Perkins began his film career playing sensitive youths, including Gary Cooper's pacifist son in Friendly Persuasion (1956), for which he received an Oscar nomination. After taking on the role of creepy Norman Bates in Psycho (1960), however, Perkins became typecast as a deranged outsider. Some of his notable performances include the mentally disturbed baseball player Jimmy Piersall in Fear Strikes Out (1957), a doomed survivor in On the Beach (1959), Josef K. in Orson Welles's production of The Trial (1962) and a chaplain in Catch-22 (1970).
Perkins starred in three Psycho sequels before his death on Sept. 12, 1992.
When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where twitchy manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky but fine until Marion decides to take a shower. Director Alfred Hitchcock's Oscar-nominated shocker has been terrifying viewers for decades -- and for good reason.