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Quinn, Anthony(Anthony Rudolph Oaxaca Quinn), 1915–2001, American actor, b. Chihuahua, Mex. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was four years old. Quinn had a number of jobs before turning to acting in the 1930s; his first movie role was in 1936. Of Mexican-Indian and Mexican-Irish parentage, he was tall, swarthy, and powerfully built, and early in his career played dozens of Native American and outlaw roles. Thereafter, he was cast as a rugged ethnic or exotic of varying backgrounds. An actor who seemed to personify the life force, he played a dissolute Mexican in KazanKazan, Elia
, 1909–2003, American stage and film director, producer, writer, actor, b. Turkey, as Elia Kazanjoglous. Immigrating with his Greek family to the United States in 1913, Kazan studied at Williams College and the Yale Drama School before beginning his acting
..... Click the link for more information. 's Viva Zapata! (1952, Academy Award), an Italian strongman in FelliniFellini, Federico
, 1920–93, Italian film director. After World War II he wrote screenplays for such neorealistic films as Rossellini's Open City and Paisan.
..... Click the link for more information. 's La Strada (1954), an intense GauguinGauguin, Paul
, 1848–1903, French painter and woodcut artist, b. Paris; son of a journalist and a French-Peruvian mother. Early Life
Gauguin spent the first six years of his life with his family in Lima Peru; as an adolescent he was a sailor in the French
..... Click the link for more information. in Lust for Life (1956, Academy Award), a battered prizefighter in Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962), the charismatic Zorba in Zorba the Greek (1964; he toured with the musical stage version, 1982–83), and an Aristotle OnassisOnassis, Aristotle Socrates
, 1906?–75, Greek shipowner and financier, b. Turkey. Leaving Turkey after the Turkish defeat of Greek forces at Smyrna (1922), he revived the family tobacco business in Argentina. In 1925 he received Argentinean and Greek citizenship.
..... Click the link for more information. –like figure in The Greek Tycoon (1978). He made more than 100 additional films and appeared in several plays and television dramas. He was also an accomplished visual artist.
See his autobiographies, The Original Sin (1972) and One Man Tango (1995); biography by M. Amdur (1993); study by A. H. Marill and A. Kennedy (1975).
Born Apr. 21, 1916, in Chihuahua, Mexico. American motion-picture actor.
Quinn made his film debut in 1936. His first important role was the Mexican lynched in The Ox-Bow Incident (1943). He won world renown for his portrayal of Zampano in the Italian motion picture La Strada (1954). Eufemio in Viva Zapata! (1952) and Zorba in Zorba the Greek (1964) were among his other important roles.
Quinn has primarily portrayed primitive, intellectually undeveloped people. He has appeared in many Westerns and detective and suspense dramas.