56 Facts About Anthony Quinn


Manuel Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca, better known by his stage name Anthony Quinn, was an American actor.


Anthony Quinn was known for his portrayal of earthy, passionate characters "marked by a brutal and elemental virility" in numerous critically acclaimed films both in Hollywood and abroad.


Anthony Quinn had an Oscar-nominated titular role in Zorba the Greek.


Manuel Antonio Rodolfo Anthony Quinn Oaxaca was born April 21,1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, during the Mexican Revolution to Manuela "Nellie" and Francisco "Frank" Anthony Quinn.


Frank Anthony Quinn was born to an Irish immigrant father from County Cork and a Mexican mother.


In Quinn's autobiography, The Original Sin: A Self-portrait by Anthony Quinn, he denied being the son of an "Irish adventurer" and attributed that tale to Hollywood publicists.


Anthony Quinn later said he was not accepted in Mexico because of his surname.


When he was six years old, Anthony Quinn attended a Catholic church and even contemplated becoming a priest, but at the age of 11, he joined the Pentecostals at the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, which was founded and led by the evangelical preacher Aimee Semple McPherson.


Anthony Quinn grew up first in El Paso, Texas, and later in East Los Angeles and in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles, California.


Anthony Quinn attended Hammel Street Elementary School, Belvedere Junior High School, Polytechnic High School, and Belmont High School in Los Angeles, with future baseball player and General Hospital star John Beradino, but left before graduating.


Anthony Quinn said he had been offered $800 per week by a film studio and did not know what to do.


In 1942, Anthony Quinn co-starred alongside Power in another critical and financial success, the swashbuckling adventure The Black Swan.


Anthony Quinn co-starred in Sinbad the Sailor with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.


Anthony Quinn returned to the theater, replacing Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway.


Anthony Quinn returned to Hollywood in the early 1950s, and was cast in a series of B-adventures such as Mask of the Avenger.


Anthony Quinn holds the distinction of being the first Mexican-American to win an Academy Award.


Anthony Quinn worked with Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti in the Kirk Douglas film Ulysses, and starred as Attila the Hun, with Sophia Loren, in Attila.


Anthony Quinn won his second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of painter Paul Gauguin in Vincente Minnelli's Lust for Life, alongside Kirk Douglas, who portrayed Vincent van Gogh.


Anthony Quinn starred as Quasimodo in the French-language film The Hunchback of Notre Dame.


Anthony Quinn starred in the film The Savage Innocents as Inuk, an Eskimo who finds himself caught between two clashing cultures.


Anthony Quinn teamed with Kirk Douglas in the Western Last Train from Gun Hill.


Anthony Quinn appeared on Broadway to great acclaim in Becket, as King Henry II to Laurence Olivier's Thomas Becket in 1960.


Anthony Quinn's performance earned him a Tony Award nomination for best leading actor and Becket received the award for best play.


Anthony Quinn left the production for a film, never having played Becket, and director Peter Glenville suggested a road tour with Olivier as Henry.


Anthony Quinn's physique filled out, his hair grayed, and his once smooth, swarthy face weathered and became more rugged.


Anthony Quinn played a Greek resistance fighter in The Guns of Navarone, an aging boxer in Requiem for a Heavyweight, and the Bedouin shaikh Auda abu Tayi in Lawrence of Arabia.


Lawrence of Arabia would go on to win the Oscar and Golden Globe for best picture, and Anthony Quinn received a Golden Globe nomination for best actor alongside co-star Peter O'Toole.


Anthony Quinn played the title role in the 1961 film Barabbas, based on a novel by Par Lagerkvist.


In 1971, after the success of a TV movie named The City, where Anthony Quinn played Mayor Thomas Jefferson Alcala, he starred in the television series, The Man and the City.


Anthony Quinn played NYPD Captain Frank Martelli, who along with Kotto, was investigating a robbery-homicide of Italian and Black gangsters in Harlem, New York City.


Anthony Quinn played the old racist, violent captain, against Kotto's modern, educated, enlightened lieutenant.


In 1976, Anthony Quinn starred in the movie Mohammad, Messenger of God, about the origin of Islam, as Hamza, a highly respected uncle of Mohammad, the prophet of Islam.


In 1979, Anthony Quinn starred in the film The Passage, as a Basque shepherd during WWII.


Anthony Quinn was tasked with leading a scientist and his family across the Pyrenees, while pursued by Nazis.


Anthony Quinn performed in the musical both on Broadway and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.


In 1994, Anthony Quinn played the role of Zeus in five television movies focusing on the legendary journeys of Hercules.


In 1995, Anthony Quinn starred in his last movie in a lead role in the film Seven Servants, by Daryush Shokof.


Anthony Quinn then married Benvin in December 1997 and remained married to her until his death.


Anthony Quinn, who experienced discrimination growing up in Los Angeles, participated in various civil-rights and social causes.


Anthony Quinn provided funding for Latino advocacy group the Spanish-Speaking People's Congress.


Anthony Quinn assisted in fundraising efforts for the legal defense of Mexican-American youth in the racially charged Sleepy Lagoon murder trial in 1942.


In 1969, Anthony Quinn visited with Native American student activists occupying Alcatraz Island in protest, promising to offer assistance.


In 1970, Anthony Quinn was a panelist at the Mexican-American Conference.


Anthony Quinn was a supporter of the United Farm Workers organization led by his friend and labor activist Cesar Chavez.


Early in life, Anthony Quinn had an interest in painting and drawing.


Apart from art classes taken in Chicago during the 1950s, Anthony Quinn never attended art school; nonetheless, taking advantage of books, museums, and amassing a sizable collection, he managed to give himself an effective education in the language of modern art.


Anthony Quinn's work is represented in both public and private collections throughout the world.


Anthony Quinn wrote two memoirs, The Original Sin and One Man Tango, a number of scripts, and a series of unpublished stories currently in the collection of his archive.


Anthony Quinn told reporters he wanted to play Paul Castellano, the boss of the Gambino family after Carlo Gambino.


Gotti was on trial concerning a variety of felony charges when Anthony Quinn visited the courtroom.


Anthony Quinn later portrayed Gambino family underboss Aniello Dellacroce in the 1996 HBO film Gotti, as well as Joe Masseria in the 1991 film Mobsters.


Anthony Quinn had a personal relationship with New York City Mafia crime boss Frank Costello and other Genovese gangsters.


Anthony Quinn died of respiratory failure on June 3,2001, in Boston, at age 86.


Anthony Quinn's funeral was held in the First Baptist Church in America in College Hill, Providence, Rhode Island.


Anthony Quinn's wife asked for the permission of Bristol authorities to bury him in his favorite spot in the backyard of his house, near an old maple tree.


Anthony Quinn bought the land during the filming of The Guns of Navarone in Rhodes, but it was reclaimed by the Greek government in 1984 due to a change in property law.