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Birth information

21 April 1915 Chihuahua, Mexico

Death information

3 June 2001 Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Given Name

Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca

Nickname

Tony

How tall is Anthony Quinn?

1.88 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Kathy Benvin
Jolanda Addolori
Katherine DeMille

Life Story of Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at a Los Angeles (CA) film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, and the rest of his family was Mexican. After starting life in extremely modest circumstances in Mexico, his family moved to Los Angeles, where he grew up in the Boyle Heights and Echo Park neighborhoods. He attended Polytechnic High School and later Belmont High, but eventually dropped out. The young Quinn boxed (which stood him in good stead as a stage actor, when he played Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" to rave reviews in Chicago), then later studied architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright at the great architect's studio, Taliesin, in Arizona. Quinn was close to Wright, who encouraged him when he decided to give acting a try. After a brief apprenticeship on stage, Quinn hit Hollywood in 1936 and picked up a variety of small roles in several films at Paramount, including an Indian warrior in The Plainsman (1936), which was directed by the man who later became his father-in-law, Cecil B. DeMille.

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Significant features of Anthony Quinn

Rich smooth voice
Frequently worked with Maureen O'Hara or Irene Papas.

Publications and Magazines about Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn One Man Tango. 1995
Stephen C. Jordan Hollywood's Original Rat Pack. 2008

Biographical movies about Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn: The Final Words 2001
Anthony Quinn and Kirk Douglas 2003
Anthony Quinn: An Original 1990
Biography: "Anthony Quinn: A Lust for Life" 1998

What movies did Anthony Quinn play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Oriundi (1999) , Flucht auf heißen Reifen (1982) , Gehirnwäsche (1981) , Across 110th Street (1972) , Zorba the Greek (1964) , The Visit (1964) ,
Directors Filmography
The Buccaneer (1958) , Pastoral (1947) ,
Actors Filmography
Avenging Angelo (2002) Angelo Allieghieri, Terra de canons (1999) Sr. de Sicart, Camino de Santiago (1999) Félix Foulé, Oriundi (1999) Giuseppe Padovani, Cosby (1999) Prof. Christo, The Mayor (1997) Antonio Baracano, Freixenet 1996 (1996) King, Der Untergang der...

Birth information

21 April 1915 Chihuahua, Mexico

Death information

3 June 2001 Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Given Name

Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca

Nickname

Tony

How tall is Anthony Quinn?

1.88 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Kathy Benvin
Jolanda Addolori
Katherine DeMille

Life Story of Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at a Los Angeles (CA) film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, and the rest of his family was Mexican. After starting life in extremely modest circumstances in Mexico, his family moved to Los Angeles, where he grew up in the Boyle Heights and Echo Park neighborhoods. He attended Polytechnic High School and later Belmont High, but eventually dropped out. The young Quinn boxed (which stood him in good stead as a stage actor, when he played Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" to rave reviews in Chicago), then later studied architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright at the great architect's studio, Taliesin, in Arizona. Quinn was close to Wright, who encouraged him when he decided to give acting a try. After a brief apprenticeship on stage, Quinn hit Hollywood in 1936 and picked up a variety of small roles in several films at Paramount, including an Indian warrior in The Plainsman (1936), which was directed by the man who later became his father-in-law, Cecil B. DeMille.

As a contract player...

Significant features of Anthony Quinn

Rich smooth voice
Frequently worked with Maureen O'Hara or Irene Papas.

Publications and Magazines about Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn One Man Tango. 1995
Stephen C. Jordan Hollywood's Original Rat Pack. 2008

Biographical movies about Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn: The Final Words 2001
Anthony Quinn and Kirk Douglas 2003
Anthony Quinn: An Original 1990
Biography: "Anthony Quinn: A Lust for Life" 1998

What movies did Anthony Quinn play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Oriundi (1999) , Flucht auf heißen Reifen (1982) , Gehirnwäsche (1981) , Across 110th Street (1972) , Zorba the Greek (1964) , The Visit (1964) ,
Directors Filmography
The Buccaneer (1958) , Pastoral (1947) ,
Actors Filmography
Avenging Angelo (2002) Angelo Allieghieri, Terra de canons (1999) Sr. de Sicart, Camino de Santiago (1999) Félix Foulé, Oriundi (1999) Giuseppe Padovani, Cosby (1999) Prof. Christo, The Mayor (1997) Antonio Baracano, Freixenet 1996 (1996) King, Der Untergang der...

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Anthony Quinn in Hercules und das vergessene Königreich (1994)

Had five children, Christopher Quinn (born October 27, 1938 - died March 15, 1941), Christina Quinn (born December 1, 1941), Catalina Quinn (born November 21, 1942), Duncan Quinn (born August 4, 1945) and Valentina Quinn (born December 26, 1952), with Katherine DeMille. Had three children, Francesco Quinn (born March 22, 1963 - died August 5, 2011), Danny Quinn (born April 16, 1964) and Lorenzo Quinn (born May 7, 1966), with Jolanda Addolori. Had two children, Sean Quinn (born February 7, 1973) and Alex A. Quinn (born December 30, 1976), with Friedel Dunbar and had two children, Antonia Quinn (born July 23, 1993) and Ryan Quinn (born July 5, 1996), with Kathy Benvin.

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Anthony Quinn and Itaco Nardulli in Der Schatz im All (1987)

Became a naturalized United States citizen in 1947, just before he was "gray-listed" for his association with Communists such as screenwriter John Howard Lawson and what were termed "fellow travelers", though he himself was never called before the House Un-American Activities Committee. When warned of his gray-listing by 20th Century-Fox boss Darryl F. Zanuck (a liberal), Quinn decided to go on the Broadway stage where there was no blacklist rather than go through the process of refuting the suspicions.

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Anthony Quinn and Itaco Nardulli in Der Schatz im All (1987)

He had to shave his hair for The Magus (1968). He had an insurance policy against the risk that it might not grow back.

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Anthony Quinn in Der Schatz im All (1987)

Lived in Bristol, Rhode Island, and befriended Providence's controversial mayor Buddy Cianci.

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Anthony Quinn in Der letzte Zug von Gun Hill (1959)

Before he launched his acting career, Quinn worked odd jobs as a butcher, a boxer, street corner preacher and a slaughterhouse worker. He also won a scholarship to study architecture with Frank Lloyd Wright, with whom he developed a close relationship.

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Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn in Der letzte Zug von Gun Hill (1959)

Won his second Oscar for a movie in which he only appeared on screen for a total of 23 minutes and 40 seconds.

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Anthony Quinn in Der letzte Zug von Gun Hill (1959)

Brother-in-law of screenwriter Martin Goldsmith.

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Anthony Quinn in Der letzte Zug von Gun Hill (1959)

Son of an Irish-Mexican father and Mexican mother, he grew up in the barrio of East Los Angeles shining shoes and selling newspapers.

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Anthony Quinn in Der letzte Zug von Gun Hill (1959)

His sidelines were painting and sculpting.

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Anthony Quinn in Der letzte Zug von Gun Hill (1959)

Was scheduled to appear in the David Lean-directed "Nostromo" in 1991, but Lean died and the production came to a halt.

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Anthony Quinn, Brad Dexter, Earl Holliman, Brian G. Hutton, etc.

For extra cash, he entered dance contest, from which he sold the statues.

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Anthony Quinn in Der letzte Zug von Gun Hill (1959)

Was nominated for Broadway's 1961 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for Becket.

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Anthony Quinn in Der letzte Zug von Gun Hill (1959)

Around 1972, he announced his desire to play Henry Cristophe, the 19th-century emperor of Haiti. Upon this announcement, several prominent black actors, including Ossie Davis and Ellen Holly, stated that they were opposed to a "white man" playing "black". Davis stated, "My black children need black heroes on which to model their behavior. Henry Cristophe is an authentic black hero. Tony, for all my admiration of him as a talent, will do himself and my children a great disservice if he encourages them to believe that only a white man, and Tony is white to my children, is capable of playing a black hero.".

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Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn in Der letzte Zug von Gun Hill (1959)

Took acting class from Michael Chekhov in Hollywood.

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Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn in Der letzte Zug von Gun Hill (1959)

According to Joseph McBride's Searching for John Ford (St. Martin's Press, 2001 - ISBN 0312242328), director John Ford was urged to cast Richard Boone and Quinn as the Little Wolf and Dull Knife characters in Cheyenne Autumn (1964), as both allegedly had Native American blood. Ricardo Montalban and Gilbert Roland, who were of Mexican ancestry, were cast instead.

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Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn in Der letzte Zug von Gun Hill (1959)

Had played in the band of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson as a youth and as a deputy preacher.

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Anthony Quinn and Earl Holliman in Der letzte Zug von Gun Hill (1959)

While many biographies have the young Quinn, who was the son of an Irish father and Mexican mother, growing up on the streets of East Los Angeles, the truth was that he grew up in Echo Park, attending Polytechnic (which at the time was located in downtown Los Angeles before it moved to North Hollywood) and Belmont High Schools. In later years, he would recount how, while growing up in Echo Park, young Chicano toughs would come over to his house to enlist his help in brawling with the Irish gangs, and that later in the same day, young Irish bruisers would visit him to enlist his services in fighting the Mexicans. He would always beg off choosing sides by having his mother chase the young delinquents out of her house, after which he would resume one of his favorite pastimes, drafting and drawing.

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Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn in Viva Zapata (1952)

He did not get along well with his first father-in-law, legendary producer-director Cecil B. DeMille, though they later developed a civil relationship.

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Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn in Viva Zapata (1952)

Ex-father-in-law of Lauren Holly and Melissa Quinn.

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Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn in Viva Zapata (1952)

He was one of the few actors to move easily and successfully between starring and supporting roles throughout his career. In both categories, the Irish-Mexican Quinn played a vast array of characters and ethnicities, including American, Arab, Basque, Chinese, English, French, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hun, Irish, Italian, Mexican, Mongol, Native American, Filipino, Portuguese, Spaniard and Ukranian.

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Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn in Viva Zapata (1952)

Donated blood to John Barrymore whenever the older actor needed a transfusion.

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Anthony Quinn and Horst Buchholz in Im Reich des Kublai Khan (1965)

Underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery in February 1990.

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Anthony Quinn in Im Reich des Kublai Khan (1965)

He was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, in 1915, during the Mexican revolution, in which his father was allegedly a soldier in the army of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. After the revolution, the family moved to Los Angeles, California, where Quinn's father eventually secured a job as a cameraman at Selig Film Studios. Quinn often accompanied his father to work, and became acquainted with such stars as Tom Mix and John Barrymore, with whom he kept up the friendship into adulthood.

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Rita Hayworth and Anthony Quinn in Ich komme vom Ende der Welt (1967)

Was very fond of Keanu Reeves. They became friends during the filming of A Walk in the Clouds (1995).

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Rita Hayworth and Anthony Quinn in Ich komme vom Ende der Welt (1967)

Was good friends with actress Maureen O'Hara, they starred together six times. The films are The Black Swan (1942), Buffalo Bill (1944), Sinbad, the Sailor (1947), Against All Flags (1952), The Magnificent Matador (1955) and Only the Lonely (1991).

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Anthony Quinn in Ich komme vom Ende der Welt (1967)

Had appeared with Irene Papas in seven films starting as far back as 1954. The films are Attila (1954),The Guns of Navarone (1961), Zorba the Greek (1964), A Dream of Kings (1969), the Mexican produced, Spanish languaged and filmed in Rome short film El asesinato de Julio César (1972), The Message (1976) and Lion of the Desert (1980).

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Anthony Quinn and Rosanna Schiaffino in Ich komme vom Ende der Welt (1967)

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6251 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.

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Anthony Quinn in Ich komme vom Ende der Welt (1967)

He met his second wife, Jolanda Addolori, a wardrobe assistant, while he was in Rome filming Barabbas (1961).

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Anthony Quinn, Richard Johnson, etc.

His father was killed in a motor accident when he was age 9.

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Maureen O'Hara and Anthony Quinn in Mama, ich und wir zwei (1991)

His first job in Hollywood was tending animals at the Selig Studio.

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Anthony Quinn in Mama, ich und wir zwei (1991)

Inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 2015.

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Anthony Quinn and Michael Redgrave in Die 25. Stunde (1967)

The Manfred Mann song "The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)" was based on Anthony Quinn's character in "The Savage Innocents".

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Anthony Quinn and Matt Briggs in Buffalo Bill, der weiße Indianer (1944)

Was claustrophobic and was particularly afraid of elevators.

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Anthony Quinn and Bo Derek in Mein Geist will immer nur das Eine (1989)

Starred in four Oscar Best Picture nominees: The Ox-Bow Incident (1942), The Guns of Navarone (1961), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Zorba the Greek (1964). Lawrence of Arabia is the only winner.

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Anthony Quinn, Jack Low, and Frank McGrath in Der Seeräuber (1942)

On August 26, 2018, he was honored with a day of his film work during the TCM Summer Under The Stars.

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Tyrone Power, Anthony Quinn, and George Sanders in Der Seeräuber (1942)

Maintained a friendship with Pancho Villa's widow, Maria Luz Corral, (first wife) with whom he frequently visited while he provided economic support through the years. A photo of him and Mrs. Villa-Corral hangs in the museum of the revolution in Chihuahua City.

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Tyrone Power, Anthony Quinn, and George Sanders in Der Seeräuber (1942)

In Quinn's 1972 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.

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Marlon Brando, Anthony Quinn, and Joseph Wiseman in Viva Zapata (1952)

He was outspoken on social issues, and at one point considered running for governor of California, until labor leader Cesar Chavez told him he was more valuable as an actor than in politics.

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Anthony Quinn in Alexis Sorbas (1964)

Quinn's father worked as a property man at the Selig film studio. Although some biographies have listed his father as a cameraman, Quinn said this was not true.

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Anthony Quinn in Alexis Sorbas (1964)

His last years were devoted more to his art than to his acting. From 1982 he had numerous major exhibitions in cities from Vienna and Paris to Seoul.

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Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates in Alexis Sorbas (1964)

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Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates in Alexis Sorbas (1964)

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Anthony Quinn and Faye Dunaway in Die Meute (1967)

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