Anthony Perkins started his career being cast as a teen heartthrob & singing pop songs. By 1960, he was starring as the romantic lead opposite actresses such as Sophia Loren & Jane Fonda; but that same year saw him in his most memorable role as Norman Bates. From then on he had trouble being cast as anything but the villain. Perkins was aware of, & unhappy with, his homosexuality from a young age. Though he kept it a closely guarded secret, he had a number of affairs with men.