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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 4 April 1932New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 12 September 1992Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA  (pneumonia as a complication of AIDS)
Nickname Tony
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 for his second film, Friendly Persuasion (1956). Three years later, he appeared in what would be his most memorable role to date, Norman Bates in Psycho (1960).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: tony.r.vario@gmail.com

Spouse (1)

Berry Berenson (9 August 1973 - 12 September 1992) (his death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Nervous, sweet but often unbalanced characters.
Tall, slim frame with blocky shoulders.
His eternally boyish good looks.

Trivia (26)

Son of Osgood Perkins.
Father of Oz Perkins (born 1974) and Elvis Perkins (born 1976). Mother is Berry Berenson.
Attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He did not graduate but was later given an honorary degree.
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 Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Other alumni include The Sopranos (1999) actress Ari Graynor, jazz musician Nate Peterson and Broadway star Lizzie Rose.
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 psychoanalysis, and was treated by Dr. Mildren Newman in New York, starting in the early 1950s and continuing into the late 1970s.
During 1990, he got a blood sample taken due to a palsy on the side of his face. 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 died before work began. The role then 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".
Was a huge admirer of Orson Welles, and was even planning on writing a book about him, 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.
First heterosexual encounter was with Victoria Principal during the making of the movie The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972).
Auditioned for the role of the Phantom in the original Los Angeles production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera", which went to Robert Guillaume.
Charles Winecoff's book "Anthony Perkins: Split Image" (Alyson Books, first published in 1996; 2006 10th Anniversary Revised Edition) illuminated Perkins' early life, his alleged homosexuality, his later drug use and life with his family. Several of his co-stars and colleagues were interviewed, but his friends and family refused to cooperate or participate in the biography. According to the book, Perkins contracted the AIDS virus around the time of Psycho III (1986) and kept the illness secret for six years until his death so he could keep working and not worry his friends and his two sons. The only person who knew he was sick was his wife Berry Berenson. Anthony officially found out that he was HIV positive when the tabloid "National Enquirer" wrote a story about it in 1990. Author Winecoff amended his book with a chapter about the death of Berry Perkins nine years after the death of her husband, as a passenger on board ill-fated American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11, 2001. It also included updated information about their children.
Became an ordained minister and performed the marriage of director Ken Russell to his second wife, Vivian Jolly, in 1983.
Was a huge fan of Elvis Presley, after whom he named his second son, Elvis Perkins.
Had a Top 30 Billboard hit in 1957 with the single "Moonlight Swim".
(November 7, 1988) He campaigned at a rally for Governor Michael Dukakis in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, the night before the U.S. presidential election of 1988.
Was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport in 1984 for possession of eight grams of marijuana and three spots of LSD.
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.
Was portrayed by James D'Arcy in Hitchcock (2012).
Both he and Dallas Buyers Club (2013) founder Ron Woodroof died of AIDS on the same day - September 12, 1992.

Personal Quotes (19)

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.
[statement made shortly before his death, on why he was private about his battle with AIDS] I chose not to go public about this because, to misquote Casablanca, I'm not 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 world.
[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 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.
I have a lot of affection for Norman Bates and a lot of sympathy. So does the audience, I think. He's not just a monster. He's tortured. The real secret of the Psycho movies is that they're tragedies first and horror movies second.
The violence in the Psycho movies is born out of plot, passion and character... Don't just dispatch people by six to the reel and say it's entertainment.
[on playing Norman Bates and the Psycho movies] I think it's my favorite role as well. So many thousands of people have come up to me on the street and in hotel lobbies and in department stores and have shared their experiences of seeing the films with me. It's always been with the greatest amount of pleasure that they've done so. They've told me stories about the dates they had with their future wives, and they've told me stories about sneaking out of the bathroom window and seeing it against their parents orders - and many stories like that, which have imprinted it into their minds. Always with a feeling of having been entertained and having been taken in by the story and having a good time. Of course, I enjoy that.
[on playing Norman Bates] It is the Hamlet of horror roles, and you can never quite get enough of playing Norman Bates. It's always interesting.
[on Norman Bates] I do have affection for Norman as a person. He does the best he can out of the diminished circumstances with which his personality stranded him, and Norman's childhood was difficult and traumatic. Norman is, at heart, a benevolent soul, with a dark side, but Norman's conscious mind is always on the positive things in life.
[on his relationship with Victoria Principal] It was a case of spontaneous combustion.
Hitchcock thought of Psycho (1960) as a comedy. When [it] first came out, it was greeted with screams of laughter. People laughed all the way through, so much so that [he] declared it was the first time he had ever been out-thought by an audience. He knew it was going to be funny, but he didn't realize it was going to be that funny.
I'd grown up almost exclusively in female company. Males seemed rough and frightening.
[on his acting] I was always very keen. I would do anything they asked of me.
[on his mother] Just a strong-willed, dominant, New England kind of woman. She controlled everything about my life, including my thoughts and feelings. "Finish your homework. Put your toys away. Take a bath now. Where are you going? What are you reading? Why are you doing that?" She felt she was taking responsibility, but she was really taking control.
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.
I had wild fantasies, but my erotic experience was mostly solitary. Along the way I'd had homosexual encounters, but that kind of sex always felt unreal to me and unsatisfying. And I had never had sex with a woman-the very thought of it terrified me.
[on typecasting] It was frustrating. I had plenty of offers, but not for the lighter roles, the comedy roles I had always felt would be the main strength of my career. Even today I don't get as many of those offers as I'd like.

Salary (2)

Psycho (1960) $40,000
Edge of Sanity (1989) $666,000 .

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