Remembering actor Anthony Perkins

The iconic “Psycho” actor was born on this day in 1932

Remembering actor Anthony Perkins

Anthony Perkins was born in New York City, on April 4, 1932, to Janet Rane and Osgood Perkins, an actor. The younger Perkins would eventually speak of having a tortured, emotionally strained relationship with his parents and feeling deep anguish over the death of his father when he was 5 years old. At age 15, Perkins joined Actors Equity and began performing in stage productions, eventually attending Rollins College and Columbia University. He made his feature film debut in ‘The Actress’ (1953), co-starring with Jean Simmons and Spencer Tracy, and went on to do television and stage work, earning praise for his Broadway debut in 1954’s ‘Tea and Sympathy’. Perkins began to establish himself as a singer, as well. Perkins started acting as a teen and later received an Oscar nomination for his role in 1956’s ‘Friendly Persuasion’. He starred in several other films before landing his most well-known part as innkeeper Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ (1960). Perkins went on to star in many other movies from the 1960s to the 1980s, both in Europe and the U.S. Perkins died on September 12, 1992, in Hollywood, California due to AIDS-related pneumonia.

By Ken Warren, 2018

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