Anthony Quinn Overview:

Legendary actor, Anthony Quinn, was born Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca on Apr 21, 1915 in Chihuahua, Mexico. Quinn died at the age of 86 on Jun 3, 2001 in Boston, MA and was laid to rest in Quinn Family Estate Cemetery in Bristol, RI.


Flamboyant, dark-haired Mexican-born actor, who played Indians and scowling Dago bad guys until his second Oscar, for Lust for Life (the first was for Viva Zapata!), thereafter he lived that title to the hilt playing any number of earth-loving characters of widely varying nationalities. Married (first of three) to actress Katherine DeMille (K. Lester 1911-1995) from 1937 to 1965. Additional Oscar nominations for Wild Is the Wind and Zorba the Greek. Had eight children (one passed).

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Anthony Quinn was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning two for Best Supporting Actor for Viva Zapata! (as Eufemio Zapata) and Lust for Life (as Paul Gauguin) in 1952 and 1956 respectively.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1952Best Supporting ActorViva Zapata! (1952)Eufemio ZapataWon
1956Best Supporting ActorLust for Life (1956)Paul GauguinWon
1957Best ActorWild Is the Wind (1957)GinoNominated
1964Best ActorZorba the Greek (1964)Alexis ZorbaNominated

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Anthony Quinn's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #135 on Dec 21, 1968.

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Anthony Quinn Quotes:

George Faber: Were you ill treated during your confinement?
Kiril Lakota: Oh, not for a long time now. More recently I have been working in heavy industry.
George Faber: To that extent, then, you did submit yourself to the system.
Kiril Lakota: In so far, Mr. Faber, as any system provides bread, work and dignity I am prepared to cooperate with it. These things are good in themselves whether they exist in Rome or in Siberia. And bread, work, and dignity do exist in Siberia.

Alexis Zorba: What kind of man are you, don't you even like dolphins?

Bob Kallen: You afraid of Indians, Hamish?
Sheriff Chris Hamish: I'm respectful of any man who's got enough liquor to make him kill.
Bob Kallen: Seems to me I've heard something like that about you, Kallen.

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Anthony Quinn Facts
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 L.A., the truth was that he grew up in Echo Park, attending Polytechnic (which at the time was located in downtown L.A. 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.

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

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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