1932 - Anthpny Perkins, born on the 4th of April in New York, USA. The young Perkins decided to follow in his father's footsteps when, at age 15, he became a member of the Actor's Equity.
1956 - 1957 - Nearly becoming a teen idol after crooning "A Little Love Goes a Long, Long Way" in the Goodyear TV Playhouse production Joey, He was signed to Epic Records and later RCA Victor shortly before earning an Oscar nomination for his breakthrough roles in both William Wyler's Friendly Persuasion and Robert Mulligan's Fear Strikes Out.
1958 - 1959 - With his portrayal as a timid pacifist and a disturbed baseball player respectively, His sensitive performances riveted audiences and resulted in numerous film offers. Appearing in The Matchmaker and On the Beach in the following years, screen image as a soft-spoken everyman would be forever shattered with the release of Alfred Hitchcock's controversial masterpiece Psycho.
1961 - In an attempt to shake the association, He would move to Europe after becoming a minor cultural icon following his role in Goodbye Again.
- He was named Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival.
1963 - 1975 - Appearing in such efforts as Orson Welles' The Trial and Is Paris Buring?, throughout much of the duration of the 1960s, Perkins made somewhat of a return to American screens with such later efforts as Pretty Poison, Catch22, and Mahogany.
1978 - 1980 - Working more frequently in television, Les Miserables and The Sins of Dorian Gray also continued to thrill theatergoers with roles in such films as The Black Hole and Ffolkes before returning to the character of Norman Bates in the inevitable sequel Psycho II.
1984 - 1989 - From this point forward there would be little deviation from the twitchy theatricals that he had perfected, and though entertaining in such efforts as Crimes of Passion and Edge of Sanity, contemporary audiences would sadly witness little of the talented actor's pre-Psycho dramatic range.
1986 - Taking the director's chair for the curious but widely ignored Psycho III, it was only a short time later that Perkins would learn of his contraction of the virus that causes AIDS after reading of it in the tabloids.
1992 - Died on the 12th of September, He succumbed to AIDS-related pneumonia in Hollywood, CA, leaving behind a haunting but hopeful message to those who have suffered from the disease in an uncredited epilogue to the AIDS drama.
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