Dec. 31st, 1937
Margam, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK
5' 8 1/2"
Guest TV Roles
David Lloyd George
Himself - Actor (segment "Barbara Cook")
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.
- 1/01: He ranked second in the Orange Film Survey of the greatest British films actors.
- Won a Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play for "Equus" (1975).
- Has three roles in common with 'Brian Cox (I)' (qv). Both of them have played Titus Andronicus. Hopkins appeared on stage as King Lear in 1986, the same year that _Manhunter (1986)_ (qv), which starred Cox as Hannibal Lecter, was released. He was succeeded in the role of Lear by Cox in 1991, the same year that he succeeded Cox in the role of Hannibal Lecter.
- 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.
- He is the patron on The Drama Association of Wales,UK which offers a wide and varied range of services to Community Drama. Among others, members include amateur and professional theatre practitioners, educationalists and playwrights.
- Has the distinction of twice playing former British Prime Minister 'David Lloyd George' (qv) in _Young Winston (1972)_ (qv) and _"The Edwardians" (1972)_ (qv).
- He's the only child of a couple who ran a bakery.
- Is related to the poet 'William Butler Yeats' (qv) on his mother's side of the family.