- September 12
) was an American
actor best known for his role as the maniacal murderer, Norman Bates
, in Alfred Hitchcock
Perkins's first movie was The Actress[?] (1953), then came Friendly Persuasion (1956), for which he received an Academy Award nomination.
After a few other much-acclaimed performances both in film and on Broadway, he starred in Psycho in 1960, which led to his being typecast as the crazy killer, severely limiting the range of roles he was offered later in life.
He went on to star in (and even direct) the sequels and prequel to Psycho and also played a few memorable characters, such as the chaplain in Catch-22 (1970), but most of his later work was made-for-TV movies.
He was bisexual, having had affairs with men, including Tab Hunter[?] and Grover Dale[?], prior to his 19-year marriage to Berry Berenson.
Perkins died in 1992 of AIDS complications.
His son, Osgood Perkins, credited as Oz Perkins[?], is also an actor.
His widow, Berry Berenson, died on an airplane that crashed into the World Trade Center during the September 2001 Terrorist Attacks, the day before the nine-year anniversary of Perkins' death.
- "I have learned more about love, selflessness and human understanding from the people I have met in this great adventure in the world of AIDS than I ever did in the cutthroat, competitive world in which I spent my life."
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