Richard Beymer, Actor: West Side Story. Born in Avoca, Iowa and moved with his parents to Hollywood, California in the late 1940s, Richard Beymer acted in various films while attending North Hollywood High School. He enjoys making his own films and has a film used in a PBS series on the civil rights movement.
(Richard Beymer/Tony)..Larry Kert, who originated the role of Tony, was 30 and too old. Director Robert Wise’s original choice to play Tony was Elvis. Other stars auditioned for the role including Warren Beatty, Burt Reynolds, Anthony Perkins, and Troy Donahue.
Actor Richard Beymer turns 77 today - he was born 2-20 in 1938. He's know best for his role of Tony in the 1961 film West Side Story. He also was in The Diary of Anne Frank and know for The Longest Day. He was on the TV show Twin Peaks as well.