1932-04-04

ANTHONY PERKINS, American actor (d. 1992); Academy Award-nominated American stage and screen actor best known for his role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and its three sequels. Perkins was, as they say, bisexual, having had affairs with a number of men, including 1950s and 1960s film stars Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter, dancer Rudolf Nureyev, composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim and dancer-choreographer Grover Dale, with whom Perkins had a six-year relationship prior to his marriage to Berry Berenson. He claimed to have been exclusively Gay until his late 30s, when he met actress Victoria Principal. However you slice it, Anthony had a pretty good time.

Perkins died in 1992, at age 60 from complications of HIV/AIDS. Perkins’ widow, Berenson, died on American Airlines Flight 11, during the 9-11 attacks. He had two sons: actor Osgood “Oz” and musician Elvis.