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Exhibit honoring Anthony Quinn finds unlikely home in Greektown

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CHICAGO -- He was the first Mexican-American to win an Academy Award.  And  marking Anthony Quinn’s 100th birthday  is a special exhibit showcases the late actors’ artwork.  And it’s on display in the unlikeliest of places.

Chicago’s Greektown’s National Hellenic Museum  is showing the exhibit

“It seemed like such a good fit because he brought to life one of the most powerful and memorable literary characters: Zorba the Greek,” said Elizabeth Martin, of the National Hellenic Museum.

Greeks adopted Anthony Quinn as one of their own after the 1964 film “Zorba the Greek” became a world-wide sensation.

But the two time Oscar winner was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, the son of freedom fighters.  Quinn’s grandfather was an Irish railroad worker.

Kathy Quinn is the late actor’s widow and is working to reveal another side of him.

“Sometimes there’s three hours in between them changing scenes (on a film shoot),” Kathy explained.  “A lot of people just sit around in their trailer or read.  He used to play chess, draw, carve on his little rocks and that was his way of staying centered.”

Quinn’s vibrant artwork is on display at the National Hellenic Museum.  His tireless work ethic resulted in an astonishing amount of paintings and sculptures.

Transcending Boundaries: The Art of Anthony Quinn, honors the creative life of this Mexican immigrant.  It is on display from now through October at the National Hellenic Museum.


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