Dec. 31st, 1937
Margam, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK
5' 8 1/2"
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Actor (segment "Barbara Cook")
Don Diego de la Vega
David Lloyd George
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
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.
- 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)).
- 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.
- 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).
- He and 'Frank Langella' (qv) both received Oscar-nominations for playing 'Richard Nixon' (qv).
- Attended Cowbridge boys grammar school as a youth.
- Is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Stratford Upon Avon, England, where he spent three seasons after graduating from RADA.
- The Anthony Hopkins Theatre at the Theatre Clwyd Cymru in Mold, North Wales, UK was named in his honour.
- Admitted that he felt very intimidated by the real Lt. Col. John Frost, who he played in the movie _A Bridge Too Far (1977)_ (qv) when Frost visited the set one day to see how things were going.