Killin’ It: Anthony Perkins, Style Icon

This week saw the 50th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” a fine excuse to present a gallery of the film’s star Anthony Perkins. With his wholesome looks and penchant for the Ivy style, Perkins was perfect to play the apparently good-natured but in fact deranged killer Norman Bates.

Addendum: Reader rojo left a comment with this great quote from Tab Hunter’s autobiography:

“As I toweled off, someone approached and formally introduced me to a new actor in town, Anthony Perkins. Tony was tall and skinny, wearing a buttoned-down Brooks Brothers shirt and aviator-style reading glasses. He looked like a gawky New England prep school student who’d taken a wrong turn into this hipster’s hideout [Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard]. We shared the common bond of having grown up fatherless, but beyond that, our backgrounds couldn’t have been more different. Tony had attended Florida’s elite Rollins College, as well as Columbia University….”

Above, button-down shirt with ample collar roll. Below, seersucker jacket and yellow oxford:

Madras tie:

Couple of crewnecks:

And finally, in what looks like a high school yearbook shot, tweed jacket with pinned collar and knit tie:

7 Comments on "Killin’ It: Anthony Perkins, Style Icon"

  1. Killin’ it…haha…

    Perfect post.

  2. Thanks. Don’t force it, and the headline will eventually come.

  3. Where were these pictures from? Particularly the crewneck one of him reading a book. Is that a movie still?

  4. Christian | June 18, 2010 at 1:50 pm |

    The pictures were just grabbed from the web using Google Images. No idea where they’re from.

  5. You’ve read Tab Hunter’s description of meeting him for the first time?

    “As I toweled off, someone approached and formally introduced me to a new actor in town, Anthony Perkins. Tony was tall and skinny, wearing a buttoned-down Brooks Brothers shirt and aviator-style reading glasses. He looked like a gawky New England prep school student who’d taken a wrong turn into this hipster’s hideout [Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard]…. We shared the common bond of having grown up fatherless, but beyond that, our backgrounds couldn’t have been more different. Tony had attended Florida’s elite Rollins College, as well as Columbia University….”

  6. He really led quite a fascinating life as well. I didn’t realzie his widow was killed on September 11th until recently

  7. If memory serves me right I saw Psycho as a sixth grader on Thanksgiving Day 1960. (?!?)

    It’s hard to imagine the effect those great Alfred Hitchcock movies had back in they day when they were new and truly surprising. Does anybody do anything as riveting today.

    Got a kick out of seeing the original Bates Motel – apparently used for many other movies – at Universal Studios in the late 1990s.

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