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.
- Was set to play Jor-El in _Superman Returns (2006)_ (qv), but when director 'Brett Ratner' (qv) left the project, so did Hopkins.
- 10/97: Ranked #57 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
- His Oscar-winning performance as Hannibal Lecter in _The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv) was ranked #1 on the American Film Institute's Villains list in its compilation of the 100 Years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains.
- Has played two characters that lost a hand by having it severed: in _Titus (1999)_ (qv) and _Hannibal (2001)_ (qv).
- Parents: Muriel Anne Yeats (b.1913) and Richard Arthur Hopkins (died in 1981).
- After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he served two years in the British Army before beginning his acting career.
- Attended Cowbridge boys grammar school as a youth.
- Has the distinction of twice playing former British Prime Minister 'David Lloyd George' (qv) in _Young Winston (1972)_ (qv) and _"The Edwardians" (1972)_ (qv).