Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn

Highest Rated: 100% Lust for Life (1956)

Lowest Rated: 6% Mobsters (1991)

Birthday: Apr 21, 1915

Birthplace: Chihuahua, Mexico

Earthy and at times exuberant, Anthony Quinn was one of Hollywood's more colorful personalities. Though he played many important roles over the course of his 60-year career, Quinn's signature character was Zorba, a zesty Greek peasant who teaches a stuffy British writer to find joy in the subtle intricacies of everyday life in Zorba the Greek (1964), which Quinn also produced. The role won him an Oscar nomination and he reprised variations of Zorba in several subsequent roles. Although he made a convincing Greek, Quinn was actually of Irish-Mexican extraction. He was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn in Chihuahua, Mexico, on April 21, 1915, but raised in the U.S. Before becoming an actor, Quinn had been a prizefighter and a painter. He launched his film career playing character roles in several 1936 films, including Parole (his debut) and The Milky Way, after a brief stint in the theater. In 1937, he married director Cecil B. DeMille's daughter Katherine De Mille, but this did nothing to further his career and Quinn remained relegated to playing "ethnic" villains in Paramount films through the 1940s. By 1947, he was a veteran of over 50 films and had played everything from Indians, Mafia dons, Hawaiian chiefs, Chinese guerrillas, and comical Arab sheiks, but he was still not a major star. So he returned to the theater, where for three years he found success on Broadway in such roles as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. Upon his return to the screen in the early '50s, Quinn was cast in a series of B-adventures like Mask of the Avenger (1951). He got one of his big breaks playing opposite Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan's Viva Zapata! (1952). His supporting role as Zapata's brother won Quinn his first Oscar and after that, Quinn was given larger roles in a variety of features. He went to Italy in 1953 and appeared in several films, turning in one of his best performances as a dim-witted, thuggish, and volatile strongman in Federico Fellini's La Strada (1954). Quinn won his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar portraying the painter Gaugin in Vincente Minnelli's Lust for Life (1956). The following year, he received another Oscar nomination for George Cukor's Wild Is the Wind. During the '50s, Quinn specialized in tough, macho roles, but as the decade ended, he allowed his age to show. His formerly trim physique filled out, his hair grayed, and his once smooth, swarthy face weathered into an appealing series of crags and crinkles. His careworn demeanor made him an ideal ex-boxer in Requiem for a Heavyweight and a natural for the villainous Bedouin he played in Lawrence of Arabia (both 1962). The success of Zorba the Greek in 1964 was the highwater mark of Quinn's career during the '60s -- it offered him another Oscar nomination -- and as the decade progressed, the quality of his film work noticeably diminished. The 1970s offered little change and Quinn became known as a ham, albeit a well-respected one. In 1971, he starred in the short-lived television drama Man in the City. His subsequent television appearances were sporadic, though in 1994, he became a semi-regular guest (playing Zeus) on the syndicated Hercules series. Though his film career slowed considerably during the 1990s, Quinn continued to work steadily, appearing in films as diverse as Jungle Fever (1991), Last Action Hero (1993), and A Walk in the Clouds (1995). In his personal life, Quinn proved as volatile and passionate as his screen persona. He divorced his wife Katherine, with whom he had three children, in 1956. The following year he embarked on a tempestuous 31-year marriage to costume designer Iolanda Quinn. The union crumbled in 1993 when Quinn had an affair with his secretary that resulted in a baby; the two shared a second child in 1996. In total, Quinn has fathered 13 children and has had three known mistresses. He and Iolanda engaged in a public and very bitter divorce in 1997 in which she and one of Quinn's sons, Danny Quinn, alleged that the actor


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet City Beneath The Sea Actor 2011
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood - Then and Now Actor 2007
No Score Yet Making 'Avenging Angelo' Angelo Allieghieri 2003
No Score Yet From Russia To Hollywood Actor 2002
No Score Yet King of the Streets Producer Director 2002
13% Avenging Angelo Actor 2002
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood Actor 2000
No Score Yet From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff Actor 1999
No Score Yet Oriundi Giuseppe Padovani 1999
No Score Yet Somebody to Love Emilio 1996
60% Gotti Neil Dellacroce 1996
No Score Yet Seven Servants Archie 1996
No Score Yet The Fine Art of Separating People From Their Money Interviewee 1996
44% A Walk in the Clouds Don Pedro Aragon 1995
No Score Yet Old Man and the Sea Actor 1995
No Score Yet Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur Zeus 1994
No Score Yet Hercules in the Underworld Zeus 1994
No Score Yet Hercules and the Circle of Fire Zeus 1994
No Score Yet Hercules and the Lost Kingdom Zeus 1994
No Score Yet Hercules and the Amazon Women Zeus 1994
36% Last Action Hero Tony Vivaldi 1993
6% Mobsters Don Masseria 1991
81% Jungle Fever Carbone 1991
64% Only the Lonely Nick 1991
No Score Yet Ghosts Can't Do It Scott 1990
No Score Yet The Old Man and the Sea Santiago 1990
38% Revenge Tiburon Mendez 1990
No Score Yet Stradivari Actor 1989
No Score Yet Onassis: The Richest Man in the World Socrates Onassis 1988
No Score Yet Circle of Power Executive Producer 1983
No Score Yet The Salamander Actor 1983
No Score Yet Regina Papa 1983
No Score Yet Valentina Mosen Joaquin 1982
No Score Yet High Risk Mariano 1981
71% Lion of the Desert (Omar Mukhtar) Omar Mukhtar 1981
No Score Yet The Salamander Bruno Manzini 1981
No Score Yet Rembetika: The Blues of Greece Narrator 1980
No Score Yet The Passage Basque 1979
No Score Yet Switch Actor 1979
No Score Yet Fatal Assassin Ernest Hobday 1978
No Score Yet Caravans Zulffiqar 1978
No Score Yet The Greek Tycoon Theo Tomasis 1978
No Score Yet The Children of Sanchez Jesus Sanchez 1978
No Score Yet Con Artists Actor 1978
No Score Yet The Inheritance (l'eredità Ferramonti) Gregorio Ferramonti 1976
No Score Yet The Message Hamza 1976
No Score Yet Target of an Assassin Actor 1976
No Score Yet Fatal Assassin Actor 1976
No Score Yet The Marseille Contract (The Destructors) Steve Ventura 1974
No Score Yet The Don Is Dead Don Angelo 1973
No Score Yet Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears Actor 1973
80% Across 110th Street Executive Producer Capt. Mattelli 1972
No Score Yet Arruza Narrator 1972
No Score Yet Flap Flapping Eagle 1970
No Score Yet R.P.M. Prof. F.W.J. 'Paco' Perez 1970
No Score Yet King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis Actor 1970
No Score Yet A Walk in the Spring Rain Will Cade 1970
67% The Secret of Santa Vittoria Italo Bombolini 1969
No Score Yet A Dream of Kings Matsoukas 1969
No Score Yet The Magus Conchis 1968
No Score Yet Guns for San Sebastian Leon Alastray 1968
43% The Shoes of the Fisherman Kiril Lakota 1968
No Score Yet La Vingt-cinquième heure (The 25th Hour) Johann Moritz 1967
No Score Yet The Happening Roc Delmonico 1967
No Score Yet Rover Peyrol 1967
No Score Yet Lost Command Lt. Col. Pierre Raspeguy 1966
80% Zorba the Greek Zorba 1964
No Score Yet The Visit Producer Serge Miller 1964
90% Behold a Pale Horse Viñolas 1964
No Score Yet A High Wind in Jamaica Capt. Chavez 1964
98% Lawrence of Arabia Auda abu Tayi 1962
89% Barabbas Barabbas 1962
92% Requiem for a Heavyweight Louis "Mountain" Rivera 1962
91% The Guns of Navarone Col. Stavros 1961
75% The Savage Innocents Inuk 1961
No Score Yet Portrait in Black Dr. David Rivera 1960
No Score Yet Heller in Pink Tights Thomas 'Tom' Healy 1960
No Score Yet Warlock Tom Morgan 1959
83% Last Train from Gun Hill Craig Belden 1959
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Director 1958
20% The Black Orchid Frank Valente 1958
No Score Yet Wild Is the Wind Gino 1957
No Score Yet The River's Edge Ben Cameron 1957
No Score Yet The Ride Back Kallen 1957
No Score Yet Notre Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) Quasimodo 1956
No Score Yet Man from Del Rio Dave Robles 1956
100% Lust for Life Paul Gauguin 1956
No Score Yet The Naked Street (The Brass Ring) Phil Regal 1955
No Score Yet Magnificent Matador Luis Santos 1955
No Score Yet Seven Cities of Gold Capt. Portola 1955
No Score Yet Ulysses Antinoos 1954
97% The Road (La Strada) Zampano 1954
No Score Yet Long Wait Johnny McBride 1954
No Score Yet Seminole Osceola 1953
No Score Yet Blowing Wild Ward 'Paco' Conway 1953
No Score Yet Ride, Vaquero! Actor 1953
No Score Yet Against All Flags Capt. Roc Brasiliano 1952
100% The World in His Arms Portugee 1952
65% Viva Zapata! Eufemio Zapata 1952
No Score Yet The Brave Bulls Actor 1951
No Score Yet Mask of the Avenger Viovanni Larocca 1951
No Score Yet Tycoon Enrique `Ricky' Vargas 1947
80% Sinbad the Sailor Emir 1947
No Score Yet California Don Luis 1946
No Score Yet Back to Bataan Capt. Andres Bonifacio 1945
No Score Yet Where Do We Go from Here? Indian Chief 1945
No Score Yet Irish Eyes Are Smiling Al Jackson 1944
No Score Yet Buffalo Bill Yellow Hand 1944
No Score Yet Guadalcanal Diary Jesus `Soose' Alvarez 1943
No Score Yet The Saint Meets the Tiger Actor 1943
90% The Ox-Bow Incident Juan Martines 1943
80% The Black Swan Wogan 1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc. Leo Dexter 1942
92% Road to Morocco Mullay Kasim 1942
100% Blood and Sand Manolo de Palma 1941
89% Road to Zanzibar Actor 1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On Crazy Horse 1941
No Score Yet Knockout Trego 1941
80% City for Conquest Murray Burns 1940
83% The Ghost Breakers Ramon/Francisco Maderos 1940
100% Road to Singapore Caesar 1940
No Score Yet Texas Rangers Ride Again Joe Yuma 1940
No Score Yet Union Pacific Jack Cordray 1939
No Score Yet King of Chinatown Mike Gordon 1939
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond in Africa Deane Fordline 1938
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Beluche 1938
No Score Yet Daughter of Shanghai Harry Morgan 1937
No Score Yet The Last Train from Madrid Captain Ricardo Alvarez 1937
No Score Yet Waikiki Wedding Kimo 1937
No Score Yet Swing High, Swing Low The Don 1937
No Score Yet The Plainsman Cheyenne Warrior 1936
No Score Yet The Milky Way Extra 1936


No Score Yet The Cosby Show
Mr. Fuentes 1989
No Score Yet Jesus of Nazareth
Caiaphas 1977


Louis "Mountain" Rivera says: I coulda been a contender, instead of a bum, which is what I am. Let's face it, it was you Charlie, it was you.

Alexis Zorba says: You think too much, that is your trouble. Clever people and grocers, they weigh everything.

Basil says: An overhead cable? You're mad.

Alexis Zorba says: Why?

Basil says: That forest doesn't belong to us.

Alexis Zorba says: Well, it doesn't, and then it does.

Basil says: What does that mean?

Alexis Zorba says: It belong to the monastery. The monastery belongs to God, and God belongs to everybody. Do you agree?

Santiago says: A man can be destroyed, but not defeated.

T.E. Lawrence says: My friends, we have been foolish. Auda will not come to Aqaba. Not for money...

Auda abu Tayi says: No.

T.E. Lawrence says: ... For Feisal...

Auda abu Tayi says: No!

T.E. Lawrence says: ...nor to drive away the Turks. He will come... because it is his pleasure.

Auda abu Tayi says: Thy mother mated with a scorpion.

Auda abu Tayi says: [to Lawrence] I carry twenty-three great wounds, all got in battle. Seventy-five men have I killed with my own hands in battle. I scatter, I burn my enemies' tents. I take away their flocks and herds. The Turks pay me a golden treasure, yet I am poor! Because *I* am a river to my people!

Auda abu Tayi says: It is my pleasure that you dine with me in Wadi Ram. ( someday CGI may get there but that arrival scene is one for the ages..)

Auda abu Tayi says: It is my pleasure that you dine with me in Wadi Ram. [someday CGI may get there but that arrival scene is one for the ages]

Alexis Zorba says: God has a very big heart but there is one sin he will not forgive [slaps table].

Alexis Zorba says: God has a very big heart but there is one sin he will not forgive. [slaps table]

Alexis Zorba says: If a woman calls a man to her bed and he will not go.

Alexis Zorba says: How can I not love them? Poor weak creatures... and they take so little, a man's hand on their breast, and they give you all they got.

Basil says: I don't want any trouble.

Alexis Zorba says: Life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to undo your belt and *look* for trouble.

Alexis Zorba says: Damn it boss, I like you too much not to say it. You've got everthing except one thing: madness! A man needs a little madness, or else...

Basil says: Or else?

Alexis Zorba says: ...he never dares cut the rope and be free.

Alexis Zorba says: If a woman sleeps alone, it puts a shame on all men.