transferred to Columbia University, acting in his first film, "The Actress," in 1953, while still a student. Shortly before he was to graduate in 1954, he auditioned with Elia Kazan for a role in "East of Eden" that he eventually lost to another young unknown actor, James Dean. Mr. Kazan, though, asked Mr. Perkins to replace John Kerr as the sensitive adolescent, Tom Lee, in the Broadway play "Tea and Sympathy." His role in that play, which ran for 54 weeks, caught the attention of Hollywood, where film makers saw a new teen idol in the tall, gawky, but attractive young man. In his second film, "Friendly Persuasion," he played a younger Quaker torn between his religious beliefs and the need to defend his family's homestead; the performance resulted in an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. It was in his next film, however, that Mr. Perkins first established the style that would recur throughout his career. In "Fear Strikes Out" (1956), he hauntingly portrayed Jim Piersall, the gifted Boston Red Sox outfielder who suffered a nervous breakdown and had to struggle to recover his sanity. A Cult Classic That style culminated in his career-defining role in "Psycho," a film which critics initially panned but which became a cult classic and a precursor of such horror films as "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th." Mr. Perkins portrayed the deranged, eager-to-please Norman Bates, who ran the Bates Motel, practiced taxidermy and lived with his dead mother in the quaint Victorian house on the hill. His performance had an alarming gawkiness and repressed terror and the movie added a new anxiety to taking a shower. He went on to appear in many films, including Orson Welles's adaptation of Kafka's "Trial" (1962), "Catch-22" (1970) and "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" (1972). While he often played moody, troubled or deranged men, he never again achieved the success of Norman Bates. In 1983, he returned to the role in "Psycho II," which was followed in 1986 by "Psycho III," which he also directed, and in 1990 by "Psycho IV: The Beginning." "Who's to say how it affected my career," Mr. Perkins said as he worked on the first sequel in 1982. "I never look backwards, you know. I made my first movie over 30 years ago. Without 'Psycho,' who's to say if I would have endured?" In addition to his films, Mr. Perkins appeared in many plays, including "Look Homeward, Angel," "Greenwillow," "Harold," "Steambath," "Equus" and "Romantic Comedy." Mr. Perkins is survived by his wife, the former Berry Berenson, and two sons, Osgood and Elvis, all of whom live in Hollywood. The passage beginning at the end of the second column, discussing his performance on Broadway in "Tea and Sympathy," should have read: "His role in that play, which ran for 54 weeks, caught the attention of Hollywood, where film makers saw a new teen idol in the tall, gawky but attractive young man. In his second film, 'Friendly Persuasion,' he played a younger Quaker torn between his religious beliefs and the need to defend his family's homestead; the performance resulted in an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. "It was in his next film, however, that Mr. Perkins first established the style that would recur throughout his career. In 'Fear Strikes Out' (1956), he hauntingly portrayed Jim Piersall, the gifted Boston Red Sox outfielder who suffered a nervous breakdown and had to struggle to recover his sanity." "There are many who believe that this disease is God's vengeance, but I believe it was sent to teach people how to love and understand and have compassion for each other."
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In 1932, in the year that Anthony Perkins was born, on February 27th, actress Elizabeth Taylor was born in London. Her parents were Americans living in London and when she was 7, the family moved to Los Angeles. Her first small part in a movie was in There's One Born Every Minute in 1942 but her first starring role was in National Velvet in 1944. She became as famous for her 8 marriages (to 7 people) as she was for her beauty and films.

In 1949, when he was 17 years old, on January 25th, the first Emmy Awards (for television) were handed out in Los Angeles. Shirley Dinsdale won for the Most Outstanding Television Personality and Pantomime Quiz Time earned an Emmy for the Most Popular Television Program.

In 1959, he was 27 years old when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1984, when he was 52 years old, on January 1, "Baby Bells" were created. AT&T had been the provider of telephone service (and equipment) in the United States. The company kept Western Electric, Bell Labs, and AT&T Long Distance. Seven new regional companies (the Baby Bells) covered local telephone service and were separately owned. AT&T lost 70% of its book value due to this move.

In 1992, in the year of Anthony Perkins's passing, in April, Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia. The newly created Bosnian Serb army then began a campaign against Muslim Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats - killing, raping, torturing, beating and robbing - and resulting in the deaths of over 100,000.

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