Born on April 4, 1932 in New York City Anthony Perkins made his screen debut in The Actress in 1953 and in 1956 his second film Friendly Persuasion allotted him an Oscar nomination. In 1960 Anthony Perkins was Norman Bates in Psycho. Premiere Magazine rated Psycho as #4 on its greatest movies characters of all time. Perkins starred in the next two sequels of Psycho.
In 1961 Perkins played against Ingrid Bergman in Goodbye Again and he won the Cannes Film Festival best actor award. He was in Catch-22 and co-wrote the screenplay for The Last of Sheila in 1973. In 1973 he appeared in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, in Murder on the Orient Express in 1975, and the lead role in Lovin' Molly in 1974. His only science fiction role was in the Black Hole in1979.
Perkins was known for his nervous demeanor and laying sweet but unbalanced characters. He was tall with a slim frame and blocky shoulders. Perkins did have boyish good looks.
In 1990 a blood sample taken to diagnosis palsy on the side of his face proved to test positive for AIDS. He allegedly contracted AIDS in1986 but kept his illness secret for six year so he could keep working.
In 1973 Perkins and Berinthia or Berry Berenson were married. They had two sons one of whom (Oz Perkins) is an actor and Elvis Perkins is musician. Perkins passed away on September 12, 1992. His wife Berry passed away on September 11, 2001 in one of the planes that smashed into the World Trade Center.