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NORMAN BATES

Played by: Anthony Perkins
Film(s): Psycho (1960)

"We all go a little mad sometimes," says Anthony Perkins, so unforgettably quirky as the proprietor of the world's worst motel. Well, yes, but we don't all stab innocent people in the shower, hide their bodies in a swamp, or keep the corpse of our mums in the basement while dressing up as them to carry out unspeakable murders now, do we? Five stars in Empire, one star on TripAdvisor. Swings and roundabouts.

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