US Actor Anthony Quinn Dies

Published June 4th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Renowned US actor Anthony Quinn, who starred in more than 100 movies, has died at the age of 86, according to media reports.  

The actor, whose career in Hollywood spanned several decades, died in Boston after a bout with pneumonia, the reports said.  

Quinn was born Antonio Quinones in Chihuahua, Mexico on April 21, 1915, but raised in the United States, where his family moved in search of work and a better life.  

Quinn spent his boyhood years in Los Angeles, doing odd jobs as a butcher, street corner preacher and a slaughterhouse worker. 

He launched his film career playing character roles in several 1936 films, including "Parole" and "The Milky Way," after a brief stint in the theater.  

His first big success came in 1952, when he played opposite Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan's "Viva Zapata!."  

In 1962, he played a Bedouin leader in "Lawrence of Arabia" that was to become a movie classic. 

The success of "Zorba the Greek" in 1964 was the highwater mark of Quinn's career and won an Oscar nomination -- AFP 

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