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Also Known As: Anthony Rudolph Oaxaca Quinn Died: June 3, 2001
Born: April 21, 1915 Cause of Death: Respiratory failure
Birth Place: Chihuahua, MX Profession: actor, artist, writer, producer, musician, boxer, director, foreman (in a mattress factory), taxi driver, fruit picker, cement worker

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The tempestuous screen image of two-time Academy Award winner and Renaissance man Anthony Quinn at times seemed to mirror the prolific actor's much publicized, unquenchable thirst for life. His exotic background enabled him to play a nearly limitless variety of ethnic characters, ranging from Crazy Horse in "They Died with Their Boots On" (1942), to the marauding Mongol warrior in "Attila" (1955), to an Eskimo in "The Savage Innocents" (1961). An accomplished artist and painter in his own right, it came as no surprise when he embraced the role of impressionist Paul Gauguin in "Lust for Life" (1956), a role that won him his second Oscar. It was, however, for his embodiment of the garrulous "Zorba the Greek" (1964) that Quinn would be forever remembered, so perfectly did he capture the free-spirited, unrestrained nature of the irascible character. Incredibly prolific, he continued to work steadily over the decades, appearing in such films as "The Greek Tycoon" (1978) and the telepic adaptation of "Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea" (NBC, 1990). A man of deep appetites and diverse passions, both in film and in his own life, Anthony Quinn became one of cinema's most beloved and respected actors...

The tempestuous screen image of two-time Academy Award winner and Renaissance man Anthony Quinn at times seemed to mirror the prolific actor's much publicized, unquenchable thirst for life. His exotic background enabled him to play a nearly limitless variety of ethnic characters, ranging from Crazy Horse in "They Died with Their Boots On" (1942), to the marauding Mongol warrior in "Attila" (1955), to an Eskimo in "The Savage Innocents" (1961). An accomplished artist and painter in his own right, it came as no surprise when he embraced the role of impressionist Paul Gauguin in "Lust for Life" (1956), a role that won him his second Oscar. It was, however, for his embodiment of the garrulous "Zorba the Greek" (1964) that Quinn would be forever remembered, so perfectly did he capture the free-spirited, unrestrained nature of the irascible character. Incredibly prolific, he continued to work steadily over the decades, appearing in such films as "The Greek Tycoon" (1978) and the telepic adaptation of "Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea" (NBC, 1990). A man of deep appetites and diverse passions, both in film and in his own life, Anthony Quinn became one of cinema's most beloved and respected actors in a career that spanned nearly 70 years and more than a 150 memorable performances.

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DIRECTOR:

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  The Buccaneer (1959) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Avenging Angelo (2002)
3.
 Fellini (2001) Himself
4.
 Oriundi (1999) Giuseppe Padovani
6.
7.
 Gotti (1996) "Mr Neil" Dellacroce
8.
 Il Sindaco (1996) Antonio Barracano
9.
 Seven Servants (1996) Old Man Archie
10.
 Walk in the Clouds, A (1995) Don Pedro Aragon
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Milestones close milestones

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As a teenager, played saxaphone in evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson's orchestra
1936:
Spoofed John Barrymore in a stage production of "Clean Beds"
1936:
Cast as an extra in Leo McCarey's "The Milky Way"
1936:
Made his feature acting debut in "Parole"
1937:
Played a Cheyenne Indian in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Plainsman"
1938:
Co-starred in DeMille's "The Buccaneer"
1939:
Last association with DeMille as director, "Union Pacific"
1940:
Co-starred in "The Road to Singapore," with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour
1941:
First association with Budd Boetticher (who served as assistant director), "Blood and Sand"
1941:
Acted the part of Crazy Horse in Raoul Walsh's "They Died With Their Boots On"
1942:
Re-teamed with Hope, Crosby and Lamour for "The Road to Morocco"
1943:
First film with director William Wellman, "The Ox-Bow Incident"
1944:
Another turn as an Indian (Yellow Hand) in Wellman's "Buffalo Bill"
1945:
Co-starred with John Wayne in Edward Dmytryk's "Back to Bataan"
1947:
Made his Broadway debut in "The Gentleman from Athens"
1948:
Headlined a national tour of "A Streetcar Named Desire," playing Stanley Kowalski opposite Uta Hagen
1950:
Reprised the role of Stanley in the Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
1952:
Won first Best Supporting Actor Oscar playing opposite Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan's "Viva Zapata!"
1954:
Played a brutish strongman in Federico Fellini's "La strada," opposite Giulietta Masina
1955:
First film opposite Sophia Loren, "Attila"
1956:
Earned second Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Lust for Life"
1957:
Earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for George Cukor's "Wild Is the Wind"
1957:
Played Quasimodo in the remake of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
1958:
Directed first (and only) feature, the remake of "The Buccaneer"
1959:
Re-teamed with Sophia Loren in "The Black Orchid"
1960:
Third film with Loren, Cukor's "Heller in Pink Tights"
1960:
Gave remarkable performance as a native Eskimo in Nicholas Ray's "Savage Innocents"
1960:
Returned to Broadway as Henry II in "Beckett"; later switched roles with Laurence Olivier, taking over the cleric's role
1961:
Played Greek patriot Colonel Andrea Stavros in J. Lee Thompson's "The Guns of Navaronne"
1962:
Acted the part of a used-up boxer in "Requiem for a Heavyweight"
1962:
Portrayed opportunistic Bedouin Auda Abu Tayi in David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia"
1964:
Played the title role in "Zorba the Greek"; also first film as a producer
1966:
Starred in Mark Robson's "Lost Command"
1968:
Played Russian Pope Kiril Lakota in "The Shoes of the Fisherman"
1969:
Acted with Anna Magnani in Stanley Kramer's "The Secret of Santa Vittoria"
1969:
Co-starred with Irene Papas in "A Dream of Kings"
1970:
Portrayed an Indian outcast in Carol Reed's "Flap"
1971:
Debut as a series regular, playing the mayor of a fast-growing city in ABC's "The Man and the City"
1972:
Produced and acted in "Across 110th Street"
1977:
First acting role in a miniseries, Franco Zeffirelli's "Jesus of Nazareth" (NBC)
1978:
Acted the part of Theo Tomasis (a thinly disguised Aristotle Onassis) in J. Lee Thompson's "The Greek Tycoon"
1979:
Re-teamed with Thompson for "The Passage"
1982:
Played the real-life Bedouin leader Omar Mukhtar in "Lion of the Desert"
1983:
Reprised his most famous role, playing Zorba the Greek for the revival of the Kander and Ebb musical, "Zorba"
1988:
Earned an Emmy nomination for "The Richest Man in the World: The Story of Aristotle Onassis"
1989:
Starred as Antonio Stradavarius in "Stradivari"
1990:
Portrayed Santiago in the NBC movie remake of "The Old Man and the Sea"
1990:
Played a powerful Mexican crime boss, opposite Kevin Costner, in "Revenge"
1991:
Appeared in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever"
1991:
Acted opposite Maureen O¿Hara in "Only the Lonely"
1994:
Cast as the father of the Greek gods, Zeus, in the syndicated TV movie, "Hercules and the Amazon Women"; also appeared in four sequels over the course of a year
1995:
Portrayed gregarious patriarch Don Pedro in "A Walk in the Clouds"
1996:
Portrayed Mafioso Neil Dellacroce in HBO's "Gotti"
2001:
Final screen appearance, cast as murdered mob chieftain Angelo Allieghieri in "Avenging Angelo"; film released posthumously
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Education

Polytechnic High School: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

In 1998, the Italo-American Club of Rhode Island named Quinn Man of the Year.

Quinn conceded to The Chicago Tribune (March 31, 1990) that he had received as much as $500,000 for an original piece of artwork but added modestly, "After shipping and paying off the auction house fees, I never made more than $175,000 from one piece."

He admitted to hundreds of affairs, including sessions with Carole Lombard, Maureen O'Hara, Rita Hayworth, Barbara Stanwyck, Ingrid Bergman and Bergman's daughter Pia Lindstrom.

"The press has never treated me with kid gloves. I've done some pretty good pictures, but they've never accepted me. I think it's being Latin-American. It's racism [toward] anybody that looks slightly foreign ..."

"I have been directed in 350 films. Of those, I have had 25 good directors, who knew what directing was: David Lean, [Federico] Fellini, George Cukor. Then I've been directed by half-ass directors who had an idea of a story they wanted to tell. 'This story has a great morality.' Then I was directed by 200 trafic cops. [In an officious voice] 'Turn left! Turn right! Cut! That's good, Tony!'

"With all the bad ones, I had to overact, to prove I was there." --Anthony Quinn quoted in Daily News, July 11, 1995.

"My worst fault is that at the end of the day I find it extremely difficult--impossible, even--to turn off the character and let him rest until tomorrow. That's been my ... weight to carry as an actor. I'm that character until the film is finished. I can't be a Greek for just half a day. After 'La Strada' I went to Fellini and asked him, 'You do so damn many pictures, why don't you do another one with me.' And he looked at me and said, 'Because you will always be Zampano to me. If I think of you as another character, I get confused.' That's how I feel about myself when I am making a film." --Quinn to Buzzweekly, April 25-May 1, 1997.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Katherine DeMille. Actor. Cecil B DeMille's adopted daughter; married on October 2, 1937; divorced in 1965; died on April 27, 1995 at the age of 83; Quinn (by his own account) found out she was not a virgin on their wedding night (Cary Grant, reportedly, had deflowered her) and held it against her the rest of their marriage; the couple co-starred in "Black Gold" (1947), Quinn playing American Indian Charley Eagle.
wife:
Yolanda Quinn. Former costumer. Italian; married in January 1966; met when she worked as a wardrobe asistant on the film "Barabbas" (1961), starring Quinn; separated in February 1995; reached settlement in their divorce in August 1997.
wife:
Kathy Benvin. Secretary. Born c. 1962; mother of Antonia and Ryan Quinn; married on December 7, 1997 in Naples, Florida; resided with Quinn and their children in Bristol, Rhode Island.

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father:
Francesco Quinn. Cameraman, propman. Died c. 1926 in a motor accident; fought in Pancho Villa's army.
mother:
Manuela Quinn. Half-Mexican, half-Native American.
sister:
Stella Quinn.
son:
Christopher Quinn. Born c. 1938; accidently drowned in 1941 at age three in W C Fields' swimming pool; mother, Katherine DeMille.
daughter:
Christina Quinn. Born in 1941; mother, Katherine DeMille.
daughter:
Catalina Quinn. Born in 1942; mother, Katherine DeMille.
son:
Duncan Quinn. Born in 1945; mother Katherine DeMille; acted with father in "The Children of Sanchez" (1978).
daughter:
Valentina Quinn. Actor. Born in 1952; mother, Katherine DeMille.
son:
Francesco Quinn. Actor. Born c. 1963; mother Iolanda Addolori; estranged from father at time of his 1997 marriage to Kathy Benvin.
son:
Daniele Antonio Quinn. Actor, writer. Born c. 1964; mother, Iolanda Addolari; estranged from father at time of his 1997 marriage to Kathy Benvin; formerly married to actor Lauren Holly.
son:
Lorenzo Quinn. Actor, sculptor. Mother, Yolanda Addolori.
son:
Alex Quinn. Producer. Mother is German woman with whom Quinn was involved; woman is also mother of Sean Quinn.
son:
Sean Quinn. Mother is German woman with whom Quinn was involved; woman is also mother of Alex Quinn.
daughter:
Antonia Quinn. Born in July 1993; had child out of wedlock by his former secretary Kathy Benvin.
son:
Ryan Nicholas Quinn. Born on July 5, 1996 in Rhode Island; mother, Kathy Benvin.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Original Sin" Little, Brown
"One Man Tango" HarperCollins

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