Anthony Perkins earned fame for starring as the troubled Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's original version of PSYCHO (1960) - a role that Perkins repreised in three sequels.

Actor Interview

PSYCHO STAR ANTHONY PERKINS

Article by Steve Biodrowski

Thanks to the enduring popularity and critical respect afforded to Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO (1960), the character of Norman Bates has emerged as one of the premier icons of the horror genre. Norman is memorable because he appears, at first, to be shy and sympathetic – a lonely boy-man under his mother’s thumb. Even when he turns out to be a murderer, we still feel sorry for him, because he is the victim of a mental illness (split personality) that he cannot control; in fact, the murderous portion of his personality is so distinct that he seems almost to be possessed by the spirit of his dead mother – leaving the “normal” part of his Norman self untainted.

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