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Anthony Perkins

Anthony Perkins (born April 4th, 1932 in New York, died September 12th, 1992 in Hollywood) was a US actor best known for his role as the maniacal murderer, Norman Bates, in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.

His first movie was The Actress (1953), then came Friendly Persuasion (1956), for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

After a few other much-acclaimed performances both in film and on Broadway, he starred in Psycho in 1960, which lead to him being typecast as the crazy killer, severely limiting the range of roles he was offered later in life.

He went on to star in (and even direct) the sequels and prequel to Psycho and also played a few memorable characters, such as the chaplain in Catch-22 (1970), but most of his later work were made-for-TV movies.

His private life was something of a mystery, while he had plenty of homosexual affairs, such as with Tab Hunter, Grover Helms, and Alan Dale, he was also married for 19 years to Berry Berenson.

It is a matter of speculation, whether Perkins was bisexual or gay, just using his marriage as a cover-up. His 1992 death of AIDS complications made many people think that the second explanation might be correct.

His son, Osgood Perkins, credited as Oz Perkins, is also an actor.

His widow, Berry Berenson, died on an airplane that crashed into the World Trade Center during the September 2001 Terrorist Attacks, the day before the nine-year anniversary of Perkins' death.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Anthony Perkins Facts

BirthdayApril 4, 1932
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Date of deathSeptember 12, 1992 (age 60)
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is Anthony Perkins compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Black Hole
Psycho II
4-Movie Midnight Marathon Pack: Psychos
Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection
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