Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca (April 21, 1915 June 3, 2001), more commonly known as Anthony Quinn, was a Mexican-American actor.
In 1936, he made the leap into the acting profession. That year he had a role in the play Clean Beds with Mae West and appeared in the film Parole! This opened the door to other film roles, often Typecasting him as a bad guy. Quinn did some of his finest film work in the 1950s and 1960s.
He played the brother of Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata, Eufemio Zapata in Viva Zapata! (1952), a performance that won him the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, making him the first Mexican American to win any Academy Award. He received that same honor again in 1956 for his portrayal of the painter Paul Gauguin in Lust for Life with Kirk Douglas. He was also nominated for Best Actor in 1957 for Wild Is the Wind and in 1964 for Zorba the Greek, and played Quasimodo in the 1956 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Quinn achieved box-office success with starring roles in The Guns of Navarone (1961) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962). During the course of his career, Quinn appeared in more than 200 films.
In his later years, he took on fewer acting roles and pursued his interest in art by painting, sculpting, and designing jewelry. Married three times, Quinn is said to have fathered 13 children. He died of respiratory failure on June 3, 2001, in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Daughter of Shanghai (1937) as Harry
- Union Pacific (1939) as Jack Cordray
- Road to Singapore (1940) as Caesar
- They Died with Their Boots On (1941) as Crazy Horse
- Road to Morocco (1942) as Mullay Kasim
- The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) as Juan Martinez
- Sinbad the Sailor (1947) as Emir
- Against All Flags (1952) as Capt. Roc Brasiliano
- Viva Zapata! (1952) as Eufemio Zapata
- La Strada (1954) as Zampanò
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956) as Quasimodo
- The Guns of Navarone (1961) as Col. Andrea Stavrou
- Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) as Louis 'Mountain' Rivera
- Lawrence of Arabia (1962) as Auda Abu Tayi
- Zorba the Greek (1964) as Alexis Zorba
- Mohammad, Messenger of God (1976) as Hamza
- Jesus of Nazareth (1977) as Caiaphas
- The Passage (1979) as The Basque
- Ghosts Can't Do It (1989) as Scott
- The Old Man and the Sea (1990) as Santiago
- Jungle Fever (1991) as Lou Carbone
- Mobsters (1991) as Joe Masseria
- Last Action Hero (1993) as Tony Vivaldi
- Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1994) as Zeus
- He Also Did: Was an accomplished painter, recorded a spoken-word album, and wrote several books.
- Fake Nationality: Many of his roles fell into this category, to the degree that many people didn't even realize he was Mexican. He played so many different nationalities and ethnicities that he was once called "the One-Man UN".
- His arguably most famous roles included multiple Fake Greeks (Zorba the Greek, The Guns of Navarone), several Fake Arabs (Lawrence of Arabia, Mohammad, Messenger of God), a Fake Frenchman (Lust for Life), and innumerable Fake Italians.
- His popularity in Italy and high-profile career there meant that many Italian moviegoers thought he was Italian or Italian-American for many years.