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Anthony Quinn

Highest Rated:   100% Barabbas (1961)
Lowest Rated:   6% Mobsters (1991)
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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

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
  • Director
  • Producer
2002
13% Avenging Angelo
  • Actor
2002
86% Road to Zanzibar
  • Actor
2001
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
42% 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
37% Last Action Hero
  • Tony Vivaldi
1993
6% Mobsters
  • Don Masseria
1991
81% Jungle Fever
  • Carbone
1991
62% 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
33% 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
80% 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 Children of Sanchez
  • Jesus Sanchez
1978
No Score Yet Con Artists
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The Greek Tycoon
  • Theo Tomasis
1978
No Score Yet Jesus of Nazareth
  • Caiaphas
1977
No Score Yet The Inheritance (l'eredità Ferramonti)
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet The Message
  • Hamza
1976
No Score Yet The Inheritance
  • Gregorio Ferramonti
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
50% 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
86% Zorba the Greek
  • Zorba
1964
No Score Yet The Visit
  • Producer
  • Serge Miller
1964
86% Behold a Pale Horse
  • Viñolas
1964
No Score Yet A High Wind in Jamaica
  • Capt. Chavez
1964
97% Lawrence of Arabia
  • Auda abu Tayi
1962
90% Requiem for a Heavyweight
  • Louis "Mountain" Rivera
1962
100% Barabbas
  • Barabbas
1961
95% The Guns of Navarone
  • Col. Stavros
1961
90% 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
80% 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
No Score Yet 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
94% 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
No Score Yet Knockout
  • Mr. Harry Trego
1941
No Score Yet Knockout
  • Trego
1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On
  • Crazy Horse
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

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