Anthony Perkins

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
One of the most intriguing leading men of the 1950s, Anthony Perkins' career path changed significantly after he was cast in a thriller from suspense master Alfred Hitchcock. Prior to that time, the handsome, boyish ... Read more »
Born: 04/04/1932 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (59)

A Demon in My View 1991 (Movie)

Arthur Johnson (Actor)

The Naked Target 1991 (Movie)

Mechanical Man (Actor)

Ghost Writer 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

I'm Dangerous Tonight 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Edge of Sanity 1989 (Movie)

Mr Jack Hyde (Actor)

Destroyer 1988 (Movie)

Director Edwards (Actor)

King Kong: The Living Legend 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Psycho III 1986 (Movie)

Norman Bates (Actor)

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

Crimes of Passion 1984 (Movie)

Peter Shayne (Actor)

For the Term of His Natural Life 1984 (Movie)

Reverend North (Actor)

The Thrill of Genius 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Psycho II 1983 (Movie)

Norman Bates (Actor)

Double Negative 1981 (Movie)

Lawrence Miles (Actor)

ffolkes 1980 (Movie)

Lou Kramer (Actor)

Les Miserables 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Black Hole 1979 (Movie)

Dr Alex Durant (Actor)

Remember My Name 1978 (Movie)

Neil Curry (Actor)

Twee Vrouwen 1978 (Movie)

Alfred (Actor)

Winter Kills 1978 (Movie)

John Ceruti (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1976 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mahogany 1975 (Movie)

Sean McAvoy (Actor)

Lovin' Molly 1974 (Movie)

Gid (Actor)

Murder on the Orient Express 1974 (Movie)

McQueen (Actor)

Play It As It Lays 1972 (Movie)

B Z (Actor)

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 (Movie)

Reverend LaSalle (Actor)

Catch-22 1970 (Movie)

Chaplain Tappman (Actor)

La Decade Prodigieuse 1970 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Quelq'un derriere la porte 1970 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Wusa 1970 (Movie)

Rainey (Actor)

Pretty Poison 1968 (Movie)

Dennis Pitt (Actor)

The Champagne Murders 1968 (Movie)

Christopher (Actor)

Is Paris Burning? 1966 (Movie)

Warren (Actor)

The Fool Killer 1964 (Movie)

Milo Bogardus (Actor)

The Trial 1963 (Movie)

Joseph K (Actor)

Five Miles to Midnight 1962 (Movie)

Robert Macklin (Actor)

Phaedra 1962 (Movie)

Alexis (Actor)

Goodbye Again 1961 (Movie)

Philip van der Besh (Actor)

Hedda Hopper's Hollywood 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Psycho 1960 (Movie)

Norman Bates (Actor)

Tall Story 1960 (Movie)

Ray Blent (Actor)

On the Beach 1959 (Movie)

Peter Holmes (Actor)

Desire Under the Elms 1958 (Movie)

Eben Cabot (Actor)

Green Mansions 1958 (Movie)

Abel (Actor)

The Matchmaker 1958 (Movie)

Cornelius Hackl (Actor)

Fear Strikes Out 1957 (Movie)

Jimmy Piersall (Actor)

The Lonely Man 1957 (Movie)

Riley Wade (Actor)

The Tin Star 1957 (Movie)

Ben Owens (Actor)

Friendly Persuasion 1956 (Movie)

Josh Birdwell (Actor)

This Angry Age 1956 (Movie)

Joseph Dufresne (Actor)

The Actress 1953 (Movie)

Fred Whitmarsh (Actor)

Daughter of Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

First You Cry (TV Show)

Actor

How Awful About Allan (TV Show)

Actor

In the Deep Woods (TV Show)

Actor

Psycho IV: The Beginning (TV Show)

Actor

The Sins of Dorian Gray (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Lucky Stiff 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Psycho III 1986 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (2)

Crimes of Passion 1984 (Movie)

("Get Happy") (Song Performer)

Green Mansions 1958 (Movie)

(Song Performer)
Writer (1)

The Last of Sheila 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

One of the most intriguing leading men of the 1950s, Anthony Perkins' career path changed significantly after he was cast in a thriller from suspense master Alfred Hitchcock. Prior to that time, the handsome, boyish actor had earned critical praise for his work in "Friendly Persuasion" (1956) and "Fear Strikes Out" (1957), and was regarded as a fine candidate for romantic lead parts. However, that quickly changed after he portrayed murderous mama's boy Norman Bates in Hitchcock's hugely successful thriller, "Psycho" (1960). Perkins was so effective that for many viewers and producers, the role came to define him. A sojourn in Europe helped Perkins earn other sorts of assignments, but upon returning to Hollywood, his work in fare like "Pretty Poison" (1968) further cemented him as being suitable mostly for genre pictures. Perkins eventually embraced that destiny and gave a wonderful return performance as Norman in "Psycho II" (1983) and that unexpectedly effective film helped to revive public interest in him. Off camera, Perkins suffered great anxiety over his sexual orientation and underwent therapy to help overcome his attraction to other men. He eventually married a woman and fathered two sons, but never fully overcame his personal demons and suffered the dismay of learning he was HIV positive via a story in The National Enquirer. A masterful character actor, Perkins' ability to convey mental instability in a fashion that was simultaneously disturbing, affecting, and darkly humorous made him a unique and valuable talent.

Relationships

Marisa Berenson

Sister-In-Law

Berry Berenson

Wife
married on August 9, 1973 granddaughter of fashion designer Schiaparelli mother of Perkins' two sons killed when terrorist crashed the plane on which she was a passenger into the World Trade Center in NYC on September 11, 2001

Grover Dale

Companion
had long relationship in the 1960s before marrying actress Anita Morris

Timmy Evans

Companion
involved in 1958

Tab Hunter

Companion
involved in the 1950s

Dorothy Jeakins Costume Designer

Companion
befriended Perkins in 1950s

Rudolf Nureyev Actor

Companion

Mali Nurmi

Companion
"dated" briefly

Janet Perkins

Mother
born c. 1895 died August 24, 1979 held various jobs including theater business manager after husband's death lived with playwright Micheala O'Hara

Osgood Perkins Actor

Father
born on May 16, 1892 died in 1937 of heart failure

Elvis Perkins

Son
born on February 9, 1976 mother, Berry Berenson

Osgood Perkins

Son
born on February 2, 1974 mother, Berry Berenson

Arthur Pollick

Companion
together in 1959

Victoria Principal Actor

Companion
dated in the early 1970s

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York
dropped out one month before graduating to appear on Broadway in "Tea and Sympathy"

The Brooks School

North Andover , Massachusetts 1944
boarding school

Miss Corden's School

New York , New York 1936

attended public school in Boston, Massachusetts

Rollins College

Winter Park , Florida
did not graduate

Browne and Nichols School

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1947

Milestones

1992

Final acting appearance in the TV-movie "Into the Deep Woods"

1990

Once again starred as Norman in "Psycho IV: A New Beginning"

1989

Helmed "Lucky Stiff"

1986

Film directing debut, "Psycho III"; also played Norman Bates

1983

Reprised role of Norman Bates in "Psycho II"

1979

Had celebrated nude scene in the stage play "Romantic Comedy"

1975

Appeared opposite Diana Ross in "Mahogany"

1974

Staged the Off-Broadway production of "The Wager"

1974

Was part of the all-star ensemble of "Murder on the Orient Express"

1973

First film as co-writer (with Stephen Sondheim), "The Last of Sheila"

1972

Reunited with Weld for "Play It as It Lays"

1969

Cast in the leading role of Bobby in the landmark musical "Company"; withdrew before rehearsals and replaced by Dean Jones (who also later withdrew just after opening night on Broadway)

1969

Off-Broadway directing debut, "Steambath"; also played lead role

1968

Co-starred with Tuesday Weld in "Pretty Poison"

1967

Stage directing debut, the tour of "The Star-Spangled Girl"; also starred

1960

Played signature role of Norman Bates in "Psycho"

1960

Made musical theater debut in "Greenwillow"; earned Tony nomination

1958

Appeared as Cornelius Hackl in "The Matchmaker"

1958

Co-starred opposite Sophia Loren in "Desire Under the Elms"

1957

Returned to Broadway stage in "Look Homeward, Angel"

1957

Cast as Boston Red Sox player Jimmy Piersall in "Fear Strikes Out"

1956

Received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in "Friendly Persuasion"

1954

Broadway debut in "Tea and Sympathy", replacing John Kerr as the boy; Joan Fontaine co-starred

1953

Film acting debut in "The Actress"

1948

In the summer, managed box office and acted at Robin Hood Theater in Arden, Delaware

1947

Professional stage debut with the Brattleboro Summer Theatre in Vermont; acted in "Junior Miss"

1941

After father's death, moved to Boston

Worked in summer stock at the Peterborough Summer Theatre in Ontario, Canada

Born in NYC

Portrayed Martin Dysart on Broadway in "Equus"

Starred on Broadway in Neil Simon's "The Star-Spangled Girl"

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