Dec. 31st, 1937
Margam, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK
5' 8 1/2"
Anthony Hopkins' Main TV Roles
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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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 2006: His performance as Hannibal Lecter in _The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv) is ranked #70 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time.
- Reads each script 250 times out loud before filming, and to exercise his memory, memorizes one new poem a week.
- Has the distinction of portraying two U.S. Presidents: 'Richard Nixon' (qv) in _Nixon (1995)_ (qv), and John Quincy Adams in _Amistad (1997)_ (qv). He received Oscar nominations for both performances.
- 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.)
- 1/01: He ranked second in the Orange Film Survey of the greatest British films actors.
- Volunteers at the Ruskins School of Acting in Santa Monica, California, where he teaches everything from Shakespeare to scenes, theory, and monologues.