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ANTHONY QUINN

ACTOR | WRITER | ARTIST

Manuel Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca (21 April 1915 – 3 June 2001), known professionally as Anthony Quinn, was a Mexican-born American actor, painter, writer, and film director. He was known for his portrayal of earthy, passionate characters "marked by a brutal and elemental virility" in numerous critically acclaimed films both in Hollywood and abroad. His notable films include La StradaThe Guns of NavaroneGuns for San SebastianLawrence of ArabiaThe Shoes of the FishermanThe MessageLion of the Desert, and A Walk in the Clouds. He also had an Oscar-nominated titular role in Zorba the Greek.

Early in life Quinn had an interest in painting and drawing. Throughout his teenage years he won various art competitions in California and focused his studies at Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles on drafting. Later, Quinn studied briefly under Frank Lloyd Wright through the Taliesin Fellowship — an opportunity created by winning first prize in an architectural design contest. Through Wright's recommendation, Quinn took acting lessons as a form of post-operative speech therapy, which led to an acting career that spanned over six decades.

Apart from art classes taken in Chicago during the 1950s, Quinn never attended art school; nonetheless, taking advantage of books, museums, and amassing a sizable collection, he managed to give himself an effective education in the language of modern art. By the early 1980s, his work had caught the eyes of various gallery owners and was exhibited internationally, in Mexico City, Los Angeles, New York City and Paris. His work is now represented in both public and private collections throughout the world