Anthony

Talk about a ‘boy next door’ face…

anthony perkins

anthony perkins

anthony perkins

anthony perkins

anthony perkins

If I didn’t have so much doughnut and alcohol induced fat on me – I might have a physique like that…

Anthony Perkins born 4 April 1932 (d. 1992)

Actor Anthony Perkins is best known for his role as Norman Bates in the classic Hitchcock thriller Psycho (1960).

He made his first film in 1953 and was Oscar nominated for his second film Friendly Persuasion (1956). Many felt he should have been nominated for Psycho, and would have been offered better roles as a result. He appeared in a number of acclaimed roles in films such as Catch-22, (1970), The Trial and Murder On the Orient Express (1975) and on Broadway. But his later career saw him doing mostly made-for-TV movies and Psycho sequels. His persona as an actor was frail, delicate and agitated, and this seems to have reflected his actual nervousness.

Primarily homosexual, Perkins had a number of relationships with men in the 1950s and 60s, including Tab Hunter, writer/model/actor Alan Helms, Rudolph Nureyev and dancer/choreographer Grover Dale, with whom he had a six year relationship prior to his marriage. Perkins may have married for fear of an expose of his homosexuality in Confidential magazine – his wife, Berry Berenson was sixteen years his junior. Dale also married, 10 days before Perkins. Perkins and Berry had two sons, Osgood (Oz) and Elvis.

Anthony Perkins died from an AIDS related illness in 1992.

As a further tragic footnote, his widow Berry Berenson was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, the flight that was hijacked and crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.

Source: Gay For Today

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4 Responses to Anthony

  1. Justin says:

    Yeah he was really special. Not really my type, but a true star :)

    And stop being so manorexic about yourself!!! ;-)

  2. Milo says:

    Justin – I’m not sure I’ve seen any films he’s been in (including Psycho which I haven’t actually seen – yet!) but there is something quite dreamy about him.

    Yes, I’m going through another manorexic phase, is true! Happens when old clothes start looking painfully tight on me! :S

  3. Justin says:

    Well Psycho is a *MUST*. It’s a work of art and is still powerful even now. At the time it came out, it must have been transformative for audiences, who weren’t as jaded by violence as we are.

    Fear Strikes Out is very good. I don’t know much about most of his other films.

    He played one of the young men in the comedy The Matchmaker with Shirley Booth — the story upon which the musical (both broadway and film) Hello Dolly is based on (which makes a *HELL* of a lot more sense — Shirley Booth was the right age to play a spinster matchmaker — Carol Channing was old enough in the original broadway production: Barbara Streisand obviously was not).

    He was also in the Albert Finney Murder on the Orient Express — which despite its 1970s production values is well worth seeing especially because of the incomparable Wendy Hiller’s performance as the Russian countess. (I hope you also see or have seen her in the film Pygmalion with Lesley Howard — which you probably already know is the George Bernard Shaw play upon which the musical My Fair Lady was based.)

    I don’t think Tony Perkins had *that* much of a movie career after Psycho, actually. Not sure why. According to wiki he worked in Europe after psycho, which usually is what happened to actors whose careers tanked in Hollywood (like Orson Wells). The 3 Psycho sequels are all horrid and must be avoided like the plague.

    Interestingly enough, his wiki article doesn’t include the words “gay” or “homosexual” anywhere, though it is known he died of AIDS. But then you can’t always trust wiki :)

  4. Milo says:

    Justin – yeh, I was also wondering why that entry was so assiduously keen not to make any reference. Certainly doesn’t paint the full picture in that regard. I do want to watch Psycho! I *think* I may have recorded it ages ago onto the TV hard drive so might check when I’m back in London.

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