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.
- Piano virtuoso.
- Is proud of his improvisational touches as Hannibal Lecter in _The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv) such as: the unnerving effect on 'Jodie Foster' (qv) when he mocked her character's West Virginia accent; the distorion of the word "chianti" and the vile slurping sound he makes after he describes eating the "census-taker." Hopkins also notes that Hannibal never blinked his eyes when he spoke.
- 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.
- After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he served two years in the British Army before beginning his acting career.
- Appears in _Nixon (1995)_ (qv) with 'Dan Hedaya' (qv), and _The Good Father (1985)_ (qv) with 'Jim Broadbent' (qv). Hedaya later played Nixon in _Dick (1999)_ (qv), and Broadbent played Nixon in _Dirty Tricks (2000) (TV)_ (qv).
- Was offered the part of Colonel Colin Caine in Lifeforce (1985).
- Often compared with fellow Welshman 'Richard Burton (I)' (qv).
- Graduated from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England.