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Morning Man Classic: Anthony Perkins!

If Anthony Perkins were still alive, today would have been his 85th birthday. He, of course, was the star of the classic 1960 thriller Psycho in which he played Norman Bates and later reprised his role in three forgettable sequels.

But there was far more to the career of Mr. Perkins before Psycho. He was nominated for an Oscar for what was just his second movie: Friendly Persuasion and followed that up with Fear Strikes Out playing a trouble former pro baseball player.

In the late 50s, the heartthrob Perkins released three pop albums and one of his singles, Moon-Light Swim, reached number 24 on the Billboard charts.

He also starred opposite Shirley MacLaine in 1958′s The Matchmaker and opposite Jane Fonda in her first movie, 1960′s Tall Story and conquered the Broadway stage first in Tea and Sympathy then earning a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the play Look Homeward, Angel.

Film roles in the 60s and 70s included The Trial, Catch-22, Pretty Poison, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and Murder on the Orient Express. He also starred opposite Diana Ross in what was her second feature film: Mahogany.

He had been married to photographer Berry Berenson for 19 years when he died and was the father of two sons when he died of AIDS in 1992 at the age of 60. He never came out publicly as gay or bisexual although Tab Hunter in recent years has discussed their romance.

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  1. You might have mentioned, when speaking of Berry Berenson, that she was on one of the planes that crashed on 9/11.

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