Anthony Quinn at the age of thirteen, 1928.


year later, a sister, Stella. Poverty led them to search for work as fruit pickers in California and they eventually settled in East Los Angeles where Frank worked at Zelig’s Studio taking care of the animals and training as a cameraman.

Anthony’s interest in art developed early and recognition was quick to follow. At age nine he began sculpting and within three years entered a California statewide competition and won it with his plaster bust of Abraham Lincoln. He began drawing sketches of movie stars he would see when his father would take him along to the studio. He mailed one sketch to Douglas Fairbanks and much to his surprise received a check for twenty-five dollars in return.

When Anthony was 11, tragedy struck. Frank Quinn was killed outside their home in East Los Angeles by a passing automobile. Anthony vowed to support his mother, sister