Anthony Quinn Biography (1915-2001)

Full name, Anthony Rudolph Oaxaca Quinn; original name, Antonio Quinones; born April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico; naturalized U.S. citizen, 1947; son of Frank and Manuela "Nellie" (Oaxaca) Quinn; married Katherine de Mille, October 2, 1937 (divorced, 1965); married Iolanda Addolori, January, 1966 (divorced August, 1997); married Kathy Benvin, December 7, 1997; children: (first marriage) Christina, Kathleen, Duncan; (second marriage) Francesco (an actor),Daniele (an actor), Lorenzo (an actor), Valentina Peters (an actress); (thirdmarriage) Antonia, Ryan; four other children. Career: Actor, director, and producer. Artist, with major exhibitions of his oil paintings, sculptures, and serigraphs in Hawaii, 1982 and 1987; San Francisco, CA, 1983; San Antonio, TX, 1984; Houston, TX, 1984; New York City, 1984 and 1989; Washington,DC, 1985; Beverly Hills, CA, 1986; Mexico City, Mexico, 1990; Paris, France,1990; Zurich, Switzerland, 1990; Vienna, Austria, 1991; Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1992; and Las Vegas, NV, 1993. Awards, Honors: Academy Award, bestsupporting actor, 1952, for Viva Zapata!; Venice Film Festival Award,1956, for La Strada; Academy Award, best supporting actor, 1956, forLust for Life; Academy Award nomination, best actor, 1958, for WildIs the Wind; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actor in a drama, 1961, for Becket; British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award nomination, best foreign actor, 1963, for Lawrence of Arabia; National Board of Review Award, best actor, 1964, Academy Award nomination, best actor,Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actor--drama, both 1965, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award nomination, best foreignactor, 1966, all for Zorba the Greek; Golden Globe Award nomination,best motion picture actor--musical/comedy, 1970, for The Secret of Santa Vittoria; Cecil B. DeMille Award, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment, 1987; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or special, 1988, for The Richest Man in the World: The Story of Aristotle Onassis; Ellis IslandMedal of Honor (Mayor's Liberty Award), National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, notable Mexican actor, 1990; Golden Camera Award, Germany, 1995; Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries, or motion picture, 1997, for Gotti. Addresses: Contact: P.O. Box 479, Bristol, RI 02809-0479.; Agent: 60 East End, Suite 32C, New York, NY 10028.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer
Birth Details
April 21, 1915
Chihuahua, Mexico
Death Details
June 3, 2001
Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Zingo Browning, Parole, Universal, 1936
  • (Uncredited role) A hood, Night Waitress, RKO Radio Pictures, 1936
  • A gangster, Sworn Enemy, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1936
  • (Uncredited role) The Milky Way, Paramount, 1936
  • Harry Morgan, Daughter of Shanghai, Paramount, 1937
  • Captain Ricardo Alvarez, The Last Train from Madrid, Paramount, 1937
  • Nicholas Mazaney, Partners in Crime, Paramount, 1937
  • Cheyenne warrior, The Plainsman, Paramount, 1937
  • The Don, Swing High, Swing Low, Paramount, 1937
  • Kimo, Waikiki Wedding, Paramount, 1937
  • Beluche, The Buccaneer, Paramount, 1938
  • Deane Fordline, Bulldog Drummond in Africa, Paramount, 1938
  • Nicholas "Nicki" Kusnoff, Dangerous to Know, Paramount, 1938
  • Legs, Hunted Men (also known as Crime Gives Orders), Paramount, 1938
  • Lou Gedney, King of Alcatraz (also known as King of the Alcatraz), Paramount, 1938
  • Marty, Tip Off Girls, Paramount, 1938
  • Chang Tai, Island of Lost Men, Paramount, 1939
  • Mike Gordon, King of Chinatown, Paramount, 1939
  • Forbes, Television Spy, Paramount, 1939
  • Jack Cordray, Union Pacific, Paramount, 1939
  • Nick Buller, Emergency Squad, Paramount, 1940
  • Ramon and Francisco Maderos, The Ghost Breakers, Paramount, 1940
  • Francis "Big Boy" Bradmore, Parole Fixer, Paramount, 1940
  • Caesar, Road to Singapore, Paramount, 1940
  • Joe Yuma, Texas Rangers Ride Again, Paramount, 1940
  • Murray Burns, City for Conquest, Warner Bros., 1940
  • Manolo de Palma, Blood and Sand, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1941
  • Tony Van Dyne, Bullets for O'Hara, Warner Bros., 1941
  • Trego, Knockout (also known as Right to the Heart), WarnerBros., 1941
  • Alex Moreno, The Perfect Snob, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1941
  • Chic Collins, Thieves Fall Out, Warner Bros., 1941
  • Wogan, The Black Swan, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1942
  • Leo Dexter, Larceny, Inc., Warner Bros., 1942
  • Mullay Kasim, Road to Morocco, Paramount, 1942
  • Crazy Horse, They Died with Their Boots On, Warner Bros., 1942
  • Jesus "Soose" Alvarez, Guadalcanal Diary, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1943
  • Juan Martines, The Ox-Bow Incident (also known as Strange Incident), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1943
  • Yellow Hand, Buffalo Bill, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1944
  • Al Jackson, Irish Eyes Are Smiling, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1944
  • Michael Romanescue, Ladies of Washington (also known as Ladiesin Washington), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1944
  • George Carroll, Roger Touhy, Gangster! (also known as The LastGangster and Roger Touhy), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1944
  • Captain Andres Bonifacio, Back to Bataan (also known as The Invisible Army), RKO Radio Pictures, 1945
  • Chen-Ta, China Sky, RKO Radio Pictures, 1945
  • Indian chief, Where Do We Go from Here?, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1945
  • Don Luis Rivera y Hernandez, California, Paramount, 1946
  • Charley Eagle, Black Gold, Monogram, 1947
  • Jose Martinez, The Imperfect Lady (also known as Mrs. Loring'sSecret), Paramount, 1947
  • Emir, Sinbad the Sailor, RKO Radio Pictures, 1947
  • Enrique "Ricky" Vargas, Tycoon, RKO Radio Pictures, 1947
  • Raul Fuentes, The Brave Bulls, Columbia, 1951
  • Giovanni LaRocca, Mask of the Avenger, Columbia, 1951
  • High Treason, General Film Distributors/Pacemaker-Mayer-Kingsley,1951
  • Captain Roc Brasiliano, Against All Flags, Universal, 1952
  • Prince Ramon, The Brigand, Columbia, 1952
  • Eufemio Zapata, Viva Zapata!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952
  • Portugee, The World in His Arms, Universal, 1952
  • Ward "Paco" Conway, Blowing Wild, Warner Bros., 1953
  • Tony Bartlett, City beneath the Sea (also known as One Hour toDoomsday), Universal, 1953
  • Kiang, East of Sumatra, Universal, 1953
  • Jose Esqueda, Ride, Vaquero!, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1953
  • Osceola/John Powell, Seminole, Universal, 1953
  • Johnny McBride, The Long Wait, United Artists, 1954
  • Zampano, La Strada (also known as The Road), Trans-Lux, 1954
  • Luis Santos, The Magnificent Matador (also known as The Brave and the Beautiful), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955
  • Phil Regal, The Naked Street (also known as The Brass Ringand The Mobster), United Artists, 1955
  • Captain Gaspar de Portola, Seven Cities of Gold, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955
  • Antinous, Ulysses (also known as Ulisse), Paramount, 1955
  • Francesco Caserto, Angels of Darkness (also known as ForbiddenWomen and Donne proibite), Supra, 1956
  • Paul Gauguin, Lust for Life, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1956
  • Dave Robles, The Man from Del Rio, United Artists, 1956
  • Big Tom Kupfen, The Wild Party, United Artists, 1956
  • Quasimodo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (also known as I Misteridi Parigi and Notre Dame de Paris), Allied Artists, 1957
  • Bob Kallen, The Ride Back, United Artists, 1957
  • Ben Cameron, The River's Edge, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957
  • Gino, Wild Is the Wind, Paramount, 1957
  • Stationmaster, "A Minute's Walk," Rising of the Moon, Warner Bros., 1957
  • Title role, Attila (also known as Attila the Hun and Attila, il flagello di Dio), Universal, 1958
  • Dominique, The Buccaneer, Paramount, 1958
  • Jack Duval, Hot Spell, Paramount, 1958
  • Frank Valente, The Black Orchid, Paramount, 1959
  • Craig Belden, The Last Train from Gun Hill, Paramount, 1959
  • Tom Morgan, Warlock, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1959
  • Tom Healy, Heller in Pink Tights, Paramount, 1960
  • Dr. David Rivera, Portrait in Black, Universal, 1960
  • Inuk, The Savage Innocents (also known as Les dents du diable and Ombre bianche), Paramount, 1960
  • Colonel Andrea Stavros, The Guns of Navarone, Columbia, 1961
  • Circle of Deception (also known as Destruction Test), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1961
  • Villager, Alive and Kicking, Seven Arts, 1962
  • Title role, Barabbas (also known as Barabba), Columbia, 1962
  • Auda Abu Tayi, Lawrence of Arabia, Columbia, 1962
  • Mountain Rivera, Requiem for a Heavyweight (also known as BloodMoney), Columbia, 1962
  • Alfio, Fatal Desire (also known as Cavalleria rusticana), Ultra, 1963
  • Captain Vinolas, Behold a Pale Horse (also known as Et vint lejour de vengeance), Columbia, 1964
  • Serge Miller, The Visit (also known as Der Besuch, La rancune, and La vendetta della signora), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1964
  • Alexis Zorba, Zorba the Greek (also known as Alexis Zorbas), International Classics, 1964
  • Juan Chavez, A High Wind in Jamaica, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1965
  • Lieutenant Colonel Pierre Raspeguy, The Lost Command, Columbia, 1966
  • Kublai Khan, Marco the Magnificent (also known as The FabulousAdventures of Marco Polo, La fabuleuse aventure de Marco Polo, Le meravigliose avventures di Marco Polo, and Marco Polo), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966
  • Roc Delmonico, The Happening, Columbia, 1967
  • Peyrol, The Rover (also known as The Adventurer and L'avventuriero), Cinerama, 1967
  • Johann Moritz, The 25th Hour (also known as La 25e heure, La venticinquesima ora, and La vingt-cinquieme heure), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967
  • Leon Alastray, Guns for San Sebastian (also known as I cannonidi San Sebastian, La bataille de San Sebastian, and Los canonesde San Sebastian), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • Maurice Conchis, The Magus, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968
  • Pope Kiril Lakota, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • Matsoukas, A Dream of Kings, National General, 1969
  • Italo Bombolini, The Secret of Santa Vittoria, United Artists, 1969
  • Flapping Eagle, Flap (also known as The Last Warrior, Nobody Loves a Drunken Indian, and Nobody Loves a Flapping Eagle), Warner Bros., 1970
  • Will Cade, A Walk in the Spring Rain, Columbia, 1970
  • Professor F. W. J. "Paco" Perez, R.P.M. (also known as Revolutions per Minute), Columbia, 1970
  • Narrator, Arruza (documentary), Avco-Embassy, 1971
  • The Voice of La Raza, 1972
  • Captain Frank Matteli, Across 110th Street, United Artists, 1972
  • Erastus "Deaf" Smith, Deaf Smith and Johnny Ears (also known as Los amigos), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1973
  • Don Angelo, The Don Is Dead (also known as Beautiful but Deadly and The Deadly Kiss), Universal, 1973
  • Steve Ventura, The Destructors (also known as The Marseille Contract), American International Pictures, 1974
  • Hamza, Mohammad: Messenger of God (also known as Al-Risalahand The Message), Tarik/Irwin Yablans, 1976
  • High Rollers (also known as Bluff), 1976
  • Ernest Hobday, Target of an Assassin (also known as African Rage, Fatal Assassin, The Long Shot, Portrait of an Assassin, and Tigers Don't Cry), [South Africa], 1976
  • Zulfigar, Caravans, Ibex, 1978
  • Jesus Sanchez, The Children of Sanchez, Bartlett, 1978
  • Theo Tomasis, The Greek Tycoon, Universal, 1978
  • Gregorio Ferramonti, The Inheritance (also known as L'eredita Ferramonti), S.J. International, 1978
  • The Basque, The Passage, United Artists, 1979
  • Bang, The Con Artists (also known as The Con Man, The Switch, Bluff storia di truffe e di imbroglioni, and Il grande bluff), S.J. International, 1981
  • Mariano, High Risk, American Cinema, 1981
  • Omar Mukhtar, Lion of the Desert (also known as Omar Mukhtar: Lion of the Desert), United Film Distribution, 1981
  • Regina Roma (also known as Regina), 1982
  • Bruno Manzini, The Salamander, ITC, 1983
  • Mosen Joaquin, Valentina (also known as 1919 and Valentine), Ofelia Films, 1983
  • Himself, Ingrid (documentary), 1985
  • Mauricio, Pasion de Hombre (also known as A Man of Passion), Light Age Filmworks, 1989
  • Antonio Stradivari, Stradivari, [Italy], 1989
  • Scott, Ghosts Can't Do It, RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, 1990
  • Tiburon "Tibey" Mendes, Revenge, Columbia/New World, 1990
  • Nick, Only the Lonely, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • A Star for Two, 1991
  • Don Guiseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria, Mobsters (also known as The Evil Empire), Universal, 1991
  • Lou Carbone, Jungle Fever, Universal, 1991
  • Tony Vivaldi, Last Action Hero, Columbia, 1993
  • Don Pedro Aragon, A Walk in the Clouds, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995
  • Antonio Barracano, Il sindaco, [Italy], 1996
  • Old man Archie, Seven Servants, 1996
  • Emilio, Somebody to Love, October Films, 1997
  • Ringside, 1999
  • Himself, From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov andShdanoff (documentary), Aslan Productions/City Block Productions/Keeve Productions, 1999
  • Film Work
  • Director, The Buccaneer, Paramount, 1958
  • Producer, The Visit (also known as Der Besuch, La rancune, and La vendetta della signora), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1964
  • Associate producer, Zorba the Greek (also known as Alexis Zorbas), International Classics, 1964
  • Executive producer, Across 110th Street, United Artists, 1972
  • Executive producer, Mystique (also known as Circle of Power), Mehlman, 1981
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Mayor Thomas Jefferson Alacala, The Man and the City, ABC, 1971-72
  • Miniseries
  • Host and narrator, Ten Who Dared (also known as The Explorers), syndicated, 1977
  • Caiaphas, Jesus of Nazareth (also known as The Life of Christ and Gesu di Nazareth), NBC, 1977
  • Long John Silver, Treasure Island (also known as L'isola del tesoro), RAI-2, 1987
  • Socrates Onassis, The Richest Man in the World: The Story of AristotleOnassis (also known as Onassis, Onassis: The Richest Man in the World, and The Richest Man in the World), ABC, 1988
  • Camino de Santiago, 1999
  • Movies
  • King: A Filmed Record ... Montgomery to Memphis (documentary), ABC, 1970
  • Santiago, The Old Man and the Sea (also known as Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea), NBC, 1990
  • Zeus, "Hercules and the Amazon Women," Action Pack, syndicated, 1994
  • Zeus, "Hercules and the Circle of Fire," Action Pack, syndicated,1994
  • Zeus, "Hercules and the Lost Kingdom," Action Pack, syndicated, 1994
  • Zeus, "Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur," Action Pack, syndicated, 1994
  • Zeus, "Hercules in the Underworld," Action Pack, syndicated, 1994
  • Michael Reyman, This Can't Be Love, CBS, 1994
  • "Mr. Neil" Dellacroce, Gotti, HBO, 1996
  • Specials
  • Salute to Lady Liberty, CBS, 1984
  • Remembering Bing, 1987
  • Gregory Peck--His Own Man, Cinemax, 1988
  • Guest, Larry King TNT Extra, TNT, 1992
  • The Golden Globe's 50th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1994
  • Himself, Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western, TNT, 1997
  • The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money, Bravo, 1999
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 38th Annual Tony Awards, 1984
  • The Golden Globe Awards, 1987
  • The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1987
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Gregory Peck (also known asThe 17th Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Gregory Peck), NBC, 1989
  • Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey, NBC, 1989
  • The 45th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1991
  • The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1991
  • The 20th International Emmy Awards, PBS, 1992
  • The Fifth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, 1999
  • Episodic
  • "What Every Woman Knows," Philco Television Playhouse, NBC, 1949
  • "Pride's Castle," Philco Television Playhouse, NBC, 1949
  • "The House of Dust," Lights Out, NBC, 1951
  • "Ticket to Oblivion," Ford Theater (also known as The Ford Television Theater), CBS, 1951
  • "Blue Murder," Danger, CBS, 1951
  • "Dark Fleece," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, CBS, 1951
  • "The Long Trail," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, CBS, 1954
  • "Bandit's Hideout," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, CBS, 1955
  • Person to Person, CBS, 1958
  • Conversation with Cassini, Arts and Entertainment, 1989
  • Host, "Third and Oak: The Pool Hall," American Playwrights Theatre, Arts and Entertainment, 1989
  • Host, "The Rope," American Playwrights Theatre: The One-Acts, Artsand Entertainment, 1989
  • Mr. Fuentes, "Surf's Up," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1989
  • "Anthony Quinn," Crazy about the Movies, Cinemax, 1990
  • Host, "Let Me Hear You Whisper," American Playwrights Theatre, Arts and Entertainment, 1990
  • Host, "Twenty-Seven Wagons Full of Cotton," American Playwrights Theatre, Arts and Entertainment, 1990
  • Himself, Reflections on the Silver Screen with Professor Richard Brown, syndicated, 1990
  • Himself, Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo, 1995
  • Himself, "Frank Costello: Prime Minister of the Mob," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Himself, "Henry Fonda: Hollywood's Quiet Hero," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Himself, "Sophia Loren: Actress Italian Style," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Professor Christo, Cosby, CBS, 1998
  • Also appeared in The Dick Cavett Show, ABC.
  • Pilots
  • Mayor Thomas Jefferson Alacala, The City, ABC, 1971
  • Stage Appearances
  • Clean Beds, 1936
  • Stephen S. Christopher, The Gentleman from Athens, Mansfield Theatre, 1947
  • Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1950
  • Texas, Borned in Texas, Fulton Theatre, New York City, 1950
  • Alvin Connors, Let Me Hear the Melody, Playhouse Theatre, Wilmington, DE, 1951
  • Henry II, Becket, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1960
  • Caesario Grimaldi, Tchin-Tchin, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1962
  • King del Rey, The Red Devil Battery Sign, Shubert Theatre, Boston,MA, 1975
  • Title role, Zorba!, Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Major Tours
  • Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire, U.S. cities, 1948-49
  • Title role, Zorba!, U.S. cities, 1983-86
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • In Disc Jockey Sampler, Capitol, 1969
  • Zorba! (original cast soundtrack), RCA, 1983
  • WRITINGS
  • Nonfiction
  • The Original Sin: A Self-Portrait, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1972
  • (With Daniel Paisner) One Man Tango: Self-Portrait, HarperCollins(New York City), 1995
  • Screenplays
  • Further Reference

    OTHER SOURCES

      Books:
      • Amdur, Melissa, Anthony Quinn, Chelsea House, 1993.
      • Marill, Alvin H., The Films of Anthony Quinn, Citadel (Secaucus, NJ), 1975.
      Periodicals:
      • Atlantic Monthly, November 1972, .
      • Christian Science Monitor, December 27, 1972, .
      • Interview, May 27, 1991, p. 126.
      • People Weekly, September 1, 1997, p. 78; December 22, 1997, p. 115.
      • Premiere, September 1, 1992, p. 43.
      • Saturday Review, October 21, 1972, .*

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