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Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn


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Also Known As: Died: June 3, 2001
Born: April 21, 1915 Cause of Death: Respiratory failure
Birth Place: Chihuahua, MX Profession: Cast ...


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.

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