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.
- Ranked #12 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]
- Born at 9:15am-UT
- After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he served two years in the British Army before beginning his acting career.
- Parents: Muriel Anne Yeats (b.1913) and Richard Arthur Hopkins (died in 1981).
- Was considered for the role of Mr. Freeze in _Batman & Robin (1997)_ (qv) until director 'Joel Schumacher' (qv) decided that Mr. Freeze must be "big and strong like he was chiseled out of a glacier". The role went to 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv).
- Reads each script 250 times out loud before filming, and to exercise his memory, memorizes one new poem a week.
- He chose to play Prof. Van Helsing in _Dracula (1992)_ (qv) because he was still riding the success of his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in _The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv) and wanted to pick a role as far removed from Lecter as possible.
- 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.