Of all the men who have portrayed Stanley Kowalski over the years, I never expected to find Anthony Quinn among their numbers. It shouldn't surprise me, though -- Quinn had an amazing variety of roles onscreen. From 1936 until his death in 2001, Quinn played characters who were Native American, Mexican, Greek, Middle Eastern, French, Italian, and Irish, among others. He portrayed Zeus, Kublai Khan, Long John Silver, Quasimodo, and Attila the Hun.

Quinn was born on this day in 1915. His son, Alexa, has created a lovely tribute page that includes stills from some of his father's best-known movies as well as pictures of his father's artwork. Quinn was a painter and sculptor as well as an actor on stage and screen.

The above photo is from a 1949 stage production of A Streetcar Named Desire, with actress Uta Hagen as Blanche. (It's from a Wisconsin Academy Reviewarticle on Hagen.) Quinn and Hagen replaced Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy in the original Broadway production of the play. A few years later, Quinn won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role alongside Brando in the 1952 film Viva Zapata!.
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