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.
- Won a Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play for "Equus" (1975).
- An accomplished painter, he has allowed some of his landscape paintings to be exhibited in San Antonio, Texas.
- 4/12/00: Became a U.S. citizen, but is allowed to retain his British knighthood and the title of Sir.
- Is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Stratford Upon Avon, England, where he spent three seasons after graduating from RADA.
- Ex-son-in-law of 'Eric Barker (I)' (qv) and 'Pearl Hackney' (qv).
- 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.
- One of his greatest pleasures in past years on his frequent visits to the USA was to get in a car and drive across the country, enjoying its immensity as well as his own anonymity.
- 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.