Dec. 31st, 1937
Margam, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK
5' 8 1/2"
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Actor (segment "Barbara Cook")
David Lloyd George
Anthony Hopkins was born on 31 December 1937, in Margam, Wales. Influenced by Richard Burton (I), he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre, invited by Laurence Olivier, who could see the talent in Hopkins. In 1967, he made his first film for television, A Flea in Her Ear (1967) (TV).
From this moment on, he enjoyed a successful career in cinema and television. In 1968, he worked on The Lion in Winter (1968) with Timothy Dalton. Many successes came later, and Hopkins remarkable acting style reached the four corners of the world. In 1977, he appeared in two major films: A Bridge Too Far (1977) with James Caan (I), Gene Hackman, Sean Connery, Michael Caine (I), Elliott Gould and Laurence Olivier, and Maximilian Schell. In 1980, he worked on The Elephant Man (1980). Two good television literature adaptations followed: Othello (1981) (TV) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982) (TV). In 1987 he was awarded with the Commander of the order of the British Empire. This year was also important in his cinematic life, with 84 Charing Cross Road (1987), acclaimed by specialists. In 1993, he was knighted.
In the 1990s, Hopkins made movies like Desperate Hours (1990) and Howards End (1992), The Remains of the Day (1993) (nominee for the Oscar), Legends of the Fall (1994), Nixon (1995) (nominee for the Oscar), Surviving Picasso (1996), Amistad (1997) (nominee for the Oscar), The Mask of Zorro (1998), Meet Joe Black (1998) and Instinct (1999). His most remarkable film, however, was The Silence of the Lambs (1991), for which he won the Oscar for Best Actor. He also got a BAFTA for this role.
- Admitted that he felt very intimidated by the real Lt. Col. John Frost, who he played in the movie _A Bridge Too Far (1977)_ (qv) when Frost visited the set one day to see how things were going.
- With a little over 16 minutes of screen time, his performance as Hannibal Lector in _The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv), is the shortest ever to win a Best Actor Oscar.
- 1993: Knighted in the New Year Honors List.
- Reads each script 250 times out loud before filming, and to exercise his memory, memorizes one new poem a week.
- 1975: Conquered his alcoholic addiction.
- 7/16/88: Received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Wales.
- After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he served two years in the British Army before beginning his acting career.
- Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his performance in the film _Alexander (2004)_ (qv), however, he failed to receive a nomination. Had he gotten the nomination, it would have been his first in 24 years. He was previously nominated for Worst Actor in the film _A Change of Seasons (1980)_ (qv) at the very first Razzie Awards.