Actor and American filmmaker born in Chihuahua (Mexico) on April 21, 1915 and died in Boston (United States) on 3 June 2001. Full name Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca.
Father of Irish and Mexican mother fighter with Pancho Villa, since very small lived in various places in California. He had to start work soon, at the time who attended class at Belvedere Junior Hight school. The need led him to learn all kinds of trades, which played over several years (seller of newspapers, waiter, truck driver, Boxer...). Theatre interested at a young age, attended the school of Katherine Hamil and twenty-one years debuted at the Hollytown Theatre in Los Angeles. However, various circumstances forced you to look to the film, medium in which began to appear in the work of 'extra' in films like the milky way, Leo McCarey and vultures of the presidio, Louis Friedlander, both of 1936.
Their conditions and physical traits conditioned you to interpret very characteristic roles (Buccaneer, sex symbol, mobster or soldier and, eventually, representative of all kinds of people: Arabic, Russian, Eskimo, mestizo and Indian) that allowed him to, however, achieve the security that all an actor needs. Its first interventions slowly opened you the door - always with small roles - in most renowned films directed by Mitchell Leisen (started in the tropics, 1937) and Cecil B. de Mille (Buffalo Bill, 1936;) Corsairs of Florida, 1937; Union Pacific, 1939), in which was able to demonstrate that he could play roles with more text. In this era, in which especially worked for Paramount, was married to the daughter of De Mille, Katherine, a decision that further help you to progress more quickly on the screen, it brought about some drawbacks.
In the early 1940s he moved to Warner, study that gave him more interesting roles, and began to carve out a relationship with actors and actresses from popularity. City for conquest (1940), Anatole Litvak, blood and sand (1940), Rouben Mamoulian and died with their boots on (1941), by Raoul Walsh, were some of his titles. He walked by other studios such as Paramount, 20th Century-Fox and RKO, in all kinds of adventures, musicals, comedies, westerns... and especially highlighted their involvement in incident at Ox-Bow (1943), of William a. Wellman.
At the time who obtained U.S. citizenship in 1947, he returned to theatre to perform in Broadway The Gentleman from Athens and, above all, a streetcar named desire, in the role of Stanley Kowalski, instead of Marlon Brando. The theatrical success the film, joined quickly because he was already offered more interesting roles as Eufemio Zapata, brother of the leader who played Brando in Viva Zapata! (1952) Elia Kazan, for which he received his first Oscar of the Academy. His foray into Italy emerged another dream hit by the complex role of Zampanó in La strada (1954), Federico Fellini, who achieved more notoriety after the Oscar he received the film. Back in Hollywood, his role as Gauguin, the friend of Van Gogh in the film the crazy red hair (1956), Vincente Minnelli, served you in tray his second Oscar to best supporting Actor.
He was artistically between United States and Europe, with a prolific career that, without a doubt, it hurt you when it comes to choosing her roles. However, he was always among the most interesting deals in the 1960s and achieved an excellent reputation for their interventions in the guns of Navarone (1961), j. Lee Thompson, Barabbas (1961) by Richard Fleischer, Lawrence of Arabia (1962), David Lean, and, especially, Zorba the Greek (1964), Michael Cacoyannis, which won a new nomination to the Oscar. In these years he married Iolanda Addolori, which he had met on the set of Barabbas.
His star continued shining in the following decades to confirm the greatness of a player able to adopt Arabian characterization and be always at the height of the demands of the script. His popularity was always above the profitability of many of his films as in the Sandals of the fisherman (1968), of Michael Anderson, heritage Ferramonti (1975), by Mauro Bolognini, the children of Sánchez (1978), the lion of the desert (1979), Moustapha Akkad, Valentina (1982), de Antonio J. Betancor, wild fever (1991), Spike Lee and so, until his last appearances on the big screen.
In television he had a notable presence in numerous programs since its first intervention in an episode of the series "Philco Playhouse" (1949). It went by "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars"(1951-55), "The Ed Sullivan Show" (1963), the series "The city" and "the man and the city" (both 1971) and "The Mike Douglas Show" (1971), among other products of television consumption.
He directed only one film: the Buccaneers (1958), of limited success. He cultivated the painting and sculpture in his last years of life, which remained attached to what was to be his private Secretary, Kathy Benvy.
1936: The milky way; The vultures of the presidio; Night Waitress; Sworm Enemy; Buffalo Bill. 1937: Waikiki Wedding; The Last Train from Madrid; It began in the tropics; Corsairs of Florida; Daughter of Shanghai; Partners in Crime. 1938: tip-off Girls; Dangerous to Know; Hunter Men; Bulldog Drummond in Africa; King of Alcatraz. 1939: union Pacific; King of Chinatown; Television Spy; Island of Lost Men. 1940: Emergency Squad; Singapore path; The cursed Castillo; City of conquest; Parole Fiser; Legion of traitors. 1941: Blood and sand; Bullets O'Hara; Knockout; Thieves Fall Out; They died with their boots on; The perfect Snob. 1942: Morocco route; Lacerny Inc.; The Black Swan. 1943: Ox-Bow incident; Guadalcanal. 1944: The adventures of Buffalo Bill; Roger Touhy, gangster; Ladies of Washington; Irish Eves Are Smiling. 1945: Colonel Jackson patrol; Where do we go from here?; China Sky. 1946: California. 1947: Sinbad the sailor; Men of dam; Black Gold; The Imperfect Lady. 1951: The sword of Monte Cristo; The Brave Bulls. 1952: The world in your hands; Viva Zapata!; The island of the pirates. 1953: betrayal at Fort King; One life on the other; City Beneath the Sea; East of Sumatra; Rusticana Cavalry; Wild blow; Man or Devil; Donne proibite. 1954: La strada; Ulysses; Following in their own footsteps. 1955: The street naked; Santos, the magnificent; Seven Cities of Gold. 1956: The crazy red hair; Notre Dame de Paris; A lone gun; The Wild Party. 1957: on the edge of the river; The return of the outlaw; Wild wind. 1958: Hot Spell. 1959: Gold guns man; Black Orchid; The last train from Gun Hill. 1960: The gunman of Cheyenne; The teeth of the devil; Portrait in black. 1961: The guns of Navarone; Barabbas. 1962: Lawrence of Arabia; Requiem for a champion. 1964: The visit of the grudge; And it came the day of revenge; Zorba the Greek. 1965: Wind in the sails; The conquest of an empire. 1966: Control lost; The twenty-fifth hour; The adventurer. 1967: The guns of San Sebastián; The happening. 1968: Fisherman sandals; The Magus. 1969: I dream of Kings; The secret of Santa Vittoria. 1970: The Indian altivo; Secrets of a wife; RPM revolutions per minute. 1972: Panic on the street 110; Friends. 1973: The don is dead. 1974: contract in Marseille. 1975: The inheritance Ferramonti. 1976: The embrollones; Muhammad, the Messenger of God. 1977: The Tigers don't cry. 1978: The children of Sánchez; The Greek of gold; The passage; Caravans. 1979: The lion of the desert. 1981: The salamander; High risk; Crosscurrent. 1982: Valentina; Regina Rome. 1988: Man's passion. 1989: The ghosts cannot do so; Stradivarius. 1990: A Star for Two; Revenge. 1991: Wild fever; Me, you and MOM; The evil empire. 1992: Someone to love. 1993: The last great hero. 1995: A walk in the clouds. 1996: Seven Servants; Il sindaco. 1999: Oriundi.
Works for television:
1985: Ingrid. 1987: La isla tesoro (series). 1988: Onassis: the richest man of the world. 1990: The old man and the sea. 1994: Thins Can't Be Love; Hercules end the Amazon Women; Hercules and the Lost Kindom; Hercules and the Circle of Fire; Hercules in the Underworld; Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur. 1996: Gotti. 1997: Bing Guns Talk: The Story of the Estern. 1999: From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff; Sophia Loren: Actress Italian Style; Camino de Santiago (series).