Anthony (Quinn Oaxaca) Quinn
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Antonio Rodolfo (Quinn Oaxaca) Quinn (1915 - 2001)

Antonio Rodolfo (Anthony) Quinn formerly Quinn Oaxaca
Born in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexicomap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 3 Oct 1937 (to about 1965) [location unknown]
Husband of — married about 1966 (to about Aug 1997) [location unknown]
Father of , and [private son (1960s - unknown)]
Died in Boston, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Apr 2018
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Anthony (Quinn Oaxaca) Quinn is Notable.

Son of Francisco "Frank" Quinn and Manuela "Nellie" Oaxaca

Husband of Katherine DeMille

Husband of Jolanda Addolori

Relationship with Friedel Dunbar with children

Husband of Katherine Benvin

Actor. He had a career spanning over sixty years, with appearances in more than 150 motion pictures. He was awarded two Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - one for "Viva Zapata" (1952) and one for "Lust for Life" (1957), and was nominated twice for Best Actor in a Leading Role - "Wild is the Wind" (1957) and "Alex Zorbas" (1964). Quinn appeared in many movies which today are considered classics such as "Zorba the Greek" and "Lawrence of Arabia." He received widespread respect for his artwork which he pursued during film breaks on location and between films. His vast creations consist of drawings, paintings and sculptures both in wood and bronze mostly done in a Mexican abstract mode. During his lifetime, he would hold his own shows and each time they would result in a sellout while commanding pricey amounts. His training came from High School shop classes, but he was mainly self-taught. As an author, Quinn penned two autobiographies - "The Original Sin: A Self Portrait", published in 1972, and One Man Tango", published in 1995, co-authored with Daniel Paisner. His childhood was spent growing up on Hollywood's doorstep after arriving in Los Angeles, California at age 4 from Mexico with his immigrant parents. The family would reside in the various neighborhoods surrounding downtown Los Angeles, mainly Echo Park and Boyle Heights. After his father was killed when Quinn was 10 years old, he would show his ability for the arts by first creating a wooden grave marker and later sculpt a permanent replacement from marble. The tragedy forced him to go to work at a young age and help support the family, which led him to devise many ways which would ultimately enhance or lead to a show business and art career. He worked as a slaughterhouse worker, through his budding art career, he had access to Selznick International studios and when crossing the paths of various actors had the ability to quick sketch them and many times received cash from the subject. He became a street corner preacher garnering donations while playing in the band at Amee Semple McPherson's Foursquare church in Echo Park. He not only entered dance contests and won, but created the statues and sold them to the promoters which were used as prizes. He attended downtown schools at Polytechnic and Belmont High School. Personal creativity and dexterity earned him a prize in statewide competition at age eleven for his sculpture of Abe Lincoln. His senior year saw him awarded a scholarship to study architecture with Frank Lloyd Wright, the result of his architecture sketches and drawings. At age twenty-one he took acting lessons from Michael Chekhov, culminating in parts as an extra in a number of B-grade movies and his first credited acting debut in the movie "The Plainsman" (1936). His Latin look would be beneficial during his acting career. Quinn would became a prolific ethnic character: Filipino soldier, Libyan guerrilla, Spanish matador, various American Indians, Chinese warrior, Basque guide, Colombian bandit and a long list of Italians both native and American. In the 1980's he was absent from the movie scene but revived the defunct Broadway play "Zorba" and at age 67 took it on a successful four-year national tour. His health began to fail in 1990 and coronary bypass surgery was done, followed by hospitalization in 1996 when a lung tumor was detected. His final film role was in "Avenging Angelo" (2001). Upon completion, he was admitted to Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts and would die three weeks later of pneumonia and respiratory failure at age 86. Aware of his impending death, he had asked Bristol, Rhode Island city officials for a waiver to permit burial on his estate and the request was granted. His interment and graveside service was private and consisted of some forty family members and close friends. After his burial, a public memorial service was held at the Bristol Baptist Church with his immediate family present. He received many other awards and honors in addition to his Academy Awards and nominations: Best Foreign Actor for "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) from the British Academy Awards, Golden Globe awards for Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama - for "Alexis Zorbas" (1964) and Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy for "The Secret of Santa Vittoria" (1969), and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for "Gotti" (1996). He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures as well as prints in the forecourt of Graumans Chinese Theater. The Anthony Quinn Library is today located at the exact place of a childhood home on what today is Caesar Chavez Avenue. A major branch of the Los Angeles Library system, it houses the Anthony Quinn Collection consisting of thousands of photographs, scrapbooks, scripts and other memorabilia relating to the life of the actor.

Bio by: Donald Greyfield


  • "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 April 2018), Antonio Quine in household of Francesco Quine, Los Angeles Assembly District 65, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing ED 242, sheet 43B, line 92, family , NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 109; FHL microfilm 1,820,109.
  • "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2017), Anthony Quinn and Katherine L De Mille, 02 Oct 1937; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2,114,153.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 April 2018), Anthony Quinn, Councilmanic District 2, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-176, sheet 2A, line 31, family 49, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 404.
  • "Texas, El Paso Alien Arrivals, 1924-1952," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 16 March 2018), Antonio Rudolfo Quinn, 1941; citing NARA microfilm publication A3396 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); roll 00015, FHL microfilm .
  • "Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), Anthony R Quinn, 03 Jun 2001; from "Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003," database, Ancestry ( : 2005); citing Boston, Massachusetts, death certificate number 003451, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Health Services, Boston.
  • "Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), Anthony R Quinn in entry for Katherine Benvin, ; from "Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003," database, Ancestry ( : 2005); citing , Massachusetts, death certificate number , Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Health Services, Boston.
  • "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Anthony R Quinn, 03 Jun 2001; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  • "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), Anthony Quinn, 2001; Burial, Bristol, Bristol, Rhode Island, United States of America, Quinn Family Estate; citing record ID 22714, Find a Grave,
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 27 November 2018), memorial page for Anthony Quinn (21 Apr 1915–3 Jun 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22714, citing Quinn Family Estate, Bristol, Bristol County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .

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Rudolfo-1 and Quinn Oaxaca-1 appear to represent the same person because: Rodolfo is middle name per wikipedia. Please merge these duplicates. Thank you
posted by Teresa Downey