Dec. 31st, 1937
Margam, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK
5' 8 1/2"
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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.
- His performance as Hannibal Lecter in _The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv) is ranked #15 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- 4/12/00: Became a U.S. citizen, but is allowed to retain his British knighthood and the title of Sir.
- Ranked #12 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]
- Attended Cowbridge boys grammar school as a youth.
- Father of 'Abigail Hopkins' (qv)
- Has played a (future) king of England (Richard Lionheart in _The Lion in Winter (1968)_ (qv)) and two U.S. Presidents. Interestingly, President 'Richard Nixon' (qv) and his brothers were all named after British kings, so it's likely that he played Nixon's namesake.
- One of his greatest pleasures in past years on his frequent visits to the USA was to get in a car and drive across the country, enjoying its immensity as well as his own anonymity.
- After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he served two years in the British Army before beginning his acting career.