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

Show Character(s)
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

2015 - Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
2014 - Noah
2013 - Thor: The Dark World
2013 - RED 2
2012 - 360
2012 - Hitchcock
2011 - Thor
2011 - The Rite
2010 - You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
2010 - The Wolfman
2007 - Beowulf
2007 - Slipstream
2006 - Going to Pieces - The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film
2006 - Bobby
2005 - Proof
2004 - Alexander
2003 - The Human Stain
2002 - Bad Company
2002 - Red Dragon
2001 - Hannibal
2001 - Hearts in Atlantis
2000 - Mission: Impossible II
2000 - The Grinch
1999 - Instinct
1999 - Titus
1998 - Meet Joe Black
1998 - The Mask of Zorro
1998 - The Mask of Zorro
1997 - Amistad
1997 - The Edge
1995 - Nixon
1994 - The Road to Wellville
1994 - Legends of the Fall
1993 - Shadowlands
1993 - The Remains of the Day
1992 - Bram Stoker's Dracula
1992 - Spotswood
1992 - Freejack
1992 - Chaplin
1992 - Howards End
1991 - The Silence of the Lambs
1990 - Desperate Hours
1987 - 84 Charing Cross Road
1984 - The Bounty
1980 - The Elephant Man
1978 - Magic
1978 - Magic
1978 - International Velvet
1977 - A Bridge Too Far
1974 - Juggernaut
1969 - Hamlet
1968 - The Lion in Winter

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.

  • He and 'Frank Langella' (qv) both received Oscar-nominations for playing 'Richard Nixon' (qv).
  • 7/16/88: Received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Wales.
  • Resides in Santa Monica, California.
  • Has played two characters that lost a hand by having it severed: in _Titus (1999)_ (qv) and _Hannibal (2001)_ (qv).
  • Into the 1991 restoration of _Spartacus (1960)_ (qv), scenes were reintroduced which had been cut from the picture's 1967 reissue. One such segment has 'Laurence Olivier' (qv), in the role of Marcus Crassus, attempting to seduce the slave Antoninus (played by 'Tony Curtis (I)' (qv)). But the original soundtrack for this segment had become lost. And so, Olivier having died in 1989, Anthony Hopkins imitated the voice of Olivier (whom Hopkins had understudied at the Old Vic) for the scene's re-created soundtrack. (The surviving Tony Curtis presumably supplied his own voice.)
  • Turned down the role of Alfred Pennyworth in _Batman Begins (2005)_ (qv).
  • He is the patron on The Drama Association of Wales,UK which offers a wide and varied range of services to Community Drama. Among others, members include amateur and professional theatre practitioners, educationalists and playwrights.
  • 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.

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