Anthony Perkins (April 4, 1932 – September 12, 1992) was an American actor and singer.
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his second film, Friendly Persuasion, but is best known for playing Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and its three sequels.
His other films include The Trial, Fear Strikes Out, Tall Story, The Matchmaker, Pretty Poison, North Sea Hijack, Five Miles to Midnight, The Black Hole, Murder on the Orient Express and Mahogany.
Psycho is a 1960 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Janet Leigh. The screenplay is by Joseph Stefano, based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch loosely inspired by the crimes of Wisconsin murderer and grave robber Ed Gein.
The film centers on the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane (Leigh), who ends up at a secluded motel after embezzling money from her employer, and the motel’s disturbed owner-manager, Norman Bates (Perkins), and its aftermath. When originally made, the film was seen as a departure from Hitchcock’s previous film North by Northwest, having been filmed on a low budget, with a television crew and in black and white. Psycho initially received mixed reviews, but outstanding box office returns prompted reconsideration which led to overwhelming critical acclaim and four Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Leigh and Best Director for Hitchcock.
It is now considered one of Hitchcock’s best films and praised as a work of cinematic art by international film critics and film scholars. Ranked among the greatest films of all time, it set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films, and is widely considered to be the earliest example of the slasher film genre. After Hitchcock’s death in 1980, Universal Studios began producing follow-ups: three sequels, a remake, a television film spin-off, and a TV series.
In 1992, the US Library of Congress deemed the film “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Anthony Perkins was born on April 4, 1932 (and died on September 12, 1992). He was an American actor and singer mainly famous for playing Norman Bates in Psycho, a thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1960. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his second film, Friendly Persuasion. Among his other films are The Trial, Fear Strikes Out, Tall Story, The Matchmaker, Pretty Poison, North Sea Hijack, Five Miles to Midnight, The Black Hole, Murder on the Orient Express and Mahogany.
Psycho is a psychological thriller-horror film based on a screenplay by Joseph Stefano, and on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. It was loosely based on the crimes committed by the Wisconsin murderer and grave robber Ed Gein.The film is about a secretary, Marion Crane, who steals some money from her owner and ends up at a remote motel run by the disturbed Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). Their meeting will have consequences…The film received four Academy Award nominations and is now considered one of Hitchcock’s best films