Being on the list of the most important style icons of the 60s, Anthony Perkins was as classy in his artistic choices as in his personal life. In fact, his reputation as a fine gentleman on and off the movie sets, followed him up to his death in 1992.
Norman Bates of Psycho a.k.a Anthony Perkins might be known as the homicidal persona laid out by Hitchcock but he, in fact, has a long list of life events that define his elegance.
He was born in New York in 1932 and was the son of stage actor, Osgood Perkins.
Keen on learning, Anthony Perkins attended Columbia University.
He got under the spotlight as early his second film, Friendly Persuasion (1956), in which he played Gary Cooper’s son and won the Golden Globe Award as a newcomer.
During his movie carrier, he made two Western Films, the Lonely Man (1957) and The Tin Star (1957) next to Henry Fonda.
Between 1957 and 1958 he released two music albums and several singles as a singer.
As a member of Actor Studio, Perkins never abandoned the theater even though his career in cinema was becoming more and more successful.
He starred alongside major female stars such as Sophia Loren at Le Couteau Dans La Plaie, Audrey Hepburn at Green Mansions, Ingrid Bergman at Goodbye Again, and Melina Mercouri at Phaedra.
Sir Alfred Hitchcock, when casted Perkins for the role of Norman Bates in Psycho, noticed the actor’s resemblence to James Stewart. Hitchcock not only exploited the fact but he successfully subverted it.
In 1961 he was awarded with the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
The gentleman had class.