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Are these affairs known to have occured, or are they merely speculation? -- Zoe

Good question: In the biography of Anthony Perkins by Charles Winecoff (Split Image), choreographer Grover Dale is mentioned as having lived with Perkins for six years prior to them both getting married, and many friends are quoted discussing the relationship, which seems well established. No one named Grover Helms or Alan Dale is mentioned, I wonder if someone was just confused about the names? (Troy Donohue seems to be mentioned as a rival). -- Someone else 04:18 Apr 4, 2003 (UTC)
Oops, should have looked up Tab Hunter, not Troy Donohue. Tab Hunter & Tony Perkins are also mentioned as having had an affair. -- Someone else 04:22 Apr 4, 2003 (UTC)

I removed the following ludicrous line.

His 1992 death of AIDS complications made many people think that the second explanation might be correct.

Em. Let me understand this. The fact that he died of Aids complications is evidence that he was gay rather than bisexual!!! In case whoever wrote this doesn't know it, being besexual means you have gay sex and straight sex. If he got Aids through gay sex, that does not mean he had to be gay rather than bissexual. Bisexual people get Aids too. And many gay people don't. All the fact that he died of Aids complications shows is that he died of Aids complications. Period. He could have got it through gay sex, through straight sex, through a blood transfusion. And the fact that he had Aids does not prove that he was gay. He could have been gay, bisexual or sexually attracted to old english sheepdogs called Shep for all we know. But whether he got Aids from a male partner or the world's first Aids-carrying sheepdog called Shep is something that barring a seance we will never know. STÓD/ÉÍRE 04:30 Apr 4, 2003 (UTC)

The article didnt say he was gay, it said that many people think he was gay. Dietary Fiber

No it said that fact he died of AIds complications meant that he was presumed to be gay rather than bisexual. That is absurd. Being bisexual means having gay sex too. STÓD/ÉÍRE 00:43 Apr 5, 2003 (UTC)

I think the link to "Goodbye again" is wrong. The film "Goodbye again" in which Perkins played is unrelated to the show of ITV. I think the link should point here:

Universalist Church of America[edit]

Are the assertions that he became an ordained minister in the Universalist Church of America totally unfounded? Carolynparrishfan 23:34, 14 October 2005 (UTC)

Screenplay Credit[edit]

Anthony Perkins co-wrote the 1972 film The Last of Sheila with composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim (Assisins, Into the Woods, et al). The film, directed by Herbert Ross, starred Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon, James Mason, Joan Hackett, James Coburn, Ian McShane and Raquel Welch. The film is a "puzzle mystery," meaning that the emphasis of the whodunnit is placed upon the clever and twisted game created by movie producer Clinton Greene (Coburn); solving the game ultimately solves the murder. -- 01:52, 17 December 2005 (UTC)Tristan MacAvery

Thanks, added a line about that. ^_~ -- Schnee (cheeks clone) 02:20, 17 December 2005 (UTC)

Unsourced paragraph[edit]

I have removed the paragraph below, as the same nonsense has been included by the same anonymous IP in the Elvis Presley and Tab Hunter articles:

Some of his few chances for escaping typecasting came along, the most notable being when he auditioned for the lead role of Tony in West Side Story, being one of many like Tab Hunter, Warren Beatty,Burt Reynolds, Troy Donahue, Elvis, Keir Dullea, Richard Chamberlain, Gary Lockwood, and Richard Beymer, who all tried out for the role. Perkins, at 28, was in the top five for the role, due to his Broadway experience, but he lost out because he was considered "too old." Ultimately, Beymer got the part. Later, he auditioned for roles in Spartacus, Bonnie and Clyde, and even the roles of Sonny Corleone and Tom Hagen in The Godfather, but he was unsuccessful at getting these roles.

I do not think that there is a reliable source supporting this stuff. Onefortyone 17:57, 28 June 2006 (UTC)

I heard that he did, in fact, audition for West Side Story; and was dismissed due to being much older than the role he was vying for. Even so, if he did get the role of Tony (would have been by a longshot), I think his career would have been boosted a lot! Shame he did mostly TV appearances and the Psycho sequels; such a talented actor.... --Jonathan.Bruce 06:20, 8 Oct 2006 (UTC)

Earliest work[edit]

I clearly remember watching a drama show in TV "back in the day" (Fifties) which said, "...and introducing Anthony Perkins..." The title of the broadcast was "Joey" and had a rather haunting theme song mostly just repeating that name. I have never seen this production mentioned in any biography or lists of work. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kellyk123 (talkcontribs) 13:57, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

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someone has vandalised his filmography with the inclusion of 'Why Do the Sexy, Earnest, Charming, Boyish Actors Have To Die So Young From AIDS? I Wish I Was Still Alive', I would remove it but I have no idea how to —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:33, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

This article needs some more sources[edit]

For an article that makes some pretty strong claims regarding his personal life, I'm surprised there aren't more sources for these claims. He may not be a living person, but that doesn't mean that care should no longer be taken to ensure everything in the article is a verifiable fact. Wikipedia's credibility rests on the factual accuracies of articles around here. --Whip it! Now whip it good! 01:46, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

You should tag the disputed parts with [citation needed], and remove them a few days after if still unsourced. All Hallow's (talk) 02:31, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

Character in Psycho[edit]

A point not made in the main Article was the passionate way Mr Perkins came to hate the Role he played in Psycho. He saw it as the ruination of his career. The reason he felt this was he figured Directors always overlooked him because they felt their character role would be eclipsed by the memory audiences had for Norman Bates. A friend remembered him sat next to the telephone at home waiting for work to be called to him. 'If was not for Psycho ......' he once said.Johnwrd (talk) 01:42, 22 May 2009 (UTC)

On The Beach[edit]

No one mentions his role in the 1959 movie "On The Beach". An outstanding movie and a part he played quite well I thought. He was young, handsome and did quite a good acting job as well. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:12, 20 February 2011 (UTC)

Bisexual or closeted gay man?[edit]

Was Perkins actually bisexual or was he a closeted gay man in Hollywood? I've heard both and apparently he did go through very early brainwashing/"ex gay" type psycho-therapy. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:52, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

"He had his first intimate heterosexual experience at the age of 39 while working on the 1971 film The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean to an actress who also appeared in the film." I would highly suggest that someone cites sources that claim that he was bisexual or anything related. ...especially since this article is categorized with "Bisexual actors." Otherwise, this wording and category needs to be removed. Wikipedia does not work through original research or rumor. Xe7al (talk) 02:16, 18 April 2011 (UTC)

There are plenty of sources on the net. I shouldnt have to check elsewhere to verify if Hopkins was gay, as i just did. This is an important fact and should be included ASAP.--GoodandTrue (talk) 04:25, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

National Enquirer says Perkins has AIDS before the actor knew himself....[edit]

In 1990, the American National Enquirer had this headline, "Psycho Star Has AIDS Virus". No-one was more shocked to see this than the Psycho star himself, Anthony Perkins, who had never had an AIDS test. So, how did this mag get its scoop?

Well, Perkins had given a blood sample to a hospital treating him for facial palsy, the Enquirer illegally obtained the sample, had it tested for HIV and then published, without telling the actor. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:42, 1 December 2011 (UTC)


The photo in this article Does not look like Anthony Perkins. Is there any evidence that this photo is genuine?

Mtpaley (talk) 23:47, 11 January 2013 (UTC)

OK I take that back. Found more photos and it is him. Mtpaley (talk) 21:24, 13 January 2013 (UTC)

Filmography edits needed?[edit]

In the notes column of his Filmography table, on the line for the 1957 film "Fear Strikes Out" (Jimmy Piersall story), is listed: "1 episode 'The Candidates'"-- I cannot find what TV series this note refers to [anyone else know?], so I did not edit, but I think it is misplaced as I believe "Fear Strikes Out" was a theatrical release of a full-length bio-pic, not a TV series. Perkindd (talk) 18:14, 28 June 2013 (UTC)