Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins

Dec. 31st, 1937
Born in
Margam, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK
5' 8 1/2"

Anthony Hopkins' Main TV Roles

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Westworld TV Show
The Directors TV Show
The Directors
Aspel & Company (UK) TV Show
Aspel & Company (UK)
War and Peace (UK) TV Show
War and Peace (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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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.

  • 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.
  • 1/01: He ranked second in the Orange Film Survey of the greatest British films actors.
  • Is related to the poet 'William Butler Yeats' (qv) on his mother's side of the family.
  • 1975: Conquered his alcoholic addiction.
  • Has played a King of England (Richard I, the Lionheart), a Prime Minister of England ('David Lloyd George' (qv)), and two U.S. Presidents (John Quincy Adams and 'Richard Nixon' (qv)).
  • 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.
  • Served in the British National Service as a Royal Artillery man and for a while was only known as "Gunner Hopkins".
  • As a child, he was very close to his maternal grandfather, who for some reason called him "George", while his father called him "Charlie".

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