Date of Birth : Apr 21st 1915
Anthony Quinn was born in Chihuahua, Mexico to an ethnic Irish Mexican father and an ethnic Mexican mother. After starting life in extremely modest circumstances in Mexico, his family moved to Los Angeles, California, where he grew up in the Boyle Heights and the Echo Park neighborhoods. In Los Angeles, he attended Polytechnic High School and later Belmont High, the latter of which he dropped out of. The young Quinn boxed (which stood him in good stead as a stage actor, when he played Stanley Kowalski to rave reviews in Chicago), then later studied architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright at the great architect’s studio, Taliesin, in Arizona. Quinn was close to Wright, who encouraged him when Quinn decided to give acting a try. After a brief apprenticeship in theater, Quinn made his movie acting debut in 1936 in a variety of small roles in several films at Paramount, including playing a Native American in The Plainsman (1936), which was directed by the man who later became his father-in-law, Cecil B. DeMille.
Won Oscar an for: Viva Zapata! (1952) and Lust for Life (1956).