intertwined in the public eye ever after. He was in some ways confined by that success. Zorba was larger than life, and Quinn infused him with the ideal degree of extravagance, balancing the performance deftly with the others in the film. The public wanted more big performances from him, but Quinn wanted to continue what he had fought to attain, the freedom to choose every sort of role, modest or outrageous, that allowed him to explore new territory. He was not always able to accomplish that, but he left a gallery of indelible screen performances that have permanently secured Anthony Quinn’s place in the pantheon of great film actors.


Anthony Quinn as Zorba, 1964