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We're All Mad For Norman (Happy Birthday Anthony Perkins)



A veteran of the big and small screen, Anthony Perkins was the child of theater great Osgood Perkins and had a very promising debut in the film scene, even nabbing a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the 1956 Gary Cooper film "Friendly Persuasion."
But he will forever be remembered for his iconic role as Norman Bates in the "Psycho" horror film series from Universal Studios.
He first played the role in the original Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece "Psycho," widely considered the granddaddy of the slasher film. The film, to this day, holds the power of fascinating terror. One can only imagine the sheer fear that theater goers felt when watching it back in 1960.
It would take 23 years for a follow-up, and though it had big shoes to fill, it is currently considered a fantastic follow-up to the original classic. "Psycho II" was, of course, a hit and was followed up with "Psycho III."
"Psycho III" was a unique entry into the franchise but much like Part II, it holds a cult status among fans of Norman Bates and the Psycho films. For some of us '80's kids, it was our first taste of the Bates Motel and it's dark deeds.
He would conclude the series with "Psycho IV: The Beginning." And thus ended a brilliant collection of performances that will continue to stand the test of time for horror fans.
The film would be remade, and would also become a successful television series, but the missing ingredient would always be Mr. Perkins.
He was born on April 3rd and passed away on September 12th 1992 at the age of 60.
Thank you for your contribution to the genre, to film, and to art in general. Your memory endures.




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