Anthony Quinn

Forever associated with his role in Zorba the Greek (1964), Anthony Quinn was actually of Irish-Mexican descent. Born April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, Quinn's mixed heritage allowed him to play a variety of ethnicities, and by 1947, he had appeared as everything from a Hawaiian chief to an Arab sheik.

Dissatisfied with the parts he was getting, Quinn turned his attention to theater in the late '40s, where he embraced roles such as Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire." Quinn returned to the screen in the early 1950s and finally got the break he was hoping for opposite Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan's Viva Zapata! (1952) -- a role that won him his first Oscar. Another Oscar would follow for his portrayal of Paul Gauguin in Lust for Life (1956).

Other memorable films for Quinn include La Strada (1954), Wild Is the Wind (1957) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962). He died June 3, 2001.

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